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Zip, Touch-n-go Multi-Device Charging Station is strangely cool

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 20, 2011 7:02 pm

I hate fighting with wires to charge my gadgets. They always fall behind something or I lose them under all the boxes that migrate towards my office each week. It is compounded by the fact that I have a ton of gadgets to charge at any given time. If you charge lots of gear and are tired of having to find an outlet and cord for each one you need the Touch-n-go Multi-device charger.

 

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The device is an oddly shaped plate that is black on top and silver underneath. It has 16 different divots in the top with three little pins each. The divots and pins remind me of the magnetic charge port on the bottom of some cordless mice I have used. The idea is that you can charge up to 16 different gadgets at one time from this single charger.

 

That is enough charge space even for my wife's gadgets and mine. Each of those divots can be filled with a little magnetic circle with a charge cord attached for various devices. I see cords for iPhone and USB devices in the pic. As short as the cords are, this thing will be jam packed if you use all of the spots for charging at one time. It's supposed to ship soon for $99.

NEC mirror will take your temperature without touching you

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Jan 20, 2011 6:10 pm

Anyone that has kids knows that you have to sit on them a lot of the time if you need to check their temperature. I know my kids don't want to sit still that long and even when they do they end up talking and it takes twice as long as it should to see if they have a fever or not. NEC has unveiled a new mirror that parents will really like called the Thermo Mirror.

 

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The device is a normal mirror that you can look at to see your reflection. It also has tech inside that shoots uses an IR sensor to check how hot you are. If it detects a fever, the mirror will sound an alarm. The other big upside to this design is that you won't have to cram a thermometer up an infant's bum and there will be no cross contamination between users.

 

The big downside to the tech at this point is that the thing is very expensive. Two versions are offered in Japan with one selling for $1200 and the other selling for $1460. The difference between the two is unknown and apparently, they aren't shipping outside of Japan at this point.

Kinect hacked for use in robotic surgery at University of Washington

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 20, 2011 5:00 pm

It's clear that geeks do not intend to let the Kinect be solely for use with the Xbox 360. We have seen all sorts of hacks and mods that use the Kinect already and the thing hasn't been on the market for long. I can see hacks to let the Kinect work with a computer or control a toy robot. What surprises me is seeing some students at the University of Washington hack the Kinect for surgery.

 

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Robotic surgery is common today for some procedures since it allows the patient to recover faster and results in fewer scars. The remote controlled tools that docs use will stop working when they hit a solid object inside the body preventing the doc from cutting something vital accidentally. The catch is that the controls for the robotic tools keep moving providing the doc with no tactile feedback.

 

Some engineering students and a teacher at UW took a Kinect and used it to throw up virtual force fields around vital areas of the body and give the doc some feedback. Using their system the doctors will be able to get tactile feedback that will have the controller stop when the surgical tools hit bone and the doctor can then use the tactile feel to run the tools along bone and other body structures.

Notion Ink Adam tablet finally going to ship

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 20, 2011 4:00 pm

Notion Ink has been talking up the Adam Android tablet for a long time now. The tablet has hit some speed bumps along the way from a concept to a real product that have seen some delays in getting the thing into the hands of those that pre-ordered. The last delay for the tablet came at the start of January.

 

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The FCC got backlogged during the holidays and was unable to get the FCC number the tablet needed out in time for the Adam to ship and meet its previous target. As of today, Notion Ink is ready to ship the tablets and the machines have the number they needed installed. The shipping started Jan 19 on pre-orders that are being filled.

 

One bit of good news for those that pre-ordered and had a delivery date set for February was announced too. Notion Ink says that if your ship date was February when you ordered, your tablet will be going out the last week of January. After a lot of delays, it's cool to see early deliveries.

Download of the Day: Postbox 2.1.2

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 20, 2011 10:14 am

Our Download of the Day today is Postbox 2.1.2.

 

Postbox lets you spend less time managing messages and more time getting things done. But what makes Postbox really useful is the way it lets you find and reuse all kinds of content hidden deep within your email. After all, it's your email... make the most of it!

 

Ultra-Fast Search

Postbox makes it easy to search for almost anything across all of your email accounts.

 

Powerful Address Auto-Complete

The Addressing Widget will enable you to search for contacts by either first name, last name, or domain.

 

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Deal of the Day: Kingston SSDNow V100 Series SV100S2N/64GZ 2.5" 64GB Solid State Drive (SSD) - $79.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 20, 2011 9:28 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Kingston SSDNow V100 Series SV100S2N/64GZ 2.5" 64GB Solid State Drive (SSD) - $79.99 after Rebate, Shipped Free!.

 

Offer: Great price for this Kingston 64GB SSD. A solid state drive is one of the most cost effective ways to improve your computer performance.

 

$35 MAIL-IN REBATE expires 01/23/2011.

 

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Thursday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 20, 2011 8:36 am

The latest happenings from around the web - January 20th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- Toshiba Portege R705 @ Digitaltrends

- Gateway ZX6951-53 @ TechReviewSource

- HP EliteBook 8740w Mobile Workstation @ Testfreaks

 

Motherboard

 

- ASUS Maximus IV Extreme - Layout und Design @ Ocaholic

- ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AMD 880G Motherboard @ ThinkComputers

 

Video/Monitor

 

- AMD Catalyst 11.1a Hotfix Now Available @ NGOHQ

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RumorTT: Offical Kinect SDK for PC in the works from Microsoft

By: Don Lynn | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 20, 2011 6:36 am

While all kinds of neat PC-born hacks for the Kinect are all over the place, Microsoft has kept fairly quiet on official PC support for the device with CEO Steve Ballmer only stating that PC compatibility will come "at the right time." Reports are now stirring that the time may be soon upon us as WinRumors is stating that Microsoft currently has a Kinect SDK and driver set in the works.

 

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The SDK, or software development kit, would give developers the tools they need to bring Kinect-based software to the PC platform. Details past this are pretty sketchy, with only a vague "in the coming months" as a possible release time and another rumbling of Kinect support in Windows 8. With the current popularity of the Kinect, as shown by Microsoft outselling their projected figures by 3 million units, it would make sense to strike while the iron is hot.

Nintendo 3DS gets U.S. launch date and price

By: Don Lynn | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 20, 2011 6:17 am

The long awaited launch info for the Nintendo 3DS has finally been made official by Nintendo of America's COO and President Reggie Fils-Aime. At an event in New York, the handheld gaming console was announced to be hitting U.S. shores on March 27th at a price of $249.99.

 

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This is quite a chunk of change for the new glasses free 3D handheld gamer, only a mere $50 less than it costs to get into a PS3 and more than the entry level Xbox 360. Around 30 games are expected to be released before E3 in June, with seven titles officially slated for launch day. Nintendo DSi games will be compatible with the 3DS as well so you can play your older titles as well.

RumorTT: iPad 2 to include a proximity sensor?

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 20, 2011 5:55 am

The iPad 2 rumors are running rampant, and the latest to hit the waves is the possibility of a proximity sensor being included. Those who are poking around in the recently released developer version of the iOS 4.3 beta have found a string that allows for the iPad to be locked and unlocked when the cover on the iPad is opened and closed.

 

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The ambient light sensor of the current-gen iPad could possibly do this as well, but the functionality wouldn't be as simple to produce. This would be an interesting feature to include to help with battery life and such. Just one more piece of chum in the shark infested waters of the iPad 2 rumor mill.

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