For a mere $69.99, the upcoming Leap is a small USB peripheral that has motion sensing technology so you no longer have to physically mess with that touchscreen. Control your PC with motions, finger tracking and pens for pointing. The company claims their device is 100% more accurate than any other system and lucky you can pre-order now for a Feb. 2013 ship date. Developers can fill out applications to get their SDK to create apps for the Leap.
Liquid Image's appealing Ego can double as a WiFi hotspot. The HD video camera attaches to sports equipment and can be positioned to shoot the user. The camcorder shoots both HD 720p video at 60fps and 12-megapixel stills, and can be used in continuous photo mode. Remote control by smartphone is possible for on/off/recording and to change cam settings. The Ego supports microSD cards, has a two hour battery life and is available now.
Japan's Crescent Inc. has been working on a holodeck! Their Immersive Digital Entertainment uses super hi-definition cameras, Virtools (real-time rendering technology) and image analysis software. Takahiko Akiyama of 4D Brain, who assisted on content development, says that the user can see changing images based on their thinking. Created for industry and medicine, it can also be used for entertainment. After checking out the video, we say, "Sign us up, Scotty!"
Where has Polaroid been lately? Designing their new Z2300 Camera with 3" LCD screen and integrated insta-printer with ZINK technology. With a 10 megapixel image sensor and built-in speaker, it can shoot 2 x 3" stills and video that can be uploaded to social media sites. An on-board editing system and lithium-ion battery makes taking pictures super easy. The Z2300 is available in black or white.
Intel remains on the forefront of technology and may be working on a set top box that can determine gender and age of the viewer and will launch appropriate ads. While this premise still appears at the planning stage, the company believes that interactive features is a plus for TV advertisers by using niche marketing. Then again, showing a 12 year-old the next best thing to bug her/his parents for seems a bit daunting.
Those who long for the days of all-American made products would appreciate Element Electronics. In production since last month, the company is the only TV assembly plant in the U.S. Although Element only has about 100 workers to start, its president, Mike O'Shaughnessy, came from the Midwest and believes his choice to build the plant in Canton, MI was both an emotional and patriotic one.
Their products do not contain high levels of lead, mercury or other volatile organic compounds and they use environmentally sustainable practices in all stages of manufacturing them. Fortunately, the TVs not only look and sound great, their LCD and LEDs cost about the same as units made in China. Consider making your next HDTV purchase an Elemental one.
Hammacher Schlemmer always has the most elite of gifts, especially during this time of year. We found the iView Combination LCD/DVD player for those who have their movies and want to watch them now. It is LED backlit, has a 16:9 aspect ratio, hi-def resolution, 3W stereo speakers and a digital ATSC TV tuner. At a size of 13 x 15 ¾ x 5 ¼", it plugs into its AC adapter or can be portable with 2 AAA batteries (not included.) The entire package will set you back $299.95.
Boxee is back and is aiming to bypass cable with their Live TV tuner. Used in conjunction with the Box, now viewers can watch Internet HDTV as well as over-the-air broadcast TV. This is a perfect gift for someone who doesn't need to get hundreds of channels and at a price below $50, get one for yourself and save on those satellite/cable bills. Pre-order now for a January delivery.
AT&T's latest improvements include a wireless receiver for its U-verse customers that should simplify where you hook up your TV, including outside or a garage man-cave. It works with your gateway and multiple viewing devices. Of course it still has Total Home DVR capability with record, playback, pause and rewind whatever room you are now. The WiFi receiver will cost you a one-time $49.00 fee and $7.00 rental per month.
Roku has an inexpensive alternative for those who want a streaming player but don't have a lot of extra cash. The LT can play over 300 channels i.e. Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant and Pandora. There is no SD card slot or Bluetooth support but you get HBO Go with over 1,400 titles. At a price of only $49.99, look for its release in November.
We know that you would never try to secretly capture someone who is doing something excessive or inappropriate, but you never know about those "other guys." The P3 International Camera Detector flashes and beeps when it detects a device between the frequencies between 50MHz and 3GHz. About the same size of a Bic lighter, it works on two included coin cell batteries.
Style-iT is an electronic stylus that can be used on a touchscreen and clipped to your pocket protector when not in use. A built-in ballpoint pen is included to make it handier and the omni-directional soft tips makes it good for both right and left handed users. Brackerton is offering the device in black, white, blue, green, orange or pink.
No sooner did Logitech drop the price of its Google TV run Revue from $299 to $249, it turned around and lowered it again to $99.99. This move makes it more competitive with Apple TV and Amazon's Roku. The company says that when its Version 2 is updated this summer, it will have an even better and simpler UI and access to the Android Market.
Cowon's mini C2 supports both video and music in a simplistic style. The PMP has a 2.6-inch TFT, 320 x 240 touchscreen LCD , purports excellent audio quality, comes with 16GB of memory and has 55 hours of battery life. It also has a USB/AV port and connection for a 3.5mm headset. Included software is simple to navigate, a 32GB microSD card is included and a price that is modest enough for all.