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iPhone Gets RFID For Quick Retail Purchase Opportunities

iCarte is a snap-on device for the iPhone to allow it to receive RFID signals.  This is great for all sorts of on-the-go applications.

The iCarte could be used for micro payments, such as public transportation payments or vendy machine purchasing.

icarte

Another application is getting RFID signals for promotional material.  Such as walking past a movie theater and you would be asked to download the trailer for an upcoming movie.  Or past a music store and you can get a sample of the latest releases.

Makes you wonder what the world will be like in a couple years, doesn’t it?

UberGizmo rumors that Apple might integrate an RFID feature in the next release, but who knows.

Source:  UberGizmo.  Product by: Wireless Dynamics.

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USB 3.0 Might Hit The Breaks

We’ve been talking about USB 3.0 for almost one year now and last week we hear the maker, Intel, is looking to put on the breaks.  This isn’t the first time Intel has rallied the industry, gotten chip makers to support it, then corporate shut it down via lack of integration [Wireless USB].

USB 3.0 breaks

What the general population might not understand is that USB is a fairly inconsistent bus for enumeration with peripherals.  Sure, for the average user their USB devices work, but for an engineer or tech savvy user, they all pretty much agree – USB is problematic. Maybe this is just one reason why Intel is slowing it’s adoption of it…the other is probably the new development of Light Peak.  Light Peak is a fiber optical cable which supports up to 10Gbps [now] and expandability to 100Gbps [future].  Light Peak doesn’t use complicated protocols like Continue Reading

IO Gear Wireless USB Audio Video Kit [Video]

Check out the latest on-line commercial from IOGear.  The commercial concept is a question about your monitor shrinking in size when viewing content on-line…now you can stream from your PC to your flat screen or project from the IOGear wireless USB audio video kit.  The only thing they forgot to mention is the critical step of clean streaming content during viewing from your cable modem…ya right. Interested, check out the latest prices from Amazon. Continue Reading

Review: Adesso Wireless USB Trackball Keyboard

Review: Adesso Wireless USB Trackball Keyboard

Don’t you hate it when you buy a new gadget and don’t have the batteries it needs? This new keyboard from Adesso avoids that let down. Batteries ARE included. No more scrounging around for those AA Batteries that you need just to get this keyboard to work

USB wireless keyboard

This little keyboard is great for the multi-media user. With the 100-ft range you can sit on the couch, relax, and set up your music without having to get up and go to the computer. Or if you are that Fortune 500 CEO and you are doing a presentation in the conference room. You can now walk around the room and still control your media presentation. Even if you are just the basic computer user you will find much utility and love for this little guy. It is an easy to use, plug-n-play, keyboard that requires no Continue Reading

Wireless USB Connects to iPhone

How would you like to connect wirelessly to your iPhone?  Imagine sharing your photo’s or [soon to be] video with your TV or monitor without a cable?  How about sync your iTunes without the white USB connector, or update contacts, schedules, calendar and more without making a connection.  How about getting real crazy and juicing up your iPhone without a plug?

wireless USB for iPhone

Well, all of this will be possible with the new Alereon wireless USB technology for the iPhone and those who integrate into their peripheral.
The demonstration consists of a small wireless USB peripheral connected to a typical iPhone or iPod’s edge connector. The adapter enables any iPhone or iPod to both provide extra battery power/charging as well as synchronize wirelessly to iTunes whether on a Windows or MAC OS machine. Future enhancements will enable connectivity to HDTVs for displaying photos or videos.
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iPhone and AT&T Start Testing FemToCells

femtocell attDo you know what Femtocells are?  I didn’t know until just the other day when I read an article about AT&T testing Femtocells to boost iPhone reception inside your home.  To restate:  a femtocell is a device to boost your mobile phone signal.  You can say phone booster.  Apparently Sprint has been selling this technology for a while and now AT&T is on board to improve their popular selling iPhone. The goal is to improve your G3 service inside the home via your high speed internet connection.  Think of a femtocell as turning your house into a cell phone tower. Testing is currently taking place through AT&T with expected products to ship the first half of next year.  So for those of you in the void, yet addicted to your iPhone, there is hope.  And it’s on the way. Continue Reading

Imation Wireless USB Hard Drive

Yep, you heard it right.  Imation, from my understanding, is the first to offer a USB hard drive that is completely wireless.  Well, expect for the power cord. The Imation Apollo Pro WX is the wireless hard drive with speeds close to that of wired speeds.  Since the product isn’t yet available, we’ll need to wait for real-world results, but I’m keeping an optimistic outlook.  Mostly because I REALLY want one.

imation wireless hard drive

The Apollo Pro WX will use Seagate hard drives and will come in a variety of sizes with a maximum capacity of 1.5TBs.  The wireless hard drive solution has a total range of about 30 feet.  Meaning your hard drive can sit, by itself, up to 30 feet away from computers and read/write data as though you had a direct connect hard drive.  Talk about conveninece, this is it! Since USB wireless isn’t available on all computers, the Imation wireless hard drive will still come with an available USB port and cable for those who haven’t made the switch. Along with no price tag, Imation is also vague about release date, just sometime in the fall. Source:  Electronista. Continue Reading

Estilo Carrera GT Porsche Bluetooth Mouse

For obvious reasons we aren’t the biggest Bluetooth fans but more of a WUSB fan, never-the-less we do stumble into very cool products with Bluetooth technology.  Take this Estilo Carrera GT Porshce Bluetooth mouse from Brando.

estilo mouse

The Estilo GT mouse is extremely cool looking and the ideal gadget gift for that Porsche loving greek friend.  The Bluetooth dongle sits in the rear trunk of the wireless mouse with left and right clickers along with scroll mouse on the hood.

porsche mouse

I guess you could make the argument that some fellow “over seas” chopped up the Estilo design and did the world a disfavor by creating a Porsche mouse, but if that’s you…get a life…it’s a cool looking mouse. The Estilo GT Bluetooth Mouse is $38 and $55 with tiny USB Bluetooth V2.0+EDR adapter (see I knew we’d fit in USB somewhere) Continue Reading

Review: Wireless Bluetooth Visor Car Kit

Gadget4All sent me their Blue Mirror wireless Bluetooth visor car kit for review and I’m glad they did, as California will start enforcing the “mandatory hands free car kits” come July 1st and the ticket is expensive, so this review couldn’t have come at a better time. This is what I found:

Review Summary for Wireless Bluetooth Visor Car Kit:

UPDATE: The bluetooth visor car kit is available at Amazon for immediate delivery. Great product for the quick fix you might need if in California or another state which has a “hands-free” wireless policy. Buy Now The wireless visor Bluetooth car kit is well made, easy to operate and performs well. Sound quality is good, setup is easy and user design is well thought out. Strong mounting assembly yet portable and easy to disconnect.

wireless bluetooth car kit

Out Of Box Experience: The Blue Mirror is packaged well and comes with:
  • Main Bluetooth wireless visor kit (5″ x 3″ x .75″)
  • Mount clip with very strong magnets
  • USB cable (mini to Type A)
  • Car power adapter (cigarette style)
The product is simple and intuitive to put together. I was able to charge up the unit in under 1 hour as it was already charged. The full charge time is maximum of 3 hours. You can use either the USB cable and power from a laptop/computer or use the cigarette power adapter in your car along with the USB cable to recharge that way. Continue Reading

Wine Cork Works Double Shift

Mac from Zedomax picked up a nice story on turning a wine cork into a USB stick.  Why ask you say?  So wine companies can data load the cork with company history, processing methods and other marketing spin (mood setting music) to give the ultimate crushed grapes experience.  You couldn’t do this with CDs or DVDs that’s for sure.

wine cork usb

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Wireless USB Multi-Media Remote

Wireless USB has gotten some hits for not picking up developers over the past 18 months. Some of the only items we’ve seen are wireless USB hubs with poor performance. Well, maybe a slow data transfer is what’s needed, like that from the AMEX wireless USB multi-media remote.

wireless usb remote

The AMEX remote is stylish in look, and will control your multi-media system including music, photo, video and DVD titles. The RM-mp1 uses a touch pad mouse, a slick laser pointer, basic nav buttons and includes a wireless USB receiver. I’d say it looks like a cell phone, and with dimensions of just 104x38x12mm in size, it’s the size of one.Source: Akihabara News. Continue Reading

Hawking Parabolic WiFi Looks Cool & Boosts Range

The Hawking parabolic WiFi dish is a fancy version of our home-brew version to boost your wireless signal.  The one thing Hawking has which you will never achieve, this the cool dish look.  The Hi-Gain Wireless 300N is a dish adapter to your WiFi network which connects via USB and could boost your signal as much as 600%.

hawking wifi

The 300N supports b, g and n networks so regardless of your setup, you can put the Wireless-300N to use.  As with any wireless solution security is a big concern and the Hawking unit supports WEP, WPA and WPA2 enccryption – so again, whever your setup the 300N will work.
“Since the dual-antenna is highly directional, they’re also trying to sell it on the idea that you can avoid signal interference by pointing it away from other electronics.  I’m not sure that’s something I’ve ever experienced using WiFi, but I could imagine it might be useful to specifically target a base station in an area with lots of wireless congestion.   — SlashGear
The Hawking Wireless is on sale for $99. Continue Reading

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