Mobile-health company Mobisante has heaved a sigh of relief, claiming that their smartphone ultrasound device, the MobiUS, has finally made its way to the market officially. That might sound like good news to some, but those who do not know how much it costs will most probably balk at the price tag – we are talking about a $7,495 handover of cold, hard cash.
Considering how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance alone took so long, the MobiUS system that was originally constructed to function in fetal, abdominal, cardiac, pelvic, and peripheral vessel imaging currently works with the 2-year-old Windows Mobile 6.5-based Toshiba TG01 smartphone, using a USB 2.0 port for the probe in the process. That’s a bummer, especially if you’ve just forked out that insane amount of dough.
Since most folks are jiving to the iPhone and Android-powered handsets, I don’t know how many people will adopt the MobiUS but I guess only time will tell. Makes you wonder at times whether all that red tape in the government could be shortened or not.
Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-book reader is definitely more interesting to own now – after all, there has been an announcement of a back-to-school promotion which will allow students to access $100 worth of free books and study tools as long as they purchase a new Nook e-book reader. Students might groan at this, but parents who want their kids to pick up the reading habit will definitely find this to be welcome news.
The educational content package will comprise of a collection of a dozen of the company’s Classics books and 12 SparkNotes study guides, not to mention Nook Study guides and four Nook apps which will be available for free.
The Classics package comprises of titles such as A Tale of Two Cities, Beowulf, Ivanhoe, Crime and Punishment, and The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman – with others accompanying it. Spark Notes guides will also ensure popular required reading materials such as To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye being made available. This promotion will run through September 11, but don’t be a last minute person as buyers will need to register your devices before October 31st.
Hercules has unveiled a new line of USB 2.0 speakers it has just launched called the Hercules XPS Diamond. Their name comes from the unique case which gives it the look of a cut diamond, all be it black. The black diamond XPS speakers are mounted in clear stands to give the impression of them floating on your desk.
All power and audio is provided to the magnetic-shielded satellites speakers via 1 x USB 2.0 cable and are compatible with both PC and Mac machines.
The Hercules XPS Diamond USB Speakers measure just 9 x 6 x 8.5 cm and come with their own black carrying pouch making them ideal for anyone that need to carry a pair of external speakers while out and about.
Logitech have just unveiled a new line of earphones they have just added to their range the Logitech LBT-HP04 Series Bluetooth Earphones.
They are compatible with Bluetooth AVRCP profile allowing them to connect seamlessly with iOS devices.
The new earphones weigh just 13 grams and come in three different models:
- LBT-MPHP04A series for cell phones
- LBT-PCHP04 series for computers
- LBT-AVHP04A series for portable audio players.
All models are coming to stores in November and each set comes with its own recharging cradle and USB connection cable. Unfortunately there are no pricing details at the moment.
Sometimes you just wish to always keep your smart phone in your pocket, and you wanna have a separate device to tell you if you have any incoming messages or other information. The Sony Ericsson LiveView is a little Bluetooth-capable display that can be held in your hands while keeping your Android smart phone in your pocket, for constantly checking of any incoming SMS, emails and other information on your phone.
The Sony Ericsson LiveView is now said to be headed its way to UK November 19 for a price of £50 ($80). The little device features a color OLED display, and two hard keys and four soft keys for control and navigation. It comes both with a clip and a wristband, so you can either have it clipped on your lapel or strapped on your wrist. It allows you to read SMS, RSS feed, control media player and stay tuned with Facebook and Twitter updates.
The Sony Ericsson LiveView works with Android smart phones that run Android 2.0 and above. And your phone needs to have to be installed with the companion Sony Ericsson LiveWare Manager and LiveView app.
The Sennheiser MM 70i ear canal earphones are real eye-catchers and are perfectly designed for mobile use.
These earphones combine a clear stereo sound and a rich bass with an elegant design. The Sennheiser MM 70i earphones come equipped with six ear adapters made of silicone that offer a high level of passive attenuation of surrounding noise. There is also a new smart in-line remote with built-in microphone that works seamlessly with latest generations of iPod, iPhone and the iPad. This remote allows you to end or reject a phone call, and activate Voice Control without reaching for the source device. You have instant control of the volume, and you can play or pause, and skip to the next or previous track. It’s all easy and quick with just a touch of the on-cord unit. No word on pricing or availability at this moment.
Early this year, Cisco has overtaken Pure Digital—the makers of the Flip camera. And now, a spokesman from Cisco has confirmed the arrival of the new Flip in the first trimester of 2010. What more, it will have a built-in WiFi.
The new Flip, however, will not have a touchscreen but it can move, sliding back to “reveal the record and menu buttons underneath.” This means that the Flip will have a bigger screen—probably more than the current two-inch screen of the top-end Flip Ultra HD. And like the iPhone, I’m sure that there will be some editing abilities so you can upload clipped videos directly to YouTube.
No price or exact release date has been announced for the Cisco Flip, but expect more information to arrive in the following days.
Who cares if this Sanyo Eneloop Stick Booster looks like a cross between an aluminum hot dog and a curling iron? Slip a couple of AAs in there, and its USB port is good and ready to accommodate a plug from your iPhone, iPod, or any other portable electronic device that uses USB to charge itself. Sanyo is nice enough to include a couple of rechargeable Eneloop batteries in the package, good for 1,500 rounds until they’re spent.
Those two batteries will charge up your gadgetry for 90 minutes, which could be just the right amount of time you need to get you through to that next replenishing power outlet. Pre-order it now for $34.72, and in December you’ll have yourself an unusually attractive auxiliary power unit that will easily fit inside even the most compact of carry-ons.
Have you ever found yourself trying to remember where and when you took that particular picture you want printed your friend’s farewell party? But thanks to this geotagging gadget, you can now geotag your photos via GPS co-ordinates. This PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900 is based on the PhotoTrackr released back in 2007, although this one has more features in it.
As you geotag your photos with the PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900, the device will also be able to upload your pictures directly to various online web albums such as Flickr and Picasa. This will also give a detailed account of all photos you took regarding when and where they were taken.
More, the PhotoTrackr Mini DPL900 has the ability to work with a Mac software, and it also has support for RAW photos. This is a big step for the PhotoTrackr makers since the big problem with the previous geotagger is its incompatibility with Mac.
This device, which only looks like a USB flash drive, will retail for $69.
A romantic dinner under candlelight is a symbol of love. But lovers, who often organize such activities, may simply go bankrupt, constantly buying new candles. Therefore, they should buy a reusable LED Blow On-Off Candles.
This gadget doesn’t require any matches or lighters to set the fire. It’s enough to transfer switch located at the base of the candles in “on”, and blow. Then LED Blow On-Off Candles light up a soft yellow or blue light, just like a real candle. After a romantic dinner, it’s enough to blow the “candle”.
The size of these high-tech candles is: diameter – 7,6 cm, height – 10 or 15 cm. It works on three AAA batteries and after full charging work approximately 300 hours.