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Hope Greenberg <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 3 Jan 2006 16:31:32 -0500
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Victor Rossi wrote:
> mental note - never play scrabble with Hope..

Well, OK, moving away from the philosophical to the gadget-ical, here's 
a pair of announcements:

1) The New York Times has an article today on a new unlimited movie 
download service from Starz: Vongo.com, a $9.95 a month subscription 
service for downloading movies from the Internet for use on computers, 
portable video players and TVs. Starz used to use RealNetworks but has 
now cut a deal with MicroSoft.

Once they figure out an iPod deal you can watch it on:

2) Eyebud, a "wearable headset system that plugs into Apple Computer's 
portable media device and displays video from it in front of one eye, 
using optical technology designed to give the picture a higher 
resolution and make it appear larger than on the iPod's screen. . .With 
the proximity of the screen to the eye, and the magnifying effect of the 
company's optical technology, the company says that using the headset is 
akin to watching a 105-inch display from 12 feet away."

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/254134_ipodscreen02.html

Now the MIT wearble computing guys aren't the only ones who can have one 
of these!

Of course, one wonders if the result will be:
  - increased auto accidents
  - increased business for lasik surgeons and optometrists
  - even fewer conversations with one's teenage offspring

CES is this week and MacWorld San Francisco later this month. Should be 
some fun new toys to check out.

- Hope

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