January 2006


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Hope Greenberg <[log in to unmask]>
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Technology Discussion at UVM <[log in to unmask]>
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:, 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."

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