Pileus WiFi Camera Umbrella

Written on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 by emde

Here's another wacky umbrella to add to the brolly count. By wacky, we mean Tokyo wacky. So it may be that only the Japanese would appreciate the Pileus WiFi Camera Umbrella which sports a built-in camera, GPS, digital compass, and possibly video-recording in a next iteration. Never mind that all that gadgetry could turn this brolly into an instant lightning rod.

And the Wi-Fi? If you're lucky not to get fried and manage to find a hotspot, you can upload your snaps to Flickr, then very coolly browse the photos on the inner flaps just by "a snap of your wrist". Though, not to be a wet blanket again, curious passers-by probably won't thank you for flicking more rain water on them with that action. Oh, and one more thing: Watch that rain puddle while you're busy showing off.

Epoq EGP-WP98B Watch Phone Use Windows Mobile 5

Written on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 by emde

Despite the best efforts of many industrious Chinese startups, multifunctional wristwatches are still far from commonplace--whether they provide music, video, phone service, or all of the above. But no market (or device) is too small for the ubiquity of Windows operating systems.

Epoq, which has already had a video watch on the market for some time, has developed what is believed to be the first wristwatch running Windows Mobile 5. Its EGP-WP98B claims to have an OLED touchscreen, 1.28GB of memory, Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth, VoIP support, and--get this--handwriting recognition. And a faux alligator wristband, of course. But as Mobile Magazine says, it might be a tad difficult to get full use out of Windows on a 1.4-inch display.