London’s Tower Bridge turns to be the biggest Bluetooth device

Friday, February 16, 2007

Organizer of Switched-On London lighting festival has turned the London’s Tower Bridge into the world’s biggest Bluetooth device. Multi-color lights were laid across the length of upper walkway and the sensors were put at the end of Tower Bridge detecting every single traveler’s Bluetooth enabled device (mobile phone, PDA, etc.) that pass through the bridge. Those multi-color lights will turn on if the devices pass above them, from distance, it will look like the lights follow the movement of the device’s holder. Yes it is very interesting exhibition we can say and it is very exciting to see despite of the budget they spent for the project.

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Giga-Byte G-Smart q60 mobile TV smartphone

Thursday, February 15, 2007

The second device announced by Giga-Byte during the 3 GSM World Congress is G-Smart q60 which has high similarity as G-Smart t600. They are very similar devices, both of them are mobile TV smartphone, they are manufactured by the same company, they are announced about at the same time, and yes they have similar features. But don’t get confuse, what we want to discuss in here is G-Smart q60, even though many people get messed up with those two devices. Just remember q60 is the one with thumb keyboard and smaller screen, while the t600 has VGA touchscreen and no keyboard.

Straight to the specification, for the connectivity q60 use the same as t600 triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE but q60 support singleband UMTS/HSDPA which t600 does not. It has GPS receiver, powered by XScale CPU with 520 MHz, has inbuilt Bluetooth 2.0 and WiFi b/g. In addition, it supports digital TV and digital DAB radio. Furthermore, there are two cameras at the front and back. The one on the back is 2.1 Megapixels camera and the other one is VGA camera for video telephony over UMTS.

There is no indication for the price yet, it is expected that it will be ready at the market at Q2. It will be released first in Taiwan, followed by Europe.

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Giga-Byte Communication announced a couple of Windows 6 mobile devices which features digital terrestrial TV under G-smart brand during the 3 GSM World Congress that was held in Barcelona (12-15 February 2007). It was an annual European event that gathered people across countries to do business and discuss the latest trends in mobile phone industry.

Giga-Byte’s home base is in Taiwan and initially it was well known for its Windows mobile TV solution and analogue TV devices. However, during the event, Giga-Byte came up with fresh concept and exposed two of their mobile TV devices implemented with terrestrial TV feature, the first one is G-Smart t600 and the second is G-smart q60 which will be covered in the next article.

The G-Smart t600 is a Windows 6 Professional smartphone, which supports triband GSM/GPRS, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 for its connectivity. It is powered by 520 MHz Xscale CPU, it has 256 Mb ROM and 96 Mb RAM which can be expanded through microSD memory card. Furthermore, it has gorgeous 2.6” VGA touch screen.

The features that are mentioned above is just the basic coverage, the most interesting part and thing that all the attention should be focused on is its TV support which is either DVB-H or DVB-T and its radio support T-DMB and DAB radio. With those complete features you can watch live TV wherever you go as long as you get those coverage supported.

In summary, you are able to make phone call through cellular network and voIP (red.: we reckon), watch live TV, listen to both analogue and digital radio, benefit from the GPS features, enjoy the gorgeous VGA touch screen, in addition it supports TV recording, all of them in one product. But we let the final decision back to you, do you think it is worth to buy?

G-smart t600 will be released in Q2 in Taiwan followed by launch in Europe in early summer. There is no indication of price yet.

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GTX Xplorer Shoe plants GPS devices inside

Friday, January 26, 2007

Another old concept is refreshed again, it is GPS (Global Positioning System) that allow you to identify your current exact position. But this time it is planted on shoes. GTX’s corp. is the manufacturer of Xplorer, this smart GPS shoes. It has small GPS tracking device inside the shoe that communicate with central location tracking service. It is powered by built-in rechargeable battery that can last up to several days.

Additional features which is Dual Geo-fencing allow you to preset the area that you consider as ‘safe ‘ zone and ‘unsafe’ zone, if you trespass those preset zone then it will send alerts to your cell phone to notify you.

However so far, there is no indication how to recharge the built-in battery and how to set the GPS shoe so it will send alert directly to the intended cell phone not to the others.

There are many implementations that can be applied by using this GPS shoe. The company mentioned that it can become very handy for parents to keep eye on their kids. But the thing is the kids can possibly bring another pair of shoes and drop the Xplorer at their friend’s house while they can do things that their parents don’t approve. Or another thought is Xplorer can be a “very nice birthday present” for your friends without telling them it has GPS inside, you know what I’m talking about.

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Nokia N800 VoIP internet tablet makes browsing easy during travel

Nokia introduced N800 the revolutionary internet tablet above the older model N770. The N800 uses WiFi and Bluetooth for connectivity. Additionally, its slim travel design make this wireless gadget become very handy and perfect for internet browsing during outdoor meeting or when traveling. It works very great to keep you up to date with the latest news while you enjoy your coffee break at the access point available coffee shop (such as Starbucks). This cool gadget is not meant to replace your PDA, laptop, or smartphone, it just perfect as your travel mate which has a bit less features than those gadgets.

Most of people think N800 is a cell phone, don’t get mistake, it is not cell phone. It is an internet tablet that allows you to make calls using VoIP (Voice over IP). You can choose either using Wifi (802.11b/g) to connect to access point or couple it up with Bluetooth enabled phone to connect with cellular network. Wireless connectivity makes you easy for browsing and instant messaging during travel.
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It has multifunction built-in camera, can be used as webcam for video calls as well. N800 come with tremendous wide-screen, it supports 800 x 480 resolutions and 65,000 colors display, producing lively images. Moreover, it is provided with the marvelous touch-screen features that allow you to put information with fingertips or with the provided stylus. The N800 is designed for you who travel a lot, it has slim design with dimension 2.9x5.7x0.5 inches and weight 7.2 ounces, just perfectly fit into your pocket.

Finally the question is 'will this gadget able to position itself as a high demand gadget?' Considering the offered features can be found on any other devices such as PDAs and smartphones. Furthermore, its wireless connectivity can be boomerang for itself, since the connectivity is limited to WiFi or Bluetooth only, no cable. It might be a bit hassle.

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Anycom FIPO let Bluetooth gadgets streams audio over iPod accessories

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Anycom announced FIPO, a Bluetooth protocol converter that allow any other Bluetooth enabled devices with A2DP compatibility (such as mobile phone, mp3, PC, PDA, laptop, etc.) to transmit audio streams to any iPod intended speaker system. No matter what type of media player you use on your Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, FIPO is still able to play your song with any speaker systems that are designed for iPod. This is a good news for non-iPod owners, you can still enjoy the great quality of iPod speaker system (Altec Lansing iM7, Logitech mm50, iDeck, and so on) without having iPod itself.

To use it simply plug FIPO into Apple iPod connector, then it will automatically start auto-pairing process, searching for paired devices that are able to exchange control command such as play, pause, or navigate through tracks. After the process, you will be able to control music play from your mobile phones or any other Bluetooth devices that you attach with the same way as you control iPod.

It will be available in the middle of February with the starting price approximately $99.

For further reading : Anycom FIPO press released

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Buffalo Wi-Fi adaptor WLI-U2-SG54HP increase signal up to 210 percent

If you are having problem with low signal accessing Wi-Fi access point or you want to add wireless connection features for your computer or laptop, Buffalo's AirStation WLI-U2-SG54HP might be the answer for you. This USB 2.0 stick adapter is able to boost up your wireless connection up to 210 percents and can greatly increase the range up to 170 meters.

The company claimed the wireless adapter works perfectly especially when you need wireless connection in large area. For instance, your job expects you to be in open space all the time and you need to bring your laptop wherever you go. In certain cases you need wireless connection, but unfortunately the internet Wi-Fi access point is located 160 meters away from you. As you know at this range you will have really bad ‘low signal’ problem. But it is not a problem anymore, simply stick WLI-U2-SG54HP up at the back of your laptop, plug the usb in and you are ready to rock.

You may think what possibility you can do with this Wi Fi adapter which has the ability to receive signal at very great range. Hijack some Wi Fi to get free connection? Always consider the risks before you do that.

It has dimension 220x25x10 mm and 33 gram weight. It is Vista compatible, Wi-Fi b/g, WEP 64/128bits, WPA-PSK and IPv6. And available for sale at approximately 30 euros.

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