Archive for April, 2007

New remote control from Shenzhen Remote Tech

Shenzhen Remote Tech  remote control RE-TP02

Shenzhen Remote Tech presented its ‘RE-TP02’ – a remote control without hard keys (except 4 small ones). Instead of them the remote features a bug touchscreen which displays a virtual buttons according to chosen device.
No more words about price, features and availability. But as I understand this is a next generation of this universal remote. So, it should include the same features and much more.
There is an only one problem. If you drop it on the floor the touchscreen may be broken. After that it won’t be possible to use it. So, additional hardkeys will be useful IMHO.

The Media Center with the Nokia 770 as the Controller

Multi-Room Digital Music System
Here is a cool example of building a multi-room music system DIY. The system is includes a file server where all music are stored, fanless Mini-ITX appliances which are used as clients and remote control (Nokia770).
The client is based on VIA ML6000EA Mini-ITX motherboard, which is absolutely noiseless and includes six-channel onboard audio, onboard LAN, support for 1GB of memory and a PCI slot. Instead of HDD it features 256MB Flash drive that plugs directly in to a 40-pin IDE slot. All those parts plus 256 MB RAM are placed into Casetronic C158 case.
Additionally, Embedded Gentoo Linux was built for each client. It includes Music Player Dæmon (MPD) to play music from the file server, lightTPD (a PHP-enabled Web server) and phpMp (a PHP application that controls MPD). This gives any computer on the network with a Web browser the power to control the client. As a controller is chosen an Internet Tablet Nokia 770. Using Opera, which comes installed, it can point the browser to each of the appliances and control them over my wireless network.
As result the author got a multi-room music system with noiseless clients (about $400 each) and cool remote (Nokia770, about $350). Which is not bad isn’t?

WEBT@LKER 5000 call via Skype without PC

WEBT@LKER 5000 with Skype

Topcom presented its PC-less wired Skype telephone at Hong Kong Electronics Fair 2007 – WEBT@LKER 5000. It allows to you communicate with your Skype friends for free or use Skype-out to call many places all over the world at very low rates without having to switch on your computer. You need just connect the WEBT@LKER 5000 to the broadband Internet connection via some router and it will be ready to make internet phone calls.
To make your work with Skype easier the phone has a large 2.4” color display and useful hardkeys, echo cancellation technology and high quality speaker for handsfree operation.
Additionally, using Topcom Wireless Expansion Kit the WEBT@LKER 5000 can be connected to the wireless network as well.
No any words about price and availability yet.

[via AVING Network]

Clean your pool with iRobot Verro

iRobot Verro poolbot

iRobot Verro poolbots series might be interesting both pool owners and pool cleaners. Because this bot is produced to make the pool clean without human interaction.
There are two models: iRobot Verro 300 and iRobot Verro 600. The iRobot Verro 300 is designed for gunite pools (it may also effective on other pool surfaces). It does hydro-jets ‘pressure wash’ pool surface, vacuum and filter pick up and trap leaves, hair, sand, debris, algae and particles as small as 2 microns. The price of this model is $799.99 with 30-day risk-free trial.
The iRobot Verro 600 is designed for vinyl, fiberglass and tile pools (it may also effective on gunite pool surfaces). It does PVA brushes scrub surfaces, vacuum and filter pick up and trap leaves, hair, sand, debris, algae and particles as small as 2 microns. The price of the iRobot Verro 600 is $1199.99 with 30-day risk-free trial.
So, additionally to your vacuum-cleaner bot you can get pool cleaner bot as well and have a rest during the bots will clean your space.

[via Engadget]

Honda and Climate Energy announces freewatt Micro-CHP Home Heating and Power System

Micro-CHP Home Heating and Power System

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and Climate Energy, LLC announced the official start of retail sales of freewatt Micro-sized Combined Heat and Power (Micro-CHP) cogeneration system for homes, which features advanced and highly efficient energy management technologies. The freewatt Micro-CHP system provides heat for the home with the added benefit of electricity production. The ultra-quiet MCHP unit produces 3.26 kilowatts of heat and 1.2 kilowatts of electric power. The electric power produced displaces electricity that consumers would otherwise purchase from the local electric utility, saving $500 to $1000 per year on their electric bill. An additional unique financial savings benefit of utilizing the freewatt system is realized through the process of net metering. In states where legislated, net metering allows homeowners to literally sell unused electric power back to the power grid in their community, providing additional savings. In addition, the system produces 30% less carbon dioxide emissions than a conventional heating system with electricity provided from the grid.

[via Fareastgizmos]

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