CRE Rentals offers its technology gadget roundup featuring bendable phones, a digital music player and the first “couch mouse”.
(Left to Right: Digital Music System, “Couch” Mouse, Bendable Phone)
The flexible touchscreen is one of those “futuretech” ideas that has been “just around the corner” for years. Numerous firms are apparently rounding the turn now, as “flexible phone” ideas are sprouting up everywhere. Cell phone giant Nokia has a concept model dubbed Kinetic that interprets bends and twists of the display, in addition to finger gestures, as commands. Finally, Samsung announced that it would have a smart phone and/or tablet with such a screen, perhaps even an AMOLED one, “sometime in 2012.”
With tablet PC rentals available for years, some folks wonder why it took so long to get from that form factor to the iPad-type tablet of today. The CPUs and other components of 2001 A.D. would have supported such a design, but screen technology continued to lag. Still, the time between renderings of futuristic concepts and deliveries of retail-ready products is getting shorter. Keep your eyes peeled for a bendy-twisty phone in the coming year.
BeoSound 5 Encore
Bang & Olufsen is a Danish company that makes boutique audiophile products that are beautifully designed, made of expensive materials and priced in the stratosphere. Their new BeoSound 5 Encore is a digital music system that sports a high-resolution 10.4-inch display and provides just about every way to connect and play tunes – from external hard disks and USB flash drives to Bluetooth from your iMac or Internet streaming. Be the first on your block!
With the proliferation of “media center” computers and Home Theatre PCs (HTPCs) came an awful lot of lousy remote controls. Filling the need in the consumer tech aftermarket for good ones are products like the GlideTV Navigator. The firm is trying to promote its term “couch mouse” as a hip new addition to computer slang (well, maybe), but that’s not a bad description of a device that has a trackpad in the middle, flanked by some music- and media-related buttons.
With USB ports on about every PC desktop computer rental and Macintosh made since the end of the 20th century, this hand-sized gadget’s wireless USB dongle will give you control over your tunes, videos and other media in mere minutes. Some of the reviews at alatest.com refer to previous versions of the Navigator, but the overall ratings average is over 4 on a scale of 5. It’s worth a look (even an on-couch test drive) if the lame four-button dinosaur that came with your Boxee or WD Media Hub is denying you your unalienable right to effortless entertainment!
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