People Find Unusual Uses for Handhelds

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While most people simply use their handheld to keep track of important information and maybe play a game or two, others find more atypical uses.

Peeg Modifies Brain Activity

A company called DreamFree is demonstrating at Comdex this week the Peeg, a peripheral that hooks up to a Pocket PC and is supposed to stimulate different types of brain waves, according to News.com.

The Peeg (personal electroencephalogram) is made up of a application for the handheld, a pair of headphones, and a piece that covers the eyes. The device has settings that DreamFree says increase the wearer’s concentration or memorization ability. It supposedly can also bring about feelings of relaxation or energy.

It does this by playing rhythmic sounds through the headphones and flashing lights inside the visor. The frequency of these is supposed to alter the user’s brain waves.

Artist’s Work Displayed on Zire 71 Handhelds

Dane Picard’s latest exhibit, “Portraits, Ids, and Snapshots,” is made up of short digital animations looped and displayed on Zire 71 handhelds mounted on a gallery’s walls.

“I use collections of photographs to explore the nature of singularity, aloneness, and seeing,” says Picard. His exhibit is intended to embody the contemporary fast pace of multimedia and computer-generated imagery.

“This pace is a reflection of our current social pulse,” says Picard. “They are at once an obsessive stare and a meditation. I am questioning how we see ourselves through the use of photography as well as the increasing proliferation of digital imagery throughout every moment of our lives.”

“Portraits, Ids, and Snapshots” opens Saturday at the Richard Heller Gallery in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, Calif. and runs through December 20.

A small example of Picard’s work is available on the Heller Gallery’s web site.



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