Who wants to send Santa a wish list when you can just call him instead? Santa has scored his very own Google Voice number, a number you or your children can call the jolly old man at and say hello, or detail what you'd like to see under the tree. Santa is obviously pretty busy this time of year, so chances are you're going to get his voicemail rather than the man himself. This morning his outgoing message indicated he and Mrs. Claus were working on decorating the tree, but offered the option to leave a message he could check when the tree decorating was complete.
Maybe feeling that their original MiLi Pro
pico projector wasn’t quite pico enough, MiLi has put the device under the surgeon’s knife and produced an updated model that has shed a few millimeters around the waist appropriately titled the MiLi Pro v2.0. Although it packs the same Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) LED projector producing 10 lumens and 640 x 480 pixel resolution found in its predecessor, the fan has been ditched, resulting in a unit that the company claims is almost 50 percent slimmer than the original and “perfectly silent.”
We've seen the cardboard record player
and cardboard USB sticks
, now another design that thinks outside the (cardboard) box - the foldable phone concept. Created by Chengyuan Wei, the Origami phone handset comes flat and like a pop-up book, transforms into a 3D handset with a few simple folds ... oh, and it's recyclable.
While most phones are getting smaller
and being crammed with non-phone functionality
, the "Sixty" cordless phone from French company Sagemcom harks back to an earlier age of domestic communications ... with an injection of 21st Century design and technology.
At CEATEC 2010
in Chiba, Japan, Panasonic
exhibited the Lumix Phone, amid some significant excitement as they had teased the specs in a release
the previous week. While it remains to be seen exactly how good the Lumix Phone is, it's certainly interesting to see a product that at least approaches the model of a camera with a phone rather than a just another phone with a camera.
You might, at first, wonder why anyone would want a combination mouse and phone. Well, if you’re working on the go from a laptop, or have limited desk space, it saves you the hassle of managing both devices separately. That, at least, is the thinking behind Koegler Electronics’ AudioMouse, recently spied by Gizmag at Computex 2010
Some people may find it hard to believe but yes, home phones do still exist. Sure they haven’t undergone the massive technological advances we've seen in mobile phones in the past decade but Motorola is looking to make up some ground with one of the first Android-powered home phones to hit the market - the Motorola HS1001. Running Android v1.6 the cordless handset features a 2.8-inch touchscreen with virtual keypad and allows users to surf the web and check email via a Wi-Fi connection to a home network.
Last December, the world was introduced to the Synaptics Fuse
, a new concept in mobile communications. The prototype smartphone is the result of a collaboration between Synaptics, Texas Instruments, Immersion, TheAlloy and The Astonishing Tribe (TAT). What makes this phone so special is its user/phone interface. It takes Synaptics’ pioneering touchscreen technology
to a whole new level, allowing people to use the phone one-handed, and without having to even see the screen.
This week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Palm
unveiled its two upcoming Verizon-exclusive smartphones, the Pre Plus and the Pixi Plus. Both phones boast substantial improvements over their present namesakes, and both will utilize Palm’s new webOS developer program, which will allow independent software developers to create and distribute their own apps.
Semiconductor company Broadcom says its new processor will provide cell phones with full HD 1080p camcorder capabilities and up to 20MP digital camera resolution with advanced features such as multiple shots per second, image stabilization, face and smile detection and panorama mode. The BCM2763 VideoCore IV will also render mobile games natively at up to 1080p and include on-board HDMI output for a console-quality gaming experience on large screen HDTVs.