The WCDMA handset from LG – model number – LG U880 is only 18.2 mm thick. Available in a choice of Pink , black and silver, the handset will have approximately 75 megabytes if built-in memory. Features include those such as Bluetooth and a built-in Mp3 player. The handset will have a swivel camera which cuts down costs by eliminating the need for a second camera. Also the camera will be supported by a flash. Also luckily, unlike the cooler handsets which remain in the East, the U880 will also be released in the western countries such as UK. There is no mention yet of the USA. Via – Phoneyworld
One Stop Displays (OSD) announced that its new 1.5-inch color passive-matrix (PM) OLED (organic light-emitting diode) is available for the market, with the company claiming the display is the brightest PM OLED currently available on the market. The display has a brightness of 130cd/m2 and is 1.6mm thin. The display also has a 262,000-color depth, and will be targeted for applications including next-generation IDs, security cards, programmable cards and other audio and video applications. Via – Digitimes
Cingular Wireless is introducing a service for nonbusiness users to get BlackBerry-like mobile access to their personal e-mail accounts from AOL, Yahoo and MSN Hotmail on a cell phone. The new service, powered by OZ Communications Inc., is designed to adapt the look and capabilities of a Web portal or e-mail program such as Outlook to the limited screen size, keyboard and processing power of a garden variety handset. The Java-based e-mail application initially will be available to download on existing phones starting Monday with 5 models from Motorola Inc. and one from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. It also is being pre-installed on new phones, though not immediately through all Cingular sales channels.
PRISM Sales introduces the Talking Remote Control Holder in the US. This clever (annoying) device detects when the remote is missing from its holder and periodically says “Where’s the remote?” and “Please put the remote back!” It even thanks you once it’s replaced. The Talking TV Remote Control Holder will soon show up on TV commercials from the Home Shopping Group (HSG). Via – i4u
Have you ever longed for a way to make maps of your favorite skating rinks? Or perhaps you need a scaled index of all the artists’ homes in your hood. Google’s mapping service and its available API (application programming interface) has quickly become a popular tool for mapping geeks and newbies alike, and with the recent introduction of VGMap, there is one more way for people to utilize the Google tool. Developed by Michael Frumin, Eyebeam R&D’s Technical Director, VGMap is a downloadable Flash library that allows those so inclined to link vector graphics to Google-generated maps, something not supported by the mapping system itself. Functional, utilitarian applications will no doubt abound thanks to VGMap. Via – Rhizome
The Incredible Shrinking Radio: Monolithic radio for GSM/GPRS integrates a complete phone on a single chip
Silicon Laboratories Inc. announced the AeroFONE single-chip phone, the industry’s most integrated, highest performance, easiest-to-use solution for GSM/GPRS handsets. The AeroFONE Si4905 is based on patent pending, breakthrough innovation enabling the first fully-functional single-chip phone to integrate the power management unit (PMU), battery interface and charging circuitry, digital baseband, analog baseband and a quad-band RF transceiver in a single monolithic CMOS IC. “Handset manufacturers increasingly are faced with cost and performance pressures, particularly as they address the entry-level market, which is expected to amount to more than 200 million handsets per year until 2009,” said Scott Smyser, director and principal analyst, communications and consumer electronics for the market research firm iSuppli Corp.
Speck Products announced six new cases as part of its accessory lineup for the recently introduced fifth-generation iPod. The company said the cases, which are similar to Speck’s new iPod nano cases, have been “streamlined and tailored towards iPods with video capabilities.” Speck said the cases will begin shipping in mid to late November.
iPod SkinTight The SkinTight rubberized skins come in a 3-pack (black, white and blue) for $29.95. Made of shock-absorbing Kraton, the skins are available for both the 30GB and 60GB iPod and feature screen protectors.
Singapore-based Qool Labs has announced its latest multimedia mobile device, QDA Oh!. The new handheld runs on a Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition OS and is based on the Freescale iMX21 266MHz processor. The company says the QDA Oh! is capable of processing capability similar to that of other handhelds based on a 500 MHz CPU. The platform has a bus master interface (BMI), which reduces the overhead to external graphics chips that enhances the 2D & 3D experience. QDA Oh! is packed with features such as expandable memory, 1.3 megapixel camera, 3D Gaming experience, MSN messenger, Pocket versions of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word, 6 party-conference calling, Pocket Outlook, Pocket Internet Explorer.
Samsung Electronics launched its suitcase-type 19-inch LCD TV monitors ‘SyncMaster CX914MP/SyncMaster CX910MW’ The ‘SyncMaster CX914MP’ is 19-inch LCD TV monitor that features 400 candela brightness with magic clear panel. You can fold and carry it like a suitcase. ‘SyncMaster CX910MW’ is wide LCD TV monitor that features high resolution of WXGA+(1440×900). With PIP(Picture In Picture) and PBP (Picture By Picture) functionalities, you can watch TV while working on the PC. ‘Magic Tune’ functionality enables you to watch TV anywhere about 200 countries in the world.
Mirae Plasma Korea has introduced Paper thin film speaker. As it can be rolled and images can be printed, it can be used to make posters etc. It is very light weight and there is no limit to the size, so it can be even be used in large outdoor sports stadiums. Unlike traditional speakers which have a complicated manufacturing process the Film speaker has a surprisingly very simple manufacturing process and the cost is 40 % lower than making a conventional speaker. The Film speaker spreads sound at 360º unlike a traditional speaker which spreads at 60 – 120º. Sound comes directly from the Film and not the cylinder, the sound quality can be adjusted by changing it’s shape.