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Oh! A Qool New Smart Phone 25th Sep 2005

Oh! A Qool New Smart Phone

Today at CTIA, Singapore-based Qool announced Oh!, a new and bizarrely named smart phone. With a 266MHz Freescale processor and a 1.3-megapixel camera, the Oh! looks like a compelling multimedia handset. Sadly, however, its Windows Mobile 2003 OS is looking pretty outdated compared to other announcements coming out of CTIA this year.

The Oh! will start shipping before the end of this year, but there are no details yet on which carriers will offer it.

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Meet Your New Butler and/or Future Master 11th Sep 2005

Meet Your New Butler and/or Future Master

If you’ve always wanted your own in-home manservant but just can’t stand being around other people all the time, Fujitsu’s got you covered. Meet Enon the robot butler.

Standing 4 feet, 3 inches tall, Enon is a self-propelled serving machine built to make life easier for us humans as we wait for our robot overlords to gather their forces. Capable of self-charging its nickel metal-hydride battery though safe, non-contact induction, Enon can run pretty much 24 hours a day, patrolling your home for intruders moving small objects around your living room. Enon is no C3PO, but it’s perfectly capable of escorting your guests from the front door to the swimming pool, so long as it doesn’t have to taverse any stairs along the way.

While the robot’s basic functions are limited to only the simplest of tasks, it looks like a great second step (building on the groundwork laid by Sony’s robot dog, Aibo) on the road to household robotics.

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