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These are just 5/10 products from their list. Hope there are still people who haven't read this, these stuff sound quite cool to me.

WORD LENS




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When a reader sent me a video of this iPhone app, I wrote back: “Very funny!†I was convinced that the video was fake.

But it wasn’t. You point the iPhone’s camera at anything written in Spanish — say, a sign, headline or restaurant menu — and you see, on the screen, the English translation.

The crazy mind-blower is that you see the original sign — same angle, color, background material, lighting — with new writing on it! Somehow, the app erases the original text and replaces it with new lettering, in the same type size and spacing, but in English. (Spanish-to-English and English-to-Spanish are each $5. The free version demonstrates the fundamental magic by rewriting the sign’s text sdrawkcab.)

It’s a word for word, literal translation; don’t expect poetry or even perfect grammar. And complicated backgrounds or fonts confuse it. But this is software magic.
FASTMAC U-SOCKET



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With every passing month, more gadgets can be recharged from a U.S.B. jack: music players (including iPods), cellphones (including iPhones and Android phones), cameras, GPS units and so on. Which means that to charge them, you typically need a computer that, itself, plugs into a power outlet.

Not anymore. This $20 wall plate includes two regular three-prong power outlets — and two standard U.S.B. jacks. Now you can plug gadgets directly into the wall to recharge, no computer needed.
SAMSUNG TWIN VIEW REMOTE



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The Samsung 9000 series is a family of shockingly thin, chrome-backed flat LED TV screens. Terrific picture, excellent blacks, 3-D capable, Internet widgets, blah-blah-blah.

But the coolest part is the remote. It’s a responsive, compact color touch-screen remote (about the size of an iPhone) — and it offers Twin View. That’s where the remote’s screen shows whatever the TV is showing. If you take the remote to the kitchen or bathroom with you, you can take a break without missing anything. Or you can surreptitiously monitor what your kids are watching downstairs.
SONY A55 TRANSLUCENT MIRROR



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In a regular S.L.R. camera (single-lens reflex — those big black pro cameras), light enters the lens, hits a mirror and is bounced up to your eye and, simultaneously, onto a focusing sensor. Unfortunately, when you take the photo, the mirror has to flip out of the way so that the light falls on the image sensor (the “filmâ€). At that point, the camera can’t focus. That’s why most S.L.R.’s can’t change focus during burst-mode shots, or while filming video.

Sony’s A55 camera ($850) solves that problem by using a translucent mirror. It splits light between the focusing sensor and the image sensor. The mirror never moves, so the autofocus never goes blind. The camera can take 10 shots a second, refocusing all the way — no other camera can do that — and change focus as you pan or zoom, gorgeously and cinematically. No wonder this was Popular Photography’s camera of the year.
SAMSUNG PL90 FLIP-OUT U.S.B



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When you want to transfer photos from your camera to your computer, you probably hunt for the U.S.B. cable. The masterstroke here: this camera has a flip-out U.S.B. jack, just like the Flip camcorder. So you never need to pack or find a cable or a card reader when you want to transfer pictures; the camera connects right to the computer.
    
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i like the tv remote
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What cool devices, except that smaller camera. Looks like something that is going to break in a day of use.
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Waiting for an equivalent solution to be introduced to Canon XD/XXD DSLRs.

Nice name, Sony A55 camera...
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Tried 'word lens' with my iPod Touch 4G, and it is terrible at recognizing words. Maybe it performs better with the iPhone 4 camera, but it is junk with the iPod Touch 4G.
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^ipod touch 4g is junk. lol. nah but seriously, i hate mine.

i see good things with word lens. they should totally port it to android system.

also, im totally diggin the remote.
post #7 of 26
That word lens is pretty awesome!!

Edit: oh and regarding the USB power jack, I bet it would be pretty cool if that became an international standard.
Edited by Timlander - 1/3/11 at 7:19am
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That USB power jack is sexy. Do want. Like 10 of them.
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Tried 'word lens' with my iPod Touch 4G, and it is terrible at recognizing words. Maybe it performs better with the iPhone 4 camera, but it is junk with the iPod Touch 4G.
I used it on my iPhone 4 and it's pretty much looking at a word scrambler at 3FPS. Changes words way too much, to the point where I can even read them. Hope they update it, shows promise once the detection works out. Maybe it's because I made it translate from my comp screen lol.
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i like the tv remote
I do to - where can I buy one???
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