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Computex 2012 Wraps Up with Ultrabooks Galore

clock June 9, 2012 01:04 by author Jeremy

This week, Taipei welcomed back manufacturers and gadget geeks alike for their annual event, Computex. This year featured many new Ultrabooks, from the touchscreen ASUS Zenbook UX21A to the Samsung Series 5 Hybrid PC (read: tablet). Many of these featured Windows' new OS, Windows 8, and many agree that it's popularity should serve as a warning to other certain tablet OS-makers.

Engadget has rounded up all their news-bits onto one page, which can be found at the source link below. Be sure to check it out and peruse all the links for the nifty laptops and tablets that will be coming out soon.

Sources: engadget (full list of links), liliputing, slashgear



Self-Aware Earphones Know Which Ear They're In!

clock February 3, 2012 17:58 by author Jeremy

Isn't it just the worst feeling ever when you realize you've put the wrong earphone into the wrong ear? I consider myself to be an expert on directional knowledge (okay, sometimes I still get left and right mixed up), yet even I'm constantly duped by the good ol' switcheroo that earphones like to perform.

But not anymore! The Japan Science and Technology Agency has fashioned a self-aware earphone capable of telling which ear it's in, and whether it's even your ear; now you can have stereo sound from just one earpiece when sharing the pair with a friend.

The "Universal Earphones" can figure all this out with the use of a proximity sensor. When the earphone is in the right ear, the sensor will face your ear, thus recognizing which ear it's in. When it's in the left ear, the sensor will face away from the ear and into the open air, and will play sound accordingly.

A skin conductor sensor is also provided, changing the earphones from stereo to mono when one earphone is pulled out (for those, "Sorry, what?" moments). This sort of technology could even be tinkered with further, allowing the earphones themselves to pause and play accordingly when in and out of an ear.

The group will present their findings and product in the Intelligent User Interface conference at the end of the onth in Lisbon. Hopefully we'll see this product actually come out to market, just to save the me 3 seconds or so it takes to figure out which earphone is which. Anything for the sake convenience, right?

Japan Science and Technology Agency, newscientist.com



Best Products of 2010

clock December 31, 2010 01:02 by author Jeremy

With the new year approaching, we thought it would be nice to look back and reminisce over the new devices and products that came out. Instead, we found ourselves wondering: which of these did consumers actually like, and which were "best"? To answer that question, we've turned to several other blogs, to see what they thought which products were best and why.

In case you own one of the following products, be sure to check EBatts.com for batteries, chargers, and other accessories to go with your laptop, cell phone, digital camera, or camcorder.

Laptops: The writers at cnet.com have compiled a list of 5 laptops from 2010. These simple suggestions ignore the specifics of price ranges, screen size, specifications, and instead just serve as a reference for overall-great laptops. Videos and full-reviews are provided in the link.

1) Apple MacBook Pro

2) Toshiba Portege R705-P35

3) HP Envy 17

4) Samsung QX410-J01

5) Dell XPS 15

 

Phones: Once again, cnet.com provides the information. Their review over the best cell phones of 2010 is split between regular cell phones and smartphones. See the links for full-reviews, including the ratings they've given for each phone (out of 10 points, or 5 stars).

Smartphones:

1) Samsung Epic 4G

2) HTC Evo 4G (Sprint)

3) HTC Droid Incredible (Verizon Wireless)

4) Apple iPhone 4 (AT&T)

5) T-Mobile G2

6) Motorola Droid X (Verizon Wireless)

7) T-Mobile MyTouch 4G

8) Samsung Focus (AT&T)

9) RIM BlackBerry Pearl 3G (AT&T)

10) LG Optimus T (T-Mobile)

Cell Phones:

1) LG dLite (T-Mobile)

2) LG Lotus Elite (Sprint)

3) Casio G'zOne Brigade (Verizon Wireless)

4) Samsung Reality (Verizon Wireless)

5) LG VU Plus (AT&T)

6) Pantech Ease (AT&T)

 

Digital Cameras: With so many digital cameras out in the market, it's always a hard choice to pick which one you want. Gizmodo, however, has been kind enough to point out which digital cameras they thought were best from 2010. See the link for details!

1) Canon S95

2) Nikon P7000

3) Panasonic Lumix LX5

 

Camcorders: Last but not least, we have our handy video-recording camcorders. Squidoo has come up with a list of the best selling/top rated camcorders from 2010. This is a rather comprehensive review, providing multiple lists based on different categories: top 10 based on customer reviews (seen below), top 10 best sellers, and top 10 best sellers for advanced videographers.

1) Panasonic HDC-SD60K

2) Panasonic Pro AG-HMC150

3) Panasonic HDC-TM55K

4) 4GB Black Flip Ultra Video Camera

5) Panasonic Professional AG-HMC40

6) Panasonic HDC-TM700K

7) Canon VIXIA HF S200

8) Panasonic HDC-TM15

9) Panasonic HDC-HS60

10) Sanyo VPC-CG20 (High-Def)

(Note: Again, this is only the section based on customer reviews; check the link for the other two sections of best sellers, and best sellers for advanced videographers.)

 

And so ends our search for some of the best products around this past year. From everyone at EBatts.com, we wish you a Happy New Year, and we'll see you on the other side (of the calendar). :)

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