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The TVPC is basically a laptop chassis built into a widescreen television. The flat panel, measuring 72 x 47 x 10cm, uses a 1.73GHz Celeron M 430 processor from Intel, 1GB of DDR2, a 160GB hard drive, and an Intel 945M chipset which uses the GMA950 for onboard graphics. It also has wireless internet built in, as well as a 14-in-1 memory card reader. The product should be available in South Korea for KRW1,850,000 ($2,004/£1,027/€1,533).The Register
Whether you want a new iPod speaker system, to be the hit of the party, or just want some pretty lights, the Disco Cube has you covered. With a plug for the iPod dock, you can not only keep the iPod fully charged as you listen to music, but add more music to it. Exclusively from the Debenhams UK store chain, you can get the Disco Cube (model number XMI608) for £75.The Register
While most people assume a headset only has two speakers, the people at Terratec have decided to stick six speaker in a single headset. Putting three speakers on each side of the headset, and attaching a microphone, Terratec has made a very nice set of 5.1 surround sound headphones. The headset plugs into a spare USB port, has a small control panel allowing on-the-fly changes of volume and bass, is designed to be worn for long periods of time and costs £45.The Register
When people queued to buy a Nintendo Wii for sport games, people asked them, "why not do the real thing?". The same question can be asked about the USB pole dancer, though there are many more reasons to get a fake pole dancer than a sports game. The eight inch tall doll will suggestively gyrate and dance when plugged in to a USB port. It will also do this to the beat of your music if you plug a headphone jack into it. You can get this Holiday novelty for a mere £30 from boysstuff.co.uk.The Register
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Cambridge Soundworks, which is a subsidiary of Creative Technology, announced their latest and greatest set of speakers. The $200 PlayDock Zen and PlayDock i run off of either onboard batteries or a power cord. The speakers use "wide spacial imaging" technology, and have a built-in subwoofer for bass response. Every set of speakers comes with a remote, is magnetically shielded so it can be placed near a television, has TV out ports, and an antenna to boost FM reception on the Zen. The PlayDock Zen works with the Zen Vision:M, V and V Plus players, and The PlayDock i works with the 4 GB and 5GB iPod, iPod Mini and iPod Nano.The Register
The Japanese manufacturer Greenhouse has invented a novelty that will make office smokers everywhere happy- the USB ashtray. The USB ashtray plugs into a USB port, and uses the power supplied by the USB port to provide a very effective ashtray. However, when this ashtray is opened, a fan activates that effectively cleans the air surrounding it, eliminating all traces that a smoker was smoking. You can shut a cigarette on the device, cleverly hiding it in what looks like a monopoly car. Each ashtray costs Each ashtray costs around ¥500 ($4.30/£2.20/€3.25).The Register
Cisco has started a large campaign to put video phones into hospitals. What is so special about these video phones though, is that they have a direct button that calls Santa Claus. This means that children who want to talk to Santa, but can't get out of the hospital to visit him, need not go much farther then their room to call Santa Claus and have a video chat with him. Cisco posted a video of it's technology in action here. Source: The Register
The Secret Base Emergency Button by Takaratomy is one of the most nonsensical USB devices. By pressing it, you effectively shut down your computer. But not before you get a very entertaining movie on the screen. Animated bars and blast doors "secure" your computer, and then shut it down. There's a very nice video (WMV format) here. The price for the silly gadget is ¥3,990 ($35/£18/€26).
Source: The Register
Source: The Register
It can be purchased for $5.99 (plus P+P) here.Source: Reg Hardware
This USB hub wouldn't seem out of place next to an iMac. Designed by French designer Ora-Ito, the device is white, has plenty of USB and Firewire cords, and also comes with a fan/light. All of the cords are attached to flexible cables. The cool hub will ship in late December, and LaCie UK is taking pre-orders here for £69.The Register
(Compton, CA) - December 4, 2006 – The Belkin Cable-Free USB Hub, the industry's first USB Hub that does not require a cable to connect to the computer, will be available for purchase in mid-December. Utilizing Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology with the Wisair chipset, this Hub allows you to place your laptop anywhere in the room so you can print, play music, scan, download photos, and burn CDs from anywhere in the room.