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Novint Falcon

By Team Digit | Published 01 May 2007 16:00 IST
Novint Falcon
Novint Falcon
The Novint Falcon is a pioneer in a completely new dimension of interaction with PC applications. It lets you feel virtual objects. Sure, there were mice with a little bit of rumbling when you moved your cursor over toolbars and scrollbars, but this is a lot more than that. It uses three motors which move three separate arms, pulling and pushing, a thousand times a second!

This makes for a very realistic feel of objects and the action. The possibilities are endless-imagine the recoil of a railgun, the weight of balls, and the sensation of swinging a bat. The motors move the handles such that you feel various resistances and textures of objects. The device also lets you click, select, and feel objects in 3D game spaces...

Expect to see the Novint Falcon in the market in the next couple of months.

tabletkiosk eo TufTab v7112XT
Tabletkiosk's latest entry into the ultra-micro-PC market is the eo TufTab v7112XT which, quite frankly, isn't meant for business executives sitting in air-conditioned offices. It's suited for what people at tabletkiosk like to call "non-traditional" working. The entire device is packed in plastic and rubber, but it's not just cosmetics: what you get is a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600, 1 GB of RAM, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and a 40 GB hard drive. That's not all-security is taken care of by the biometric fingerprint reader. No keyboard here-just a fancy stylus and a touch-screen. You can choose to run XP, Vista, or Open SuSE on it, and pick between black and white models. Cost? About $1,700 (Rs 76,500).

MOTORAZR maxx Ve
Motorola's MOTORAZR range of phones has evolved into this new phone they've called the MOTORAZR maxx VE. It has external and internal screens and touch-sensitive illuminated media player keys on the outside. It comes with 60 MB of memory, which can be enhanced to 2 GB via the expansion slots. Wireless connectivity is via Bluetooth and EvDO, which offers blazing fast data transfer rates. It has a 2 MP camera with 4x digital zoom for still images. Videos can be played, recorded, or shared using MPEG4 or H.263. What it really is, more than anything else, is a fashion statement. Due out soon, there's no price tag yet.


Xbox 360 Elite

Most people may think of the new Xbox 360 Elite as just another stupid gaming console for stupid gamers. It is, actually, but now it comes with a far more attractive black color scheme-far better than that white chocolate thing they had going earlier. They've even replaced the minuscule 20 GB hard drive with a much more substantial 120 GB external drive. This new version has HDMI and IPTV support. It has a wireless controller and headset, and is a limited edition. If you want an Xbox but want to be different, this is the only choice you have. It will cost you $479.99 (Rs 21,500) and will have been released by the time you read this.

Nokia Aeon
The Nokia Aeon is definitely one of the sleekest-looking phones we've come across-perhaps only rivalled by Apple's iPhone. The surface is split into two touch-sensitive areas, separated by a solid divider that will house the fuel cell. Also, thanks to the two touch-screen areas, you can switch control to either one for a different sort of application, such as a media player or a text pad, for example. Rumours say this phone can also monitor your health: details pending. It's still a concept phone being developed by the Nokia Research and Development department, so there is no release date… yet. It would be a shame if such a brilliant and drool-worthy concept were to be dropped. We sure hope Nokia is listening! Write them a mail and express your interest...
 

Sony VAIO TP1

The Sony VAIO TP1 is a cool-looking Media Center PC. At first glance, you might mistake it for another Apple product. We actually wish Apple had used this design for their Apple TV! HDMI support means you can hook this baby up to your HDTV. Wi-Fi support is inbuilt, and the memory card reader and USB ports will let you hook up your camera and memory cards to upload media to the Internet using the wireless connectivity. You can navigate the Sony VAIO TP1 using the laptop-style touchpad, less cumbersome than the boring trackball on some cheaper Media Center PCs. As features and horsepower go, this is no lightweight: a Core 2 Duo, a whopping 2 GB of DDR2 RAM, IPTV support, and a DVD-Writer. It should be out anytime soon, with a price tag of around $1,600 (Rs 72,000).



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