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August ’06 Tech Files

Balance out your work and play with the latest gizmos and gadgets in technology.

Make your life easier and more stylish with these technological advancements.

1) BeoVision 7-40 Entertainment System

Active ImageIf you’ve got plenty more than a few dollars in your pocket and like your entertainment to be as stylish as it is functional, Bang and Olufsen’s BeoVision 7–40 entertainment system might be right up your alley. Featuring built-in DVD player and active loudspeaker system, it comes with four digital surround sound speakers and a powerful backlit LCD screen, with automatic picture adjustment to the room’s lighting conditions.

• Anti-reflection screen
• Vertical text display
• Auto-picture control for diverse viewing conditions

Product: BeoVision 7–40
RRP: $18,000

2) Voice Conference System Active Image

Not only does this design award-winning voice conference system from Crinia look good, it’s functional, too. The sexy design suits any conference room, and comes with a wireless voice receiver and transmitter, a touch screen remote control handset and a recharging base station. With advanced acoustic technology built into the AC–100, sound from multiple sources can be received and transmitted concurrently with optimum clarity.

• Call recording with inbuilt flash memory
• Single and multi-user wireless configurations
• Touch screen remote control handset
• Wireless expandability

Product: Crinia AC–100 wireless voice conference
RRP: USD $2,950

3) Internet Camera

Active ImageFamilies separated by business trips, and trans-continental relationships need not despair! The PTZ Internet Camera can send live video and audio through the internet, to connect mobile workers and remote users anywhere in the world. With its own IP address, connect to an existing ethernet or wireless network, rather than plugging onto your PC. You can control the movement and zoom remotely, and up to 10 simultaneous users can access the camera at any time.

• LCD screen with IP address
• Email alerts to three email addresses with video clips
• Capture video and audio to an external hard drive
• Included software for monitoring and recording up to nine cameras simultaneously

Product: Linksys Wireless-G Pan/Tilt/zoom (PTZ) Internet Camera with Audio (WVC200)
RRP: $579

4) High Definition Notebook

Active ImageWhether you’re preparing hot presentations or downloading Hollywood blockbusters, Toshiba’s high-end Qosmio G30 notebook is the first to incorporate the new high definition DVD (HD-DVD) technology, with an integrated HD-DVD drive, and claims to offer clear pictures and audio for cinema-quality anywhere. The 17-inch wide-screen display has colour saturation like LCD televisions, and an anti-glare feature to help it cope with daytime and outdoor viewing.

• Integrated analogue and digital TV tuner, for global broadcasting formats
• 1024MB (512+512MB) RAM
• Intel high-definition audio with Dolby Home Theatre technology
• Win XP Media Centre 2005 (OEM)

Product: Qosmio G30 with integrated HD-DVD drive
RRP: $5,499

5) High Definition Camcorder 

Active ImageAs you head off on one of our great getaways, don’t forget your camera. Although Sony’s latest Handycam, the HDR–HC1, is small enough to forget. Claiming to be the world’s smallest high definition (HD) consumer 1080i camcorder, it weighs in at just 780 grams (with battery), and at 71mm x 94mm x 188mm, it fits snugly in the palm of your hand. Despite the size, it promises to capture HD images, for direct viewing on HD-compatible TVs, or record for standard definition compatibility.

• 10x optical zoom (120x digital zoom)
• Enhanced imaging processor
• Four-capsule microphone block
• Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens

Product: Sony HDR-HC1
RRP: $2,299

6) Sansa e200 MP3

Active ImageTune out the noise and dance to your own beat with the Sansa e200 series of MP3 players, for music, photo, and video clip playback. Features include a user replaceable and rechargeable lithium battery for up to 20 hours of battery life, digital FM tuner and backlit controls. With an easy-to-use interface and a scratch-resistant alloy metal back casing, this sleek number is ideal for dancing on the train, or enjoying some quiet time at home or in the office.

• Travel pouch and lanyard
• Stereo headphones
• USB cable
• Multipin universal connector for accessory upgrades

Product: SanDisk Sansa e270 (6GB)
RRP: $439

*All prices correct as of August 2006

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