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The Yu Type: salvation for two-fingered typists

January 20, 2009 This product makes a lot of sense – a goodly proportion of the people we know are two-fingered typists. In the world of programming, we’d hesitate to suggest the percentage of hunt-and-peckers is close to 100 percent. This creates stress ion the eyes and slows the input rates significantly, as we (yes, guilty) constantly need to refocus on the keys of the keyboard then move our focus to the screen and back again and again …. The Yu Type is a compact computer peripheral that sits on the keyboard in the user’s eyeline, displaying words as they are typed. Designed to improve speed and accuracy, it avoids the need for less accomplished typists to keep switching their focus from keyboard to monitor.  Read More

ioSafe Solo: the world's first affordable high capacity disaster proof hard drive

Ya call that a hard disk? This is a real hard disk - it’ll withstand fires up to 1550 degrees Fahrenheit and can be submersed in salt water for three days and it’ll still protect its precious data. The ioSafe Solo offers disaster protection to a price range that everyone can afford with capacities from 500GB for US$150 through to 1.5TB for US$300 based on the introductory pricing and it’s an enormously compelling proposition if you have data that’s irreplaceable. It isn’t portable, with a weight of 15 pounds and dimensions of 5x7.1x11 inches but it’s just the ticket for that priceless customer database, or the family photo album.  Read More

SanDisk's G3 SSD

Hard drives have been the bottleneck in modern PC performance for some time now, and while SSD technology has led to new levels of performance, the price point has left a lot to be desired. Enter SanDisk, with a new range of SSDs based on multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory. SanDisk claims their G3 SSDs are twice as fast as prior SSDs and over five times as fast as the fastest 7200RPM HDD, with sequential performance of 200MB/s read and 140MB/s write. The price? Just over US$2 a gigabyte.  Read More

The Emperor 200 Workstation

Talk about over the top! This US40,000 contraption acts like a sedentary gamer's life-support system. Three synchronized 19" monitors adjustable to the perfect height, inbuilt 5.1 surround sound with a woofer right under your leather-coddled hiney - which is gently warmed or cooled by the seat depending on temperature, electronic posture-controlled reclining, subtle lighting, HEPA air filtration, and it gently and automatically rotates to avoid external glare. The Emperor Workstation uncoils like a scorpion to let you in, then closes in around you once you sit down to lock you into workstation world. Stick a hole in the seat with some plumbing, and sit it next to the fridge, and you wouldn't have to pause your game for ANYTHING.  Read More

HP Pavilion dv2

HP released the details of its 09 lineup at CES, outlining new notebooks, a desktop, a gaming keyboard, a server, and a photo printing app for iPhone. Among them, the inch-thick HP Pavilion dv2 weighs less than four pounds and has a high-capacity hard drive of up to 500GB.  Read More

The Touch&Go Messenger 65P - world’s largest all-in-one computer

January 13, 2009 Micro’s new US$15,000 touch screen Messenger 65P is designed as a retail-ready interactive consumer kiosk which can be used for self-service applications, digital signage, store maps, advertising, messaging, product information, and demonstrations. It can be hung from a ceiling or wall or even positioned on the countertop, but it's the dimensions of the bohemoth which couples Sharp’s largest commercial LCD with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor which make it stand out almost anywhere - 64.6" high by 37.6" wide by 7.4" deep. The Messenger 65P is on display at the Intel exhibit at the National Retail Federation’s BIG Show 2009 which opened this week.  Read More

NVIDIA's GeForce 3D Vision system

January 12, 2009 Today's 3D games are already programmed to take depth of field into account as part of their game world graphics rendering. Your graphics card already knows exactly how far away the objects it's crunching are. So it's really only display and driver restraints that have prevented us from seeing our existing 3D games in a truly immersive stereoscopic 3D format. Vegas CES 2009 has shown us some extremely promising, and already affordable, stereoscopic 3D display technologies that work with the majority of recent release 3D games and take a big step forward towards the ultimate goal of virtual reality home gaming. We'll take a look at NVIDIA's 3D Vision system and iZ3D's stereoscopic monitors, which approach the task from different angles and give us a glimpse of what we can expect when 3D technologies flood the mainstream in years to come.  Read More

The Pogoplug home file server

The Pogoplug is a diskless file server that plugs into your wall, and connects to your home network and to any external hard drive of your choice. OK, this sounds similar to dozens of existing home servers already on the market, but Pogoplug's secret sauce is a proprietary tunneling mechanism that let you access files on the device both at home and on the road, via your PC, Mac, or even iPhone.  Read More

Clickfree's Transformer turns any USB drive into a backup device

Sun Microsystems used to say, "the network is the computer", but in this case, the smarts are all in the cable. Clickfree's Transformer cable contains their backup and restore software, and uses the "autorun" feature of Microsoft Windows to automatically launch their backup/restore whenever the device is connected to your PC. None of the software is ever copied to your hard drive, but it does run each time you insert the cable directly from the device. We had a chance to get a quick demonstration from Clickfree's CEO, Bryan McLeod.  Read More

pureSilicon's Nitro SSD, 1TB in a 2.5' package

New Jersey based startup pureSilicon announced their Nitro SSD line including the first 1TB 2.5" SSD at CES 2009. We had a chance to talk to their CEO, Jason Breakstone, and ask a few questions.  Read More

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