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D-Link Releases A Couple Of New Tiny Wifi Adapters

D-Link Wifi Adapters (Images courtesy D-Link)
By Andrew Liszewski

If your aging desktop or laptop is starting to feel a little dated, particularly when it comes to wifi speeds, an easy way to bring it up to modern standards without having to remove a single screw is through a USB wireless adapter. And if something unobtrusive is what you’re after, last week D-Link released a couple of new wifi adapters with minimal footprints.

The DWA-131 Wireless N Nano USB Adapter, aka the ‘larger’ of the two pictured above, works on IEEE 802.11n or ‘g’ networks and features 11n technology for speeds up to 300Mbps. Its dime-sized built-in antenna also provides for a greater range, and uses the company’s ‘Intelligent Antenna Technology’ to circumvent dead spots and interference by broadcasting multiple signals at the same time. The DWA-121 Wireless N 150 Pico USB Adapter is the smaller of the two pictured above, and offers mostly the same features as the DWA-131 though with speeds reduced to 150 Mbps, and obviously a more limited range given its minimally sized antenna. Both are currently available directly from D-Link for $49.99.

[ D-Link DWA-131 & DWA-121 ] VIA [ The Gadgeteer ]

Fujitsu Reveals First Truly Wireless PC Monitor

By Chris Scott Barr

When you sit down at your desktop, how many wires do you see? Or more specifically, how many are running to your tower? Wireless networking, keyboards and mice have all helped us in our battle against the cord, but still there are a few things that remain. Two things that really stand in my way are my speakers and monitors. Fujitsu has a solution for the latter.

The company has revealed that they are working on a truly wireless monitor. Yes, that includes the power cable as well. The screen gets power using a magnetic induction transmitter, which you would have built into your desk. The video itself would be transmitted from a wireless USB connection from up to 32 feet away. No word when the company will have this ready for stores, or what sort of price we’ll be looking at.

[ Fujitsu ] VIA [ Dvice ]

KFA2 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 WHDI Is The World’s First Wireless Graphics Card

KFA2 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 WHDI (Image courtesy KFA2)
By Andrew Liszewski

The one downside to today’s ridiculously powerful graphics cards is that they require a lot of cooling to keep their GPUs running at peak efficiency. And if your tower happens to be sitting on your desk right next to your display, it just adds to the annoying white noise you have to deal with.

KFA2′s new GTX 460 though lets you stash your tower up to 100 feet away since it’s the first graphics card with built-in WHDI which wirelessly sends an uncompressed 1080P, 60Hz signal to the included WHDI receiver connected to your display. You’ll of course need a wireless mouse and keyboard to complete the setup, but it seems like a particularly great solution for an HTPC since you don’t need to have it running alongside the TV in your living room.

[ KFA2 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 WHDI ] VIA [ Bit-Tech ]

Excalibur Wireless News Ticker Keeps You Up To Speed On Weather, Sports Or Any RSS Feed

Excalibur Wireless News Ticker (Image courtesy wireless goodness)
By Andrew Liszewski

According to wireless goodness, the Excalibur Wireless News Ticker, which was recently approved by the FCC, lets you stay on top of news and other events via a scrolling text display, not unlike what you’d find at the stock market. Since the Excalibur’s interface and display are pretty basic, all of the setup is done via a PC app which lets you add and customize RSS feeds which are then streamed to the display with an included USB dongle.

There will also be a couple of custom branded versions of the device in conjunction with The Weather Channel and Fox Sports that are designed to focus on weather and sports respectively, though I assume they’ll be able to display regular RSS feeds as well. It’s powered by a set of 4xAA batteries which will hopefully last a while given the ‘no frills’ nature of the Excalibur, and while pricing hasn’t been announced yet, it’s expected to be available in time for the holiday season.

[ wireless goodness - Excalibur Wireless News Ticker ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

Warpia Easy Dock Wireless Laptop Dock

Warpia Easy Dock Wireless Laptop Dock (Images courtesy Warpia)
By Andrew Liszewski

Even with a wireless mouse and keyboard for my MacBook, I’m still too lazy to hook it up to the LCD display sitting mostly unused on my desk. It’s quite literally just a case of connecting one cable, but that’s one cable more than doing nothing. For the rest of you who use your laptops as double-duty portable and desktop PCs, and are slightly more motivated than me, the Easy Dock from Warpia makes hooking up your KVM as easy as plugging in a USB wireless transmitter. Everything on your desk stays connected to the dock, including your speakers, and the only drawback I can see is that you’re ‘limited’ to a resolution of 1400×1050 or 1440×900 (widescreen) over the wireless connection. $149.99 available directly from Warpia.

[ Warpia Easy Dock Wireless Laptop Dock ]

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TruLink Wireless HDMI Kit

TruLink 1-Port 60 GHz WirelessHD Kit (Images courtesy Cables To Go)
By Andrew Liszewski

Cables suck, particularly when you’ve got your HDTV mounted to the wall with an ugly trunk line sticking out the back that’s difficult to camouflage. But Cable To Go’s TruLink 60GHz WirelessHD kit promises to at least get rid of the HDMI cable between your TV and components like your PVR, Blu-ray player or hi-def gaming console. Installing the hardware looks to be as plug-and-play easy as anything, and with a range of up to 33 feet, it should be more than adequate for most setups.

However, there are some downsides that I can see. First of all the transmitter/receiver seem to be dependent on a line of sight signal, so you won’t be able to hide this, um, aesthetically challenged hardware in a cabinet or behind your TV. And it only accepts a single HDMI connection, so unless you have all of your hi-def gear piped through a switcher of some sort, you’ll be swapping cables. Finally, while it does eliminate the HDMI cable running to your TV, it also adds another power cable to deal with on both ends, which can be even more annoying. That and the fact the kit is a whopping $499.99 available starting in June.

[ TruLink 1-Port 60 GHz WirelessHD Kit ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

SIMFi Turns 3G Into WiFi, Makes Too Much Sense To Ever Happen

wifi_simBy Evan Ackerman

WiFi? In my SIM card? It’s more likely than you think, if Sagem Orga’s SIMFi SIM card ever becomes a commercial reality, which it won’t, because it’s awesome and wireless providers aren’t. Eye-Fi showed us that you can stuff all kinds of useful things into absurdly small packages, and Sagem Orga has managed to cram a full blown WiFi router into a SIM card about the size of a hiccup. Somehow, the card taps into your phone’s data network and makes it accessible to any WiFi device:

“The new generation USIM card “SIMFi” can be inserted in any type of classic handset to act as a universal and interoperable HSPA/Wi-Fi router for any device.”

What’s that you say? I can just stick this in my phone and give internet to my laptop? Why, that would make my life so much better and more convenient and sunshine and rainbows and I won’t have to worry about forking over another sixty bucks a month so that I can check email on my phone and my laptop!

Aaaand this is why the only way we’re going to see one of these SIMFi cards is through some kind of severely restricted and ludicrously expensive carrier program. Yes, we can’t have nice things because when somebody invents one, our wireless carriers take them out back and beat them with a money brick.

I hope I’m wrong and that AT&T lets me buy a SIMFi for a realistic one time cost and stick it in my iPhone, but they won’t. We’ll let you know how many of your firstborn children you need to sell to get one of these if it ever becomes available.

[ Sagem Orga ] VIA [ SlashGear ]

Armatix Gun: Watch That Trigger

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By Gaurav Kheterpal

When you have a gun in your hand, people often advice you – ‘Watch that Trigger’. Armatix decided to take that advice literally and came up with a watch that controls your gun. Wearing a stylish wrist watch is trendy (except this watch is fugly) and owning a gun has its own aura – so if the two can be combined, it offers you the best of both worlds.

The gun won’t work and a red LED will light up if the watch isn’t in close proximity of the gun. The way this unusual combination works is through the watch sending a wireless arming signal to the gun. If the gun picks up the signal, it gets armed and a green LED lights up. Priced at nearly 7,000 Euros, this is quite an expensive affair.

I’m wondering what happens if your watch battery dies out and you need the gun?

Armatix ] VIA [ Wired ]

[CES 2010] Energize Shows Off Future-Proof Inductive Charging Pad

Energizer

By Chris Scott Barr

There’s little argument that inductive charging is the way of the future. After all, who wouldn’t want to eliminate cords from their mobile devices and charge one simply by setting it on a mat? Energizer is no stranger to the idea, and have been working on a new Wireless Charging Mat that they hope will help pave the way for this revolution.

Energizer has been working with the Wireless Power Consortium to craft a charging pad that will adhere to all forthcoming standards (dubbed Qi). The idea is that once the standards are set in place (which will hopefully be in the near future) people will be able to charge all compliant devices with this pad. Until such devices hit the market, you will still be able to use this with a Blackberry or iPhone using the available adapters, which come in the form of phone cases.

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