PC Briefs

PC Briefs

Turn your Visor into a massager

If you've ever wanted to get a massage while checking your next appointment, you're in luck. Raynet Technologies in the US has launched the Raycom Personal Massager, a Springboard module that converts a Handspring Visor into a massaging device while maintaining other operations. The snap-in module lets you massage muscles while working, reading or relaxing. The module works through two gel pads that you attach to your body. It comes with three massage modes and includes software so you can adjust frequency, modulation, burst, pressure and duration. The device has more than three weeks of battery life under normal usage and costs $US100.

Acer gets snap-happy

Acer Communications and Multimedia has released the smart:camera Ravé, a three-in-one digital camera which can take still shots, edit photos or record short videos to send to friends. Marketed as "the ultimate fashion accessory", the Ravé has a USB interface and incorporates a 10-second self-timer. It can also be used for videoconferencing and can store up to 100 colour photographs. The camera retails for $229 and is available now.

Dell breaks tradition

In a departure from its build-to-order PC model, Dell has begun selling a $US599 pre-built PC, the SmartStep 100D, on its US Web site. The move differs from Dell's usual PC manufacturing strategy, which requires that PCs be assembled only once a customer order has been received. Based on a 1GHz Celeron processor from Intel, the SmartStep 100D comes with 128MB of SDRAM (Synchronous DRAM), a 20GB hard drive, a 48x CD-ROM and a 15-inch monitor. The PC ships with Microsoft's Windows XP Home operating system and offers limited room for customisation: an extended service warranty and the purchase of accessories, such as a printer, a scanner and power protection.

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