Ubergizmo fans: free VentureWire Technology Showcase 08 pass!

free VentureWire Technology Showcase 08 pass!

Ubergizmo is media partner of VentureWire Technology Showcase 08, an emerging technology Dow Jones conference held in the Bay Area, Nov 18-19, 2008.

The Technology Showcase will present 125 start-ups from the U.S. and Europe, all vetted by VentureWire readers and Dow Jones editors as industry stand-outs in Advertising, business technologies, media, mobile applications, networking, Web and wireless. This conference is great for discovering new technologies and either find deal prospects, acquisition targets, business partners or competitors.

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MS Paint Grows Up To Virtuo Concept

MS Paint Grows Up To Virtuo Concept

One good thing about graphic tablets is the fact that you can make a mistake and correct it without having to smudge your paper when erasing, or dirty your hands with a piece of charcoal. This is where a device like the Virtuo concept comes in handy, as it helps novices get a feel of painting on canvas in order to minimize their mistakes when faced with the real thing. Each Virtuo will feature an art pallet, a charger, five various art tools and is powered via electromagnetism to prevent quick battery loss. Seasoned digital artists can also take advantage of the Virtuo concept to create their own masterpieces, but that will only happen once this concept moves into the realm of production.

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Monome Makes Digital Music

Monome Makes Digital Music

We guess the Yamaha Tenori-On finally has a rival in the form of Monome. Monome consists of a grid of backlit keypads, and these buttons will light up when pressed to mark where a note will be played. Sounds pretty complicated to us, but we think the musically inclined population will know how to best make use of the Monome in order to compose their next piece which is easy on the ears. The Monome connects to a computer via USB, and the interaction between keys and lights will be determined by the application running on the computer. You can choose from three different models to suit your budget and needs – the 256 button, 128 button and 64 button Monomes will retail for $1,400, $800 and $450, respectively.

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Imovio Releases Super Small Netbook

Imovio Releases Super Small Netbook

Somebody had better do something before hardware manufacturers get obsessed by picking up “smallest” accolades without retaining functionality. Just when you thought that netbooks were the smallest common denominator, along comes Imovio and their 2.8″ sub-netbook known as the iKIT. The iKIT is meant to be available via wireless carriers and targets a secondary role after notebooks and handsets, since it does not come with a cellular radio or voice features. Other specifications of the iKIT include :-




  • 2.8″ display
  • 64MB RAM
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 0.3 megapixel webcam
  • One USB 2.0 port
  • SD memory card slot
  • Bluetooth support

This Linux-powered device will be pre-loaded with productivity applications as well as instant messaging, a media player, Opera Mini and a contact manager.

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Hop-on To Unveil Android-powered Handset

Hop-on To Unveil Android-powered Handset

Since we’ll be attending CES next year, we can’t wait to get our hands on Hop-on’s purported Android-powered handset then. Other than the operating platform of choice, Hop-on failed to furnish us with additional (and important) details like hardware specifications, although we do know that as long as you have $200 stashed away somewhere, you will be able to pick up this mystery handset when it is available. Judging by Hop-on’s track record, I don’t think this new handset will be anything spectacular to look at.

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Haansoft Develops 3D Cube User Interface

Haansoft Develops 3D Cube User Interface

Haansoft of Korea has come up with a new 3D user interface that aims to enhance and maximize the user experience of Intel-powered MIDs like never before. Of course, the main focus of this new user interface would be the 3D Cube that spins around, featuring nine user-selected applications on each of its half a dozen sides, and simple mathematics tell you that you will be able to access up to 54 programs with but a simple touch. Will the 3D Cube user interface actually pose a threat to other touch screen devices? Only time will tell, but we have a feeling this will be a rather niche market.

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Humax Foxsat-HDR Does HD Recording

Humax Foxsat-HDR Does HD Recording

Those living in the UK who love Freesat’s high definition channels and the images shown will soon be able to record them down for posterity thanks to the Humax Foxsat-HDR. This box will come with a dual tuner, a 320GB hard drive that can store up to 80 hours of High Definition video, schedule tracking and an 8-day Electronic Programming Guide to keep you duly notified of the upcoming week’s programmes. Of course, you need not record everything down just because it is in High Definition – choose wisely and you ought to make the most of all 80 hours on it. The Humax Foxsat-HDR will retail for £299.

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Garmin Nuvi 510 Targets European Market

Garmin Nuvi 510 Targets European Market

Since it would be pretty pointless to have a GPS navigation device that does well in every part of the world (in terms of maps) as not many people have the envious lifestyle of jetting from one continent to another, Garmin has decided to release the Nuvi 510 to those who live in Europe only. This GPS system features regional maps of Benelux, Italy and Greece as well as Spain and Portugal. Folks living in the US might think that the Nuvi 510 looks familiar – and for good reason, too, since it is known as the Nuvi 500 across the pond. Our European brethren are expected to fork out around €300 for the Garmin Nuvi 510 and they will enjoy a 3.5″ touch screen display, an 8 hour battery life, FM traffic support and a microSD memory card slot. What, no Bluetooth connectivity or MP3 playback? Bummer!

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MSI Wind BIOS Update Gives Second Wind

MSI Wind BIOS Update Gives Second Wind

Overclocking is often a word that’s approached with some sense of apprehension, and some people have mental pictures that only hardware gurus are allowed to enter this hallowed domain. MSI simplifies things with its new v1.09 BIOS update for the MSI Wind, where overclocking is made simple by pressing Fn and F10 down simultaneously, enabling you to go beyond your normal limits in staggered stages of 8%, 15% and 24%. Sounds like just the perfect boost for those who use their MSI Wind for more than just basic web browsing, emailing and chatting purposes.

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Electric GPR-S Motorbike Is Affordable

Electric GPR-S Motorbike Is Affordable

I know that times are pretty rough at this point, and we aren’t likely to see the bottom of the market just yet, but that doesn’t mean we cannot plan ahead in our lives while keeping the environment clean, right? Enter the Electric GPR-S motorbike that does not only sport a mean look, it also helps you reduce your carbon footprint by relying on electricity to ride you around town. The GPR-S comes with a powder-coated steel frame and braced aluminum swing arm, capable of hitting 70 mph in full stride with a 35 to 60 mile range. It takes around 4 hours to fully charge the GPR-S via the on-board charger, while picking up an optional speed charger with integrated BMS will reduce your waiting time to just 1.5 hours. At $8,000, it might sound pricey but when you compare it to other e-bikes in the same class, those retail for around $10,000 to $12,000, making the Electric GPR-S somewhat a bargain.

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