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By October 16, 2007

This week, Atelier reviews what is trendy on the web magazine of our great expert contributor, dedicated to consumer electronics news and reviews...   Water-powered cellphone Story posted on: October 12, 2007 Forget

about lithium-ion batteries - 2010 could be the year that heralds water-powered cellphones. Samsung has successfully developed a micro-fuel cell and hydrogen generator that is powered by just water alone. Apparently the water and metal in the handset will react whenever it is turned on, producing hydrogen gas that is then supplied to the fuel cell where another reaction with oxygen in the air will generate power. This negates the need for methanol to produce hydrogen, which is the common route other fuel cells take whereas Samsung's version requires nothing but water. Each micro-fuel cell can generate up to three watts of electricity, making it suitable for use in small, mobile devices for up to 10 hours.    Around View Monitor from Nissan Story posted on: October 12, 2007 Nissan’s Around View Monitor creates a bird’s eye view of the car’s surrounding by analyzing images form four different 180-degrees cameras placed on all sides of the vehicle. This is really cool because it lets the driver maneuver with a lot more accuracy… and confidence. The system will debut in Japan with the Nissan Elgrand but should arrive in the USA in the Infinity EX35. There’s no doubt that eventually, such systems will be more common.   Super fast download speeds in Korea Story posted on: October 14, 2007 Where else are you going to get extremely fast download speeds but in Korea? The Korean Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute has already the fourth-generation mobile communications technology which enables you to achieve data transmission rates of up to 3.6Gbps, theoratically. At this (peak) speed, you would be able to transfer a 4.7GB DVD in less than 10.5 seconds. Korea is the first country in the world to develop this transmission technology, placing it in pole position to kick off 4G mobile communications. One thing's for sure though - there’s a big difference between theoratical speed and actual measured and commercialized speed. I wonder if latency is going to get better on mobile devices.   Second Life avatar controlled by brain Story posted on: October 14, 2007   Looks like there is more than one way to control your avatar in Second Life, using a Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) that was developed by a research team led by professor Jun’ichi Ushiba of the Keio University Biomedical Engineering Laboratory. All the user needs to do is think about moving various body parts, where walking forward involves moving one's feet, while turning left and right will require you to imagine moving either left and right arms. You'll need to wear a rather funky looking headset though before you can get started. It is hoped that the BCI system will onne day help people with serious physical impairments communicate and do business in Second Life.     Body Mouse freaks me out Story posted on: October 14, 2007 The Body Mouse that you see here is the stuff of nightmares, and I for one would definitely avoid it at all costs. It features a couple of thumbs as the main mouse buttons, while the bottom part of the mouse is actually composed of lips, gums, and teeth. No idea if this concept will ever hit the market, but if you're into all macabre stuff, this could be just the ticket. The teeth and lips section are definitely gross - chances are it won't be able to perform as well as a real world mouse since I don't see any decent mice feet there for smooth motion.   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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