Video: Peter Ha praises the Palm Pre on G4’s Attack of the Show

Video: Peter Ha praises the Palm Pre on G4’s Attack of the Show

No, you’re not seeing things! That’s Peter Ha (and Pop 17’s Sarah Austin) on G4’s Attack of the Show trying very hard to look excited about the Palm Pre. He does a bang-up job!

In this segment, Peter admits that he’s all but ready to ditch his iPhone 3G and BlackBerry (Bold, I think) for the Pre, which must mean that Palm will win everyone’s Best of CES 2009 award. For if Palm can pry Peter away from his precious BlackBerry then the world is its for the taking.

And look who’s lurking in the background!

But yes, if the early response is any indication I think it’s safe to say Palm will have a fruitful 2009.

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Slacker for iPhone coming “as soon as tomorrow”

Slacker for iPhone coming “as soon as tomorrow”

Hungry for some Slacker streaming radio on your iPhone? The BlackBerry app just became available earlier today, and it looks like they’re already prepped to go live on Apple’s finest. We ran into a Slacker rep tonight at the ShowStoppers CES event, said some magic words, and were presented with Slacker for iPhone in all of its glory – and we’ve got the screenshots to prove it.

Hungry for some Slacker streaming radio on your iPhone? The BlackBerry app just became available earlier today, and it looks like they’re already prepped to go live on Apple’s finest. We ran into a Slacker rep tonight at the ShowStoppers CES event, said some magic words, and were presented with Slacker for iPhone in all of its glory – and we’ve got the screenshots to prove it.

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Telepresence Robot has no arms to harass people with

Telepresence Robot has no arms to harass people with

Anybots new robot, the QA can be controlled remotely over Wi-Fi and 3G. So you can use the robot as an interface to communicate with people. Sometimes I have to run to the shop and I don’t want to go near humans. The QA could almost do the trick but unfortunately – since it has no hands – it’s hard to shoplift with it. Being lighter then it’s predecessor, it can speed up to 6 MPH.

Click here for the website.

Technical Specifications

  • Batteries: rechargeable Li ion, 4-6 hours of operation
  • Connectivity: 802.11g wireless (optional 3G cellular)
  • Cameras: two 5 MP color, with ir illuminator
  • Video: 20 FPS @ 640×480 (depending on network)
  • Audio: full duplex, high fidelity
  • Display: 7 inch (18 cm) color LCD in chest
  • Laser pointer: green 10 mW, points and draws shapes
  • Navigation: LIDAR, 5.5 yard (5 meter) range
  • Speed: up to 6 MPH (10 km/h)
  • Wheels: two 12 inch (30 cm) diameter rubber
  • Height: 5 foot (152 cm) standing, 2 foot (61 cm) bending
  • Weight: 30 pounds (14 kg)
  • Client software: PC and Mac compatible

[Via Sam’s blog]

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A quick chat with ZeeVee, Inc’s CEO about the ZvBox future

A quick chat with ZeeVee, Inc’s CEO about the ZvBox future

The ZvBox is a promising little CE device that streams HD content over widely available coax cable. Unfortunately, the first version did work so well but Vic Odryna, CEO and overall nice guy, promises brighter roads ahead thanks to an update and the new commercial unit. 

The original ZvBox was one of the most buggy devices I have ever used but Vic said they have listened to all the negative reviews (including mine) and improved nearly everything. Mouse lag times have been improved, computer support increase, and the software updated which hopefully improves the experience. 

The new commercial unit is aimed at custom installers and commercial applications. This rack mountable version comes equipped with component video and digital audio jacks for even more support. Pricing will be set at $2500 when it becomes available which clearly shows this isn’t for the everyday geek.

Unfortunately, the company is sticking with its VGA hijacking for the video input and not offering an independent networking version which means that a dedicated computer will still probably be required. The ZvBox interface is solid and it would be a great platform for a set-top box that doesn’t directly rely on a computer for content. 

Hopefully the updates help out cause this box would be a killer system if it works well. I, for one, want it to work well.

ZeeVee ZvBox

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Best Product Name of CES 2009 Award goes to…

Best Product Name of CES 2009 Award goes to…

The gear these Austrian ladies are selling is pretty cool. It’s a bunch of straps and bags for all your gadgets that wrap around your body like a bandoleer. But what are they called? I’m glad you asked.

URBAN TOOL.

That’s right. URBAN TOOL. It’s such a great phrase. Peter Ha, for example, is an URBAN TOOL, especially if you take out the URBAN part.

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