Just when you thought that SD memory cards, with their fancy new SDHC spec, were pulling ahead of Sony's Memory Stick Pro format in terms of capacity and data transfer rates, here come Sony and SanDisk with an upgrade. The two companies have teamed up to keep Sony's proprietary memory card format up-to-date by increasing the maximum capacity to 32GB and bumping the top theoretical data transfer rate to 60 megabytes per second. That makes this new format three times as fast as current Memory Stick Pro media, according to the companies, though the new cards will be … Read more
We've never been huge fans of touchpads; call us old-fashioned, but we just like the feel of a mouse in our hand. But we also understand the aversion to carrying one more thing with your laptop.
Geniusnet has addressed at least part of that problem with the "Genius Navigator 380," a combination VoIP phone, instant-message device and optical mouse released in India.
While being used as a mouse, the closed clamshell handset can still ring or its LED will blink when someone is trying to reach you. It supports up to six instant messengers simultaneously in one … Read more
Brando is a company that makes some decidedly goofy gadgets (who doesn't?) but it also has figured out a decidedly practical strategy: making all-in-one technologies.
We're not talking about grotesque mutations but useful devices such as a single dock for iPods, PSPs and cell phones. That seems to have been the driving philosophy behind the "55-in-1 card reader," which I4U News says will work with all manner of storage cards, including "SDHC / SDHC 2.0 cards, MicroSD/T-Flash, miniSD, Memory Stick Micro (M2)"--all without adapters, for just $28.
This is exciting news, because … Read more
Crave has seen all manner of USB storage devices, many of dubious value. But A-Data has recently come out with a USB drive that not only seems well designed but is also practical.
Chip Chick says the 12GB "Mini Cube" (not to be confused with the "Cube Mini") has a plug that folds away into a square case less than 2 by 2 inches that's not really a cube at all, which is a good thing for space-saving reasons. What's most impressive about this $125 device is a "one-touch backup function" that … Read more
If there's one thing that years of computer use has taught us, it's that one size definitely does not fit all. So companies like Kinesis continue to work on various ergonomic keyboard designs that will keep our wrists and hands from ending up on the permanent disabled list.
The company, which has been at experimenting with various iterations for some time, has come out with a new line called "Freestyle" that's intended for as much customization as possible short of placing and programming individual keys. The first two models are the "Solo" (flat) … Read more
But how often do you see stuffed animals with their own working headphones? Now that's original. The 'phones, in this case, are actually speakers that connect to your MP3 player. These iFlops come in a menagerie of bears, elephants, frogs, pigs and monkeys, as seen in this photo from Chip Chick. No penguins, though. (Sorry, Caroline.)
Eons ago, before free Wi-Fi networks existed (yes, there was once such a time), we experimented with a wireless laptop modem that theoretically worked with our Motorola cell phone. It was a bizarre-looking setup that would have had us clip the handset to our notebook screen if necessary to get a better signal.
Naturally, it was an unmitigated disaster that ended up costing more than the phone itself. And, of course, we never were able to browse the Web even once. So imagine our delight at learning of Novatel's "Ovation" USB modem, which Engadget notes is available … Read more
Competition and commoditization are driving hardware makers further into niche markets all the time, but this product is bordering on the absurd: a mouse for households with left- and right-handed people who share the same computer. It doesn't get much more esoteric than that.
With all due respect to ambidextrous families, is this really a burning necessity? We humbly suggest that R&D money might be better spent on other things, such as designing an injury-proof Wiimote. If you must have one of Elecom's "M-EKUR" dual-control mice, Electronista says it can be had for $22 … Read more
It's great that solar rechargers are starting to catch on, but we're not thrilled at the idea of carrying one that's 10 times the size of the phone it's supposed to power. Brunton's "SolarPort 4.4" isn't that big and won't give us a hernia (we hope), but it's still not as portable as we'd like.
A Manhattan artist friend recently asked me if I knew of any "cool portable electric pencil sharpener gadgets." Someone actually has use for an electric pencil sharpener? Isn't that like using an electric can opener, when the hand crank is faster?
Actually, no. While in the zone, artists don't want to have to stop to sharpen pencils, I was informed. That would make them lose their groove. They just want a quick dunk to sharpen up so that they can go right on back to sketching.