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May 1st, 2006 Black+White, Features

02 Xda Iii with Windows Mobile OS
RRP: $1599
my-xda.com/xda2i.html

You mean your mobile still has buttons with numbers on it? Oh dear…

Welcome to the future not just of mobiles, but the PDA, media player and a plethora of other features you don’t even know you need yet. Yes, there’s a camera, full WiFi Internet access and Bluetooth to sync your calendars, contacts and more. But mostly you’ll just want to hold it and use it, tapping away at the screen with your stylus and looking like a mover and shaker on the cutting edge.

Sleek and silver, the Xda would be just as at home in science fiction as it will be in your pocket or bag.

Vibe4U vibrating condom
RRP: $4.95

Even the most overworked technology geek needs some downtime, and just because you’re on the job (rather than on the job) doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the best of technology.

A serious and approved contraceptive with a cheeky side rather than a novelty or adult toy, the Vibe4U offers you and your partner the best of protection with a twist; the vibrating ring that fits snugly for added pleasure.

It’s fun, comfortable and cheeky, and as all the best toys need, there’s a battery included. So play it safe and let modern technology show you it’s warm and loving side all at once.

TDK Slimline NX-03CD Sound System
RRP: $399
tdk.com.au/product_NX03CD.asp

Looking like an attack vehicle from a science fiction thriller, TDK’s new sound system can be wall mounted or placed on a low shelf where a system called NXT SurfaceSound distributes the sound. No, those clear areas aren’t for show, they’re it; speakers made of polycarbonate that look as good as they sound.

Befitting tomorrow’s sound system, the NX-03CD can read sound files from music CDs or a disc of mp3 files. TDK says the look follows recent rends in Japanese engineering, and you’ll want it proudly on display even when it’s not in use.

Sony Walkman MP3 Player
RRP: $379
sony.com.au/walkman/catalog/product.jsp?categoryId=23995

There are plenty of personal digital music players on the market, but few a sexy as this. Quite a few steps up from the now-retired personal cassette player that gave the iconic product its name, the digital Walkman is beautifully coloured, beautifully shaped and sized and fits snugly into your hand or pocket.

With the screen encased inside the body, you’ll think the bubble-like machine itself is coming to life. There’s not as much space as in other players hogging the limelight, and it’s a no-nonsense music machine without the video or other bells and whistles, but the package alone is enough to make you look cool.

Seagate 5GB USB Pocket Drive
RRP: $379
seagate.com/products/retail/pocket/

Now removable storage media has widened since the old days of zip drives and that newfangled CD ROM thing, the field is as fractured as the PC market.

USB Flash cards come in all shapes and sizes, but it was rare you’d see them over 512Mb. Seagate have somehow managed to squeeze a huge 5Gb of storage space into this tiny UFO, giving as much thought to form as they have to function. The USB 2.0 compatible cable unspools from within the body of the unit, and while it’s slow (being USB rather than Firewire or Ethernet), it’s endlessly portable and looks as good as it performs.


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