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DN Staff

October 11, 2004

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New and Notable Product Design


Philips Electronics /Nike MP3Run. Runners know your speed by how much your chest is heaving. But for those of you who are anal about the precise speed and distance you log on runs, this shoe-mounted, combo pedometer/MP3 player is for you. Here's how it works: A 2D accelerometer measures the acceleration/deceleration of each stride some 1,000 times per sec, then sends the data to a DSP that reconstructs the runner's gait, and provides speed and distance updates over a Bluetooth connection to an audio player that doubles as an MP3 player. The device can operate without interference near seven other Bluetooth devices using the same band. For more information on the Nike MP3Run, go tohttp://rbi.ims.ca/3856-541.


Nokia SU-1B Digital Pen. This digital writing instrument records as it writes and allows wireless data transfer to a cell phone or PC. Digital paper is the key to the pen's store-and-send abilities. The paper is printed with a special digital pattern and tick-style boxes. Using these patterns, the pen changes line color and thickness, chooses the message size, and transmits this data to a Bluetooth-compatible phone or PC. The pen remembers each page for subsequent manual editing and updating. Storing 100 A5 pages in its 1 Mbyte memory, the pen has a recording time of 2 hrs and standby time up to 10 hrs. For more information on the Nokia SU-1B Digital Pen, go tohttp://rbi.ims.ca/3856-542.


Parrott DriveBlue Car Kit. Now you can keep your hands at the 10- and 2-o'clock positions on the steering wheel-just like they taught you in driver's ed. Simply plug this adapter in and connect to a Bluetooth-enabled phone for hands-free driving. This unit provides one-touch handling of all calls and voice recognition dialing. The compact design integrates microphone, speaker, volume control, and activation buttons. To address the noise problem in vehicles, engineers used digital signal processor technology to provide noise reduction and echo cancellation. An external microphone provides automatic connection in Full Duplex mode for talking and listening. The system is designed to readily accept software upgrades to access features of the newest phones. For more information on the Parrott DriveBlue Car Kit, go tohttp://rbi.ims.ca/3856-543.


Baracoda BaracodaPencil. Hopefully, this flexible, new handheld scanner that doubles as a stylus for a PDA or tablet PC means the grocery store won't run out of our favorite chocolate chip cookies anymore. The device communicates with a Bluetooth terminal on a PC, PDA, LAN, or cell phone. Using an ARM7 32-bit RISC processor operating at 20 MHz and a proprietary decoder algorithm,it can handle up to 5,000 bar codes, communicating data at a rate of 1 Mbyte/sec with a range of 15m (50 ft). Its sapphire-tip scanning element provides a red (660 nm) light source with a resolution of 0.1 mm and can scan 80 to 600 mm/sec. For more information on the Baracoda Pencil, go tohttp://rbi.ims.ca/3856-545.


Frogpad Inc. Bluetooth FrogPad. If getting text data into a small portable device is a problem, the FrogPad keyboard could be the solution. The unit measures only 5.60 x 3.73 x 0.66 inches, yet features full-size keys and all the functionality of a standard keyboard five times as big. For wireless operation, engineers designed a single chip solution for the keyboard that incorporates a unique algorithm with the Bluetooth Human Interface Device (HID) profile. The HID profile includes a database that allows the Bluetooth radio transmitter to identify and communicate with a specific device. For information on the BlueTooth FrogPad, go tohttp://rbi.ims.ca/3856-544.


NEXTLINK.TO A/S Bluespoon Chameleon. Weighing only 16 gm and measuring a mere 5.7 x 32 x 30 mm, this headset provides hands-free cellphone operation, including voice-controlled dialing. For enhanced audio performance, engineers integrated the speaker and the microphone in an ear-encapsulating design. The ear-bud style speaker rests inside the ear, and engineers say that the surrounding shell completely blocks outside noise and a unidirectional microphone points toward the user's mouth. Engineers also employed power management strategies to deliver talk time of 4 to 6 hrs and standby time of more than 200 hrs. For more information on the NEXTLINK.TO A/S Bluespoon Chameleon, go tohttp://rbi.ims.ca/3856-546.

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