Game fiends: Buffalo is catering to Internet gamers with its new USB dongle, the WLI-UC-GNT. The simple and small white gadget plugs into a user’s PC and allows them to connect gaming devices to the Internet without wires. In particular it is designed to work with Nintendo’s DS and Wii, and Sony’s PSP and PS3.
As part of the package, Buffalo includes the XLing Kai global gaming network system. This enables gamers using such devices as the Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 and PS3, PSP and Nintendo consoles to play games across the Internet. The dongle also includes Buffalo’s own Air Station One-Touch Secure System (AOSS), which facilitates the easy setting up of a secure wireless connection. The dongle works with Windows 7, XP and Vista and with the B, G and N varieties of wireless. It measures 33 × 16 × 8 mm and weighs about 4 grams. Buffalo is putting it on the market next month priced at ¥1,980. buffalo.jp/products/new/
Shrunken picture maker: Gaming isn’t the only field of popular technology that has changed. Video cameras were once bulky boxes requiring a strong shoulder to support them. JVC’s latest camcorder, the Everio GZ-HD620, weighs a mere 310 grams (with the battery), possibly making it the world’s lightest hard-drive disk camcorder. The dimensions are 63 × 53 ×115 mm, thus the JVC concoction is also possibly the smallest HDD camcorder. JVC has somehow shoehorned a 120-gigabayte hard drive into the compact body and equipped it with 1080p resolution, a 30× optical-zoom lens and 3.32-megapixel CMOS sensor.
It can store up to 11 hours of footage at the full 1920 × 1080 resolution and maximum bit rate of 24 Mbps. However, the camcorder’s battery will only last for 45 minutes of nonstop shooting, suggesting a lot of recharging would be needed. The machine’s small size forces the LCD screen to be crimped and it measures just under 7 cm. Those who can’t get enough memory can boost it via the Micro SDHC/SD card slot. The latest addition to the Everio lineup can record in the MPEG4 AVC/H.264 video formats and uses Dolby Digital 2-channel audio. It also has USB (Mini), HDMI, component and AV outputs. The GZ-HD620 is available in red, black or silver at a price of ¥108,000. www.jvc-victor.co.jp/dvmain/gz-hd620/