Open it up and make a call or close it and listen to music: the new Toshiba TS 803 is now exclusively available from Vodafone in Germany. Music fans will be delighted with the phone’s integrated, stand-alone MP3 player with control panel on the outside of the handset, unlimited access to Vodafone Music Downloads and stereo speakers for top-class sound. The mobile phone also comes with a mini SD memory card (512 MB) which already has exclusive music content by the British band Oasis stored on it. Even the other technical features of the silver and black clamshell phone conform to the highest standards. For example, the Toshiba TS 803 has a 2.3 megapixel camera with flash and offers practically every available option for the synchronisation of data with the PC. In connection with the UMTS Per-Minute Package Plus 200, the Toshiba TS 803 costs EUR 159.90.
Microsoft execs have complained that iPod isn’t ‘open’ enough – but that hasn’t stopped MS engineers from working around the iPod by leveraging some of the iPod’s functionality and making it – sort of – compatible with XBox, albeit in a limited way. For instance, you can play Project Gotham Racing 3 on the XBox 360, and switch the soundtrack for something on your iPod, which plugs right into the USB port. You can’t use FairPlay AAC songs bought from the iTMS, but you can use unprotected AAC tracks, as well as MP3s.
Keio University and Professor Hiroshi Shimizu and the team have now developed the next generation of the KAZ, which is named the Eliica (Electric Lithium-Ion Car). Last year the Eliica reached a top speed of 370 km/h at the Nardo test track in Italy, and the team’s goal is to beat the top speed of the world’s fastest production car (the Bugatti Veyron) and build a limited run of 200 production units, therefore becoming not just the fastest electric car in the world, but the fastest production car. Though it looks to be limousine length, the Eliica actually only seats the driver and three passengers – small consolation is that at an approximate US$320,000 a unit in prototype form, the car will still be in a limousine price range when manufactured in production quantities.
In a singular blend of artistry and utility, the digital sundial combines the ancient science of sundials and advances of modern technology with elegant simplicity. Like a digital clock, the digital sundial displays the current time using digits. In the true tradition of all sundials, the device is purely passive – it operates without electricity, and has no moving parts. Instead, the sunlight is cast through two cleverly designed masks in the shape of numbers that show the current time of day. The sundial is available in two versions, for use in either hemisphere. Placed on the inside of a south-facing window (north-facing in the southern hemisphere), the sundial can be read through the horizontal mirror. The display updates every 10 minutes, and gives a remarkably accurate record of the time during the daylight hours.
iBall’s unique design reflects individuality – nothing is typical here. Roundly shaped with an 8-inch diameter, the iBall is designed to be a portable wireless speaker for the Apple iPod® generation, even iPod nano! The iBall’s transmitter base offers three functions: synchronizing the iPod with the computer, charging the iPod, and broadcasting music wirelessly.
Nikon has launches the feature-packed D200 digital SLR camera, delivering a high-precision, high-performance package and creating a new class of camera between entry-level and professional digital SLRs. the Nikon D200, a ten-point-two megapixel digital SLR with professional features and build quality in a compact body. From a features and functionality point of view the D200 is much closer to the D2X than the D100. Highlights are a magnesium-alloy body, an 11-area AF sensor, 3D Color Matrix Metering II, 5 frames per second continuous shooting, 2.5″ LCD monitor, USB 2.0, 1/250 sec X-sync plus WiFi and GPS support. The D200 is about 100g heavier than the D100 but 240g lighter than the D2X. Best of all is the price, body-only, $1,849 in the US.
The popular iPod Nano and the just-released video iPod are expected to lead a surge of holiday sales for Apple Computer. Research firm Fulcrum Global Partners predicts Apple will sell 10 million iPods in the fourth quarter, a strong follow-up to the 7 million sold in the previous quarter. But not all of these sales will be to new iPod owners. Piper Jaffray analysts say about 30 percent of the iPod purchasers are now repeat buyers. If the average lifespan of an iPod is about 1.5 years, what happens to the older models? Analysts say most users hand down their iPods to friends or family once they purchase a new one. Some simply throw them away.
Customers stopping to gaze at the store window may soon be less anonymous than they think — the store will instantly know their age and gender. Japanese bikemaker Yamaha Motor has unveiled a camera system that recognizes if a person is a man or woman and puts them into one of five age groups. “We think this system is suited to marketing,” said Makoto Yoshida, Yamaha Motor’s advanced system research division supervisor. “This could be used at entrances and gates to some facilities or set up at eye-catching spots to profile those who entered the places or stared at them,” Yoshida said Wednesday. Yamaha designed the system by building up a computer database of 10,000 people’s faces.
Nintendo is creating wireless gaming zones throughout Europe. The company is launching their Nintendo DS Wi-Fi Connection service on November the 25th, this will bring the number of active Wi-Fi hotspots to around 15,000 by that time. More than 7,500 of them will be in the UK. The Wi-Fi Connection will allow gamers to play multiplayer editions of games which will soon be released at any of the locations. Among the new titles are Tony Hawk’s American Sk8land (Nov. 18) and Mario Kart DS (Nov. 25). You will be able to use your DS online at home, too. If you have a wireless network you are in business, otherwise, Nintendo has a Wi-Fi USB Connector for sale for GBP 30 ($ 52) which will get your DS in the action.
Sharp has introduced the LQ035Q7DH06, a 3.5 inch QVGA thin film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) which offers an efficient form factor and touch panel. This new module features 225nits of brightness from the six high-efficiency white LED backlights, claimed to make it the optimum choice for engineers seeking good display performance for handheld product design. The new QVGA mobile display also includes a high bright panel with transflective properties and 262,144 colors. Designed using the company’s advanced-TFT technology, this module is 225nits bright while offering 4% reflectivity, providing good contrast, color saturation, and readability in a wide range of ambient environments.