Stories by Emru Townsend

Silence is golden -- and portable

Sometimes you have to get away from it all, even if the farthest you can travel is in your own head. One way you can do that without resorting to illegal substances is through the Total Isolation System. It's got a fancy name, but essentially it's ju...

68-inch LED projection power from Toshiba

Toshiba calls their petite, 1.1-lb TDP-FF1AU projector "pocket-sized," but at 5.5''x2.2''x4.0'' we're talking about pockets in, say, a winter coat, as opposed to fashionable jeans. Still, the $699 projector is a nice little package, allowing you to s...

You'll never again be at a loss for words

Franklin Electronic Publishers, long known for their electronic reference products, and Merriam-Webster, long known for their largely paper-based reference products, have teamed up to create the MWD-170, aka the Merriam-Webster USB Dictionary & Thesa...

Let the Christmas holiday nightmares begin

Spring has barely made its way into the chilly Australian air -- so it's obviously time to start thinking about the Christmas holiday! It's never too early to start planning for gift-giving, surreptitious gift-exchanging, seeing the relatives you usu...

Say cheese for this mouse camera

I love the idea of giving kids cameras to play with, but I'm always nervous handing over something I spent hundreds of dollars on to creatures who usually need their toys built with extra layers of resilient plastic. So I'm quite pleased, with some r...

Smile for the projector

What would you do if you were in the middle of delivering the most killer presentation ever, when you suddenly realized you forgot to include any images of the product you want to show off? You could be lame and hold the product up, hoping that every...

Nikon unveils the D80 Digital SLR

For the longest time, my photographer wife regarded digital cameras with suspicion. I'm sure that when I showed her my then-new camera's manual controls in 2002, she thought it was some sort of trap.

Topobo, the kinetic-memory toy from MIT

If you don't necessarily like your robot pets all fuzzy and cute, the MIT Media Lab's Topobo is, um, plastic and cute. It's also not quite a robot, but a collection of motorized plastic pieces that have kinetic memory -- that is, you press the record...

SIGGRAPH - Hands across the water

SIGGRAPH's Emerging Technologies exhibition changes from year to year, but one thing is pretty constant: its mission to immerse people in a future digital world where technology enables, enlightens and entertains.

SIGGRAPH - MERL's collaborative touch screen

Since Saturday I've been at the SIGGRAPH conference in Boston, where so much is happening there's barely enough time to crack open a laptop and blog. I've finally caught my breath, so here we go.

The USB hub for closet megalomaniacs

Wannabe Bond villians are no doubt giddy right now, as next Monday the Self Destruction Button USB goes on sale. It's a four-port USB 2.0 hub that comes complete with two switches and a security key, which prime give you access to the big red button ...

MP3 Lamp for your senses

One can argue one mark of creativity is the ability to apply existing material in previously unheard-of ways. Touted as a way to "use limited desk space more efficiently," the MP3 Lamp rather creatively solves the long-standing problem of how to get ...

GPS-enabled workout monitor

The Nike + iPod Sport Kit gets the press, but can it pull a Jack Bauer and get satellite tracking in the mix? Didn't think so. MotionLingo's US$149 Adeo Fitness Companion uses a GPS to track you while running/walking/skiing/snowboarding/biking, and v...

Meet the Motofone

Though I haven't been infected with RAZR/ROKR/SLVR fever (which has no doubt created a market for four-letter domain names that end in R), it's hard to deny the appeal and utility of a ridiculously skinny, yet inexpensive phone.

Find a hotspot with your pen

I'm all for gadget watches and gadget pens, so long as they're actually useful. (And so long as I can tell time or write with them.) While it's not something I use every day, I sure could have used Informatica's Wi-Fi Pen while I was at the CHI 2006 ...

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