Gadgets On Today - June 30, 2007
1) HP Touchsmart PC -
Apologies for the delay in getting this info online, I was asked by some of the Today floor crew to work out their body fat percentage using the hi-tech scales. It's great to see this morning's gadgets were a hit and thank you so much for all your emails so far today. Here is this morning's segment product by product:
I have said it plenty of times that 2008 is the year of the 'Touch'. We're now being offered technology products that allow us to use our index finger to operate. This includes PC, PDAs, mobile phones and much more.
This morning I showed the touch operation benefits of the new Touch Smart PC from Hewlett Packard. This is a fully self contained TV that includes all the regular features like:
- DVD Burner
- Wireless lan
- Wireless keyboard and mouse
- 22inch screen
- Built-in Webcam
But also includes other cool features like a built in:
- TV tuner
- Complete touch control operation
Prices start from $1999 (the model with the TV Card costs more than this) and the model I showed this morning hits retailers on July 14th.
Check out all good electronics retailers to see one in action.
Check out the official website from HP for more details on the product.
2) SC 565 - Digital ScalesThese are the latest in digital scale technology for the home. Once you enter your height, age, gender and fitness level, it calculates your weight and measures body fat, body water, muscle mass, bone mass, daily calorie predictor , health status monitor, and takes weights up to 180 kgs. RRP - $130 These will be in stores in the next few weeks, but check out the distributor's website for more details - Homedics
3) QR Codes for Telstra Next G
The big phone companies want us all to consume content and download 'data' on our mobile phones. With 3G and HSDPA we can download videos and webpages quicker than ever before. Telstra is launching a new technology they have had in development called QR Codes that will make it easier to download content on your mobile phone that you may be interested in viewing.
It works by using the digital camera in your phone. Your Telstra Next G device has a small application installed on it (this part is free). You then scan the barcode with your phone which then executes the command stored in the barcode. This morning I showed the NineMsn Website loading up, but the barcode can be programmed to do anything allowed - I believe this function is held by Telstra.
The application is free, however the data you use is charged at the rate set out on your phone plan.
Check out more details here - www.qrious.com.au
4) R2D2 Robot Projector RRP $2999
We also showed you a really cool Video Projector for Star Wars fans. I can't believe someone has actually built one of these! Last time I checked with the creators, the unit is not available in Australia yet however Check out the R2D2 Robot projector online to see if they will ship one to you -
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.