Pantech kissing into the wind with its IM-S410 "wind recognition" mobile phone


Now, the idea of wind recognition isn’t anything new. Nintendo’s been making us look like IDIOTS on the tube for years now, with numerous DS games asking you to blow on its little microphone to, for example, blow out candles in some simple little mini game.

Clearly thinking Nintendo is ONTO SOMETHING WITH THAT, prolific Korean mobile manufacturer Sky has shoe-horned a wind-sensing microphone feature into its next range of handsets…

Can you really turn your iPod touch into an iPhone with Truphone?


Truphone, ever keen to promote its free and low-cost phone services, is appealing to those who want the Apple goodness of an iPhone but don’t want to pay large upfront bills or sign up to an extortionate monthly contract.

The “solution” is to buy an iPod touch, which is considerably cheaper than an iPhone (but still more expensive than a lot of mobile phones of course) and use Truphone’s application to make free calls over Wi-Fi to other Truphone or Google Talk users.

There are three fundamental problems with this if you’re hoping for an always on, out-of-the-box solution (don’t you love those kind of phrases?)…

LG launches 22-inch widescreen monitor with built-in webcam


LG has announced the latest in its line of widescreen LCD monitors. The W2271TC features a built-in webcam, microphone, and speakers, which means you needn’t bother with lots of extra gadgetry on your desk.

Offering 20,000:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response time, 300 nits brightness, 1,680 x 1,050 resolution, and 170 degree viewing angle, the monitor comes supplied with software so that it be used for video recording and image capture and editing, and face tracking and zooming…

Guitar Hero 4 World Tour – and drum kit! – shown off

The lines are getting more than a little bit blurred out there in the music game world. Developer Harmonix, remember, created Guitar Hero for Activision, before being headhunted to invent Rock Band for MTV and Electronic Arts.

Now, in Guitar Hero 4, the Activision game is adding drums and microphone support, blatantly copying Rock Band and making pretty much everyone in the world more than a little confused about why the two series seem to be converging and eating each other in public. Here’s the official GH4 trailer:

Slightly insane. Playing guitar riffs on the drums? Singing? Lenny bloody Kravitz? With Rock Band taking off…