PDA News – New Multimedia Device, Brandable Screen Cleaners, Pocket PC Remote Control

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This device is pretty cool looking – a 30GB hard drive and 3.5″ color screen top the list

“FlashTrax can safely store high-resolution images transferred from any flash memory card onto the built-in 30GB USB2.0 hard drive and displays them on a 3.5″ LCD that outperforms tiny on-camera screens. By using the sleek control pad, the user can change the image, zoom in, zoom out and scroll, or choose a slide show function – all without the need of a PC. The LCD folds to ensure that both the screen and control buttons remain protected while in field use. Images may be viewed on the LCD screen or on any TV using the included remote control. To facilitate portability, FlashTrax also includes a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery.”

“A built-in MP3 player makes this device even more attractive – more than 7,000 compressed audio files can be stored and played back through the built-in speaker, headphones or external speakers. Various play modes are easily controlled from the user-friendly screen display and control pad, making music selection quick and easy.”

These units will hit store shelves in April for $500. I think the concept is great, but I’m not sure how many units SmartDisk will turn. Remember, Microsoft has announced plans to release software geared towards managing devices just like this. Hopefully being first to market will bode well for SmartDisk though.

The device would be perfect for offloading images from your camera or serving as a mobile file server. There are a lot of possibilities. Toss Win CE.NET on this thing and you’ve got a killer device. More info is available at the SmartDisk site.

A unique business gift – branded PDA Screen cleaners

“Screenex is the new tradeshow give-away that will be valued and used by decision makers. Valued because it is effective; lint-free microfibers trap dirt and finger oils for better visability, a more accurate stylus and fewer scratches from dust trapped under a stylus. Screenex is used because it is convenient; the palm-sized booklet of disposable sheets fits into the PDA carrying case. With 30 soft sheets per booklet, Screenex is cost-effective, multi-use, multi-exposure advertising at about a dollar per booklet.”

These are very cheap for a corporate give away. Prices start at $1.36 for 1,000 pieces and go down from there. It’s always hard to differentiate yourself with little gifts like this. At least with screen cleaners you know almost everyone will actually use them. That’s more than can be said for those lighted bouncy balls. More information at Handheld Advertising.

Total Remote has begun selling their Pocket PC remote control software

Total Remote s unique Infrared Transmitter Module (ITM) allows you to control infrared devices from nearly 100 feet away. Designed specifically for Pocket PCs, it uses the audio port to send infrared commands to any device that can be controlled via IR. It s patent-pending design gives users up to 3 times greater range than standard remotes. The Total Remote software can also support built in Infrared ports (IrDA) at shorter ranges.

Total Remote comes with preinstalled profiles for hundreds of devices such as TVs, VCRs, DVD players and more. Users can easily add additional devices by downloading new device profiles or creating their own in learning mode. Total Remote can sample commands from your existing remotes and creates “virtual” remotes that look and function the way you want. The program also provides a set of skins that enable you to change the remote control appearance any time. Additionally new skins can be custom made by a user or downloaded from the internet.

Total Remote is not cheap at $29.99, but it does bring a lot to the table. Please notice they do not support the Dell Axim and a few others like the h1910 and h5450 are not even listed on the site. Please make sure your device is supported before buying. For more information visit the Griffin Technology site.

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