Gadgets On The Today Show – October 22, 2008

It was great to join Karl on the Today Show this morning and talk about some cool gadgets that are both on their way to stores and in stores now. If you wanted any more details of the products we discussed, here they are:

First up we discussed the ‘Sing Stand’. This is a microphone and speaker kit that plugs into your mp3 and becomes and singing karaoke machine. We weren’t able to fire the test unit on set, but back at our offices a few days ago the Sing Stand was put through it’s paces and it was a lot of fun. I sounded terrible, but the Sing Stand would need to be a space age device to change that!

SingStand is not yet in Australia, the device we had was a prototype, but I will check with the distributors and give you an up-date of it’s arrival shortly.

Up next was the Samsung ‘Innov8’. If you have ever wanted a phone and camera in one, with the camera taking great shots, with a flash and face recognition so people are in focus, this is it.

Check some of the reviews around the web to see if it is right for you – GSM Arena

Many of you have already emailed in about the Creative Nado. This is a very basic, and surprisingly easy to use video camera that records, plays and uploads to your pc. It’s perfect for making short video clips for YouTube and other website. The resolution is low from the 2.0 megapixel camera, however it does a good job of doing what it is designed to do. I did say that it costs about $100 and you will notice on the website that it says RRP of $150. However there has been a cash back offer of $50 recently and I have seen stores advertising it at $100 so shop around if you are in the market for this one.

Read more about it on the Creative Website – Click Here

Finally this morning we discussed the Squeeze Box from Logitech. I’ll put it out there that this is a silly name, but the product is fantastic if you like listening to unique types of music. It works simply by hooking into the wireless connectivity of your broadband modem and then it is up to you to choose the station you want to listen to. Using a device like this will mean you use more data on your internet plan, however that is a small price to pay for about 4000 channel of music from every variety you could ever want.

Read more about the Squeeze Box on the Logitech website – Click Here

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 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.
Dymocks Website – Here
Get Ebooks – Here

3) Pocket Projector V10 – RRP – $649

This is a really cool little gadget for anyone wanting a small, lightweight projector that is completely transportable. I love that it has a built in SD slot so you can simply taking the SD card from your digital camera and place it into the projector, then ‘hey presto’ you are looking at your digital images!

Small business will love this and when you get home you will be able to use it for projecting movies, picture slide shows and more.

The Pocket Projector is hitting stores at the end of this month/early next month.

Stores to get it – Office Works will be carrying it, but not yet as stock is still to ship to stores.

Visit the distributors website –

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)

GPS Come in a format for all of us

Look in any retail catalogue right now and you will be bombarded with offers to buy GPS units. The sector has really hotted up, especially now customers can buy a basic unit for just over $200. A basic GPS makes it easy to get from A to B, they make your trip faster because you take the best route; your car will be more efficient on fuel economy; GPS provides you with an expected arrival time; but for me the most important thing is that GPS removes any headaches from getting somewhere you have never been before.

Karl and I went through some of the many options for GPS on the market now. There are so many models, because there are so many customers with different demands for their unit.

Here are the ones we looked at:

Magellan Cross Over – Seen at retail for about $1150

Four in one GPS Unit with Street Maps for drivers, Topographical maps (for bush walkers) and Marine gps for fisherman and boaters. But hang on, I said ‘Four In One’, well the Magellan has the ability to purchase maps of 4WD tracks and take the unit off road.

Read more – Click Here

Navman F10 – Seen at retail for $230

This is an option if you want to get from A to B, with a few popular locations (like carparks and petrol stations) pre-installed.

Tom Tom RIDER – Made for Motor Cyclists – $799

This model is made for motorcycle users and is designed for ease of use and portability. It includes a touchscreen that is specially developed for use with gloves, is waterproof and includes a Cardo scala-rider™ Bluetooth® headset for in-helmet spoken instructions.

Tom Tom XL – My pick – $449 RRP

If you want a decent model GPS that not only gives great directional support, but also has a host of extra features like spoken Street Names (instead of just ‘turn left in 200 metres!) then the XL from Tom Tom is a good choice.

I find a screen less that 4.3 inches is too small for me, and this model allows has really intuitive touch controls.

The best feature that has come to GPS is the live traffic up-dates. Under the new SUNA system of real time traffic up-dates, devices like the Tom Tom XL can receive traffic information on the fly via the addition of radio antennae (it retails for $150). Once on board the Tom Tom will be advised of traffic on your route and if it is going to slow you down by more than four minutes, it will plot a new route and give you the option to take it or stay on the current path. Have a read of their website on how they do this and the Australian locations where the service is active.

Humanware – Trekker Breeze – RRP $995

This unit is designed for people who are visually impaired and will assist them in navigating their local community. It features talking GPS directions that help users know where they are and where they are going whether on foot or in a vehicle. Users can record routes as they walk them with the assistance of sighted companions. Routes can then be previewed and activated for future use.

We had a demo of the unit with the guys who import the product into Australia and the concept behind it is brilliant!

Read more about it here