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EasyBloom Plant Sensor

Incorporating the same sensor technology used in the NASA Mars Mission, the EasyBloom Plant Sensor from PlantSense helps even the most novice gardener select the right plants for their garden and rescue unhealthy plants from an untimely death.  Read More

Vizit - touch screen digital photo frame uses mobile network

Vizit is a two-way communication, fully interactive digital photo frame that enables users to send and receive digital photos over the mobile network . Announced today at CES, Vizit’s biggest strength is that a digital image can be sent directly to the frame and show up immediately – it might be a way for people to share travel experiences with friends, or family moments with loved ones – picture mail, if you like. Vizit leverages the mobile network to securely receive photos from one’s cell phone, e-mail, computer or other Internet photo management sites. Users can also send pictures from one Vizit to another Vizit, or even multiple Vizits, enabling them to build a community of friends and family who are sharing their lives from geographically disparate locations.  Read More

BRM name for 800 bhp AWD electric race car

Yet another famous British automotive name is to be resurrected in 2009, with the news that Bee Automobiles’ recently announced 250 mph AWD electric racing car will compete as the BRM Bee Four ERV in the British Hill Climb Championships this year. The car should be an awesome beastie as it is reportedly using a new topology of electric motor featuring a segmented armature and the novel use of materials. Each 13 kg motor (one for each wheel) delivers a peak torque of 130Nm (10Nm/kg) and peak power of about 50kW. Simulations show that the same motor, developed by the Electronic Power Group within the Engineering Department at the University of Oxford, is capable of achieving a peak torque of over 200Nm and a peak power of over 150kW.  Read More

Olympus announces 26X zoom SP-590 digital camera

Olympus raised the bar for point-and-shoot digital cameras today with the launch of the new 26x optical zoom SP-590 Ultra Zoom. That’s the biggest zoom yet, and the equivalent of a zoom lens with 26-676mm focal length. The versatility offered by the zoom lens is extreme, it can capture images from macro to almost any distance. The SP-590 produces 12-megapixel images, has Dual Image Stabilization, Face Detection, Ultra High-Speed Sequential shooting and a 2.7-inch LCD. Available in March with an Estimated Street Price of US$450.  Read More

Kodak's innovative 24X zoom Z980 Digital Camera

Kodak has worked relentlessly to ensure it is still a heavyweight contender as the world of photography has moved from silver halide to digital, and its new 12 MPX Z980 Digital Camera shows it is still on its game. Apart from an image-stabilized 24X optical zoom lens, the US$400 Z980 has an innovative vertical shutter release that will be very useful for those who like to use the long zoom to pull their subjects in very close. "The clever design is a second shutter on the side that becomes the shutter button when you turn the camera to take a landscape shot", says Gizmag's Noel McKeegan (pictured). "The navigation dial also becomes the zoom button when you do this, making it a very comfy camera to use both ways." There's no accelerometer (next model?), so it doesn't happen automatically. You have to flick a switch on the top of the body to engage this function. It’s also the flagship digital camera running the company’s new Smart Capture software, which automatically adjusts the camera’s settings to consistently deliver high quality images.  Read More

iRobot 2nd Generation Looj Gutter Cleaning Robot

Consumer robotics manufacturer iRobot is demonstrating the second generation Looj Gutter Cleaning Robot at CES, which is newsworthy in that the original model won last year’s 2008 Best of CES Innovations Award and it’s still the only product of its kind. The Looj, makes gutter cleaning faster (it can clean up to 60-foot of gutter in10 minutes), easier and safer by reducing ladder work and reaching in precarious positions. The new Looj comes in three models starting at US$130, and has been significantly redesigned with additional features that help it break up clogged leaves and debris and improve overall performance.  Read More

Explora Hotel Salto Chico, Chile

Gizmag readers are an intelligent, well-traveled, knowledgeable and resourceful bunch if the feedback emails we receive are any indication. So here's your chance guys and gals, because we're struggling even to imagine a more stunning setting for a luxury hotel than this. Explora Hotel Salto Chico sits at the edge of an alpine lake, beside a giant waterfall, at the foot of one of the Andes' most spectacular views, in the middle of the Patagonian wilderness in remote Southern Chile. Just take a look through the photo gallery, it's absolutely mind-boggling, and very close to enough lakes, glaciers, snowy mountains and waterfalls to chew through the tallest stack of camera memory cards. So tell us, is there a more spectacularly located hotel anywhere in the world?  Read More

SDXC Memory Cards to provide 2TB storage in defacto standard format

The next-generation SDXC (eXtended Capacity) memory card specification was announced today and while it promises the inevitable seemingly limitless capacities we always knew would arrive eventually, it certainly paints a picture of digital life being quite different in the future. The new SDXC specification provides up to 2 terabytes storage capacity and accelerates SD interface read/write speeds to 104 megabytes per second this year, with a road map to 300 megabytes per second. The day is not far away when a single chip can store weeks of high-definition video, a lifetime photo collection, and months of music. Enough to store your entire life and its soundtrack in your mobile phone. Professional hi-def video equipment form factors will become incredibly small.  Read More

The Eliica eight-wheeled electric supercar

What's the land-speed record for an electric eight-wheeler? It seems we're soon going to find out. A team of electron-heads at Japan's Keio University have built two of these oddly-shaped supercars, powered by Lithium-Ion batteries and an 80 horsepower electric motor for each wheel. Top speed is expected to be in excess of 230mph, with 0-60 times around 4 seconds already recorded. Power's not an issue, then... What about range? The Eliica's claimed 200 miles per charge puts it right at the pointy end of the field. While each of the prototypes has cost around US$320,000, the team plans to produce 200 units with the right backing.  Read More

LG 3G Touch wristwatch video phone on sale this year

The wristwatch video phone we’ve been waiting for nearly half a century thanks to the broadly syndicated Dick Tracy cartoon strips, is finally about to arrive. LG Electronicshas unveiled the world’s first Touch Watch Phone and it appears to be the hamburger with the lot – camera, Flash Interface, MP3 player, Voice Calling, Text messaging, 3.63cm (1.43-inch) touchscreen, voice recognition, text-to-speech, a 3G Video Telephony (VT) service and GSM Quadband Network capabilities. Shown in prototype form at last year’s CES, the phone (designated LG-GD910) will be available in Europe this year.  Read More

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