Holiday Gadgets 2009


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Gadget Night with Fred Davis: Just in Time for the Holidays

Tech journalist Fred Davis presents “Gadget Night” to SofTech on December 2, 2009. Fred is a fabulous speaker, and well-known journalist and entrepreneur. This presentation highlights some of the latest tech gadgets, along with Fred’s insights into the significant trends in consumer and business technology.

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Award-winning tech journalist, Fred Davis, is a Silicon Valley insider who has been at the forefront of technology hyper-change for the past 30 years. He has served as Editor for many of the world’s leading computer magazines, including A+, MacUser, PC Magazine, and PC Week, where he also started and ran the world’s leading technology product testing labs. Fred is the author of over a dozen books, and was a former tech correspondent for NPR’s All Things Considered.

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Holiday Gadgets 2009

  1. 1. Holiday Gadgets - 2009 Presented by: Mark Ginnebaugh and Fred Davis at Autodesk San Rafael, California Sponsored by:
  2. 2. Fred Davis Co-Founder and CTO, Grabbit ( Award winning tech journalist, entrepreneur and gadget enthusiast Named one of the most influential tech people by publications in the U. S. and Japan Widely quoted in publications such as Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, and the Atlantic Monthly Guest on many radio and television programs, including NPR's "All Things Considered," "CBS Evening News," and "ABC News"
  3. 3. iPod Nano 5th Generation 8GB or 16GB Video recording FM Radio Tuner Up to 24 hours of music playback or 5 hours of video playback when fully charged 2.2-inch color TFT display with 240 x 376 pixel resolution $150 for 8GB
  4. 4. Knockoff: “iPhone nano” Knockoff: “iPhone nano”
  5. 5. iPhone Video recording 3 megapixel camera Voice control 16GB or 32GB Find My iPhone and Remote Wipe $199 from AT&T w/ 2 year plan
  6. 6. What's inside? Source:
  7. 7. Palm Pre Palm's new Linux-based webOS Camera, no video Portable media player GPS navigator Ambient light sensor adjusts screen brightness Internet (text messaging, e-mail, web browsing, Wi-Fi) Slide open for keyboard $149 from Sprint w/plan
  8. 8. Motorola Droid Android 2.0 faster Web browser Google Maps Navigation better messaging and contact management excellent call quality talk time improved speed over previous Android devices. $199 from Verizon w/plan
  9. 9. Kindle 2 Whisper Sync technology lets people keep track of a single book across multiple devices Physical keyboard right up front, and the device can even browse the web. The Kindle doesn't support the open, Google-backed ePub format, but you can't do much better for paid content than the Kindle Store. $259 - Buy from Amazon
  10. 10. Kindle DX Aimed at businesses and students, with a 9.7-inch screen and wider format support Great for PDF $489 - Buy from Amazon
  11. 11. ASUS eePC ASUS started the netbook craze, and while the release of Windows 7 and graphics chips like Ion have made "traditional" netbook guts a little passe, the 1005HA "Seashell" Eee PC is perhaps the best example of that passing form. 10 hours of constant use! $359
  12. 12. HP Mini 311 11.6-inch screen, a great keyboard and HP's classy netbook styling NVIDIA Ion graphics chip inside makes the laptop powerful enough to play back HD video and even some video games like World of Warcraft. $399+ Buy from HP
  13. 13. Dell Inspiron Mini 10v NetBook 10.1-inch Dell Mini 10v powered by an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor (unlike the Mini 10). 1GB RAM and integrated Intel 945GSE UMA Graphics Media Accelerator. Either 120GB/160GB hrd drive or 8GB/16GB SSD storage. 10.1-inch 1024×576 LCD display and 1Wx2 speakers. 1.3 Megapixel webcam WIFi Bluetooth 2.1 3-in-1 card reader and three USB ports. Runs Windows XP and/or Linux OS – OR Snow Leopard with hack! $399
  14. 14. Kohjinsha DX Netbook Kahjinsha dual-screen netbook. 10.1 inches, one slides behind the other when not in use. Each screen is a TFT display capable of showing 1,024 by 600 pixels. The netbook measures 1.02 x 8.26 x 0.74 – 1.65 inches and weighs just 4.09 pounds. $1,110
  15. 15. Panasonic Z1 Flagship 54-inch plasma HDTV ever, with only 1-inch depth. SiBEAM's 60GHz 1080p for wireless glitch-free images sent via the included transmitter/media box from up to 30 feet away. Internet connectivity for YouTube and Amazon VOD and an SD card reader for photos. Full 1080 line motion resolution, accurate HD color, deep black levels and 96Hz for judder free movie viewing. $4000
  16. 16. LG LH90 Excellent black levels, wide viewing angle LCD IPS panel, accurate color, and 240Hz (120 refresh + scanning backlight) for good motion resolution. ISF CCC mode for calibration, THX certification and a "picture wizard" for user set-up without calibration discs or external test signals. Not the thinnest LED LCD, but a great price. Available in 42, 47 and 55 inch screen sizes The 42LH90 is online for $1200 to $1500; the 47LH90 sells in the $1700 range; and the 55LH90 goes for $2200 to $2800.
  17. 17. Dual Digital HDTV Tuner Turn any PC on your network into an HDTV with SiliconDust's HDHomeRun network-based adapter. Dual tuner solution plugs into your network and lets you receive both over the air and unencrypted content from your cable company. Compatible with Windows Media Center and many third party solutions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. Record your favorite shows onto your hard drive so you can watch them whenever you want. Watch TV from any computer on your network. Record full 1080i broadcast resolution. Pause, rewind, fast-forward live TV. Schedule and record all your favorite TV shows. Expand with multiple HDHomeRun devices. $150
  18. 18. Panasonic Blu-ray Disc Player Blu- Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-ray Disc Player 1080p upconvert 24p cinema mode Includes an SD Memory card slot and USB slot, to view digital still images and HD video recorded in AVCHD $129
  19. 19. LG BD390 Excellent Blu-ray play Integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi Netflix, YouTube, and CinemaNow streaming Superfast disc loading; plays music, videos, and pictures off a connected USB drive or over network Profile 2.0 compatible; onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 analog outputs 1GB onboard memory. $400
  20. 20. Sony PS3 Slim 33% slimmer, 36% lighter, more energy efficient PlayStation 3 Blu-ray Disc with upsampling Includes a Dualshock 3 wireless controller and a built-in 120GB HDD for storing games, music, videos, and photos. Built-in Wi-Fi HDMI + Bravia Sync functionality that provides both 1080p output resolution Instant in-synch connectivity between your PS3 and other Sony HDMI enabled products without remote controls $299 ($100 drop)
  21. 21. Nikon D3000 10.2-megapixel DX-format imaging sensor Nikon EXPEED image processing; in- camera image editing and Active D- Lighting 3.0-inch color LCD screen; 170-degree wide-angle viewing Under $500 with 18-55mm Zoom- Nikkor VR Image Stabilization lens
  22. 22. Nikon D90 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS imaging sensor D-Movie Mode; Cinematic 24fps HD with sound 3-inch super-density 920,000-dot color LCD monitor Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards $1,200 with 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens
  23. 23. Nikon D700 12.1-megapixel FX-format (23.9 x 36mm) CMOS sensor; body only. 3.0-inch, 920,000-dot VGA color monitor; 170- degree wide-angle viewing and tempered- glass protection. Fast, accurate 51-point AF system; 3D Focus Tracking and two Live View shooting modes. Base ISO range from 200-6400 can be expanded to range from ISO 100 (Lo-1) to 25,600 (Hi-2); 0.12-second start-up speed. Capture images to CF I/II cards; compliant high-speed UDMA CF cards that will enable recording speeds up to 35 megabytes/second. $2,500 (body only)
  24. 24. Canon 7D DSLR video that's superior to every camera but Canon's very pro 1D Mark IV (which costs $5000) Shoots in 1080p, with full manual controls, excellent in low light. 18-megapixel sensor that doesn't explode with noise at high ISO settings Good autofocus system $1900 with a 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens
  25. 25. Canon T1i Same 15-megapixel sensor as the pricier mid-range 50D Full 1080p HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 resolution HDMI output 3.0-inch Clear View LCD Live View Function for stills (Quick, Live and Face Detection AF modes) and video Capture images and video to SD/SDHC memory cards $720 with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens
  26. 26. Canon PowerShot S90IS 10-megapixel High Sensitivity System; DIGIC 4 Image Processor Improved low-light image performance, plus a Low Light scene mode for ISO settings up to 12,800 Customizable control ring for easy access and operation of manual or other creative shooting settings Wide-angle 3.8x optical zoom with Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer f/2.0 lens $399
  27. 27. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 DMC- 12.1-megapixel resolution 27mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario- Elmarit lens; 18x optical zoom with POWER O.I.S. HD movies with 1280 x 720-pixel resolution; AVCHD Lite format 2.7-inch TFT LCD screen $399
  28. 28. Leica M9 18 Megapixels Full-Frame 35mm CCD Sensor 2.5" LCD Classic Rangefinder Design Intuitive Controls Quiet, Metal Blade Shutter High Sensitivity (ISO 2500) M Mount Compatible $7,000 (body only)
  29. 29. Hasselblad H3DII-50 H3DII- 50 megapixels Large format (2x2 style) 50MP, 36×48mm Kodak sensor, which is twice the size of a full frame 35mm DSLR sensor top shutter speed of 1/800 sec ISO range of 50 to 400 $35,000
  30. 30. Flip Ultra HD Pocket-sized HD camcorder featuring one-touch recording and digital zoom Captures 120 minutes of HD video on 8 GB of built-in memory; no tapes or additional memory cards required Convenient flip-out USB arm plugs directly into your PC or Mac to launch FlipShare software Built-in software lets you upload video to sharing sites likeYouTube and MySpace $199
  31. 31. Canon VIXIA HF200 HD Flash Memory Camcorder HD video directly to a removable SDHC memory card Genuine Canon 15x HD video lens; SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer 1920 x 1080 Full HD recording; 24p Cinema Mode, 30p Progressive Mode Dual Shot for capturing both video and photos with ease HDMI terminal for easy, one-cable connectivity to your HDTV Under $600
  32. 32. Canon HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder 8.59Mp CMOS sensor Up to 6 hours of HD video to a removable SDHC card as well as 8Mp digital stills 10x HD Video Lens, 2.7" Multi-Angle Widescreen LCD and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization Face Detection and Pre-record modes help the casual shooter get the shot. Microphone and headphone terminals and a Mini Advanced Accessory shoe for holding external lights and mics. 24p Cinema mode gives your video a film- look while 30p Progressive mode is ideal for action or sports footage. $1,000
  33. 33. Sony PMW-EX3 PMW- Flash-memory based high definition camcorder Variety of frame rates and resolutions using Sony's new XDCAM-EX intraframe codec “Big-brother" to the PMW-EX1, the PMW- EX3 has an interchangeable lens mount Continuous record time of up to 140 minutes! Shoot in 720p, 1080i, or 1080p modes Fast and slow motion, as well as popular frame rates such as the "film-like" 24p mode. $9,999
  34. 34. Red One Camera Body itself starts at just under $20,000—without lenses, mounts, CF modules or pretty much anything you'll need to use it It's the cheapest 4K camera you can acquire, and for the price of one extended 35mm camera rental, you'll have a system that's "free to use" again and again. $17,500 (body only)
  35. 35. Sound Isolating Earphones Shure SE210 Hi-Definition earplugs with bright highs and extra detail HD MicroSpeaker delivers wider range and more clarity and detail than standard earbuds Sound Isolation Technology reduces background noise better than noise-cancelling headphones, without batteries or added hiss Interchangeable sleeves for personalized, comfortable fit; 3' extension cable; carrying case Flexible cord length $150
  36. 36. Aluratek Internet Radio Alarm Clock Access more than 11,000 radio stations in over 150 countries around the world with no monthly fees. Connect to a local Ethernet cable network if you prefer. Search for music geographically by continent/country/state or by the more than 50 different available genres including a wealth of talk, local news and sports radio stations broadcast throughout the world. Stream your music library from your local pc/media server if the 11,000+ radio station weren’t enough. $100
  37. 37. Bug Labs Want to make a GPS camera MP3 player? You can! It's a modular, open-source system for building whatever comes to mind, by plugging little modules into each other till you get the desired functionality. If you want to program them, you need to know Java, but there are also a lot of apps you can just download. BUGbase core $450; assorted modules from $70; monster kit $750 [Bug Labs]
  38. 38. Husqvarna Automower The Automower works much like a Roomba does, mapping out the lawn (up to a 1/2 acre) and cutting it frequently in random patterns. Solar electric hybrid Inexpensive to operate in the long term. Most versions even return to the charging base autonomously so the process is literally set it and forget it. $1300-$3000 [Husqvarna via Link]
  39. 39. Duracell Instant Power Charger Portable, long lasting battery power for all USB- compatible devices such as iPods, iPhones, cellular phones, PDAs, Bluetooth headsets and more. Adds up to 35 hours of run time to iPods/MP3 players, 5 hours of talk time to cell phones and up to 4 hours of talk time to iPhones/smart phones/PDAs. Can be charged up to 600 times using a laptop or any other USB power source Compatible with most Motorola and Blackberry phones and works with all USB cables (like the ones included with the iPod or iPhone). Sleek and light--weighs less than five ounces and easily fits in your purse or pocket. $15.99
  40. 40. Flash Voyager 128GB USB Drive Cosair 128GB USB drive No moving parts. Ruggedized, rubber housing, water-resistant and virtually shockproof. Fast performance on par with portable USB hard drives. More than 2.5 times faster than competing high-capacity USB flash drives. Works with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems, without the need for drivers. $400
  41. 41. Swann SW234-PC2 PenCam SW234- Stylish ball point pen is a camera that records quality color video to a built-in memory stick with a 2GB storage capacity. With the touch of a button you can instantly switch from recording video at 640 x 480 resolution to recording still shots at 1280 x 960 resolution. Plug the pen into your PC's USB port for viewing its images and for uploading video to your favorite social networking site. Battery lasts 90 minutes. The SW234-PC2 is also a working pen - Swann even supplied it with 3 ink refills. $99
  42. 42. Automatic Pancake Maker Chefstack Automatic Pancake Maker Proportedly cranks out 200 perfectly-formed low fat pancakes (in three-sizes) per hour. Essentially, it's one big gift for all of your pancake-loving friends, and an even bigger gift for yourself when you visit. Good for fire departments and fund raisers? $3500
  43. 43. Thanks! Thanks! Reach Fred at or