R2D2 Projector is coming to Australia – July 1, 2007

As shown recently on CyberShack TV and The Today Show, we have just learned that the R2D2 Projector is in fact coming to Australia. Great news for Star Wars fans and anyone wanting a lounge room projector that has a unique look to it.

Nikko Australia are the distributors and they left their email address if you want more information – ‘info-AT-nikko-rc.net’
(Make sure you replace the ‘-AT-‘ with a ‘@’)

Thanks to Nikko Australia for emailing through the update.

Telstra Confirms 'Me Too' on iPhone – June 30, 2007

Telstra just confirmed what we already knew with some prices to go with the news. The iPhone will be available on the Telstra NextG Network from July 11th and here are the confirmed costings:

“iPhone 3G will be available from Telstra on July 11 with a range of specially designed Next G™ iPhone 3G plans that meet the needs of any customer. The Next G iPhone 3G plans start at $30 per month with an upfront cost of $279 for the 8GB model and $399 for the 16GB model. Customers will receive the 8GB iPhone 3G model at no cost with the $80 plan and either the 8GB or the 16GB model at no cost with plans starting at $100 per month. All plans include free Wi-Fi access at Telstra hotspots and require a 24-month contract. ”

Telstra has an unmatched network coverage which is now up to 99% of the population. This means regional Australia can get all the benefits of iPhone that will be enjoyed in the city locations. The press release did not mention the cost of data downloads or call costs, I am waiting for a response on this from Telstra now.

However with Telstra you get what you are prepared to pay for, and in the case of Next G, the service does not come cheap. In Telstra’s eyes, why should it? Telstra have at least come forward and put their product prices where their mouths are. When will the competing carriers do the same? When will confirmed prices arrive from Optus and Vodafone? Probably very soon I would imagine and I bet they will be lower than Telstra!

So the question is now, If you were going to buy iPhone, would you connect through Optus, Vodafone or Telstra? Or do you want to wait until all carriers have confirmed their prices?

Register your interest here – www.telstra.com/iphone

Gadgets On Today – June 30, 2007

HP Touchsmart
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:

1) HP Touchsmart PC –

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 Scales

These 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 –