James Careless’ Gadget Zone

In Technology on July 25, 2011 at 10:19 am

By James Careless

Smart entrepreneurs make sure they have the right tech for work and play. Here are some summertime suggestions, from your friends at the GadgetZone.

Need a new laptop PC for the summer months that does it all? Then consider the new HP Pavilion dm1 Entertainment Notebook PC. Think of the dm1 as a ‘notebook on steroids’.

This laptop has the extra processing power to do the kind of multimedia work normally reserved for desktop computers. It’s equipped with an AMD Dual-Core Processor E-350 (1.6GHz), 3GB DDR3 memory, a 320GB (7200 rpm) hard drive.

There’s a built-in webcam with integrated microphone and a 6-cell Lithium-Ion battery with up to 9.5 hours of life. This system is loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and has an 11.6″ HDTV LED display. Check out the details at www.hp.ca. These gadgets can help you run your business with ease this summer.

• HP Pavilion dm1 Entertainment Notebook PC
• Jabra WAVE Bluetooth headset
• Roomba cleaning robot
• Electronic Spy Camera Shirt
• NU Dolphin Touch

Drowned out by wind noise whenever you use a Bluetooth
headset outside? Then try a new Jabra WAVE Bluetooth headset. It’s designed to work outdoors in windy conditions.

The headset is a very slim, behind the ear model with an extended mic boom – so that people can actually hear you speak. The WAVE will warn you when it is down to 30 minutes’ left of battery power. It can run up to 6 hours in use, and will stay alive on standby mode for up to 8 days.
More at www.jabra.com

Office maintenance is a cost centre where you can save on staff costs by hiring a Roomba self-direct vacuum cleaning robot. Sold at Canadian Tire www.canadiantire.ca the Roomba will zip around the room on its own, vacuuming up dust and dirt. When the job is done, the Roomba will direct itself back to its charging station and park. You can even program the Roomba to automatically clean up to seven times a week. Now if only the rest of office life were so simple! http://www.irobot.com

Need to do some low-key surveillance work? How about a t-shirt with its own hidden, built-in a digital camera built? The Electronic Spy Camera Shirt from www.thinkgeek.com is decorated with a James Bond-style movie logo, with Bond looking directly at you through a camera. This camera isn’t real, but the small digital unit behind it is! That’s right: The Spy Shirt has its own
camera, which is triggered using a pocket shutter control. This unit can capture up to 150 VGA-quality images – and yes, you can remove the electronics before putting the t-shirt in the wash.

One last piece of cool tech: It’s an MP3 player, a radio – and it works
underwater. Yes, the NU Dolphin Touch is a sexy, sleek MP3 player/FM radio
receiver that can be used as you swim. This device can save up to 960 MP3/WMA songs, has a built-in rechargeable battery, and comes with both ‘dry’ (above water) and ‘wet’ (underwater) earphones. It also has an armband for attaching it to your body; all backed by a one-year warranty. Find it at www.nu-global.com.


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