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Viewsonic V350 phone can take two Sim cards

Split data and calls between two Sims with this Android smartphone
Viewsonic is at the Gadget Show Live 2011 with its V350 Android phone, which can run two Sim cards at the same time.

The company says that the V350 is the world's first dual-Sim 3G Android phone.
The phone can make calls from either Sim, connect to the internet using data from either Sim or split data and calls between the two. This lets users take advantage of cheap data-only plans on some networks or use a foreign Sim card when travelling abroad.
It lets the user select what Sim they want to make a call on and it can receive calls to either number.

The phone is fully Android-certified and can access apps in the Android Marketplace. It has a 3.5in screen and weighs 125g
The Viewsonic V350 Android smartphone will be available in May for around £250.

To find out more about the V350, check the following video

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Really Cool Portable GPS Tracker

This must be one of (if not the) coolest spy gadgets I’ve ever reported on. It’s sort of a cross between a USB memory stick and a GPS receiver and what it does is store where ever you take it on the flash memory.
The Portable GPS Tracker is pretty small so you could either always carry it on you or use it in 007 spy mode by planting it on a person or vehicle you want to monitor. You may be wondering how you retrieve the stored info and secret routes, well that’s where it gets really cool.

Once the tracker has done it’s travels and it’s back in your possession you simply connect it to you PC and download the data. This data can then be plotted on Google Earth, Mapquest, maps.google.com and Virtual Earth to show exactly where it’s been, how long it took and how it got there.
I just think this is so cool (may of said cool a record number of times in this post) it obviously has the spy functionality of tracking somebody else but to me it is even more useful for tracking your own holidays and backpacking adventures. So not only can you bore visitors with your holiday snaps you can also show them exactly where you went.

 
Full feature list:
Records time, date, location, speed, direction and altitude

Works with Google Earth, Mapquest, maps.google.com, Virtual Earth

Location points are downloaded into its software and then mapped

Battery duration is 5 to 7 days of typical operation with 4,000 records

Requires 2 AAA batteries (not included)

Dimensions: 4″ x 1 1/4″ x 3/4″

Comes with TrackStick, lanyard, software CD

You can used to be able to buy this nifty GPS tracker from Think Geek for $249.99, a good alternative now is Amazon.

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Photo Album Story Teller

Usually I write down the history of a photo as I put it in an album.  That way if I forget or someone else seeing the album wants to know, it’s easy for them to glance at it and know.  However, if you’re just not big on writing or would prefer to leave your voice behind instead, this Photo Album Story Teller will let you record the story behind each and every picture.

The great benefit is that you can have your Grandmother tell the story on some old pictures and you’ll get to hear it from her perspective.  With each picture you put on a little sticker and the device scans that sticker.  It will then play the story that goes with it out loud.  The kit comes with 500 stickers, so you do have a limit on the amount of pictures you can do this on.  Just in case the device gets compromised you can back up your recordings on your computer.  You can purchase it for $99.95

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Laser projector for smartphones on the way

The EPFL/Lemoptix projector could be incorporated into smartphones

The development of a tiny new video projector has recently been announced by Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) via its spin-off company, Lemoptix. The projector is said to be smaller in area than a credit card, with a projection head measuring one cubic centimeter. Developers of the device foresee it becoming commercially available in smartphones, laptops and digital cameras, with industrial applications including possible use in operating rooms.

The projector’s micro electro-mechanical (MEM) system incorporates a tiny mirror, less than a millimeter thick. It is mounted on a silicon disc, where it reflects red, green and blue laser beams. The mirror oscillates rapidly, allowing the three combined laser beams to scan a projection surface up to 20,000 times a second.

Last month, the Lemoptix team had their first success in using the device to project a VGA (640 x 480) image. It can project from a minimum distance of 50 centimeters (19.7 inches), producing an image equivalent in size to a 15-inch (38 cm.) screen. Larger screen sizes are achieved simply by moving the projector farther back from the projection surface, which will not require the user to refocus the image.

Not only is the projector small, but the developers claim it uses 30 percent less electricity than the mirror matrix- or LED-based technology which is currently in use. This, they explain, is due to the highly-focused laser light source, the highly-reflective mirror, and the fact that less optical processing is required. It is also claimed that the components should be easy and inexpensive to produce in large batches, as existing semiconductor-manufacturing technology could be used.

The Microvision SHOWWX laser pico projector enables widescreen quality display of images directly from a mobile device

Lemoptix sees the device being incorporated into consumer electronics by 2012. By the end of next year, however, they plan on it being available for industrial clients. One such client could be automakers, who would use it for heads-up displays, in which driving information is projected onto the inside of a car’s windshield. Another client could be medical technology companies, who would use it in operating rooms to project patient information directly onto the patient’s body, saving surgeons from having to look up at screens.

An interactive display, where users could manipulate the image by touching it, is also in the works.

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USB Desktop Aquarium Holds Real Fish Along with Your iPhone

USB Desktop Aquarium

Here’s one USB desktop aquarium that can hold real fish. There are a number gadgets I have seen that call themselves USB desktop aquariums but none of them are actually capable of sustaining any form of marine life compared to this mini USB desktop aquarium.

Besides having USB-powered LED lights and a water pump to keep your fishes healthy, the USB desktop aquarium also comes with a compartment by the side for storing stationary and tech gadgets like a desktop organizer.

But that’s not all, on the front of the USB desktop aquarium there’s a handy and useful clock with date and temperature function, allowing yourself to keep track of daily life and also great as a reminder to keep your pet fishes well-fed and happy. The USB desktop aquarium will be launched in mid October 2010 at Fascinations for a price of  $40

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Microsoft LifeCam Studio webcam is ready for prime time

LifeCam Studio webcam

Microsoft’s latest LifeCam Studio webcam is prepared to hit the ground running, especially for those who are involved in long distance relationships as well as folks who grew up in a closely knit family, but simply because of education and work, had to be relocated to a different city or state altogether. Instead of relying on expensive phone calls, why not settle for video calls over the computer? With the advent of VoIP software such as Skype, communications has gotten a whole lot easier, cheaper and convenient. Webcams have been an indispensable tool in this area, and Microsoft hopes to add some polish to this peripheral market with their latest LifeCam Studio webcam which will usher in the High Definition era.

Microsoft has unveiled a mostly upgraded version of its cinema the full HD-capable Lifecam studio They’ve replaced the single megapixel sensor with a 2 megapixel for a max video output of up to 1080p. You’ll need a robust PC to make use of this level of video. While the webcam does support 1080p you will need at least quad-core CPU running at 3Ghz or faster with 4GB RAM to handle the load.

Video conferencing software such as Skype 4 and the upcoming Windows Live Messenger 2011 will only support up to 720p at their highest. Having said that, this additionally assumes that you have the bandwidth available to you to support 1080p upload. MS recommends a dual core 3Ghz or better processor just to handle 720p recording. The truly glaring omission from this high bandwidth peripheral is that it’s limited to USB 2.0. Not making this webcam USB 3.0 is mind-boggling. One can only assume that they afraid of getting mistakenly overlooked due to misconceptions of USB 3.0 devices not being compatible with USB 2.0 computers. So please continue to tell your friends so we can get out from under the USB 2.0 yoke and start getting better toys.

What’s function without form? The LifeCam Studio does not disappoint in terms of looks, where it is the first from the company to feature a tripod thread, making it ideal for recording long video captures from various angles, and not only just sitting in front of the monitor. Other features include a 360-degree view range, an elongated hood and improved Auto Focus. Out later this month, expect to fork out $99.95 for the LifeCam Studio.

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Human Skull USB MP3 Player

mp3 skull

Since everyone is very different on their tastes, MP3 players should match that.  Although most are content to pick up an ipod , there might be those of you that want something a little less mainstream.  I love my iPod, but truthfully I did grumble a little when Apple products became insanely popular.  Although this Human Skull MP3 player is a touch on the goofy side, it adds a little variety to this mass produced world.

The MP3 player features glowing eyes, which give it that truly classy edge.  It works as an MP3 player, but you can also use it as a speaker for all of your other gadgets.  It doesn’t actually come with any built-in memory, but it does have a micro SD(HC) slot.  The built-in Lithium ion battery is rechargeable through the USB port  You can purchase one of these lightweight speakers for $18 through http://usb.brando.com/usb-skull-mp3-player_p01795c035d15.html

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