New Technologies


LCGC Europe

LCGC EuropeLCGC Europe-09-01-2007
Volume 20
Issue 9
Pages: 486

Easy-to-use multimemory card reader; Presentations with a new wireless twist; Multimedia wristwatch has arrived; Space cube is a computer with a tiny difference

Easy-to-use multimemory card reader

If you have a number of different memory cards on the go, then life could become a little easier.

Sony Europe's IT Peripherals division have added a user-friendly, 17-in-1 external multicard reader to its PC accessories product range. The MRW62E S1/171 multicard reader can read 17 types of storage cards including Sony's Memory Stick range, SD and xD-Picture Card.

Not only that, it also includes Drive Letter recognition software to make it easier to identify different card formats when transferring data. This software also makes the multicard reader an incredibly user-friendly product. Instead of the usual removable disk icons that appear in Microsoft Windows when an external storage device is connected, the software displays a picture of the type of media instead. This all helps to ensure users can keep track of multiple connected storage cards and transfer files with confidence.

The multicard reader is Microsoft Windows Vista compatible and has a high-speed USB 2.0 connection for driverless, "plug and play" operation and optimum data transfer of digital photos, music and data. The card reader supports most media cards, including Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo, MagicGate Memory Stick, Memory Stick Micro, CompactFlash, Microdrive, SmartMedia, xD-Picture Card, SD Memory Card, SDHC, miniSD Card, MultiMediaCard and RS-MMC.

It has also been designed for longevity with the product meeting stringent tests, which included a simulated 10000-usage cycle.

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Presentations with a new wireless twist

Presentations are going wireless thanks to the arrival of a new "plug and play" product.

Take full control of your PowerPoint presentations with the AVOV PreMio PS–2432 Mini 3-in-1 Wireless Presenter. This unit has PowerPoint presentation, a laser pointer and wireless mouse. It uses 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency to let you set the pace of your PowerPoint presentations by controlling slides and the mouse, even from distances of up to 100 ft (30 m) indoors or 330 ft (100 m) outdoors.

A thumb pad also gives better cursor movement controls by utilizing the slight pressure exerted from the ball of your thumb. To work the product, all you need to do is aim towards the computer or the receiver and just click.

The built-in laser pointer is capable of a distance up to 130 ft (40 m) from target and will automatically shut off after 30 minutes of idling time, which is both a safety and power saving feature.

Sporting a clean, symmetrical nine-key visual interface, the PreMio PS–2432 allows any left or right hand user to work it almost straight from the box.

No software or drivers are needed — simply plug 'n' play! The PreMio PS–2432 is compatible with most presentation software available in Windows and Linux.

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Multimedia wristwatch has arrived

Yet another exciting wristwatch has arrived, only this one boasts almost all multimedia features.

So much more than just a digital watch, it features a video player, MP3/WMA player, photo viewer and voice recorder. The Thanko MP4 Watch is made out of metal and has a 1.5 in OLED screen.

The voice recording is supported for up to eight hours, so you could even use it as hidden recorder. It comes with a rechargeable battery, which needs about 90 minutes to fully charge via the USB port, and is packaged with USB cable, earphone, AC adapter, CD and manual.

Last but not least, as the watch is equipped with 4 GB internal storage (max), it could also be used as a portable.

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Space cube is a computer with a tiny difference

Now this is a really small computer!

The Space Cube SEMC5701B measures only 2 inch x 2 inch x 2.2 inch. It contains 64 MB SDRAM, 300 MHz CPU, various I/O ports for monitor, serial connection, USB, microphone, Ethernet, Flash memory and Space Wire.

But running at 300 MHz it's not going to run Vista, however, it's got to be great pulling this computer out of your pocket for those special demo programmes!

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