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 user 2005-03-15 at 9:55:00 am Views: 179
  • #10875

    Gadgets dazzle at world’s biggest tech show
    GPS for motorcyclists, diamond-encrusted MP3 players March , 2005

    HANOVER, Germany –
    When it comes to gadgets, there appears to be no limit in idea or

    At least that’s the
    impression you get strolling the halls of CeBIT, the world’s biggest tech

    A new Samsung Corp.
    MP3 players aimed squarely at the luxury market practically guarantees it won’t
    be mistakenly left behind at a restaurant.

    The pocket
    watch-like player is encrusted with diamond studs. Twelve of them.

    Besides the
    diamonds, the player features up to one gigabyte of memory as well as an FM
    radio. It will sell for less than $1,000, Samsung says.

    Then there’s
    Samsung’s new line of camera phones. All are palm-sized, easy to use and have
    cameras with resolutions of at least 5 megapixels. The SCHV770 even has a
    seven-megapixel camera with an optical zoom lens that can be attached when a
    great photo opportunity arises.

    Other technologies
    on show at CeBIT, which an estimated half million people are expected to visit
    before the fair ends Wednesday, are all about helping us find our way, even if
    that can be a little distracting.

    Navigation software
    and hardware maker TomTom is taking global-positioning, which is already showing
    up on most automakers’ list of options, and putting it in motorcycles and

    Dubbed the TomTom
    RIDER, the product comes ready to be installed on most motorcycles or scooters.
    Plug-and-play by design, the device sports a touchscreen that works with leather
    gloves, as well as anti-glare screen and sun visor to keep visibility

    It comes
    preinstalled with feature-rich maps, and a voice (available in 30 languages)
    provides turn-by-turn instructions through a Bluetooth headset.

    Other products
    focused on security, such as the “palm vein” scanner exhibited by Japan’s
    Fujitsu Ltd.

    Using infrared
    light, the device, about the size of a pack of cigarettes, scans the palm of a
    person’s hand. In doing so, it checks the person’s vein patterns — and if they
    match those on file, can open a door or give them access to a

    “In the future it
    will be possible for a bank’s customers to withdraw funds from cashpoints with a
    single hand gesture,” the company said of the device, which doesn’t require any
    contact with the hand.

    Sony Ericsson, the
    joint venture between LM Ericsson and Sony Corp., launched a mobile camera, sort
    of, dubbed the ROB-1.

    Sporting a small
    camera, the sphere-like device moves about on three wheels, steered via a
    Bluetooth connection to a cell phone that can be up to 165 feet away.

    Its onboard camera
    can pivot upward by 70 degrees or down by 20 degrees. Snap a picture and it’s
    stored in the device’s onboard memory or sent to your phone.

    The device is 4.3
    inches in diameter and can move forward, backward and around corners. Its camera
    can transmit live images back to the phone controlling it.

    It’s expected to go
    on sale by the fall, but a price wasn’t disclosed.