Consumer Electronics Show 2007

So I made it to CES again and I’m anticipating the usual madness that I can’t help but enjoy.

I say this because it’s always the same old story at check and whilst waiting for the flight…lots of people all pretending that they’re not looking forward to going to Las Vegas yet again and how crowded and awful it will be – oh please! who are you all fooling? CES is the geek-fest of the year and it’s fun. Perhaps it was the thought of all the excitement to come that was the cause of the passenger next to me passing out just as we were about to take off. Full marks to the Virgin Atlantic crew who dealt with him.

By the time we were through lunch and a movie the CES faithful had cheered up and were admitting that perhaps things were not so bad after all…well that is apart from the man who had a fit and put the crew through their medical paces for a second time.

Enough drama for one day. It’s showtime. I could do as many here are and blog constantly from the exhibition and keynote presentations but I’m not going to. I’ll write it all up when I’m back.

Ok so I’m back………………………..

2007 Consumer Electronics Show
 
  Event Overview
My predicted Trends for 2007
 
 

Windows Vista
Internet ready TV’s
Digital Storage Expansion
Home Servers
Digital imaging
Broadband Connectivity
Security
Net Neutrality

 
  Best Emerging Technology
Of interest……
I wish I’d seen……
Keynote Presentations
 
 

Bill Gates (Chairman, Microsoft Corp)
Michael Dell (Founder and Chairman, Dell Inc)

 
  Windows Vista
Some Personal favourites
 
 

The Meccano robot
The Netgear cordless Skype phone
Wireless Recharging
It’s the iphone?

 
  And finally……
Steroetypes 2.0
 
     
 

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Event OverviewThe Consumer Electronics Show (C.E.S.) is the world’s largest convention of its type. According to the website www.cesweb.org this year’s attendance of over 140,000 broke all records.There were 2,700 companies exhibiting in 1.8 million net square feet of exhibit space.The 2007 international CES has been defined by a “new convergence” of broadband, content and consumer electronics.The “New Convergence”
This convergence differs from the hardware-software one of the past in that it includes services and content created by both traditional and non-traditional players, including consumers.

Divergence ?
After years spent promising mythical all-in-one devices that cater to consumers’ every need, the industry now offers gadgets of all sizes, shapes and functions – and plans even more.

Perspective
In 1977, the average American family owned just a handful of electronics devices : a television, home stereo and perhaps a cassette deck.
In 2007 households have an average of 26 devices, according to the Consumer Electronics Association (They spent about $1,600 to buy those machines in 2006, up from $1,400 in 2005).
Rather than a single product category driving the market, we’re seeing a bunch of products. Whether it’s digital cameras, MP3 players, personal computers or wireless phones, consumers are buying more products per household than they ever did before. It’s increasingly hard to categorise products and to identify future competitors as multi function increase.“We’re all different and we need different things”
Dave Blakely, director of technology strategy at industrial design firm Ideo

 
 

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  My predicted Trends for 2007  
Windows Vista There will be no escaping the release of Microsoft’s new operating system as it launches onto the consumer market place at the end of January.Lot’s more on Vista in this report in the “Gates keynote presentation summary” and the “Vista” section.Go here for Microsoft’s Vista website>>  
 

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  Internet ready TV’sTraditional broadcast now has to compete with VOD (video on demand),HD (High Definition),IPTV (Internet Protocol Television), broadband and mobile.The Industry forecasts 63 million IPTV subscribers by 2010).Sony Electronics today announced the first of its kind TV feature called “BRAVIA™ Internet Video Link” that will allow most of its new televisions to access free Internet video content, including high-definition, from providers including AOL, Yahoo! and Grouper, as well as Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony BMG Music.

Sony’s new Internet video-ready televisions will feature the ability to receive streaming broadband video, including high-definition content, via a small optional module that is easily attached and concealed behind the TV for a clean, integrated appearance – even when hung on the wall.


The module links the television set directly to a user’s broadband Internet service provider via an Ethernet connection. The content can then be accessed directly on the TV without use of a personal computer.
Go here for Sony’s full press release >>

 
 

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  Digital Storage Expansion
The steadily falling price of digital storage is one of the key drivers of change and growth in the consumer and business sectors. However in 2007, consumers and businesses may start to worry about some of the direct and indirect costs of digital storage, rather than just celebrating its seemingly endless price deflation.

As reliance on digital storage grows, price competition may be usurped by competition based on quality, robustness and longevity. Technology companies may well find that a buoyant market for long-term and guaranteed digital storage starts to emerge during the year.

“One of the most important things coming is the whole issue of the decreasing cost of storage because the implications for business is enormous”.

“Because the cost of the devices is becoming minuscule, but the cost to maintain the security, the access, the control points, replication, upgrades-labour costs associated with that is growing and growing”.
Deloitte & Touche’s Technology Predictions for 2007

 
 

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  Home ServersThe Windows Home Server will see the start of a trend towards home servers. Delivered on hardware from partners such as HP, Windows Home Server will enable homes with multiple PCs to connect their computers, digital devices and printers, in order to easily store, protect and share their photos, music, videos and documents. The server will automatically back up home PCs, centralizing a family’s digital “stuff” and allowing access to it away from home.More in this report in the “Gates keynote presentation summary
Go here for Windows Home Server press release >>
Znet interview with Windows home server team >>
 
 

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  Digital imaging
Photo prints are set for a major comeback.
In 2004 1.9 billion digital images were printed, and it was worth USD 8.2 billion. Kodak estimates that 57 per cent were processed at home, 33 per cent at retail locations and 10 per cent via online services. By 2007, Kodak predicts 10.7 billion digital photos to be printed, with kiosks accounting for 37 per cent share of this market, up from 33 per cent at present.This growth is likely to be fuelled by an increasing number of programmes such as Windows Photo Gallery built into Windows Vista and Google’s “Picassa” offering online print buying via these photo library management applications.
 
 

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  Broadband Connectivity
There is a growing divide between those who have access to broadband connectivity (approx 5% of the world’s population) and those who do not. 2007 will see the emergence of a connectivity elite with access to e-commerce’s lower prices and greater information.More in this report in the “Dell keynote presentation summary
 
 

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  Security
Biometrics – Historically, a combination of passwords, PINs, signatures and keys have been the principal means of providing digital security.In 2007, biometric-based security, whereby a physical characteristic of the individual is used as the key, will be increasingly used to provide additional layers of security.
 
 

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Net Neutrality
The debate around net neutrality is likely to become increasingly vocal and global in 2007. At issue is whether additional government regulation is necessary to protect vunerable users of the Internet.Net neutrality is the principle that Internet users should be in control of what content they view and what applications they use on the Internet. The Internet has operated according to this neutrality principle since its earliest days.Fundamentally, net neutrality is about equal access to the Internet. Part of the argument is over whether or not the the broadband carriers should be permitted to use their market power to discriminate against competing applications or content. This would be the equivalent in some peoples view of the telephone companies telling consumers who they can call or what they can say.Back in June 2006 US politicians rejected attempts to enshrine the principle of net neutrality in legislation.More from BBC news>>

 
 

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  Best Emerging Technology
Powercast could forever change the way we interact with our handheld gadgets. Powercast uses the energy from a transmitted RF signal to power small, battery-operated devices – mobile phones, wireless PC peripherals, and hearing aids may never go dead again. The transmitter can be placed in anything that plugs into the wall (lamps, alarm clocks, and so on) and can send a low, continuous signal to small gadgets that contain an embedded receiver. Charging batteries may never be necessary again.
More at powercastco.com >>
 
 

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  Of interest……
Who are the biggest manufacturer of cameras?
Might surprise you to know that it is Nokia.
In 2006, Nokia was the world’s largest camera manufacturer with approximately 140 million cameras sold as well as close to 70 million music enabled devices, making Nokia the world’s largest manufacturer of music devices as well.
“Single purpose devices are becoming less attractive, and the converged devices taking their place are increasingly powerful and easy to use. Reaching 90 million units in 2006 and expected to reach 250 million units in 2008, the market for converged devices is the fastest growing segment of consumer electronics. In this market, Nokia is the world’s largest manufacturer, selling close to 40 million converged devices in 2006”.
Nokia President and CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo
Nokia.com >>
 
 

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  I wish I’d seen……I looked for this but couldnt find it From a company called Microvision, an ultra-thin, miniature full-colour projection display that is small enough to be embedded in portable hand-held devices including mobile phones.More at www.microvision.com >>  
 

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  Keynote Presentations  
Bill Gates (Chairman, Microsoft Corp) Keynote Presentation
Summary.
Gates presented several new products and services that include new Windows Vista PCs, never-before-seen Windows Vista features, an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV)-enabled Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system, and a new partnership with Ford Motor Co. that will extend digital experiences to the car. He also unveiled Microsoft Windows Home Server, which provides a central place to help store, protect and access all the digital content in the home.
Selected quotes:
• “As the magic of software makes it easier for people to be creators, publishers and consumers of digital content, it is expanding the way we think about community and entertainment,” Gates said. “From your living room to your car, we’re delivering a wave of new software products and services that make it easier for you to manage your day-to-day lives, express your ideas and share your interests”.
Windows Vista: New Features Revealed as Countdown to Launch Begins• “By Jan. 30, more than 1.5 million devices will work with Windows Vista and more than 2,000 products will be Certified for Windows Vista”.

• “Several new content partnerships such as Windows Media Center SportsLounge in conjunction with FOXSports.com which seamlessly combines live television, real-time scores and online sports media to keep people close to their favourite games, teams and players”.

• “Premium versions of Windows Vista will also offer brand-new content from existing partners and new ones, including, Nickelodeon, Showtime and Starz”.

• “Windows Vista is the catalyst for a variety of new hardware devices being made available to consumers,” Gates said. “The result will be an incredible set of new connected experiences that link our interests, our communities and our desires in ways that extend across home, work and play”.

• “With its powerful graphics capabilities, advanced parental controls, and connectivity to the Live games and entertainment network, Windows Vista promises to capture the imagination of 200 million hardcore and casual PC gamers alike. Windows Vista marks the biggest investment from Microsoft around Windows games since Windows 95, making games easier, safer and more fun to play on the PC,” said Gates. “For consumers, we believe gaming is one of the top reasons to upgrade to Windows Vista”.

• “The development of Windows Vista and the 2007 Office release are the result of an unprecedented collaboration between Microsoft and its customers and partners. After more than 5 million beta downloads of Windows Vista and the 2007 Office release, the two products were designed with the help of millions of customers worldwide, including 50 families from seven countries taking part in the Life with Windows Vista program”.

Xbox 360 and Microsoft TV
In a move that will combine the power of Xbox 360 with Microsoft TV IPTV Edition, we were shown an early look at a new service, IPTV on Xbox 360.

• “The offering is expected to deliver world-class TV experiences such as digital video recording capabilities, with gaming, movie viewing, and even voice and video communications. Tapping into an expanded set of entertainment experiences, users will be able to watch their favourite sporting event live while chatting with their friends, for example, or participate in a match on Xbox Live® while they record a TV program in the background”. • “Our goal is to make entertainment more personal, more interactive and more social”.• “IPTV on Xbox 360 and Xbox Live are powerful examples of ways we are bringing together the worlds of gaming, TV viewing and community to make it easy for people to access and discover their favourite content and share their personal experiences with the communities they are part of”.Windows Home Server
• Announcement of Windows Home Server, a new software product for families with multiple PCs that want to connect their home computers, digital devices and printers to help easily store, protect and share their rapidly expanding collections of digital content and entertainment.
• Later this year, HP plans to deliver the HP MediaSmart Server, powered by Windows Home Server.

• Windows Home Server was created to help consumers deal with the explosion in digital content.

 

• For example, 273 billion digital images were captured worldwide in 2006.
• Today, more than 40 million homes in the U.S. have more than one PC2 and one in three homes in the U.S. has an MP3 player.
• Windows Home Server automatically backs up home PCs and provides a central location for storing a family’s photographs, music, videos and documents.
• Using a personalized Windows Live Internet address, people will be able to remotely access digital content on Windows Home Server when they are away from home.

Microsoft and Ford
A partnership between Microsoft and Ford to deliver Sync.

• a voice-activated, intelligent means to connect personal electronic devices to vehicles including a wide range of mobile phones, storage media, and portable music players.Sync, developed by Ford and based on the Microsoft Auto platform, will offer:
• hands-free phone dialling.
• Address-book synchronization.
• The ability to read text messages through the car’s audio system.
• Control of digital music players using voice commands or controls on the steering wheel.

Go here for the full transcript >>

 
 

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Michael Dell (Founder and Chairman, Dell Inc) Keynote PresentationSummary
“Broadband isn’t really where it needs to be for a robust online experience”.
“The industry really hasn’t made it easy for all these products, all this digital content to work together throughout the home. It’s not a seamless experience”.Selected quotes:Broadband• “Now, we all know there’s great content available online, videos, music, online gaming. And to need it, you need a fast connection. In fact, broadband is certainly on the rise, but it’s mostly DSL or cable. And to have a great experience, you really require something much faster, something like a fiber connection”.

• “So stop for a minute and think about it. You Tube today consumes as much bandwidth as the entire internet consumed in the year 2000. Now, when you imagine the multitude of new services and new capabilities coming online, that says we’re all going to need a lot more bandwidth, and certainly a lot more servers and storage to serve it all up — we happen to make those too”.

• “Now, fiber penetration is in its infancy, but we see some progress. Singapore has a plan to offer its residents one gigabit per second — wouldn’t you like to have that? — by 2015. You can already get 100 megabits per second in Denmark, Japan, Romania, Iceland, Slovenia, Dubai, parts of Kuwait, and in cities like Paris and Prague. In fact, in Iceland, you can get it for $26 a month”.

• “Now, here in the US, broadband penetration is just 44 percent, with fiber to the home being just one percent of that. So there’s a lot of opportunity to improve this. Now, the largest fiber-to-the-home deployment is Verizon’s Vios Project here in the US. It started replacing all the copper in a little place called Keller, Texas, around Dallas-Fort Worth. They’re now offering fiber in 16 cities across the US, and there are similar pilots all across the world. I challenge the telecomm industry to accelerate the deployment of fiber in the home. Real broadband requires fiber and will enable a real home experience”.

• “Now once users are geared-up with fast connections, the usage model and the experience becomes exponentially more interesting. So let’s take South Korea, for example. 90 percent in South Korea already have high-speed broadband. In fact, 20 million a day log in to Cy-World, which is a social gaming network. There are 20,000 internet cafes in South Korea that attract more than a million people per day. And Korea’s GDP is expected to grow at 4.5 percent this year”.

My Television Station

“Now in the Netherlands, there’s an interesting project. It’s the first European fiber-to-the-home project in Eindhoven in a neighbourhood called Vlinderflats. And residents can watch TV online with DVD quality. They can even order products online and have them delivered from local shops within three hours. There’s an application called Heart Point that allows users to stay at home by having their blood values checked, and there’s something else called Linder TV, which is the first interactive television station run by the neighbours themselves, it can be viewed in the neighbourhood and, eventually, globally”.

• “Now, emerging applications require more bandwidth. For education, and to ensure that our kids can compete in the global economy, we need to adopt advanced, ubiquitous, 21st Century broadband infrastructure in this country”. Remote access, back up and restore• “Dell Data Safe, you’ll be able to back up your information at any point. So you can recover or access your data from any PC. You can migrate your data to a new system and, of course, you can do this yourself, or we can do it in the factory for you when you buy a new system. Of course, only a direct company can do that for you. So when it arrives, all your data and personal settings are already on it”.Go here for the full transcript>>Go here for the keynote video>>

 
 

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Windows VistaWindows Vista is the name of the latest release of Microsoft Windows, for home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers.Microsoft’s primary stated objective with Vista, however, has been to improve the state of security in the Windows operating system.Microsoft Windows and Office are the dominant technologies in their markets. With new versions arriving soon, organisations are trying to decide how, when and even whether to deploy these new products.Business benefits unclear
Home users may enjoy some of the new features which could be described as useful but not essential.
Becta, the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency, said that it “strongly recommends” schools do not deploy Microsoft’s latest operating system within the next 12 months.
And in a further dig at Microsoft, Becta argues there are no “must-have” features in Vista and that “technical, financial and organisational challenges associated with early deployment currently make this [Vista] a high-risk strategy”.
PC users around the globe may find driver software is stopped from working by Vista if it detects unauthorized content access. Peter Guttman, a security engineering researcher at New Zealand’s university of Auckland, has written A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection. He reckons Vista is trying to achieve the impossible by protecting access to premium content. Users will find their PCs’ compromised by the persistent and continuous content access checks carried.Go here for Becta’s full report >>
So what’s in the box?
Features new to Windows Vista
• Windows Aero: a new hardware-based graphical user interface, named Windows Aero – an acronym for Authentic, Energetic, Reflective, and Open. The new interface is intended to be cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing than previous Windows, including new transparencies and animations.
• Windows Shell: The new Windows shell is significantly different from Windows XP, offering a new range of organization, navigation, and search capabilities.
Windows Explorer’s task pane has been removed, integrating the relevant task options into the toolbar.
A “Favorite links” pane has been added, enabling one-click access to common directories.
The address bar has been replaced with a breadcrumb navigation system.
The Start menu has changed; it no longer uses ever-expanding boxes when navigating through Programs. Even the word “Start” itself has been removed in favor of a blue Windows Orb.

• Windows Search (also known as Instant Search or search as you type): significantly faster and more thorough search capabilities. Search boxes have been added to the Start menu, Windows Explorer, and several of the applications included with Vista.

• Windows Sidebar: A transparent panel anchored to the side of the screen where a user can place Desktop Gadgets, which are small applets designed for a specialized purpose (such as displaying the weather or sports scores). Gadgets can also be placed on other parts of the Desktop.

• Windows Internet Explorer 7: new user interface, tabbed browsing, RSS, a search box, improved printing, Page Zoom, Quick Tabs (thumbnails of all open tabs), a number of new security protection features, and improved web standards support. IE7 in Windows Vista runs in isolation from other applications in the operating system (protected mode); exploits and malicious software are restricted from writing to any location beyond Temporary Internet Files without explicit user consent.

•Windows Media Player 11, a major revamp of Microsoft’s program for playing and organizing music and video. New features in this version include word wheeling (or “search as you type”), a completely new and highly graphical interface for the media library, photo display and organization, and the ability to share music libraries over a network with other Vista machines, Xbox 360 integration, and support for other Media Center Extenders.

• Backup and Restore Center: Includes a backup and restore application that gives users the ability to schedule periodic backups of files on their computer, as well as recovery from previous backups. Backups are incremental, storing only the changes each time, minimizing the disk usage. It also features CompletePC Backup which backs up an entire computer as an image onto a hard disk or DVD. CompletePC Backup can automatically recreate a machine setup onto new hardware or hard disk in case of any hardware failures.

• Windows Mail: A replacement for Outlook Express that includes a completely replaced mail store that improves stability, and enables real-time search. It has the Phishing Filter like IE7 and a Junk mail filtering.

• Windows Calendar is a new calendar and task application.

• Windows Photo Gallery, a photo and movie library management application. WPG can import from digital cameras, tag and rate individual items, adjust colors and exposure, create and display slideshows (with pan and fade effects), and burn slideshows to DVD.• Windows DVD Maker, a companion program to Windows Movie Maker, which provides the ability to create video DVDs based on a user’s content.• Windows Meeting Space is the replacement for NetMeeting. Users can share applications (or their entire Desktop) with other users on the local network, or over the Internet using peer-to-peer technology.• Windows Media Center, which was previously exclusively bundled as a separate version of Windows XP, known as Windows XP Media Center Edition, will be incorporated into the Home Premium and Ultimate editions of Windows Vista.• Games: Every game included with Windows has been rewritten to take advantage of Vista’s new graphics capabilities. New games include Chess Titans, Mahjong Titans and Purble Place. The Games section will also hold links and information to all games on the user’s computer. • Previous Versions automatically creates backup copies of files and folders, with daily frequency. Users can also create “shadow copies” by setting a System Protection Point using the System Protection tab in the System control panel. The user can be presented multiple versions of a file throughout a limited history and be allowed to restore, delete, or copy those versions. (This feature is available only in the Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions of Windows Vista and is inherited from Windows Server 2003).• Windows Mobility Center is a new control panel that centralizes the most relevant information related to mobile computing (e.g. brightness, sound, battery level / power scheme selection, wireless network, screen orientation, presentation settings, etc.).• Windows Update: Software and security updates have been simplified, now operating solely via a control panel instead of as a web application. Mail’s spam filter and Defender’s definitions will also be automatically updated via Windows Update.• Parental controls: Allows administrators to control which websites, programs, and games each standard user can use and install.

• Windows SideShow: Enables the auxiliary displays on newer laptops or on supported Windows Mobile devices. It is meant to be used to display Device gadgets while the computer is on or off.

• Speech recognition is fully integrated into Vista. It is an improved version of Microsoft Speech Recognition currently working under Office 2003, with a better interface, a rich and flexible set of commands, and an extensive command-and-control capability to activate the computer by voice. Unlike the Office 2003 version, which works only in Office and WordPad, it works for dictation in multiple applications. In addition, it currently supports several languages: English US and UK, Spanish, French, German, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), and Japanese.

• New fonts, including several designed especially for screen reading, and new high-quality Chinese (Yahei, JhengHei), Japanese (Meiryo) and Korean (Malgun) fonts.

• Problem Reports and Solutions, a new control panel which allows users to see previously sent problems and any solutions or additional information that is available.

• Improved audio controls allow the system-wide volume or volume of individual audio devices and even individual applications to be controlled separately. Introduced new audio functionalities such as Room Correction, Bass Management and Speaker Fill.

• Windows Ultimate Extras: The Ultimate Edition of Windows Vista provides access to extra games and tools, available through Windows Update. This replaces the Microsoft Plus! software bundle that was sold alongside prior versions of Windows.

Security-related technologies

• Improved security was the primary design goal for Vista. Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing initiative, which aims to improve public trust in its products, has had a direct effect on its development. This effort has resulted in a number of new security and safety features.

• User Account Control is perhaps the most significant and visible of these changes. User Account Control is a security technology that makes it possible for users to use their computer with fewer privileges by default.

• A significant new feature is BitLocker Drive Encryption, a data protection feature included in the Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Vista that provides encryption for the entire operating system volume.

• Microsoft’s anti-spyware product, Windows Defender, has been incorporated into Windows, providing protection against malware and other threats. Changes to various system configuration settings (such as new auto-starting applications) are blocked unless the user gives consent.

• Internet Explorer 7’s new security and safety features include a phishing filter, IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) with anti-spoofing capabilities, and integration with system-wide parental controls.

• As part of the rearchitecting of the network stack, Windows Firewall has been upgraded, with new support for filtering both incoming and outgoing traffic.

More about Vista:
Microsoft – Vista >>
Wikipedia – Vista >>

 
 

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  Some Personal favourites  
  The Meccano robot
Spyke is the first robot to be built that you can transform and control from a computer through a WiFi connection and you can control him from anywhere in the world via the Internet!Spyke comes with a video camera, a microphone, a loudspeaker and 2 motors.Spyke is a Spy Robot.
He can move, watch, hear, take pictures, record video and sound …
He is equipped with light and sound effects, video and voice filters…
Spyke is a telephone
He can be used as a VOIP phone & web cam and is compatible with MSN , Skype , Google Talk technologies …
Spyke is a Digital Music Player.
Listen to your own music…
Spyke is a video surveillance device.
When a movement is detected, Spyke activates an alarm or sends you a picture by e-mail…
And best of all…….When the battery charge gets low, Spyke returns back to his recharging station automatically !
 
 

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  The Netgear cordless Skype phoneDual-mode cordless phone enables you to make traditional (land line) phone calls and Skype calls using the same handset. Use Skype to call other Skype users for free. Use Skype Out to call ordinary phones worldwide for pennies per minute and with no monthly fees.More information here>>  
 

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  Wireless Recharging

Imagine being able to recharge your laptop by placing it on a pad. The people at WildCharge hope you can. In fact, they’re betting that you’re also sick of buying different power cords for every gadget you own–cell phone, smart phone, MP3 player, etc.

The WildCharger from Arizona-based WildCharge is the latest attempt to bring wireless power mainstream. The device works using a small flexible pad, approximately 6 inches by 15 inches on which gadgets or laptops are placed. The pad does have a wire and plugs into the wall. A receiver either integrated into a phone or laptop or attached as a battery pack.
It’s been done before, but it didn’t exactly take off. WildCharge says this time will be different.In the future, WildCharge’s goal is to have the receivers integrated into a variety of devices and the pads would be hotspots for recharging, either at a desk or in a house, or even in airports, cafes, or hotels.The WildCharger will go on sale this summer. No word on pricing yet. The WildCharger pad delivers up to 90W of power, enough to simultaneously charge and power most laptops and small devices. The Mini delivers up to 15W of power, ample power for simultaneously charging 3-5 small devices such as cell phones, smart phones, portable music players and many others.
wildcharge.com >>

 
 

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It’s the iphone?
Well maybe…it just depends on Cisco Systems who are suing Apple for trademark infringement in a US federal court, for using the iPhone name.

more from BBC news >>

So The company making the biggest splash at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week was not even there: Apple Computer Inc., which debuted its highly anticipated multimedia iPhone at its Macworld show.

So much hype but you can’t have one until June.

 
  Can’t wait until June for the iPhone- possible alternatives now:Samsung’s new Ultra Music
Go here for CNET review >>
Go here for Samsung’s press release>>
 
  T-Mobile Sidekick 3
Go here for CNET review >>
 
 

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  If you can wait you’ll get:
Cingular, quad-band GSM/EDGE phone
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but no 3G
11.6mm thick: that’s thinner than all those other anorexic smart phones
2-megapixel camera
iPod connector, mic input, and speaker jack
Proximity sensor: when it’s close to your ear, the touch screen and display shut down
“Smart” screen knows which way to orient images depending on how you hold it; widescreen playback for videos
Highest-resolution Apple screen of all time
Mac OS X operating system
Touch screen interface, no stylus
Full-on applications–more PC-like than mobile device-like
“Visual voice mail”
Safari Web browser
Google Maps: includes satellite and traffic data
POP3 and IMAP e-mail capabilities: real e-mail, not mobile version
Widgets!
Seamless integration between EDGE and Wi-Fi
Flash memory
5 hours of talk, video, and browsing time; 16 hours of audio playback
8GB model, $599 with a two-year contract
4GB model, $499
Shipping in June http://www.apple.com/iphone/
 
 

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  And finally……Stereotypes 2.0
Remember the Yuppy (Young Upwardly Mobile Professionals) and Dinky (double income, no kids yet)
Well now there’s a new generation of categories……which one are you?
• Affluent technostylers
• Prudent Nesters
• Connected Aspirers
• Practical Mainstreamers
 
 

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