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|Nokia 770 - First Nokia gadget without cellular phone features||4:04 AM|
No cellular phone features! Yes, you are right, the Nokia 770 is the first gadget released by Nokia which is not a cellular phone but an Internet Tablet which works pretty much the same as a PDA with more functionalities as the Nokia 770 is actually designed to be an extra Internet portal for your home, replacing a costly laptop, not a phone.
So, what the use of the Nokia 770 if it can’t work as a cell phone? Well, its trick relies on the power of connectivity features. The Nokia 770 supports Bluetooth v1.2 and WiFi (802.11b) to connect to the Internet via your Bluetooth compatible cell phone and also your WiFi home network or any WiFi network at coffee shop, airports or WiFi hotspots.
The Nokia 770’s v1.2 Bluetooth system supports the Dialup Networking, File Transfer, GAP, Serial Port, and SIM Access profiles. Besides that, USB connectivity is also available for the Nokia 770 for data transfer between PC/Mac and this device.
The release of Nokia 770 is great news for Linux diehard supporters! It is because the Nokia 770 is powered by Debian Linux Operating System instead of Windows Mobile OS. The platform is called “maemo”, and the user interfaced is derived from the well-known GNOME UI seen on Linux boxes around the world. Nokia plans for maemo to be an open platform (much of it being Open Source based) and will provide a SDK. So, if you a Linux developer, you can program applications for the Nokia 770 as you wish!
The hardware configuration of the Nokia 770 is not the best in the world but enough for a normal user. The Nokia 770 runs on a TI 1710 OMAP (ARM based) processor, and comes equipped with 64MB of DDR RAM, and 128MB of internal FLASH memory. If you need extra memory space, you can buy RS-MMC memory card as the Nokia 770 has a RS-MMC expansion slot at the bottom.
In addition to the Opera web browser, the Nokia 770 also ships with built-in email client, RSS news reader, an Internet radio, various media players, a PDF viewer, and Flash v6 compatibility.
Below are the comments given by PCMag.com for each feature mentioned above.
Battery life: Battery life with the Nokia 770 was very good: we got more than five and a half hours of surfing, reading e-mail, and listening to Internet radio and MP3s. Nokia promises seven days of standby time.
Internet Radio: The 770’s Internet radio player has some real potential, but at present it’s pretty limited. Shoutcast or Real-format radio stations can be streamed through the unit’s tinny little speaker or over headphones plugged into its standard, 3.5mm jack. Unfortunately, there’s no station directory anywhere on the device, so you’re reduced to either wandering the Web in search of radio links or listening to the single preprogrammed built-in top-40 station.
Video Player: The video player is also promising, but hobbled. It played Real format streams from the BBC’s Web site well, but failed to play video downloaded from our PC. Though it supposedly plays 3GP, MPEG-1 and MPEG-4 formats, it’s extremely picky about which MPEG files it will play, allowing only files with specific codecs and frame rates.
RSS Viewer: The RSS viewer looks good and displays news feeds on the device’s home page, but entering new feeds is a chore. You can’t click on new feeds in the browser and send them to the viewer, nor can you copy and paste links-you need to copy the feed addresses down onto a piece of paper and enter them into the viewer’s “new feed” box.
Mail Reader: The mail reader hooked up to both POP3 and IMAP4 accounts easily and downloaded mail with attachments, which popped up in the appropriate viewers. The music player handled MP3 and AAC format songs (with Nokia’s AAC extension, not Apple’s M4A) without trouble. The 770 also comes with a PDF viewer, image viewer, and file manager, all of which worked well
Text Input: the Nokia 770 supports both a virtual keyboard and handwriting recognition via a pen stylus. There’s a cursor pad and home button on the left, but no hard keyboard: You enter text by tapping an onscreen keyboard with a stylus or by using handwriting recognition. The handwriting recognizer kept inserting upper-case letters into the middle of words, so we mostly used the on-screen keyboard. The lack of a physical keyboard adds emphasis to the point that this gadget is for consuming data and content, not for writing e-mail. You could attach a Bluetooth keyboard, but then you’d be carrying two pieces.
“Unfortunately, our Nokia 770 was crawling with tiny bugs. It had trouble maintaining a Wi-Fi connection, frequently asking us to reconnect, and would sometimes spontaneously reboot when trying to connect to a Wi-Fi network. Opening the browser after viewing a PDF destroyed the text-entry bar, requiring a reboot. At one point we couldn’t pop up the onscreen keyboard, forcing yet another reboot. We couldn’t “paste” into the “add feed” box in the RSS reader. Also at one point, trying to surf the Web after running the video player, we were told “no connections available.” (Yep, reboot.) And the tinny little speaker on the 770 had a definite buzz at top volume.”
|E. Kevin Schöpfer Designs the Yacht of Your Futuristic Dreams||2:47 AM|
E. Kevin Schöpfer has designed a really amazing yacht. Click on the images to view them larger.
Oculus is the first “design launch” of Schöpfer Yachts LLC. This 250-foot vessel was designed by E. Kevin Schöpfer, founder and owner of his namesake company.
Designed to accommodate 12 guests in extraordinary comfort and style, Oculus is a long distance cruising yacht capable of speeds upwards of 25 knots.
The exterior styling is representative of the jaw and eye socket bone structure of large oceanic fish and mammals. Featuring a dramatic reverse bow configuration, the yacht’s armature balances an elegant expression of symmetry and structure.
In addition to the bow, Oculus also features a “low rider profile”. This slightly lowered surface allows for new side recreational areas, alternate dockage access and light cruising openness. Lateral retractable side panels close this area when heavier wave action is indicated.
The interior features of Oculus focus on a 12 foot high ceiling in the main salon, a cylindrical double height dining room, central stair and elevator tube, and seemingly anatomical ceiling and floor lighting extensions giving definition to the seating areas.
The second level is the dedicated Owner’s suite. Living areas and bedchambers are divided by a series of four freestanding tubes, which house bath and storage necessities.
In addition to the main common stair, the second Owner’s stair connects to the third level aft private salon and deck / water feature.
The third level also contains the forward pilothouse and separate captain’s quarters. The generous open decks with separate water features are located forward and aft for convenient guest use. Specifications and plans are in the final stages of completion and will be posted at a later time.
|Jaguar C-XC Concept, Supercar of the Sci-Fi Future||6:36 AM|
Jaguar C-XC is a stylish coupe 2 +2 designed by Philip Dean. The Jaguar C-XC concept car is powered by a hydrogen fuell cell and has a single-piece glass upper hull which covers the body of the vehicle and improves its aerodynamic profile.
The wheels are covered as well, increasing its aerodynamic efficiency. This supercar is made from materials which are kinder to the environment : vegetable tan leather and recycled bottles. Sci-fi or viable vehicle?
|LG Cyon Whiskey Phone Concept, Chameleon Full Touchscreen Device||6:34 AM|
We’ve seen phones inspired by perfumes, flowers and even animals, but this is the first time I’ve seen a whiskey-themed device. Juyoung Kim designed the LG Cyon Whiskey concept phone, that changes its color to a “shade of whiskey” showing the distance of the person calling you.
This handset packs a full touchscreen display, an 8 megapixel camera and uses its ability to change color like a chameleon, in order to show the distance between people chatting on the phone.
If you’re talking to someone that calls from the same town, the phone will display a “mild whiskey” color, but if you’re getting a call from thousands of miles away, LG Cyon Whiskey will change its color drastically, to a darker shade.
[via Yanko Design]
|Communication and Sharing Technologies in 2019, as Seen by Microsoft Office Labs (Video)||6:31 AM|
We’re speechless and stunned! Barely one year after being astonished by the Nokia Morph concept phone, Microsoft decided to give us a taste of its 2019 technologies. Microsoft Office Labs allowed the general public to check out their “2019″ montage and video, featuring people using next-gen means of communication, sharing content and interaction.
Here’s the futuristic bag of goodies:
The video got introduced on February 28, at the Wharton Business Technology Conference, revealing the future of personal health technologies, high tech education, animations, real time translations, Surface-like displays, transparent walls and screens, projecting devices and whatnot.
There’s even an electronic newspaper in the mix and, of course a flexible handset.
|Motorola KRE8, a Concept Phone for DJs||6:23 AM|
Samsung has already launched the Beat DJ phone, allowing its users to mix music, so there’s a pretty decent public segment out there made out of people who want to create and mix music on the go. Such folks would be tempted to use the fresh Motorola KRE8 concept phone, created by designer Jose Tomas DeLuna.
KRE8 is able to split into 2 segments and it packs accelerometers and sensors, that detect the user’s gestures and turn them into commands. The device operates in 3 modes: Instrument Mode (guitar, violin, drums), Mix Mode and Record Mode, each of them based on your gestures.
The resulting output can be recorded as MIDI Signal and shared via 3G connectivity, also allowing other people to jam with you. Motorola KRE8 features a glass touchscreen, music editing apps, tagging audio content via GPS and musical social networking. There’s also a great video below, showing the device in action.
[via Yanko Design]
|UMID M1 unboxed ahead of Australian launch||6:07 AM|
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|Kicker Conference Concept Phone Is Corporate, Sexy||5:48 AM|
Tired of the same old expensive conference phones that are hard to operate and usually fail while performing the simplest of tasks? Here’s a better idea, developed by Kickerstudio, who envisioned a concept conference phone, that you can check out below:
The Kicker Conference Phone supports calendar and contact syncing in order to use one-tap dialing features, plus it allows the user to see who’s talking and who else wants to speak. There’s also a “hand raising” mechanism for the ones who want to have a word and you may want to know that the gadget supports the recording and making of calls.
Add multi-line dialing and the possibility to adjust individual lines in order to get a call quality boost and we’ve got a winner on our hands. Thanks to the pre-recorded contact info, it’ll be very easy to dial business partners in, while also viewing their photo ID.
More info on this device can be found right here and we really hope that this concept will make it into production.
|LG Announces “Design the Future” Competition - You Design the Future LG Phones||5:47 AM|
LG has just announced a brand new design competition, partnering with crowdSPRING and Autodesk, in order to get a fresh vision on the future of mobile phone products. This competition is for U.S residents age 18 and over only, who can design new and revolutionary LG phones, competing for $80,000 in awards.
First place will get a $20,000 award, while second gets $10,000, third $5,000 and there will also be 40 honorable mentions of $1,000 plus an LG U.S. phone. The competition starts on April 20, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m. PST and ends on June 7, 2009 @ 11:59 p.m. PST. Winners will be announced on July 7, 2009 at www.crowdspring.com/LG/winners and the official rules of the competition can be found at www.crowdspring.com/LG.
Autodesk will supply the designers involved in the competition with a 15 day trial of SketchBook Pro. This software is a digital sketchpad, a paint and drawing app compatible with MAC or PC, allowing its users to gain access to professional design tools, in order to create to turn their futuristic ideas into sketches.
|Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Eureka, Power and Elegance in a Conceptual Package||5:45 AM|
When Razec from Esato designs a Sony Ericsson concept phone, you know you’re in for a treat… This is also the case of XPERIA X10, a very neat smartphone concept, bearing the codename of Eureka. This is a curved side sliding device, with dual front design, metallic finish and brushed metal finish.
Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 supports quadband HSUPA, GSM, UMTS, EDGE connectivity, but there’s also WiMAX on board, WLAN, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and DLNA technology. The handset’s display is a 640 x 320 color TFT, a resistive touchscreen with support for handwriting recognition and full finger navigation.
X10’s specs list also includes a full QWERTY keyboard, stereo speakers, a 600 MHz TI OMAP 3430 CPU, 192MB RAM, 256MB Flash memory, 16GB of internal memory and the famous Symbian OS. Opera 9.7 handles the web browsing, while the UIQ UI Theme handles the interactions.
What would a hot and new XPERIA handset be without a very cool camera? Enter the 8.1 megapixel sensor featured on the Eureka/X10, coming with autofocus, LED flash, Sony G-Lens, stereo sound video (WVGA 30 fps), 20x digital zoom and a mineral glass lens cover.
The phone’s battery is a Lithium Polymer 1500 mAh unit and mobile gamers out there were not forgotten, as Razec’s concept also comes with a dual mode QWERTY keyboard, doubling as gaming keys.
Widescreen aspect ratio will make gaming on the X10 a pleasure and there’s even a neat accessory for the phone, also in the conceptual stage: the IDC 900 electronic hard case, you can check out below. The case incorporates a a 176 x 36 OLED display, a digital clock and an internal fast port.
I have to say that Razec did a great job with this concept and I’m really curious to see his next device, a QWERTY Symbian phone with a panel/widgets UI on board.
|Apple Mac Folder, the Apple Netbook You’ve Been Dreaming About||5:42 AM|
While many of us are hoping and waiting for a new MacBook, maybe even an Apple netbook to get launched this summer, together with the new iPhone, concepts are starting to surface, portraying the future of the MacBook series. This time we’re dealing with the Mac Folder, designed by Tryi Yeh and this device is a pretty hot netbook.
Mac Folder comes with a reworked UI based on the ones used on the iPod Touch and iPhone, a multi-touch screen and a very, very slim case.
I’m ready to bet that the display is something like 8.9 inches, considering the size and placement of the keys, but the netbook is surely a looker, so we hope it’ll reach production or at least Apple will borrow some of its traits.
[via Yanko Design]
|Pilotfish Ondo Is the Perfect DJ Phone, Supports Music Editing on the Go||5:39 AM|
Pilotfish is an industrial design firm based in Munich, who stunned the world with a superb concept phone, the Onyx, a couple of years ago. Now, they’re ready to impress us once again, this time with the aid of Ondo, a music editing concept phone that includes a mixer.
Pilotfish Ondo comes with a small mixing panel and 3 removable recording sticks (with internal memory) and a twistable center. The latter will allow DJs to insert pitch bends, as for the removable memory sticks, they use OLED technology and can be attached to various musical instruments, in order to record the sounds they make.
Once the sticks are installed, they become the main phone panel and you should remember that these components can be traded with other Ondo users, for more audio sample variety. Ondo is made out of form-sensitive flexible materials, so twisting and bending it will be just another way of modifying sounds, as you mix music.
[via Engadget Mobile]