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By February 04, 2008

Each week, Atelier reviews what is trendy on the web magazine of our great expert contributor. is dedicated to consumer electronics news and reviews. Hanging Printer Concept Remember those swimming pools that seem

to flow right over the edge? Well, the Hanging Printer Concept takes the same route, where most of its components are located right below the desk while the only parts sitting on the desk are the paper feed and print head. The case comes with an integrated LCD display to indicate status so that you know what's going on with the printer. I wonder whether future printers from Canon and HP will come in such a design? Screen-Printed Solar Cells: Be Green Fashionably Solar panels don’t fit in any environment, so this might be a solution: these printed solar cells will provide a different look to your solar setup. They are translucent and it is even possible to print text on them – is this going to spawn a new generation of solar powered billboards on highways? This is also suitable for homes because they could even be inserted into windows (ok – that’s a little extreme). There’s a downside, the efficiency is only 4% - which is really low. Usually silicon-based cells convert around 25% of the sun’s energy, if I remember correctly. Monitor Traffic Conditions with Cellphones UC Berkeley students will participate in an experiment that uses cellphones to monitor road traffic. Many phones already have a GPS chip and it is clear that eventually all phones will have one. So the idea is to save the phone’s location every 3 seconds and send the information (wirelessly) to a server that will compute the bigger traffic picture. It’s a really cool idea. It’s cheaper than adding sensors, and it would allow a view of all road traffic conditions – not just the major routes equipped with sensors. Now there are privacy concerns, but it should be possible to do something that is voluntary and anonymous. Honda Drive Recorder Aeroplanes come with black boxes, so why not cars? Apparently, that's what Honda hopes to change with its Drive Recorder that is capable of detecting impacts while saving information of up to a dozen seconds before and eight seconds afterwards. This information includes forward-view imagery, sound, speed data, and deceleration, all stowed away in an SD memory card within the Drive Recorder itself. Guess insurance agents and the authorities will have a much easier time pinpointing who is in the wrong in the event of a collision. The Honda Drive Recorder retails for approximately $500 and currently works with Honda cars only (duh!). Tongue-controlled Wheelchair Scientists are currently working on new technology that allows wheelchairs to be controlled by one's tongue. Should their efforts pay off in a working prototype, this would provide unprecedented freedom to severely disabled people. Currently, they are targeting an electric wheelchair that responds to eight different flicks of the tongue, where a small microphone located in the ear will be capable of detecting each tongue movement while a computer converts them into various commands such as start, stop, and turn. Sounds like a program that ought to receive more funding so that it can roll out faster. Hopefully the final product won't be a financial burden on the intended users. RFID In Phone Controls Office Security System DoCoMo has successfully developed an office security system that is based on RFID chips located in its cell phones. This system, known as Kaismart, allows cell phones to unlock doors, access computers and other networked peripherals, clock in and out, and even pay for your food. Woe to the person who actually loses his/her handset. I guess there are pros and cons to such convergence technology, but over-reliance on a single device isn't necessarily a good thing either. Bike Stand Pumps As Well I guess this makes perfect sense - a bike stand that not only helps secure your bike whenever you're not around, but it comes with an integrated air pump to help give those tires of yours a little extra lovin' whenever they feel deflated. Apparently this integrated, everyday device is already in production - so far eight of them have already been installed at newly-built Ypenburg. Kingston Launches 16GB Class 4 SDHC Card Kingston announced its new 16GB Class 4 SDHC flash memory card that provides consumers with even greater storage flexibility and faster speed, making it extremely suitable for higher end digital cameras. Lugging 16GB of storage space around is perfect for those who do not want to carry too many memory cards around with them, although the downside would include losing your SDHC card along with all the precious memories stored within. Each purchase comes with a lifetime warranty. There is no word on pricing for the 16GB model. Bring on the 32GB SDHC version already! Compliant: with the SD Card Association specification version 2.00 Secure: built-in write-protect switch prevents accidental data loss Compatible: with SDHC host devices; not compatible with standard SD-enabled devices/readers File Format: FAT 32 Reliable: lifetime warranty Simple: as easy as plug-and-play Capacities: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB Dimensions: 0.94" x 1.25" x 0.08" (24mm x 32 mm x 2.1mm) Find all the sources, and discover more consumer electronics news and reviews at FEEDBACK For comments on this article, email us at

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