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Gizmo: I am not a robot, I am your daddy

January 27, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

You can now be in two places at once. Great for parents - and princes

Some of the world's most famous celebrities are now choosing to travel virtually, as three-dimensional, high-definition holograms. Last week Prince Charles was beamed live to Dubai to address the World Future Energy Summit. Instead of racking up thousands of air miles and producing the estimated 15 tonnes of CO2 that his US trip last year generated, the Prince was able to address an audience in Abu Dhabi without leaving Clarence House.



And he's not the only one. Sir Richard Branson, Madonna, David Beckham and the green evangelist Al Gore have all used the Eyeliner projection system, made by the British company Musion, to be in two places at once.


SLEIGH 'EM IN THE AISLES

Porsche Kinderbob GBP 58 tinyurl.com/29kjy2 0049 711 9117 8823

Aspiring Le Mans drivers have to start young these days, and wintry weather should never be an excuse for them to miss their training. This super-swish downhill sled should have junior drivers (weighing up to 60kg, or about 9 1/2 stone) steering and cornering like true professionals, thanks to the integration of a shock absorber, the use of metal runners and - that essential Porsche feature - a very loud horn.

DOCK AND LOAD

Creative Xdock HD $399 www.creative.com

Apple's iPod and iPhone are great for enjoying music, photos and videos on the move but are far less impressive when linked to a TV or hi-fi. This docking station has an HDMI socket for connecting it to an HD-ready television and claims to "upscale" videos bought from Apple's iTunes online store, although upscaled videos will not look as good as real high-definition digital downloads. It also boasts of improving the sound of digital music stored on the iPod to exceed CD quality. It comes with an RF-based wireless transmitter to beam tunes to speakers around your house. You also get remote control of your docked iPod via smart on-screen menus. Available in the US soon.

JUST ADD WATER

HydroPak Portable Power $400 www.millenniumcell.com; 001 732 542 4000

The HydroPack combines two processes to generate 270 watt hours (ie, it could power a 25W bulb for more than 10 hours) from a lightweight cartridge costing $20. You add water to trigger a chemical reaction that produces hydrogen, which is then consumed in a fuel cell to generate electricity. There are no toxic chemicals or waste products, and the unit is completely silent. The Hydropack has a standard American AC socket and two USB ports and is capable of delivering enough power to charge a laptop, run a mobile phone or provide overnight lighting. HydroPacks go on US sale this summer, aimed at campers. Unlike most battery systems, HydroPacks don't lose their power over time.

For more information on the Musion Eye-liner and Cisco's On-Stage Experience, please check out this article.



[via TimesOnline







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