Archive for category Gadgets

Emotiv presentation from Tan Le

I hope this does indeed change the interface of the human – electronics communication.
If it does – bye keyboard, mouse, multi-touch, whatever – control the stuff with your thoughts (well brainwaves actually).

http://www.emotiv.com/

P.S.
F… I would like to live in US to order this gadget and try it out. Just to fell like a jedi you know :)

Handcent SMS

I’ve been using Handcent SMS and I think you might like it. Check it out from your Android phone: http://market.android.com/search?q=pname:com.handcent.nextsms

Skynet – the early days

Today, they solve rubiks cubes and sudokus. Tomorrow they take over the world, see Skynet.

Seen @ http://singularityhub.com/2010/02/17/lego-robot-solves-any-rubiks-cube-in-less-than-12-seconds-video/

The future of augmented reality – googles

When I first used google sky map, and layar, you could see my jaw dropping.

But, if this concept evolves and we will have normal size goggles for augmenting the reality, you will hear it dropping (as it hits the floor) :)
http://gizmodo.com/5470535/transcend-ski-goggles-feature-cyborg-hud

P.S. Next step – implant, and modify the vision directly.

a use case for mobile e-mail

Never thought this day would come. Was under my home working desk, had to look-up a serial number of my wireless router. The number I had to type on my pc to get support for the router. What I chose as the solution was to pick up my HTC hero and send myself an e-mal :)
Hip-hip-hurray for MobileVikings always-on-connection!

P.S. yes, im a geek, there is no doubt.
P.P.S. just thought that i could have taken a photo as well. but the light conditions are not too excellent.

WordPress @ android

This is really cool – I am writing this from my HTC hero 😉 wpToGo is the app.
Note – there was an image intended also from the phone, well didn’t work out all that well…

I officially hate Mobistar

Yes – from now on an official Mobistar hater. Have been using their services for a while, and some things were annoying me time to time, especially the attitude towards clients (which is quite common in Belgian telecom companies). But this beats it all.

Bought a new phone, HTC Hero (btw really happy with it, report still to come). It has data access turned on by default which regularly (hourly) checks for new email/location info – that’s something I know for sure now. Was assuming that on Mobistar the GPRS costs 0.50 Eur / MB, as that was the amount usually used in the bills with some quantifier.
Well, that wouldn’t be a big problem. Actually is 0.50 Eur / session (limited to 1 hour and probably limited to some amount of data). So, since bought the Hero was online each hour because of the default features of the phone. My bill included 235 eur for the data services, which is 10.7 eur / MB. And there is an amount ready for this month (October), at 120 eur.

Note – I am not saying that it’s not entirely my fault. There is an option to view the current invoice amount online by a code #123#, which I only discovered while browsing Mobistars website after the bill.

The representative of Mobistar I called said – we could not have done anything better. Well I think they could have

* made the website for the tariff plan state something about the GPRS tariffs My15
* sent a warning SMS if my bill goes over 3 times the average invoice of last 3 months
* charged a price for a megabyte like the most do, at least from a point where a certain number of sessions is exceeded
* sent a warning SMS if I am online for 24 hours – that’s not very likely a wanted action

Our nice chat with the representative ended with me asking what do I have to do to leave the provider. And then I found out even more interesting news – as there is some kind of loyalty period, and if I exit during that period, there is a charge of 150Eur. And I have not taken a phone with my plan or anything like that (then it would be understandable).

Anyway, I have now switched to Mobile Vikings and so far very satisfied. They offer 1GB of data access on rate of 15eur per month.

Linux and gadgets

As the HTC Hero is Linux based, it makes me think of my other gadgets and Linux in them vs. other OSes.
I have for something like 3 times tried switching to Linux on my home PC and each time dropped back to windows, mostly because:

  • the lack of some crucial applications (Roboform, Microsoft Office in a non-emulated mode to be precise)
  • driver incompatibilities (there the situation has improved since)
  • some games

Currently I have stopped even thinking about the move as the Windows 7 is great so far (using for last 2-3 months)
Also using Windows XP on my laptop.
The matters are different with the gadgets:

  • Netgear ReadyNAS DUO 2x500GB – Linux
  • Dreambox DM7020S – Linux
  • to be HTC Hero – Linux
  • Nintendo Wii – Proprietary
  • Clarion MAP780 – Windows Mobile

The trend seems to be quite clear – the devices which require little or none / little user interface (but require stability and low licensing costs of the OS), are doing quite well with Linux.

My ex-phone list

HTC Hero Brown
As I have just ordered a new gadget – HTC Hero (a Linux based smartphone for the gadget-ignorant), finally realized a very old task of listing the phones that were owned previously:

(could be that 1 to 3 phones are missing, but are considered to not important since don’t change the overall picture, ericsson->siemens->windows mobile->android)
Over all have to say, that the Windows Mobile has been quite satisfactory for the longest period (using the smartphone for calls and organizer mostly), but seemed more and more abandoned by Microsoft recently.
So, based on reviews of HTC Hero doing a switch, will write about impressions when I get it.
Very afraid, that I won’t have at least one program anymore that should get an analogue for Linux ASAP – Roboform on the Android platform. This is one program I can not imagine my virtual life without.
A review by GizModo @ http://gizmodo.com/5301955/htc-hero-android-phone-hands+on-with-video
(edit1 – changed to brown edition instead of the white one, as soon as found out it is available in the same internet shop)
(edit2 – some more phones when looked at the Siemens full list. How could I forget you, my precious SL45 😉 )

Clarion MAP780 / MAP680 unlock instructions / installing MioPocket

Clarion MAP780
I bought the Clarion MAP780 navigation unit before some time. The navigation software used is IGO8, the current brand name being Nav’n’Go 8, made in Hungary – because I liked the product more than any other Windows PocketPC navigation I tried.
Some days ago was looking for ways to update the maps for the trip to Austria, and I run across MioPocket 3.0, an application to unlock more functionality on Windows PocketPC based navigation units. The following are the steps how I got it installed and working.
1. Connect the GPS unit to USB, there should be a removable drive in “My Computer” accessible with folders “Clarion” and “Program Files”, in between others (i.e. the internal flash card, not the SD card). I call this further “internal flash drive”
2. Backup the Clarion folder, just in case.
3. Rename the \Clarion\clarion.exe to igo8.exe.
4. Download this (it is actually Total Commander for Pocket PC, renamed to clarion.exe). Extract the files to Clarion folder in the internal flash drive
5. Download MioPocket 3.0 from here, and extract to the root of the internal flash drive.
6. Disconnect the USB cable and turn off/on the PocketPC (this is known as hard reset, just FYI).
7. Total commander should start up
8. Navigate to \SDFree\ and launch MioMap.exe from there. Select “Run MioPocket” from the application. Note – this procedure needs to be repeated each time there is a hard reset (i.e., device has been turned off/on)
9. To configure GAPI, navigate to Settings->GAPI Setup->GAPI Setup->Select Device and choose Asus R700, CE 5.0, 480×272 from the device list (Clarion is not in the list).
Note – the USB connection is not working while in MioPocket mode, so to connect I have to do a hard reset and then connect to the USB.
Note2 – the NaviExtras Toolbox allows to buy maps and upgrade software (is from the makers of Nav’n’Go), as well as to create/restore backups of the device.
This instruction set has been translated (with small additions) from the original post in this forum, by the user globular. Hope he doesn’t mind
MioPocket