Gadgets For Today Show July 10
Had a great time on the Today Show with Karl showing him some of the latest technologies out there.
We looked at Panasonic’s Skype-enabled Neo-Plasma televisions whereby you can talk to friends and family using the company’s Viera Cast technology. You can also show off HD films and pictures of your family. I think in the near future you will have an HD, all-in-one PC with telephone capabilities via VoIP.
We also looked at the latest Garmin GPS, the 3790T, which is not only a stylish unit, but allows you to use your voice to set directions. With the police very hot under the collar when it comes to using mobile phones or setting a GPS, voice activated directions could save you time and money. Garmin also says the unit can be put in your back pocket, so is seen as a portable unit, too.
One of my favourite gadgets of the moment is Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphone. Why? Well, for a start is the Swype technology, which is the newer, faster way to SMS and email (truly the WOW factor with this unit) – it is especially good for those who have ‘clunky’ fingers when texting. It also has a tonne of functions – being an Android phone there are more than 50,000 applications to chose from.
Finally, there was the ASUS NX90 laptop with Bang & Olufsen Speakers, which is more a show stopper than a practical laptop PC. For a start it is pretty cumbersome to walk around with, but in saying that ASUS is aiming for hte top echelon of PC users. And why wouldn’t they, with a sound system that would put some home stereos to shame. You don’t get much change out of $3,000 for the unit, but you certainly get a talking point when in meetings!
About Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown is one of Australia's foremost commentators on consumer lifestyle technology. He publishes, produces and hosts CyberShack, is Channel 9's technology expert, and hosts Life & Technology and 2GB and NewsTalk 4BC.
Charlie is able to communicate, educate and inspire a huge audience, without confusing technological jargon.
Life & Technology is on the air Sunday mornings at 10am on 2GB and NewsTalk 4BC.