Livescribe Pulse Smartpen
This groundbreaking computer-within-a-pen captures handwriting while simultaneously recording audio and synchronizing it to your notes, creating a truly innovative link between pen-and-paper and the digital domain for those who still depend on written notes. An infrared camera at the tip of the pen captures 72 pictures per second to digitally track numbers, words and drawings. Simply tap the pen on your notes using the Livescribe Dot Paper Notebook, which contains millions of microdots (one notebook included), to replay what was recorded from the exact moment you’re writing, so you never miss a word. Then transfer your work by putting the pen in its USB cradle and attaching it to your PC. You can store up to 250 megabytes of work (several thousand pages) at www.livescribe.com, and even weigh in on the scribblings of others if the mood strikes you. Write-o! $149–199 (1 or 2GB). (www.livescribe.com)
Pioneer XMp3 Satellite Radio
The perfect stocking stuffer for gadget enthusiasts and music lovers alike, this brand-new combination portable satellite radio and Mp3 player is the first with simultaneous multichannel recording capability. The lightest and most compact satellite radio on the market, it lets you record up to 10 hours of individual songs from its live music channels and schedule up to five channels of recording simultaneously, letting you store up to 75 hours of programming. It also includes the first portable satellite radio program guide that displays broadcasts on each channel up to two weeks in advance, so you can schedule recordings or be alerted about future broadcasts. A micro-SD card slot allows for additional Mp3 storage, while the included XM2go Music Manager software lets you organize your saved content and your personal Mp3 collection. $279.99, plus subscription fees. (www.xmradio.com/xmp3)
Altec Lansing Orbit
From the audiophile favorite Altec Lansing comes this nifty ultraportable minispeaker which offers instant connectivity and 24 hours of continuous play from any digital audio device including iPhones, iPods and laptops. Weighing less than seven ounces, it delivers a strikingly rich and clear 360-degree field of full-spectrum sound without distortion. And in these lean times, it’s refreshingly easy on the wallet. $39.95. (www.alteclansing.com)
MPro 110 Digital Projector
The latest debut from projection technology leader 3M, this handheld digital projector takes the power of projection from the boardroom to any room, making it a perfect traveling companion. Roughly the size of a digital camera and weighing less than a pound, it projects up to a 50-inch still or video with true VGA resolution, no-speckle and a high-fill factor when attached to a video-capable pass-through device such as a laptop computer, DVD or Mp3 player, or handheld video game. An LED light source makes it unusually quiet and eliminates the hassle of replacing bulbs. $359. (www.3mmpro.com)
The Mirage in Las Vegas welcomed a new addition to its Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. A baby bottlenose dolphin, born Aug. 16, represents the fourth generation of dolphins living in the habitat.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
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United unveiled a unique new livery at its Newark (EWR) hub last month. A Boeing 757 aircraft features livery designed by a New Jersey artist and the design prominently focuses on imagery from both New York City and New Jersey. The artist, Corinne Antonelli, won United’s Her Art Here contest, a competition that invited women around the country to submit their livery designs.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.