Lots of lifestyle stuff here at Cebit. Look at these fancy portable hard disk enclosures and fashion mice
16th Mar 2007, 21:14
Here are some of the things I saw which were simple but effective. The first is a 'nano pad' which is a sticky rubber pad that you can attach to your car dashboard. Now, when I say sticky it doesn't use adhesive so you can 'stick' and 'unstick' and wash the pad as you please. Actually, I don't know how it works but it does! This is great news becasue now you can put all your loose change, pens, your phone, your GPS unit on the sticky pad and it'll stay put. Rip it off and it's unstuck, and not sticky...genius.The second is a backpack with solar panel. Useful for that midday boost to your battery packs - not good if you live in Finland, however.
16th Mar 2007, 21:12
Now I didn't quite get this, a bluetooth powered mains panel. Erm, you can switch your things on and off from your phone?
16th Mar 2007, 21:07
Now this is a good idea - computer cases which have CD/DVD drives mounted vertically instead of horizontally. Why? Well, every computer user will know that you can't put anything in-front of your CD drawer because it needs to open and this includes your chair. Also, locating a disc in a tray horizontally is trickier than the other way around...apparently.
So what about all that lost drive bay space? Well, handily the round bit behind the drive enclosure is an integrated loudspeaker.
16th Mar 2007, 21:06
So, we just banned phones from use in the car now you'll be able to surf the web. Well, not quite. Actually you can get web pages in your car but they will be mainly broadcast-only thanks to in-car DAB radios with extended screens (like this). Useful? Well, you could find parking information, say, in your city of choice.
16th Mar 2007, 21:03
The mix of clothing and IT is about to hit a new high. There are signs of convergence everywhere. Here, a neat piece of fashion in the form of some programmeable LCD belts and a glowing top. Some of the other items on show included a coat with mobile phone pocket that included a radio wave supressing shield and pants that get warm when you get cold (hmmm...not for me!).
16th Mar 2007, 21:01
DigiFrames were everywhere - the neat thing is that they're getting smaller as well as bigger. Here are some mini (about 5" frames) which overlay a calendar - there's a smaller version which is actually a photo keyring. Despite Kodak just launching a WiFi Frame, few manuf's had them on display. These new-generation frames will get your photos from the Internet such as from flickr , when they show up you can send them off to your printer directly from the frame.
16th Mar 2007, 20:58
OK, So I made it to Hannover this year. Actually, I had to stay in Hamburg because Hannover was very crowded. It's my first year at Cebit and it was completely fab - the place was huge, over 30 exhibition halls covering everything from consumer electronics to public sector service providers. And here is my fuel.
16th Mar 2007, 20:54