High-tech product releases: keyboard for Google lovers, HTC Thunderbolt
Wednesday 16 March 2011
High-tech product releases announced the week ending March 16 include HTC's Thunderbolt 4G smartphone, a keyboard for people who are addicted to Google apps, a robotic vacuum that will look after your house, an entry-level Android phone with a colorful exterior, and a surround sound system for entertainment lovers.
A 4G smartphone with a huge touchscreen
The HTC Thunderbolt is the first smartphone to run on Verizon's 4G LTE network. It sports a huge high-res 4.3-inch touchscreen, 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 720p HD camcorder, DLNA connectivity, GPS, mobile hotspot and a 1GHz processor. The device runs on Android 2.2 and has its own built-in kickstand. The HTC Thunderbolt is available in the US from March 17 for $249.99 on a two-year contract.
A keyboard built for Google lovers
After successfully launching its Social Network Access keyboard (SNAK) with dedicated Facebook and Twitter keys, SocialKeyboards got to work on a Search Engine Access Keyboard, aka the SEAK. The SEAK adds 19 one-touch social hot keys to a regular keyboard to direct you straight to your favorite Google resources including Google Earth, Maps, Alerts, Calendar, Voice, Gmail, Books, Images, Shopping and Blogger among others. The keyboard is priced at $29.99 and is available now.
A robotic vacuum that keeps an eye on your house while you're out
Samsung's TangoView robotic vacuum (VC-RL87W) has a built-in video camera so you can monitor your house in real time while it zooms around cleaning your floor. The TangoView comes with location recognition and can be linked to your smartphone or PC (even if it is at home and you and your smartphone are at work), letting you remotely control the vacuum with your portable device. The TangoView is reportedly priced at 799,000 Won (€505) and is available in Korea.
A colorful touchscreen Android phone
Acer's Liquid Mini is an entry-level smartphone with 3.2" multitouch HVGA display and a colorful exterior. The device runs on Android Froyo 2.2 and comes with built-in social networking aggregation via Social Jogger, a 5MP camera, FM radio, WiFi, a simplified user interface, and up to 6.5 hours of talk time. The liquid Mini is priced at €239 unsubsidized and is available now in France and the US, April 11 in the UK.
A surround sound package that lets you hook up all your gadgets
Logitech's 500-watt Surround Sound Speakers Z906 let you connect up to six audio devices simultaneously so you don't have to plug and unplug cables when you want to listen to audio from your TV, DVD, DVR, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and iPod in THX Certified 5.1 surround sound. The package comes with five wall-mountable satellite speakers, a subwoofer, a stackable control console, a wireless remote and cables. The Surround Sound Speakers Z906 are priced at €349 or $399.99 and are available in Europe now and in the US for pre-order.
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