Wearable PCs: the future of computer fashion
Japanese electronics maker Hitachi has introduced a wearable personal computer that it plans to put on the Japanese market by the end of this year in a partnership with U.S. wearable computer maker Xybernaut Corp.
The unit has a head-mounted display, and the user sees the image through a display equivalent to a 13-inch monitor that is 2 feet away. It has a Hitachi SH-4 control processor unit and runs on Windows CE 3.0. Hitachi plans to sell the wearable computer, weighing about 11 ounces for both the HMD and CPU, at around $2,000.
Oxford adds new tech words
A few more technology-related words have been officially recognized by the Oxford University Press. The latest revision of its Concise English Dictionary, released earlier this month, adds "MP3," "e-book" and "digital divide" as well as, no joke, a collection of emoticons.
AOL tests new version
Adventurous America Online users who can't wait for the release of the beta version of the upcoming AOL 7.0 software can now try it out. Members can apply to join the test using the AOL keyword "beta."
According to PC Week, the new version is similar to its predecessor, but the company has made several changes to its instant messaging (IM) service. New features include the ability to view a "buddy's" away message without having to IM them first; icons that tell if the AOL member you are writing a letter to or reading a letter from is online; and the chance to invite several members into a private chat room from within the instant message window.
Excite At Home tries new Internet filter
Cable modem Internet service provider Excite At Home announced that its customers will receive a six-month trial membership of Internet-filtering software from a Seattle-based company called N2H2.
While it isn't unusual for an Internet provider to offer basic content filtering for its customers, this filter provides varying degrees of screening depending on which member of a household is logged on. After the six-month trial, the service's $35.95-per-year fee kicks in for households that opt to keep the service.
Web site features wet noses
Straight from the weirder reaches of the Web comes this site (www.dognoses.com) that pays tribute to the cutest, wettest, doggie cold noses in the world. Big noses, small noses, long noses, black, pink or brown they're all here and waiting to be admired, courtesy of camera-wielding dog-lovers. Think your dog has the schnoz? The site takes contributions.