There were a lot of interesting mobile, and mobile-related devices and applications unveiled at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show. I took a moment to compile some of the week’s standout items:
Schalge LiNK Door Lock System – the traditional door lock manufacturer has entered the mobile market with the LiNK door lock system, which uses the wireless Z-wave standard. This allows a door that can be unlocked via the Internet, PIN pad or even just a standard key. What makes it compelling is that everything with this lock can be controlled via a smartphone or standard Web browser. So if you forget your keys – or your spouse forgets his/her keys – you can pull out the phone and unlock the door, whether you are standing in front of it or halfway around the world! The starter kit is about $300, and there is a $13 a month subscription. As more people are likely to forget their keys before their phone can you put a price on never being locked out again?
HP iPrint Photo – this new iPhone App is now available for free download. It allows for hassle-free printing of 4×6-inch images on any HP network enabled inkjet printer. It uses the Bonjour networking to find compatible printers connected to a local network so you can snap away photos and print in a snap.
Slacker for iPhone – the BlackBerry app, providing streaming radio, is now available for the iPhone. It allows users to stream based on favorite songs, popularity and how recently a particular song was released. However, the word is that it won’t feature song caching, which was a major feature on the BlackBerry – but for users who want to stream their favorite music on their handsets, Slacker is no slacker of a service.
Samsung’s MBP200 Pico Projector – this handheld unit, which will be out later this year, can be connected to mobile phones for displaying photos or streaming video content – a feature starting to come to mobile devices. It is also perfect for road warriors who need to do presentations or just want a nifty James Bond-esque device in their travel arsenal. It is a pocket-sized movie projector that also features a 2.2-inch LCD screen for viewing when not used as a projector. It features 200MB of onboard memory and has a microSD card slot for another 16GB of storage. The best part is that it can turn any blank wall into a 50-inch screen.