Gadgets On The Today Show - September 22, 2008
With Karl away this morning Cameron Williams and I chatted about three cool new gadgets coming soon or already available in Australia.1) Femisapien - RRP $199 (try Toys R Us) This is a pretty cool little cyber female. It dances, it learns how you want it to dance AND it will even kiss! I didn't try too much of the kissing, however teaching it to dance was fun. The robot has a 'learn' mode that is selected by tilting the head to a pre-determined position. Then it is a case of giving the robot the commands. For me it was a great little tech pet for some one not wanting a tech dog or tech dinosaur. 2) E-Books - I mentioned this morning that Australia is being left behind other countries in the role out of the E-book. However there is one unit I know that is for sale here, however it is hard to find and costs about $900. It is called iLiad eReader and Dymocks sell it through their website.
The benefits are you can download and read lots of books, and if you visit a website such as Ebook.com you can download lots of electronic books, some are even shareware. This means you can read the first ten pages or so, to see if you like it - before having to pay for the book.www.mint-wireless.com
Read the specifications on this product here -
Focus - Manual
Light source - LED
Brightness - 10 Lumens (LED light not LCD so has different Lumens ratings)
Projected image size
- 6” at 21 cms distance
- 40” at 140 cms distance
- 50” at 180 cms distance
Resolution - VGA (640 x 480)
Speakers - Stereo at 1W output each
Card slot - SD card reader: supports SDHC up to 8GB
PMP - Plays AVI, ASF, MP3 and JPEG files
Input/Output connections - USB 2.0, AV input (3 in 1 Audio Visual input)
Auto-off - Yes
Built-in memory - Yes
- Lithium-ion battery (45 minutes on full charge)
- Runs off USB A/C adapter
Dimensions of packaging - 19.2 cms (L) x 17.1 cms (W) x 7.5 cms (H)
Package Contents - USB Cable / AV Cable / USB power adapter / Li-ion battery
x 2 / Tripod / Pouch / CD manual and bundled software (tbc)
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.