Popular Mechanics 2008 Breakthrough Awards Winners

Popular Mechanics 2008 Breakthrough Awards Winners 

Microsoft Phyotosynth 

Popular Mechanics announced its picks for the 2008 Breakthrough Awards awards in what the publication called The 10 Most Brilliant Gadets of the Year. Here’s the list of international winners; you may be surprised at the gadgets on the list.

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Nikon Debuts Multimedia Headset

Nikon Debuts Multimedia Headset

Media Port UP

Nikon has unveiled the latest, and perhaps the best, in Borg wanna-be accessories called the Media Port UP. The multimedia headset allows users to view video (up to 120 minutes of uninterrupted playback), and listen to music (up to 270 minutes of uninterrupted playback) via its 4 gigabyte or 8 gigabyte internal harddrive. Other features include Internet browsing with WiFi access, a rechargeable battery, and embedded motion sensors for hands free operation (operates by moving your head up, down, left and right).

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Zeemote – Bluetooth Controller For Mobile Phone Gamers

Zeemote - Bluetooth Controller For Mobile Phone Gamers 

 Zeemote

If those XL-sized fingers of yours have given you sores while gaming and forced you to tearfully bid farewell to this hobby, the Zeemote joystick could offer some respite. Designed specifically for mobile phone gamers, the Bluetooth-enabled controller offers you a “console-style gaming experience.” Ergonomically designed to snuggle into your closed palm, the Zeemote is ultra-light at 47g and measures just 95×35x20mm. The wireless controller is compatible with a wide range of mobile phones from all leading manufacturers.

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3M Mobile ID Reader

3M Mobile ID Reader 

 3M Mobile ID Reader

This new 3M Mobile ID Reader could soon be used at events or in situations that require tight security. The idea is that it would scan your identification quickly to prove that you are who you say you are. Then you can be on your way in no time. It works like a credit card scanner and it would be used to scan things like your Visa card or passport, cross checking that info with watch lists of those who are threats.

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Intelligent Key – World’s First Cell Phone-To-Car Remote Control

Intelligent Key - World’s First Cell Phone-To-Car Remote Control 

 Nissan’s Intellegent Key Cell Phone

Three Japanese engineering giants, Nissan, NTT Docomo and Sharp, have joined forces to introduce the world’s first cellphone with the ability to act as an Intelligent Key for your car. Nissan’s Intelligent Key technology already comes standard in most of its vehicles, but incorporating the function into a cell phone pushes the boundaries of what Japanese multi-function phones can do. The wireless controller has the ability to lock or unlock a car, as well as start or stop the car’s engine.

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Mobile Furniture Perfect For Small Living Space

Mobile Furniture Perfect For Small Living Space 

 Kenchikukagu Series Mobile Furniture

Here’s an innovative way to furnish your space while keeping things minimal when not in use. The Kenchikukagu is designed for work, sleep and eating. Designed by Atelier OPA from Japan, the Kenchikukagu series includes a mobile work station, mobile bed and a mobile kitchen. You can actually order this on Amazon Japan for 800,000 Yen (about $7,500).

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Text Messaging Under Increasing Fire

Text Messaging Under Increasing Fire 

Senator Barack Obama used one to announce to the world his choice of a running mate. Thousands of Americans have used them to vote for their favorite “American Idol” contestants. Many teenagers prefer them to actually talking. Almost overnight, text messages have become the preferred form of communication for millions.

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Pen That Also Charges Your Phone

Pen That Also Charges Your Phone

 Keep your friends close, but your batteries even closer

 

Mobile chargers, small devices with batteries that you can plug a dying cellphone into, have been around for a while. But because they serve just one purpose, they haven’t caught on that well. People need to remember to carry them around with them so when the time is right, they have it on hand. Easier said than done.

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