Archive for January, 2006

Belkin’s Cable Free USB Hub


Have you ever wished you could connect to your external USB hard drive, your printer or scanner or even your iPod wirelessly? Then you’ll be glad to hear that Belkin has come up with a cable free wireless USB hub.

The hub has four ports and works on UWB (Ultra-wideband) technology which allows for fast data transfer rates - up to 100 times faster than bluetooth. At such speeds, you will even be able to stream movies wirelessly in real time from a hard drive connected to the cable free hub.

However, unless UWB (Ultra-wideband) receivers come built in with future laptops, you will need a UWB dongle plugged into your laptop to connect to the cable free hub.

The hub (including the receiver dongle) will be available from early spring this year (at least in the US) and is expected to retail for $129.99.

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Add comment January 21st, 2006

The Camera with Two Lenses

Kodak V570

Due to be unveiled at the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in a few days, the Kodak V570 features an ultra wide angle lens and a 3x optical zoom lens both in one compact camera.

Such a camera (with two lenses) would normally require a complex mechanism to position each of the required lens in front of the CCD sensor in turn. However, the V570 overcomes this complexity by using two CCD sensors, one for each lens! This arrangement also allows for continuous operation when switching from ultra wide angle mode to zoom mode. Therefore, as Engadget so clearly puts it, ‘you don’t have to press any buttons to use one lens or the other, you just zoom in and out as you normally would.’

Full Specifications and schematics of the lens arrangements are available on the imaging resource website.

Official Specifications from Kodak

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Expected retail price: $399

Add comment January 2nd, 2006


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