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The Tima Watch, by French designer Julien Bergignat, is just another example of why more things should be made utilizing e-paper. It’s a simple, sleek watch that tells you what you need to know about the date and time in either digital or analog, and looks damn good doing it. We especially like how big the watch face is, and there’s just something cool and retro about the pixel-blocks that make up the numbers and hands.
It really is a shame the Tima is just a concept at this time or I’d probably be picking one up for myself. Via. GizmoAve.com
2009 is a new year for Motorola. The firm’s sales are tracking down, the RAZR might be dead – hopefully – but these four upcoming phones look uncharacteristically good. Little is known beside about the mobiles besides what can be gathered from the pics. The branding indicates that they are Verizon-bound and at least three of the four are touchscreens. And none of the phones have the dumb RAZR-ish names. Each one, including the Flash above, has a normal, fully-spelled product name. Hopefully these devices will breath new life into the dying mobile phone maker. We only have one question, though? Any of these powered by Google’s Android? Via. GizmoAve.com
First, the bad news: you can’t power your laptop from the solar panels on the Voltaic Generator solar laptop bag. I know, it sucks. But the good news is, you can use the solar panels on this messenger bag to charge you laptop, and all the rest of your electronic crap, anywhere it isn’t dark, for free, over and over, for the next 5 billion years or so at which point the sun will enter a red giant phase and swallow the earth and the ambient surface temperature around here will probably exceed the safe operating limits of your gadgets. Via. GizmoAve.com
Christmas is coming, and Christmas is coming, and as the goose is worried about her job prospects in the downturn, Nokia has decided to increase its efforts in the budget phone sector. If you’re not keen on the fantastic Nokia 6300, the 7210 Supernova might fit the bill. It costs about £98 SIM-free from the Nokia shop and will hopefully come out soon on a pay as you go contract.
Boasting a slim casing and colourful details with an 80s vibe, this is a stylish phone that’s not ashamed to rock some electric blue or pink. The 7210’s interface is simple and easy to use, with large icons and straightforward features — it’s no iPhone, but it’s not trying to be. Via. GizmoAve.com
As someone who uses multiple screens when I’m working (or playing games) the idea of having a laptop with some extra screen space as portable as the unit itself is really exciting. Sure, that extra space would come in the form of folding, side-mounted monitors that have a break before the main screen — annoying for some — but some extra, segmented workspace on a portable platform is music to my ears.
And portable the triBook is: the conceptual rendering, picked up by Mac|Life, calls for a notebook that’s 10 inches wide and a little over six inches long. Click on through for more information than you’d ever want to know about the triBook concept. Via. GizmoAve.com
Or is there? I don’t know, I’m not good at speculation. But I am good at making shit up. And also, making out. Ladies?
According to Trip Chowdhry, an analyst at Global Equities Research, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will announce a Zune-style mobile device during his keynote address at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, on January 7, 2009. In an article in Barron’s, Chowdhry claims that the company’s new centerpiece will combine the best features of the Zune media player with the hardware design of Danger’s mobile Sidekick, in addition to “motion enhancement features,” like an accelerometer. Basically, this means the device will come with a physical keyboard like HTC’s G1 and will likely feature a larger screen to accommodate heavy multimedia elements. And since we’re all here copying each other’s mobile phone features, we’ll be shocked if the Zune phone doesn’t feature multitouch capabilities. Via.GizmoAve.com
When it comes to nerd fashion, I think the calculator watch trumps both the stereotypical bow tie and the pocket protector. But Casio is actually trying to put a little ‘Geek-Chic’ into its current line of Databank watches by introducing a little color. While the DBC32 series includes their standard model with a black face and black strap, it adds 4 other models that feature considerably more stylish color schemes. Since almost every device I carry with me has some sort of calculator function already built-in, my days of wearing a Casio Databank watch are long gone, but I do like the checkerboard keyboard treatment on a few of these. Via. GizmoAve.com
We’ve seen a matchbox-sized miniature projector designed as a modular integrated system for portable platform devices. The Lcos-based miniature projection technology is proven useful and extremely portable. Here’s another with similar technology but a full-blown mobile projector promises to deliver a big picture.
The size of a palm, the Ad-Tech mobile projector is easy to carry and can throw 60-inch of picture from a distance of 7.87 feet. Placement is flexible thanks to its zoom focus lens that allows 4-inch of image from as little as 14cm of throwing distance. The Lcos based small wonder has a standard 4:3 size VGA resolution, 200:1 of contrast, 15 lumens of brightness and life expectancy of 20,000 hours. Via. GizmoAve.com
“Five years ago, Aptera‘s founder Steve Fambro endeavored to design and build a passenger vehicle that was safe, comfortable, and more fuel-efficient than anything ever produced. This aspiration, combined with his background in engineering, led him to an intensive study of aerodynamics, and composite aircraft construction. He hypothesized that a low-drag, aerodynamic body shape could be achieved without sacrificing comfort, drivability or safety. What emerged, after much designing, conceptualizing, and constructing, was a prototype two-seat, three-wheeled vehicle. This first operating prototype achieved a stunning 230 miles per gallon. Building on this success, Steve expanded his Aptera team and created the Aptera Typ-1, which has been re-designed, re-engineered, and refined into a production ready vehicle.” The Aptera is available with a pre-order reservation for $500 if you live in California. The vehicle costs $26,900. Via. GizmoAve.com
An Outdoor cinematic experience with an inflatable big screen sounds like a very cool gadget to have. It is even attractive if the package is under 20lb and comes with a blower fan to inflate a 16’ x 9’ giant screen with just few seconds. Open Air cinema has just released its newest 16-foot inflatable projection screen that can be easily folded up into a 20-pound bag, converts your backyard into a huge cinematic experience within seconds.
The screen has a matte white, wrinkle-resistant ripstop nylon projection surface and with black-backed material to block backlight and improves contrast ratio. The screen alone will set you back $1000 if you use you own beamer. A convenient all-in-one CineBox Home package that includes the screen, a projector, an audio mixer, pair of speakers, and a portable DVD player for $3,300 is also available. Via. GizmoAve.com
Given the amazing economic state that we’re in, and the fact that you’re certainly one of those lucky recipients of those six-figure holiday bonuses, you’re more than ready to hear the full details behind the “Oculus.” This yacht’s unique shape “is representative of the jaw and eye socket bone structure of large oceanic fish and mammals.” What does that tell you? It’s not quite [biomimicry], but it does really look at home in the sea.
Designer E. Kevin Schopfer has hell-of details: Via. GizmoAve.com
Tired of ripping and having to deal with compressions and codecs to get videos onto your iTunes then on TV? Well don’t nag, you probably don’t have Apple TV. It is still the best way to stream media from iTunes to your TV. An ever-increasing TV shows are now available on HD, YouTube, photostreaming and film trailers. Streaming speed remains highly usable with n-powered computers and the HDMI output gives crispness. Via. GizmoAve.com
Icephone is the name. It looks crazy and it is being developed by a cell phone manufacturer in the UK for the army and it has three different ways to interact with. First a 3-inch touchscreen then a QWERTY keyboard and finally a navigation interface. Or something like that. If you want one of these you can get it next year for just under $1000. For that price you get a smartphone that’s water-snow-damage resistant and has Bluetooth,Wi-Fi, HSPA and 3G on four band GSM networks.
efore this week’s big Nokia announcement let us introduce you to the Nokia N97. Boasting HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS, an FM transmitter so you can play your tunes through a radio, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 5-megapixel camera, the Nokia N79 is a rather nifty phone if ever we saw one.
What’s clever about the Nokia N79 though is that when you change its battery cover to one of the three provided covers in the box, it automatically changes the N79’s theme to match. OK, so it’s not a mind-blowing feature but it does show how software can be integrated with hardware to offer users something different. Via. GizmoAve.com
Today at Nokia World in Barcelona, the eponymous handset manufacture unveiled its latest smartphone, the N97. Referred to by the company as “the world’s most advanced mobile computer,” the phone features a 3.5-inch touch display and a slide out QWERTY keyboard.
The N97 also features a built-in A-GPS sensor and electronic compass, making it easier for the phone to sense its “social location,” in order to update social networks with real-time information. The Web 2.0-friendly handset also features information about friends, news, and social networks on its home screen–and, unlike certain Apple phones, the thing can play Flash videos. Via. GizmoAve.com