I’m a big fan of the Pleo. I think it’s designed well and that it will sell well (especially around holidays such as Christmas). If I had more money, I’d probably even buy myself one. So it saddens me greatly to hear that Ugobe is experiencing even more delays. This time, the delays are due to battery life. Apparently, the battery life was rather low because of overheating, which prevents the battery from fully charging. The overheating, in turn, was caused by the location of the battery inside the Pleo. Now, manufacturers are redesigning the Pleo so that it has an external battery. This redesign will cause the Pleo to be delayed until anywhere from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and the number of Pleos produced will also be cut in half. Looks like the Pleo will be that hard to find gift of the Holiday season.
Optimistically, the CEO Bob Christopher states that “[We] wanted to get it right the first time,” he said. “You can’t relaunch a product. You only get one chance…The good news is Pleo is going to be a great product and with this battery change it will be better.”
I recently had the pleasure of reviewing a menagerie of items from Cable Organizer. Unsurprisingly, these gadgets all had to do with.. uh… organizing cables of some sort or another. Below is a shot of all the cable gizmos, including the Cable Turtles, Power Squid, PowerStation Traveller, and USB FireWire 5 in 1 QuickConnect.
The Cable Turtles were probably the cutest of all the gadgets. Their purpose is simple- to hide clutter by coiling up long cables within their “shells”, and thus make a computer station much more organized. I used these next to my desktop, and the mess greatly decreased because of them. However, because the mess of coils was mostly behind the desktop, it didn’t make that much of an impact on a day to day basis. Overall, these Cable Turtles are perfect for a neat geek, and are quite affordable too! Rating: 9.0/10
Below is the PowerStation Traveller [sic], which enables the user to charge up to three gadgets in the car via DC power.
You can adjust the sliders so that your gadgets won’t shift around while you’re traveling. After placing your gadgets in the PowerStation, you merely need to plug the gadgets into three hidden DC power connectors, and then plug the outside connector into the DC car jack. You can also use AC/DC power if you buy an adapter (for $17 more). Overall, I would use this product heavily during road trips, and for more effective charging. However, it is a bit expensive (more so if you include the AC/DC adapter), especially considering I could just charge the gadgets separately. Rating: 7.5/10.
Pictured below is the PowerSquid: a power multiplier that multiplies power to five different grounded outlets.
The PowerSquid is more aesthetically pleasing than other power multipliers that I’ve seen. Additionally, its flexible branches allow for easier connection. Overall the PowerSquid is a lovely product, and I would highly recommend it in place of a normal power multiplier. The only gripe I had was that it was sometimes difficult to plug in electronic devices. Rating: 9.5/10.
The last product that Cable Organizer sent me to review was the USB FireWire 5 in 1 QuickConnect Cable. The QuickConnect USB Cable is a multi-purpose cable connector that comes with five different USB configurations (USB A Male, USB B Male, Mini USB A Male, Mini USB B Male, USB A Female). This facilitates easy installation of USB software and products (scanners, cameras, external hard drives, etc).
Below you can see the USB FireWire QuickConnect Cable with two of the configurations attached. While the QuickConnect is a useful gadget to have around in case you lose a USB cord, or you buy a gadget that doesn’t come with a USB adapter, I personally have never had need of such a gadget. Nevertheless, this is a quality product that will work flawlessly if you need a five in one USB Cable. Rating: 7.0/10.
I enjoyed using the efficient products from Cable Organizer. So if you ever need to organize your cables, check it out!
GelaSkins offers protection for Apple products with their vinyl, artistic skins. These skins are available for most iPods (1st Gen Nanos, 2nd Gen Nanos, 5G Video iPods, 4 Gen iPods, and iPod Minis), and many Apple laptops (Macbook, 15″ and 17″ Macbook Pro, iBook, and Powerbook). A Gelaskin for an Apple laptop will cost you $32.95, while the gelaskins for the iPods range between $12.95 and $14.95. What a great, fashionable way to protect your electronics!!
Just came across the Rubitone (Rubik + Pantone) concept, and it’s brilliantly attractive:
Concept by Ignacio Pilotto. Not intended to be a commercial product. There is no affiliation between Pantone, Inc. and the Rubitone.
The Q1UP-V Ultraportable Notebook boasts an Intel Centrino Processor, 2 GB of RAM, an 80 GB Hard Drive, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a biometric fingerprint reader, and a 7″ 1024×600 touch screen. Amazingly, the laptop still manages to weigh under 2 pounds! Battery life is estimated to be up to 7 hours. The Samsung Q1UP-V starts at $1,339. Click here for the product page of this stylish UMPC!