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August 2007's hottest new gadgets revealed

The best new products this month revealed

Samsung internet video mobile phone

Samsung is adding video editing and production functions to a new mobile phone so users can shoot, edit and upload videos to Internet video sites without using a PC. The Samsung SCH-B750 shoots CIF-resolution images (352x288 pixels) and includes software to edit the images and do limited production work, such as adding a caption or background music.

Once done, the videos can be immediately uploaded to online sites such as Pandora TV, South Korea's leading user-generated video site. The camera is a 3Mp model with auto focus and other features include reception of satellite mobile digital TV broadcasting. The phone, which will be available only in South Korea, will be sold through SK Telecom Corp. and will cost around 600,000 won (£325).

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Samsung SCH-B750

Samsung SCH-B750

Fujitsu's easy-to-use mobile phone

The latest model in Fujitsu's Raku Raku mobile phone line packs some advanced features. Aimed at older mobile phone users, the phone includes a two-microphone noise cancellation system to make it easier to be heard in noisy environments. The phone will also boost the audio level of the caller if the user is in a noisy place.

The Raku Raku can also record the latest 60 seconds of a call so if you miss a detail, you might be able to play it back. It will also slow the speed at which an incoming caller seems to speak, making it easier to understand what is being said and with safety in mind, the phones also pack an ear-piercing alarm that can alert people in the vicinity if the user is in trouble. If programmed, the phone will also call family or friends automatically to notify them. The person's location is determined by GPS and sent along with the alert. The Raku Raku phone will be available in Japan only through NTT DoCoMo at a price yet to be announced.

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Raku Raku

Raku Raku

From the labs: Nissan's alcohol sniffing car

As part of its drive to reduce road deaths and injuries Nissan has developed a high-tech system designed to stop drink driving. It attempts to detect the odor of alcohol from the driver's sweat. After drinking, a certain amount of alcohol escapes the body in perspiration and this can be picked up by sensitive detectors if they are in proximity with the driver.

One of the four sensors in the car is on the gear shift lever. As this has to be touched in order to start driving, the system can stop the car from being started if alcohol is detected. The navigation system also flashes up a message: "The sensor has detected alcohol from your palm. You cannot use the shift. Please refrain from driving by yourself."

There are also sensors on the two front seats mounted at about neck level, and one in the back seat. There's no word on when it might be available commercially.

Nissan alcohol car

Nissan alcohol car


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