November 15, 2006

the get it
Panasonic continues to raise the bar of plasma televisions with the TH42PX60U 42" Plasma HDTV. This unit features a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, built-in NTSC and ATSC (HDTV) tuners, 20W integrated speaker system, HDMI interface and a built-in SD card slot for viewing your digital photos. Tweeter is offering this highly rated set for the low price of $1299 with free shipping. The Tweeter site lists the price as $1799, however, if you add it to the cart, the price is reduced another $500!
the gizmo
Throw away those bread crumbs, this new navigational unit has it all. Sanyo has released a new portable GPS navigation system that has a few surprises. Besides the state of the art Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) technology, the turn-by-turn voice-guidance system and the 4" LCD widescreen touch-screen, this unit also features the entire US continental map preloaded on an SD card, the ability to store and play MP3s and most importantly, it has been bluetoothified for wireless, hands-free connectivity with Bluetooth enabled cell phones. That’s right, that means hands-free mobile calls and one-touch dialing right along side of a state of the art guidance system. And probably the best feature of this unit; it has a MSRP of $399.
the gorgeous

We have all seen those fold-up bikes before. Some of them have a fairly decent design, however for the most part, they always seem to resemble something that you see riding around under the big top by those large-shoed gentlemen with the red noses and brightly colored hair. This new concept bike from Cannondale has far exceeded anything I have seen so far. Designed by Philippe Holthuizen and Rodrigo Clavel of the Elisava Design School in Barcelona, this concept is meant to appeal to "urbanites within the 20-35 years bracket" (I’m not sure what that means, but I think I am offended). It folds at its center tube which can twist 180°. It features integrated lighting, HeadShok front suspension, monoblade fork and a "hydraulic drive" pedal system. According to the site, this pedal system would have integrated gears and brakes and would be maintenance free. Woo-hoo, no more greasy pant legs!…
the green

Taking green construction to the next level, 53-year-old French botanist, designer, and entrepreneur Patrick Blanc is getting a lot of attention with his latest commission. The office wing of the Quai Branly Museum in Paris features Blanc’s patented Plant Wall. This Plant Wall requires no dirt and instead grows ily: ‘Times New Roman’; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA”>vegetation hydroponically. It covers some 8,600 square feet and contains 15,000 plants from 170 species originating in North America, Europe, Himalaya, China, and Japan. The museum was conceived by President Jacques Chirac and was designed by French architect and longtime Blanc collaborator Jean Nouvel.
the gossip

NTP Inc. is on the prowl again. Infamous for their settlement with BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd., NTP has filed a lawsuit claiming patent infringement against Palm. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, NTP is alleging that Palm’s products infringe on seven of its patents related to the transmission of wireless e-mail. Earlier this year, Research in Motion agreed to pay NTP $612.5 million for the same type of claim. This illustrated that these types of patent infringement lawsuits can have an impact and scare customers. Palm denies the validity of NTP’s patents, stating "The NTP patents disclose a pager-based e-mail service that has nothing in common with the mobile-computing devices invented by Palm". However, this legal battle may not be so easy for NTP, times seem to be changing. Recently, the Supreme Court ruled that trial courts must not automatically impose an injunction for patent infringement. Also of note is the fact that a third of these new cases have been denied injunction requests.