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I do to - where can I buy one???
You can buy one with a Samsung TV. They only work with the Samsung TV's they're sold with.
post #12 of 26
Loving the Samsung remote - touchsceen and you can watch TV on it!

Also the plug made me think of this:

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What cool devices, except that smaller camera. Looks like something that is going to break in a day of use.
It is kind of goofy, and not really "tech". On the mini-tower, the USB ports are at the bottom, so I'd either need a USB extender anyways, or have the camera lens scraping all over the floor. On the laptop, I'd have to hold the laptop up while connecting the camera, then scrape the lens all over the tabletop.

Most of the list is dumb. Like who cares about iMovie trailers? Like, maybe some people do, but is it "tech"? Ken Burns jumped the shark a few years ago, so I'll skip Worst Buy (and in Canada, RetrogradeShop). Tech is like, oh, they are going to make some USB 3 devices, or oh, that TV remote is really cool and if they sold them around here, I'd buy one today.

One Tech thing I'd like to see is a netbook that is both affordable and doesn't suck. You know, 2GHz 2 core processor with a real video card with actual video memory, SD slot, USB 3, 4GB of memory (or at least 3GB and a real version of Win7, not Starter - bleech), and a usable keyboard (a la Samsung). But I'd settle on the TV Remote for a temporary fix...
post #14 of 26
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What cool devices, except that smaller camera. Looks like something that is going to break in a day of use.


Yeah, a cord with some kind of internal, spring-driven auto-retract seems safer.

Depending on the materials, the one pictured might not break. But it looks like it will.
post #15 of 26
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You can buy one with a Samsung TV. They only work with the Samsung TV's they're sold with.
Oh, that sukcs - just more proprietary garbage to clog up the market. If Samsung did this right, like make it a universal, prgrammable remote control - they'd sell millions, and I'd buy one.

Of course, I do have a Samsung TV, but I'd want a remote that can handle the other devices as well, because I think everyone is tired of having a drawer filled with remote controls. If it is Samsung only, then it wouldn't work with the cable box that we are forced to have here.

So much for Tech...
post #16 of 26
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Yeah, a cord with some kind of internal, spring-driven auto-retract seems safer.

Depending on the materials, the one pictured might not break. But it looks like it will.
An auto-retracting USB would take up a lot of space. The flip out thing on something that big is stupid. Heck, on most things its stupid. Its not even new. I had a thumb drive (bigger and I'm pretty sure it wasn't flash memory but I didn't care because it was cheap) that flipped out the USB about 6 or 7 years ago. Hooray for really old tech!
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I want all of them
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post #18 of 26
tv remote and the camera by far best ideas.
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Ordered one of the USB sockets for above my countertop where we charge our phones. Thanks for the find!
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post #20 of 26
Word lens looks really cool, but I'm sure it still needs quite a bit of work before becoming really practical.

I'm not sure if I trust the USB power outlet. It's a great idea don't get me wrong, but I doubt it has any kind of surge protection built in. A wall socket doesn't have much heat dissipation for converting voltage either. Then again, it's probably no more dangerous than a regular wall charger.

The USB-stick-camera thing: ew. It needs to be flexible as not all USB ports are in ideal locations.
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