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Word over at the Inquirer has it that wireless USB technology has just been provided with a certification and compliance programme so it shouldnt be too long before we start seeing companies adopt the tech for many of their upcoming products.
Wireless USB is meant to be Bluetooth on steroids. It will offer throughput speeds as high as 480 Mbit/s at two to three metres and 110 Mbit/s at ten metres.
Get the full scoop here folks.
WIRELESS USB will mimic the pattern set by the introduction of Bluetooth wireless technology by introducing a certification and compliance programme. The announcement on compliance testing should be made this morning [Tuesday 26th September].
The objective is to provide both device vendors and the general public with some hope that products from different manufacturers will genuinely inter-work.
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Find yourself still relying on the good ole' AA battery for some of your gadgets? Well company "Moixa Energy" certainly know there's people out there that do, and as such have just introduced their new USBCELL, a flip-top AA battery which is able to be recharged directly from a USB port!
On the downside, it seems its currently only available for purchase in the UK at the moment, and the associated price tag of £12.99 (almost $25) is a bit of a turnoff as well.
If you're still after more info on them head over to DVHardware.
I just received this news in my inbox and I have to admit that this is a very cool invention. The new USB NiHM batteries from USBCELL will certainly be able to make our life a bit easier. These batteries can be used like a normal battery but they make recharging devices redundant because they can be recharged simply by putting into a USB port.
USBCELL released revolutionary rechargeable batteries that can charge from any USB port without the need for any recharging devices, cradles or cables. Simply pop the lid to reveal a built in connector and charger, plug into any powered USB port on your desktop, laptop, keyboard or games console, to charge the battery.
OCZ have further extended their flash memory product lineup with the new "OCZ Roadster USB 2.0 Flash Drive" series.
The ultra-portable "Top-Down" design of the OCZ Roadster makes data storage and transferring easier and more portable than ever. Best of all, there is no cap to lose with the OCZ Roadster's modern design. Unlike other convertible drives the Roadster remains ultra portable thanks to a very compact profile that manages to put all the memory components into the connector alone.
The OCZ Roadster is the ideal solution for anyone seeking ultimate portability with their personal USB flash drive; The compact and convertible design makes this unit small enough to carry on a keychain or in your pocket at all times, ensuring that it is always handy to access or transfer documents, music, pictures and videos from your home or work computer. In addition, the Roadster's small footprint means you'll never have to unplug surrounding USB ports to make room, a common problem with many oversized competitor drives.
"A major concern regarding traditional flash USB drives is how easy it is to misplace the cap, and unfortunately many capless solutions are either too bulky or require consumers to sacrifice performance" commented Alex Mei, VP of Marketing, OCZ Technology Inc. "The newest flash drive in OCZ's lineup, the OCZ Roadster, addresses these concerns with an innovative convertible capless design and a tiny profile, making this the perfect USB 2.0 USB drive for consumers on the go."
I first noticed this over at TechPowerUp! a short while ago, japan-based mob "Y-E Data Inc." have become the first to announce a USB hub which makes use of ultrawideband wireless technology for its means of communication to your PC.
More details over at NewLaunches.com
Japan-based Y-E Data Inc. is the first company to announce a commercial application for ultrawideband technology. The hub itself features four USB ports, and is connected wirelessly to your computer using ultrawideband technology. Assuming that there are no obstacles between your computer and the hub, the device has a bandwidth of 100Mb/s at 10 meters. The wireless output level is lower than -41.3 dBm, and the device uses a frequency channel from 4.224 to 4.752 GHz. The device is scheduled to be released in Japan on October Twenty-first for 25,000 to 40,000 Yen ($210-340).
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I-ROCKS have just unveiled their "Anti-Jam" RF-6570 wireless keyboard and mouse package which is based on a new technology they call "FHSS" (or Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum), this basically meaning zero interference from all other 2.4GHz wireless products active in the surrounding area. The wireless range from this duo is also said to carry up to 15 metres away from the receiver, not too shabby at all!
For full details, grab the official press release.
With the coming of the wireless workplace, consumers can now enjoy the convenience of wireless products and being unencumbered by wiring. However, some products used at home and in the office such as microwaves, wireless telephones and Bluetooth devices all use the 2.4GHz frequency band making it seem "crowded". This means these devices often interfere with each other or that the digital signal reception is suddenly cut off. To overcome this problem, I-ROCKS has released for the wireless peripheral market the RF-6570 2.4GHz FHSS wireless keyboard and mouse combo which solves the problems of short distances and interference that plague the average wireless keyboard presently on the market and offers users a pleasant surprises due to its sheer convenience.
Yet another new card surfaces on the market with the incorporation of a HDMI interface. ASUS's EAX1600PRO/I/256MB is ideal for home theatre PCs and the like, and according to the official announcement will hit shelves very soon with a price tag of around $229 AUD.
For full details, grab the announcement here folks.
Sydney, Australia: August 24, 2006 - ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS), the leading provider of high-performance graphics solutions, today announces the launch of its new EAX1600PRO/I/256MB graphics card incorporating the HDMI interface to deliver high-definition audio and video performance with a single cable.
The EAX1600PRO is powered by the ATI X1600PRO VPU. Its low profile design perfectly matches the more compact modern Home Theatre PCs. This card also adopts S/PDIF-in for receiving digital audio to combine with high-definition video signals though the HDMI port.
To offer TV-level visual quality on monitors, the EAX1600PRO adopts an ASUS exclusive feature, Splendid Video Intelligence Technology, which enhances image quality in different video applications.
Scythe have made headlines today with the release of their very handy "Kama Connect" device.
This USB device allows you to connect S-ATA Drive (2.5/3.5" HDD, Optical Drive), 40-pin ATAPI Drive (2.5/3.5" HDD, Optical Drive, IDE/EIDE, ATA33/66/100/133 Ready) externally via USB port. This Kama Connect can eliminate the hassle of opening your case, unscrewing and detaching the drives to connect and use it.
You can even connect up an IDE and SATA based HDD simultaneously with it (As shown below).
For more info and images, check out Scythe's product page.