Personal Tech: Jukebox Station From Pacific Rim Turns Any Ipod Into An Old-Fashioned Jukebox

Verizon's Chocolate phone plays music and more. Color-blind? No worries; new software from Tenebraex can help.

InformationWeek Staff, Contributor

October 27, 2006

2 Min Read

Every gadget guru could use a portable DVD projector-CD player combo. That's Hasbro's notion, anyway. Its $300 portable Zoombox is easy to use: Just plug it in, aim it at a wall, and press play. From 8 feet, the machine projects a 60-inch image. The Zoombox, which weighs just 5 pounds, is also compatible with most gaming consoles.

Verizon finally got wise and dropped the $15 monthly fee to use its V Cast Music store, a move that bodes well for Verizon's much-hyped Chocolate phone by LG. It's supermodel thin, it slides open, and its keypad glows red--but no matter how many licks, it doesn't taste like candy. Besides playing music, the $150 (after rebate) Bluetooth-equipped phone has a 1.3-megapixel camera and a microSD memory expansion slot.

An iPod jukebox. Why didn't someone think of this before? The $700 Jukebox Station from Pacific Rim Technologies is 3 feet tall with just enough curved neon blue lighting to look like it belongs in a diner or dive bar. The components inside sealed wooden enclosures are modern, though: 72 watts of power, a 6-inch subwoofer, two tweeters, and two midrange speakers. It works with all iPod models.

Tenebraex's eyePilot interactive software helps color-blind people work more effectively with color-coded information and graphics. Designed as a drag-and-drop floating window, the $34 software gives users a set of interactive tools to manipulate colors.

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