Time is changing in the tech world at an alarming rate. Take a look.
Talking Alarm Clock
: Easy to program
: Music sounds are tinny
Not all clocks are the same. Some even talk to you, and that's the case with theMotiwake MP3 Alarm Clock.
It's a picture frame with a built-in device to record motivating messages. It comes with software that includes 240 affirmations, 24 different themes and 24 music alarms.
You input the messages via USB from your PC. Using the messages provided you can also tailor some of them to better suit you.
If you are trying to motivate yourself to sell more, for example, you might change the message from "I enjoy eating healthy foods" to "I enjoy selling." There's no guarantee that you'll sell more, but it couldn't hurt waking up to a message goading you in the right direction.
It also offers MP3 files of the affirmations (to download to an iPod or MP3 device in case you don't want the alarm clock). Those will run you about $33.
My gripe on this is the music that plays along with the messaging, when played through the speakers, comes out a bit tinny.
MP4 Watch II
: Music/video on your wrist
This new MP4 watch from Japan is designed for the multitasking business traveler.
It plays video, music or digital photos and includes a tiny speaker for playbackto the passenger next to you. The 1.8-inch LCD is big enough to view photos ora movie on your wrist.
I suggest taking it off and placing it on the tray tableso you can multitask on a laptop while the movie is playing. If you like to watch movies, you will want the 4GB model. Keep in mind, though, that this is just enough for one movie and you won't get many more songs or data on the watch if you have loaded a movie.
This isn't going to replace your everyday watch, but for short trips it's a nice alternative to hauling around the more expensive video iPod.
Cellphone Alarm Charm
: Blinks when you get a call
: Shipping costs
Most cellphone charms are useless decorations. This one actually lights up when you get a call, even when your cellphone is on mute.
So, the glow in your pocket in the middle of a movie is far less irritating than Snoop Dogg's latest ringtone.
What's more, it doesn't plug into your cellphone. It works by lighting up whenever the radio-frequency interference from the phone receives a call.
There are two different models, a lightbulb that blinks white or blue and the much cooler lava lamp that blinks red or blue. While the price is right for this charm, the shipping price to the U.S. from this U.K. company could be steep.
Site to See:
A free, location-based search and navigation toolbar. This is a great resourceto find everything from the nearest coffee shop to the best prices on gas while traveling.
A feature called Find Me pinpoints your location on a map so you can find your destination.
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