After Japan, Sony’s PlayStation Vita has now hit Europe, North America, South America and Singapore and it has succeeded in creating a frenzy.
Sony’s second handheld gaming device, following the PSP is being termed as one of the best ever devices to hit the market so far.
The device offers a console-like experience in a handheld platform and users have the option of using a directional pad and buttons, dual analog sticks, front touchscreen and touch-sensitive back panel. The device has an accelerometer for tilting and twisting.
Starting at $249 the new Sony handheld console has Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, offering the ability to download applications for the device. The device has different characteristics such as a 5-inch OLED screen (16:9, resolution of 960 x 544 pixels and 16 million colours) touchscreen with capacitive technology and two cameras (front and rear) designed for augmented reality games. The notebook is equipped with a CPU quad core ARM Cortex A9 core and GPU SGX543MP4+, and features a touchpad and directional buttons.
Nike has announced its Nike+Fuelband a device that will keep track of your daily physical movement, measure it terms of calories burnt and measure it in terms of Nike Fuel.
Now be it walking, dancing, running up the stairs in your office or even shopping inside a large mall like Dubai Mall or Ibn Battuta Mall, the wrist worn band will keep score of your everyday actions.
According to Nike the device measures your moves and turn them into NikeFuel.
Since NikeFuel is calculated the same way for everyone. It also syncs up with a rich web and mobile experience. The activities can be visualized in rich graphs and charts. Users can also spot trends and get insights. Friends can share it on any social networking site, compare and compete.
The only thing it doesn’t do is track sleeping or biking or flying.
Samsung Audio dock
The latest Smasung docking system is its first multi-device audio dock with vacuum tube technology and extended multi-device compatibility.
The DA-E750, Samsung’s Audio Dock with valve Amplifier incorporates Samsung’s proprietary hybrid vacuum tube amplifier technology and supports a broad range of Galaxy S and Apple devices via both docked devices and through wireless connectivity.
The new revolutionary DA-E750 dock was on display at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
As Russell Owens, Head of AV, Samsung UK, put it, "Listening to music, individually or in a group setting, is one of the most personal and valued forms of entertainment. As the most awarded AV brand in 2011, we wanted to create a new audio product that is unique, highly-functional and beautifully designed that puts audio quality to the top of people’s expectations of convenient music regardless of the type of portable device they store it on."
The Toothbrush Timer
Next time you brush your teeth in the morning, your smartphone might just tell you when to start and when to stop.
Beam Technologies plan to launch the world’s first high tech toothbrush - The Beam.
The toothbrush will connect to your smartphone through Bluetooth, yes Bluetooth, and record your brushing pattern.
It then activates the timer and suggests the ideal brushing time for your teeth.
According to the company’s website, (http://beamtoothbrush.com/beam/brush-overview.php) an average person brush their teeth for only 46 seconds.
By using the timer the brush time could increase to the ideal 2 minute period, required to keep your teeth healthy.
Apart from recording your brushing pattern it can also track up to four brushes and displays an analysis of the brushing pattern for the entire week.
At present, it only connects to an Android device but according to reports the developers are working on an iPhone app as well.
The company is currently targeting to market the product using dentists, offering them incentives and even advertisement space on the Beam app.
“Ask your patients to email their report before their next appointment (or bring in their smartphone) so you and your hygienist can quickly review their usage characteristics. Patient compliance and accountability will never be the same!” the website added.
Available in Blue and Pink the toothbrush has a battery life of 90 days and could cost about $50. A replacement head is priced at $10.
The Pet Tracker
Imagine your lost pet sending you a text message informing you its location.
That is exactly what Tagg pet Tracker can do.
The pet tracking system (www.pettracker.com) can be used on a dog or a cat weighing more than 4.5kgs and uses advanced GPS tracking technology to allow its owner to see where his pet animal is and receive a notification when it leaves the area limits.
The lightweight tracker attaches to the animal’s existing collar and is designed to be worn at all times, even while swimming.
The device allows the owner to set up a Tagg zone, a “geofence."
The missing dog’s location can be found either using the computer or a tag mobile application.
The lightweight device weighing 1.16 oz is built in such a way that it can withstand the pet jumping, running, digging and even swimming.
The Tagg tracker comes with a Li-Ion battery that can last up to 30 days. A low battery reminder will be emailed to the owner every time the deice needs to be recharged.
The device is priced at $99.95. Subscribers are then charged $7.99 every month.
All Clear water
Next time you travel afar and cannot carry your Al Bayan or Masafi water bottles, do not worry the solution is at hand.
CamelBak has introduced a new water bottle - All Clear – which promises to microbiologically purify water using UV light technology in just about 60 seconds.
The technology developed by CamelBak utilises proven UV technology to effectively neutralize microbiological contaminants without introducing chemicals.
The product website says it is the same technology employed by many urban water municipalities for its reliable effectiveness in the large-scale purification of tap water.
The company claims its system reduces bacteria by 99.9999 per cent, viruses by 99.99 per cent and protozoa by 99.9 per cent meeting EPA standards.
The UV technology and the bulb is integrated into an energy-efficient cap, whereby users just at the press of a button delivers maximum UV exposure.
The All Clear bulb is engineered to last 10,000 cycles which is approximately the equivalent of 3 bottles a day, every day, for 9 years, says the description on the website.
All Clear is programmed to automatically cease operation after that point.
The bottle can treat about 0.75L of water with each cycle and its two rechargeable lithium Ion batteries built into the cap delivers more than 80 cycles per full charge.
There is even an LCD screen that verifies the success of the purification process. CamelBak is so confident of its new gadget that it is backing it with lifetime guarantee. The bottle is selling for $99, with an optional pre-filter available for $15.
Mobileye – crash test dummy
A new device created by a US based company claims it can drastically reduce the number of road accidents, caused mainly due to negligence.
The Mobileye 5-Series warns drivers at the possibility of an accident, be it from a reckless motorist or a jaywalker crossing a street.
The Mobileye 5-Series assists the driver, by identifying dangerous situations on the roads and providing audio-visual warnings to prevent or mitigate a collision.
These new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems also enables the user to visualise these critical real-time warnings for the first time on their smartphone.
The gadget also reads and displays traffic signs, automatically turns high beams on or off, activates lane departure warning, forward collision warning, headway monitoring and pedestrian collision warning.
Nabi – android for the baby
My nine-month old daughter already has her favourite toys, and one of the top few items on the list is my Samsung Galaxy Tablet.
The $200 kid-friendly android tablet – the Nabi (http://www.nabitablet.com/ ) - can be a perfect gift for your baby.
The device has a responsive touchscreen, large size app buttons, access to a huge variety of kid appropriate content like music, books, games and movies.
To prevent your child from opening adult or banned applications, the tablet has inbuilt parental control software.
This device can be used for web browsing apart from watching movies and TV shows, reading books, learning math, and much more.
The instrument has a 7”multi touch responsive, high-resolution display that allows kids to easily interact with kid-friendly games and content. The Nabi app store has about 500 applications and games catered to kids.
The wi-fi ready instrument has a 4GB rom and can be used continuously for five hours.
Camping enthusiasts have a reason to smile.
For all those who very often end up in the desert without proper firewood and not sufficient charge on the phone – here is a perfect solution. Small bits of twigs can not only be used to cook a meal but also to charge your phone.
Biolite’s Campstove (http://www.biolitestove.com/) can cook meals with very little firewood or even twigs and is quick to light, fast to boil and clean to use.
By converting heat from the fire into usable electricity, the stove will recharge the phones, lights and other gadgets while dinner is being cooked.
According to the website, open wood fires are inefficient, wasting potential energy and creating toxic smoke due to incomplete combustion.
The stove is carefully designed and uses fans to blow air into the fire thereby improving combustion.
Since such stoves require small amounts of electricity to power their fans and most people who cook on wood are without grid or battery access the stoves solve this problem by converting a fraction of the fire’s thermal energy into electricity to power the combustion improvement system.
Excess electricity is made available to users for charging small electronic devices such as mobile phones, LED lights, GPS and many others.
Well, there are many such devices and what’s different? Swann has introduced in what they are terming as the world’s first recording pen with the largest memory space to date - four times the capacity of any existing recording pens.
The two new gadgets – HD PenCam and PenCam 4GB conceal a miniature video camera and DVR inside.
The HD PenCam is capable of capturing high definition AVI videos (1280 x 720) and features the largest internal memory of any PenCam to date – of upto 16GB in micro SD card.
The other model comes with a built-in internal storage (PenCam 4GB). Both versions switch between video and photo mode with a touch of a button, feature date and time stamping, and are compatible with PCs and Macs.
The HD PenCam is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that lasts 45 minutes on a full charge and recharges via a computer’s USB port.
The 16GB MicroSD card allows users to capture up to eight hours of video or 72,000 still images and is priced at $99.99.
The 4GB built-in memory allows users to record upto 2 hours of video or 18,000 still images and is priced at $69.99.
Mobee Magic Feet – charge freely
Now you can wirelessly charge some of your apple products including the Bluetooth keyboard mouse and the trackpad.
The Mobee Magic Feet inductive charging system (http://www.mobeetechnology.com/the-magic-feet.html) can send power to these devices without you having to connect them to the power socket and what’s more you do not even need to remove the batteries from the socket.
Mobee Magic can charge up to 3 devices at once. A full charge from empty takes 6 hours and each charged device can last for 10 days.
What’s more all devices can continue to operate while being charged. The device is priced at $149.90 All information and prices sourced from product websites. Emirates24|7 takes no liability as to claims made and prices advertised. Readers are advised to conduct their own research before buying any product.