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WikiReader now supports 15 languages

Posted in Handheld Entertainmnet by Conner Flynn on August 10th, 2010

You might remember the Openmoko WikiReader from awhile back. The device holds over 3 million Wikipedia entries. Well, now it has just received an update to include 15 more languages.

The $99 international version comes with 8GB of internal memory, while the 4GB model comes in just English for $30 less. This is a pretty specialized gadget that might come in handy for info-junkies and few others. Most people already have a device that can access Wikipedia.

WikiReader gets update with improvements in usability

Posted in Handheld Entertainmnet by Shane McGlaun on February 9th, 2010

You might recall the WikiReader from when it first appeared back in October. The device is a small handheld gadget that lets a user check out Wikipedia entries without an internet connection.

Openmoko, the firm behind the gadget, has announced that a new update for the WikiReader is now available. The update adds new Wikipedia entries to the database and improves usability. The keypad is improved and now functions more like the iPhone keyboard.

Ritmo sound system for unborn children

Posted in Handheld Entertainmnet by Shane McGlaun on January 14th, 2010

There is some research that suggests after a certain number of weeks gestation talking to your unborn child, playing music for it, and reading to it can help it develop and forge bonds with parents. You could just hold a set of headphones to the mother’s belly, or you could use a purpose built system like the new Ritmo device to play your baby music.

Ritmo is a fabric harness that wraps around the pregnant mother and has a pair of straps with two speakers each that wrap over and under the belly. The device also has a control box to set the appropriate volume for the baby.

enTourage eDGe dualbook eReader available for preorder

Posted in Handheld Entertainmnet by Shane McGlaun on January 7th, 2010

If you are torn between getting a eReader and a netbook with your Christmas money a new product set to ship soon will let you do both. The device is called the enTourage eDGe and it is known as a dualbook because it has two screens.

The screen on the left side is a 9.7-inch 1200 x 835 pixel e-Ink display for reading eBooks. On the other side, you have a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 resolution color screen for surfing the web. The device will accept input from a stylus or an onscreen keyboard.

myGoTv with AMOLED surfaces

Posted in Handheld Entertainmnet by Shane McGlaun on January 6th, 2010

I can see the appeal of watching TV wherever you are. I have been bored more than once while waiting for an appointment or riding in a car and wished I had something to do. A company called IDTV has announced a new portable TV at CES that would do the trick.

The device is the MyGoTV and it has a 3.4-inch AMOLED screen that promises better viewing that LCD screens of similar size. The screen claims to be 1.5 times brighter than the average LCD. The little TV sells for $169 and has an AC and DC power adapter.

Yobo handheld SNES

Posted in Handheld Entertainmnet by Conner Flynn on December 10th, 2009

Yobo handheld SNESIf you’re like us, you’ve been wanting one of those SNES portable mods, but you don’t want to build one. Well this is for you. Yobo is offering the FC 16 GO. Their take on the FC Mobile II.

Just slide your SNES cartridges in for some retro game play on the 3.5-inch screen. For $60 you also get a built-in joypad, TV outs and two wireless 2.4Ghz controllers. The device is powered by a replaceable, rechargeable battery or the included AC adapter.

CiragoTV Mini is tiny and sports HDMI out

Posted in Handheld Entertainmnet by Shane McGlaun on December 4th, 2009

ciragominitvusbMedia players are usually not what we would consider to be tiny devices. They tend to be big to cram in all the hardware and tech needed to make them function. Cirago has announced a new and tiny media player called the CiragoTV Mini.

The little device is a 3-inch square that is only .7-inches thick. It can be plugged into the TV via an HDMI cable or with the standard AAV out cable. The smallish player supports 720p and 1080i HD resolutions. Despite the small size, the player has built-in memory card reader and USB connectivity.


Coby Electronics recalls portable DVD players for fire hazard

Posted in Handheld Entertainmnet by Shane McGlaun on October 23rd, 2009

cobydvdrecallI am not sure why so many of the recalls in the electronics industry are the faulty of defective batteries. You would think when all of those laptops were recalled over bad batteries the industry would have learned its lesson. Apparently not, Coby Electronics recalled over 19,000 portable DVD players today due to a fire hazard from faulty battery packs.

The DVD player in question is the TF-DVD-8501 DVD/CD.MP3 players with an 8.5-inch screen. The batteries covered in the recall will have a serial number starting with the letters HY. The serial number can be found on a white sticker on the battery.

WikiReader: Wikipedia in your pocket

Posted in Handheld Entertainmnet by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2009

WikiReader: Wikipedia in your pocketIs that a WikiReader in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Openmoko has launched a new hand held device that puts Wikipedia in your pocket. I guess no one told them how easy Wikipedia is to access on most devices. But hey, if you are an information junkie, why not?

The WikiReader is basically a palm sized electronic encyclopedia housing over three million English language articles from Wikipedia. No internet connection? No problem. The content can be accessed anywhere even when you don’t have an Internet connection.

Trinvo Talking Translator

Posted in Handheld Entertainmnet by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2009

Trinvo Talking TranslatorWho has time to learn a new language? Most of the time visits to foreign countries mean just a short stay, so why bother? We’ll the Trinvo talking translator lets you translate your speech into 12 languages.

No matter what you want to say, you should be covered. Whether you need to find a bathroom or some good food. The dictionary holds over 2,500 words and 750 common phrases in all 12 languages. That should help you avoid laughter from the locals as you screw up their language.

Horizontal Game Boy Clone

Posted in Handheld Entertainmnet by Conner Flynn on June 21st, 2009

Horizontal Game Boy CloneSomebody loves the Gameboy so much that they took it from vertical to horizontal. It’s still fat, but a little more sexy. The knock-off supposedly has a sharper image than the original. Sadly, details are scant on this baby.

All we really know is that it showed up in a Photobucket set. If you’re nostalgic and like your GB wide rather than tall, you’ll have to scour the knock-off district of the internet in search of one. Then tell us where we can get one.


The PXP-900 looks familiar

Posted in Handheld Entertainmnet by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2009

pxp-900_1-480x389We’ve seen our share of gaming and gadget rip-offs, but this is one of the most blatant knockoffs we’ve seen in a while. Look familiar? Why it looks exactly like a Sony PSP. And while the PXP-900 clones the style, it doesn’t bother with the titles, instead, sticking to retro gaming ROMs.

The PXP-900 can handle classic titles from the NES, Famicom, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Super Famicom and SEGA MegaDrive. Onboard storage is 2GB, and it functions as a PMP too, playing up to 25fps 320 x 240 video in a bunch of formats on a 4.3-inch display.

Spion Voice Lie Detector detects lies using the devil’s long nose

Posted in Handheld Entertainmnet by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Truthiness detectorThis is the best lie detector ever. I mean, who better to tell you if someone is lying than the devil himself right? Who knew that the devil’s nose grows like Pinocchio with each lie? The Spion Portable Lie Detector uses voice tension (and the cartoon devil) to indicate true or false answers.

This thing is bound to be totally accurate. Never before has a company used Satan/Pinocchio technology to gauge truthiness. The nose knows. Only $79.95.

Multi Platform portable gaming entertainment station

Posted in Handheld Entertainmnet by Conner Flynn on April 1st, 2009

Multi Platform portable gaming entertainment stationChinavasion’s latest offering is a retro portable gaming system: The Multi Platform Portable Gaming Entertainment Station. It sure doen’t look like the standard DS. This handheld will handle ROMs from NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Game Boy Advance, Neo-Geo and selected Capcom arcade systems thanks to its 4GB internal memory.

The device sports a miniSD memory card slot for expansion and a 2.8″ display at 320 x 240 resolution. Not that we are condoning ROMs, which are illegal if downloaded from the Net. ROMs are bad. Just say no.

Compulab unveils exeda Android / WinMo handheld

Posted in Handheld Entertainmnet by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2009

Compulab unveils exeda Android / WinMo handheldSomehow everybody missed Compulab’s exeda at CES. It’s a crazy device designed for the enterprise market and is distinctly squarish. Some features include: a 3.5-inch sun-readable VGA touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, and a capacitive touchpad that will acts like a mouse.

Like some other Asian Android handsets, the exeda can boot Windows Mobile 6.1 on its 520MHz Marvell CPU with 128MB of RAM, and the radio setup is flexible. Resellers have their choice of quadband GSM / GPRS, CDMA, and 3G UMTS. Oh, and the exeda has a 10/100Base-T Ethernet port as well as WiFi.