News – UREN V1 Mobile Auto PC, Amazon Kindle E-Book Reader, Rugged 50G UMPC

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The UREN V1 Mobile Auto PC; a Fine Specimen

Once you finish sniggering at the name, this new unit from Korea actually looks quite interesting. The UREN V1 is a hybrid UMPC / in-car navigation system that boasts a 30GB hard drive, GPS receiver, DMB TV tuner and a 3 megapixel camera, and if the tiny screen on your Garmin isn’t quite doing it for you, the 7 inch touch-screen on the UREN should make you happy. For more pictures and some interesting comments on the unit, head over to Engadget.


Amazon Kindle E-Book Reader

Looks like Engadget’s got all the good stuff stuff today! They’ve got some dirt dug up from an FCC filing on what appears to be an Amazon e-book reader to compete with Sony’s recent reader. An e-book reader seems like a logical move for the nations largest book retailer, and the inclusion of EV-DO in the unit’s spec would lead us to assume that the unit would probably be closely tied in with an online e-book store. Read more…


Ruggedized UMPC Capable of 50 Gs

To wrap up our Engadget love fest today we have a short piece about a specialized rugged UMPC called the Catcher. The unit looks like a remote control for a military spy drone and sports 802.11a/b/g, GPS, Bluetooth, and CDMA/GSM data. Not enough to excite you? The unit also has a fingerprint reader, iris scan, and an “emergency alert” feature that can send an auto tracking signal back to a central server. Still not enough? How about a pair of VGA cameras and the ability to withstand up to 50 Gs of shock? The article offers no info on pricing or availability.




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