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Tokyo Edge: November's coolest gadgets

Tokyo Edge: November's coolest gadgets

Sanyo Eneloop Solar Charger

Rechargeable batteries have become more environmentally conscious with the debut of Sanyo's Eneloop charger. The charger makes use of the company's own solar cells and also includes three Lithium-Ion batteries. It charges up the Lithium Ion cells and they can rapidly charge up to four AA and AAA-sized Eneloop batteries. It is also possible to mix AA and AAAsized batteries in the charger and charge them at the same time. There is a USB power connector to charge up USB devices. Sanyo is planning to put on sale an Eneloop handwarmer in December. The hand-warmer also has Lithium Ion cells. It is available in Japan.
RRP: $US170
www.global-sanyo.com

Elecom iPod Charger

Yikes! Several more hours to go on that long cross-country journey and the tunes are gone because the iPod battery is fl at? Don't fret, this portable charger from Elecom can juice-up any iPod on-the-go with a pair of AAbatteries. Similar to the emergency mobile phone chargers that can be found in any Japanese convenience store, they are cheap and just the thing when the iPod runs out of power. The charger is now available in Japan and is likely to be available in other countries through distributors.
RRP: $US17
www.elecom.co.jp (Japanese)

Samsung SGH-X830

Is it a phone? Is it a music player? A quick look at Samsung's SGH-X830 might make users think it's the latter - and they would be wrong. The SGH-X830 phone bears a striking resemblance to a certain well-known music player with display screen and scroll wheel. It features a 1.3 megapixel camera, 1GB of built-in memory and support for a host of popular audio and video formats. It is available in Europe and will be accessible in other GSM markets during the following months.
RRP: Price will depend on carrier subsidies.
www.samsungmobile.com

Sony Vaio G

Users will be surprised when they pick up Sony Vaio G laptop. The 12.1-inch screen equipped, 898g machine is much lighter than it looks. Sony claims it is the lightest laptop in its class and it is probably right. The secret comes in part from a carbon body. Sony has also used carbon in the heat sink for the processor and graphics chips to reduce the size and weight. The machine works for about six hours on a fully charged standard battery and will survive a drop from a table without damage, according to Sony. There is also a light AC adapter that is the same thickness as the computer so it will not bulge in a bag. The Vaio G is aimed at business users and will be available in Japan in December. Sony has not disclosed plans for an overseas launch.
RRP: From $US1830
www.vaio.sony.co.jp (Japanese)

Sony Walkman S700 series

Sony is packing its new Walkman digital music players with noise cancellation and other audio enhancing technology. The system uses a microphone built into the headphones, so it will only work with the supplied ear buds, and is tuned to cancel out low frequency noise often present on trains, aircraft or cars. Other features include 'clear stereo', a system that better separates the left and right channels and stops audio bleed between them as well as 'clear base', which improves the bass response. The players have a battery life of up to 50 hours and can display album art on a small colour OLED panel. The S700 series will come in 4GB, 2GB and 1GB versions. They are available now in Japan and in other markets later this year.
RRP: From $US152
www.sony.net/Products/walkman/fl _index.html

Samsung Q1

They do not look any different from the outside to the launch model but the latest two versions of this ultra-mobile PC contain new processors and prices. The Q1-Pentium, runs an Intel Pentium M 723 1GHz processor, and the Q1b is based on Via Technologies C7 1GHz processor. The original Q1, which was launched with great fanfare at this year's CeBit show in Germany, ran an Intel Celeron M 900MHz processor. The Q1-Pentium has a 60GB hard-disk drive and 1GB of memory, while the Q1b contains a 40GB drive and 512MB of memory. The latter configuration is similar to the original model. They are now available in the US.
RRP: Q1-Pentium -$US1250; Q1b - $US900
www.samsung.com


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