Tech Talk: Plugged In For '08

With the New Year, there are tons of new gadgets and gizmos. Some are trash and some make you "wanna cop” that right now. I’ve put together a list of a few I have run across, so let me know what you think of them.

The first thing I want to show you is a set by a company with a name that is synonymous with personal safety: TASER®.

The C2 is their latest personal protection product. Each cartridge is good for 50 uses and is available in four colors that make 50,000 volts a little stylish. You can go from a classic gray to a racy leopard print...

And what is the point of your new toy if you can’t keep it easily within reach? You’re going to need a holster. TASER® came up with the MPH (Music Player Holster), a 1 GB mp3 player.

Now you can keep your tunes and security in one place... hopefully you only need one.

Next, here’s a little green tech for all you who want to be up on the latest and still do your part to protect the earth. Check out the Voltaic Generator - the first solar bag powerful enough to charge a laptop and other popular small electronics from one day of sunlight.

The included battery pack efficiently stores the equivalent of a typical laptop charge and automatically delivers the required output voltages

Common adaptors are included for easy connection to laptops, phones and other handheld electronics

Other devices can connect via USB or car charger

Will hold up to a 17" Powerbook inside a protective case

Fabrics made from recycled PET (soda bottles), which is tough, water resistant and light weight

For those of you who think laptops just aren’t small enough, Samsung’s latest UMPC (Ultra Micro PC) will have you jumping for tech joy. It’s called the Q1 Ultra, and it allows you to bring your office with you in a yet more compact package.

Fully compatible with Windows XP and Vista

Runs on Intel mobile processor

7” high resolution touch screen LCD

Integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Two cameras, one for web conferencing on the front, and a 1.3 mega pixel digital//video camera in the rear

If you’re like me, all of those great pics you take rarely, if ever, make it off of your digital camera. Check out the Eye-Fi...

Provides free and unlimited photo uploads to your computer and your favorite photo or social networking website via the Eye-Fi Service. Photo transmission is secure and private.

Supports sharing and printing websites, including KODAK Gallery, Shutterfly, Wal-Mart, Snapfish, Photobucket, Facebook, and more

Handles full-resolution jpeg images and intelligently re-sizes photos if limited by your chosen photo or social networking website.

Fits digital cameras that use SD memory cards.

Offers 2 GB of memory to store photos on the card.

Includes USB memory card reader to make set-up easy.

Wi-Fi Security: Static WEP 40/104/128, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK

Range: 90+ feet outdoors and 45+ feet indoors

Storage Capacity: 2.0GB (1GB is defined as 10^9 Bytes)

Power: advanced power management optimizes use of camera power

Card Dimensions: SD standard 32mm x 24mm x 2.1mm

Card Weight: 0.1oz.

And finally, I couldn’t end this edition without having at least one dedicated personal music player. I ran across this mini guy from Iriver called the Volcano.

1”oled (organic led, the latest in flat screen technology)screen



FM radio

One touch USB connectivity

We'll have more fun things for you to preview next week!

Troy Gayle is the Founder of