It has the usual features of a smart phone Plus supporting quad-band GSM/GPRS networks. Voice command dialing, Bluetooth (Yeah!), Email, text messaging, video playback, a microSD card slot for memory expanding (Yeah!) and a 1.3 MegPxl camera. It can browse the web and there’s “BlackBerry Maps” which can be downloaded. In my hands I thought the buttons seemed a bit small, but from experience I know every device needs time to get used to. Anyway, I may revisit this device later for a fuller review.
I didn’t stay long playing with the BlackBerry because so many other things were beaconing me. I’d say the theme of this NextFEST event was renewable energy. And robots. Tons of robots!
And if you think THAT is spooky, get a gander at this real looking female Asian robot.
Actroid is bilingual, speaking Japanese and English. It’s being marketed as a receptionist and a nanny. I know some of you have other ideas. It’s been installed with a sense of humor, too. As it moves and talks it slyly makes clever comments. And it LOOKS directly at you. Creepy! I read I Robot when I was in school, but seeing something like this in person is entirely different.
No matter how you may feel about these robots, they ARE effective. They are designed as companionship for the elderly or those who are ill. Pets are healthy for most people so it does make sense to have a animal facsimile in situations where a dog or cat could be too much trouble to clean up after.
Believe me, there’s was lots to see and I’ll continue my review of NextFEST in another article. My head is still spinning and I need a break. In fact, at the FEST right in the middle there was just the thing to distract one from all this technology. Coca-Cola must have decided that the Starbuck crowd would like coffee in any situation and configuration. So they added coffee to their soda. When I saw this I figured drinking it would keep people up for two weeks!
The bottle is designed to look “sexy” (for a soda bottle, anyway). They were handing out free samples. Now, I’m not a soda drinker, but I do like FREE. So, I figured I’d try it. I do like iced coffee and this “Coca-Cola Blak” tastes like iced coffee with fizzy in it. It’s not bad but not really my taste. And it didn’t keep me up for two weeks.
I have had Caf