A brilliant reflection of the latest technology

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A brilliant reflection of the latest modern technology and style, Valli Arredobagno unites fashion and innovation into a single shocking design called the Hi Mirror. The Italian company combines six seamless mirrors and a TV. Although this is not a new concept, combining mirror image reflection and multimedia capabilities, the Hi Mirror brings this concept from small gadgets to a full size product. This mirror has location versatility, providing a great fit for the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen or living area. This is a must have for any consumer with deep pockets looking to keep informed or entertained while preparing for or unwinding from their day.

Grippity back typing keyboard nearly on the shelf

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Here we have a prototype and the finished product of the Grippity back typing keyboard. The makers have put a giant effort into producing a cool look for this gadget. It features a full QWERTY keyboard in addition to gaming controls and mouse capabilities. This wireless keyboard and mouse control center was designed with the goal of eliminating the need for a desk or lap to hold your keypad while performing its duties. What’s your opinion? Is this an insane concept? At least it’s practical unlike the crazy iGrip product. This weird product holds more secrets. When flipped over, sensors activate the QWERTY into 60 hot keys. You can expect to see Grippity roll out their back-typing keyboard before summer at a retail cost around $100.

KO Digital’s RM2300 reveals its disappearing screen!

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It has been referred to as the “no screen” mp4 player as well as the “disappearing screen” PMP. It was an attention grabbing performance when the LG Shine phone revealed its mirror image screen. Unfortunately, the Shine left its visible keypad. KO Digital’s RM2300 takes it the next step, leaving it to look like nothing more than a chunk of polished titanium when it is off. Switch it on, however, and the screen illuminates behind its surface. Underneath the RM2300’s sleek appearance it holds standard capabilities, playing videos, music and supporting TV connectivity. Capacity, availability and price not yet mentioned, but you can expect them to be on backorder for a while when it is released.

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iGrip Ergonomic Keyboard/gaming control

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This is an interesting looking concept keyboard. With this hand held device you have fully functioning wireless keyboard capabilities including a trackball mouse. It’s a lot more convenient to whip out while walking, riding in a car or riding the subway. The iGrip keyboard allows for convenient computing from any position whether sitting, standing or lying. It will not, however, aid in posture discipline. Although the keyboard layout is different from the QWERTY keyboard layout, its main purpose is to function as a more ergonomic keyboard. It performs as a universal product working with a phone, video games and computer. Although, it seems the iGrip by Alpha Grip, could serve as a convenient product, a user would have to relinquish any self-respect they had to pull this out in public.

“MashedUp” your Social Networking Yet?

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The world of social networking is on the verge of a change as we know it. 2007 was the year of Facebook and 2008 was the year that Twitter was all the rage. And don’t forget MySpace was in there as well. But most microbloggers have a FriendFeed, Xanga, and Flickr as well. If you only have accounts with a few of the major sites, you have your hands full keeping up with them on a regular basis. So what is this leading to? Well, it leads to neglect if you don’t have the time to dedicate to all of them. The ambitious members are seeking to find a solution to make things more efficient. As a result 2009 will be the year of “mashingUp” social networking sites.

This concept has already birthed Facebook Connect, OpenSocial and many more platforms striving to resolve this problem. Facebook Connect allows you to connect with 3rd parties based off the Facebook platform. But is this enough? The simple answer is no.

Think about it this way, if you don’t use an email client to access all your different email accounts in one place you are the minority. Even if you just have one email account it is still easier and beneficial to use an email client so you don’t have to go login manually. So what does this mean for social networking? You guessed it. The first wave of microblogging clients is out. For starters, Mozilla has a free add-on Yoono-socialize your browser. For now, it allows you do remote updates to your status on 7 different platforms, view others updates and reply. It provides convenient finding and sharing of products, sites, videos, pics, and more. Yoono will also “mashup” your different chat platforms.

Many microbloggers are growing weary of having to recreate their profile for every site they join. In 2009 look to see the leaders emerge and perfect these social clients. Over this year expect the ability to host your profile on a client and have all that info automatically load when you open a new social networking account. If you discover some desirable social clients please comment your reviews @ the Novelty Hub under this post. My Yoono user name is UriahGunn. Add me if you download it.

WiTricity —- Wireless Electricity!

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Can you believe it? We have reached the era of electricity passed through air. This wireless age of data-flow through air has been quite a ride, spawning many inventions. Technology took a big step by creating the cordless phone. Then, it took a leap and completely cut the cord to the telephone with the arrival of the cell phone. Are we ready to cut the cord to electricity? Electricity in thin air is attempting to make a mainstream appearance. I won’t say that the concerns of safety have been completely overcome yet, but the concept is already very well advanced.

Some of the companies trying to develop this concept such as WiTricity Inc, don’t even have their websites built yet. WiTricity named themselves only six months ago. On the other hand, there’s Alticor, whose site is developed and seeking partners to launch with. That’s right Alticor, the parent company of Access Business Group, AGP Hotels, Amway, Quixtar, eSpring, a couple of cosmetics companies, Artisty and the recently acquired Gurwitch Products, plus many more multi-billion dollar companies. In fact, this technology for the wi-tricity movement was used in the invention of the eSpring water purifier. This product triggered Alticor pursuing wi-tricity. There is also the company Splashpower and they are pretty committed to development as well.

Early in development stages, this product is seeing a lot of attention from companies. Not only are they chasing the products to have placed in your home as a wireless electricity source, but also electric tables or mats, if you will, for private and public locations. Imagine being able to sit in an airport terminal on your laptop without the need to plug in your power cord. Or have your cell phone, Bluetooth or other wireless device charge automatically when you are in range of witricity.

Folks we are dawning a new age in electronics history. It’s the age that solves the problems of the corded mess on your desk, counter etc. This is unfortunate for some companies, though. You have the makers of the extension cords and surge protectors that will see a drop in sales when there isn’t a demand for a dozen plugs in every corner of the house. But, that raises another concern, “what happens when there is a surge on a building that produces wi-tricity?” That maybe open for discussion, but I’m sure that’s been resolved. Click on the “Alticor, whose site” link above to view a brief video demo.

What is the next Apple product?

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Today is the MacWorld 2009 expo. Rumor has it that Apple is bringing their product of 2009. What is it? We don’t know for sure, but word is that it will be a larger IPhone or IPod Touch. Or will it be a small Mac tablet. We are pretty confident that it will also resemble an HD tv.

Here is the scoop. It is projected to be a larger IPhone with the capabilities of a tablet. With Apple running experiments on tablets for over a year now, it would make sense to give the IPhone lovers a larger touch screen for comfort. The expected 7 to 9 inch high definition display will provide a much more pleasurable experience in watching video and performing full-functioning web capabilities. Lets face it, even if you have an IPhone you probably still lug around your laptop if you have anything important to do online. This new bigger IPhone will make it that much easier to stop in at the coffee shop and still be productive. A benefit to Apple is this makes them a much better competitor to the super portable laptop producers.

And of course it will still have the luxuries of the IPod, maybe with better speakers for higher quality sound. That will also be an added benefit for the video watching.

Apple is expected to use the MacWorld event to proclaim it’s improvements to its key devices. We will see. At 12pm Eastern today, Jan 6th, Engadget.com will be broadcasting liveblogging and possible video. To access that at noon head over to Live from the MacWorld 2009.

Is Microsoft Trying to Catch up With Apple?

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My opinion, and most others will agree, is that Apple has exploded its technology beyond Microsoft in the last decade. Microsoft has created something that looks like it will have a wow factor. Its called the Microsoft Surface. It is a multi touch surface computer. Multi-touch in the same way the IPhone is and so much more. These computers are starting out for commercial use as table tops at restaurants, hotels etc. Not only do they recognize the touch of multiple fingers and hands simultaneously, but it will also recognize phones, credit cards, and other objects. You can imagine it will be quite some time before these are sold as household PC’s but the technology is out of this world. Go ahead and check it out. Click here to head directly to Microsoft’s videos demoing the Surface.  If you like what you see at that link, the Microsoft Surface Blog also has a lot of info.