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iPod is a brand of portable media players designed and marketed by Apple Computer and launched in 2001. Devices in the iPod range are primarily music players, designed around a central scroll wheel. The full-sized model stores media on an internal hard drive, while the smaller iPod nano and iPod shuffle use flash memory. Like many digital audio players, iPods can also serve as external data storage devices.

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The Wii is the fifth video game console released by Nintendo. The console was previously known by its project code name of Revolution, and is the successor to the Nintendo GameCube. Although Nintendo states that its console targets a broader demographic than that of Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3 as part of the seventh generation of gaming consoles it competes with both on some levels.

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ASIMO is a humanoid robot created by Honda Motor Company. The robot resembles a small astronaut wearing a backpack and can walk on two feet in a manner resembling human locomotion. ASIMO was created at Honda's Research & Development Wako Fundamental Technical Research Center in Japan. It is the current model in a line of eleven that began in 1986 with E0. As of 2002, there were 20 ASIMO units in existence. Each one costs less than $1 million to manufacture, and some units are available to be hired out for $150,000 per month.

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The Tungsten series was Palm, Inc.'s line of business-class Palm OS-based PDAs. With the purchase of the Palm name from PalmSource, Palm has dropped the Tungsten name from newer offerings. As of 2006, only the Tungsten E2 continues to use the Tungsten name. Palm's other business-class model continuing the Tungsten line is the TX.

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Associated Electrics, Incorporated, also known as Team Associated, of Costa Mesa, California is one of the world's leading manufacturers of radio controlled cars,vans, trucks and accessories. Team Associated cars have inspired small company's conversions. Several off-road buggies have been developed from the TC3 chassis, most notably the TC3 'o', the Durango range, and recently JConcepts with their BJ4 and Worlds-winning BJ4 'Worlds'.

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The GeForce 6600 (NV43) was officially launched on August 12th, 2004, several months after the launch of the 6800 Ultra. With half the pixel pipelines and vertex shaders of the 6800 GT, and a smaller 128-bit memory bus, the lower-performance and lower-cost 6600 is the mainstream product of the GeForce 6 series. The 6600 series retains the core rendering features of the 6800 series, including SLI. Equipped with fewer rendering units, the 6600 series processes pixel data at a slower rate than the more powerful 6800 series.

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Ibanez is a well known guitar manufacturer based in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan, started by Hoshino Gakki. Newer models have begun incorporating more modern elements into their design, such as radical body shapes, slimmer necks and flatter fingerboards (which allowed for faster playing), higher-output electronics and colorful finishes. This led to an increasing popularity with heavy metal musicians.

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Dell Computer's Inspiron laptop brand is a range of computers targeted at the consumer market. Current models in the range include the E1501/1501, E1405/640m, E1505/6400 and, E1705/9400. Some Inspiron machines offered in the past have been modified to become a higher or lower quality machine. An example of this is the first-generation Inspiron XPS and Inspiron 9100 (2004). Both machines shared the same options, Dell marked the XPS as an "ultimate gaming machine", while marking the 9100 as a "desktop replacement".

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The Canon EOS 20Da is an 8.2-megapixel semi-professional DSLR camera designed specifically for astrophotography. It was initially announced on February 14, 2005 for release only in Japan. On June 1, Canon announced that the 20Da would be made available worldwide. It is a variant of the Canon EOS 20D. It accepts EF and EF-S lenses.

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The Learjet 60 is a private jet manufactured by Bombardier Aerospace. It is an improved version of the Learjet 55, with a longer fuselage and more powerful engines. It first flew in June 1991 and received FAA certification in January 1993. A new Learjet 60 costs around $11 million, although used aircraft can be purchased for around $7 million.

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An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that diagnoses and treats cardiac arrest by re-establishing an effective heart rhythm. This treatment is called defibrillation, which applies an electric shock to the entire heart muscle, uniformly clearing the electrical activity of the heart, hopefully allowing it to resynchronize. Defibtech, Cardiac Science, Philips (Heartstart), Zoll and Physio-Control cater specifically to this market.

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Bose headphones are a family of headphone products sold by the Bose Corporation. The company pioneered the development of headphones that use active noise cancellation technology. It took Bose about 10 years to develop the first QuietComfort Headphones, released in 1989. The current revision provides active equalization as well as active noise reduction.

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A tablet PC is a notebook- or slate-shaped mobile computer. Its touch screen or digitizing tablet technology allows the user to operate the computer with a stylus or digital pen, or a fingertip, instead of a keyboard or mouse. The form factor offers a more mobile and productive way to interact with a computer. The tablet PC is a culmination of advances in shrinking notebook hardware and improvements in integrated digitizers as methods of input.

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A laser pointer is a type of portable pen-shaped laser normally designed to be held by hand. Laser pointers are most commonly used to project a point of light that can highlight items of interest, for example during a presentation. Most laser pointers have low enough output beam power that they do not project a beam visible from the side in normal clear air, but their light is only visible as a point of light where the beam intersects a diffusely reflective surface.

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VidaBox is a brand name of media center systems. They may also be referred to as Home Theater PC (HTPC) systems or Media Servers. Controlled by a remote, a single system can allow the user many functions of a standard computer plus TV. All VidaBox systems come with components designed for a home theater environment, such as advanced, minimal-noise cooling systems & hard drives, low-latency RAM, and 18x DVD±RW or faster optical drives. Blu-ray & HD DVD options are also available.

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Motorola RAZR is a thin clamshell mobile/cellular camera phone from Motorola. The phone was initially regarded as an exclusive fashion phone, with a high price of $500 with service agreement and $800 without. However, in 2005 the phone entered the mass-market as a mid-priced phone. Motorola released a CDMA version of the RAZR on November 21, 2005, called the RAZR V3c. Changes in the CDMA version include a slightly thicker form factor, more internal memory (30 MB), and a higher resolution 1.3 megapixel camera.

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Roomba is a robotic vacuum cleaner made and sold by iRobot. It is marketed as a Robotic Floorvac. The Roomba was first released in 2002 with updates and new models released in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. As of May 2006, over 2 million units have been sold, making it the most successful domestic robot so far. The unit is a disc, thirteen inches (34 cm) in diameter and less than four inches (9 cm) high. A large contact-sensing bumper is mounted on the front half of the unit, with an infrared sensor at its top front center.

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Columbia is a supercomputer built by Silicon Graphics for NASA. The supercomputer was installed at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing facility in 2004. According to the TOP500 list, it is currently the eighth fastest computer in the world running at 51.87 teraflops, or 51.87 trillion floating point calculations per second. It is composed of twenty SGI Altix 3000 nodes each of which have 512 Intel Itanium 2 processors bringing the total number of processors to 10,240. It was named in honour of the crew of the space shuttle Columbia.

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The iMac is a desktop computer designed and built by Apple Inc. It has been a cornerstone of Apple's Macintosh line of personal computers since its introduction in 1998, and has evolved through three distinct forms, all adhering to an "all-in-one" design ethos. The machine enjoys a relatively high profile in popular culture due to its distinctive aesthetics and Apple's successful marketing. The new 24" Core 2 Duo iMacs received CNET's "Must-have desktop" in their Top 10 Holiday Gift Picks.

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Sirius Satellite Radio is one of two satellite radio (SDARS) services operating in the United States and Canada. (XM Radio is the other provider.) Headquartered in New York City, Sirius provides 69 streams (channels) of music and 65 streams of sports, news and entertainment to listeners. Music streams on Sirius carry a wide variety of music genres, broadcasting 24 hours a day, commercial-free. With most Sirius-enabled radios, the user can see the artist and song information on display while listening to the stream.

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Wi-Fi is a brand originally licensed by the Wi-Fi Alliance to describe the underlying technology of wireless local area networks (WLAN) based on the IEEE 802.11 specifications. It was developed to be used for mobile computing devices, such as laptops, in LANs, but is now increasingly used for more services, including Internet and VoIP phone access, gaming, and basic connectivity of consumer electronics such as televisions and DVD players, or digital cameras. More standards are in development that will allow Wi-Fi to be used by cars in highways in support of an Intelligent Transportation System to increase safety, gather statistics, and enable mobile commerce (see IEEE 802.11p).

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A camcorder is a portable electronic device for recording video images and audio onto an internal storage device. The camcorder contains both a video camera and (traditionally) a videocassette recorder in one unit, hence its portmanteau name. This compares to previous technology where they would be separate. The earliest camcorders, developed by companies such as JVC, Sony, and Kodak, used analog videotape, but since the mid-1990s, camcorders recording digital video have become the norm.

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A microphone, sometimes referred to as a mike or mic, is an acoustic to electric transducer that converts sound into an electrical signal. Microphones are used in many applications such as telephones, tape recorders, hearing aids, motion picture production, live and recorded audio engineering, in radio and television broadcasting and in computers for recording voice, VoIP. Several early inventors built primitive microphones prior to Alexander Bell, but the first commercially practical microphone was the carbon microphone conceived in October, 1876 by Thomas Edison.

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Remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) is the common accepted name for tethered underwater robots in the offshore industry. ROVs are unoccupied, highly maneuverable and operated by a person aboard a surface vessel. They are linked to the ship by a tether, a group of cables that carry electrical power, video and data signals back and forth between the operator and the vehicle. Most ROVs are equipped with at least a video camera and lights. Additional equipment may include sonars, magnetometers, a still camera, a manipulator or cutting arm, water samplers, and instruments that measure water clarity, light penetration and temperature.

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A scanner is a radio receiver that automatically tunes, or scans, two or more discrete frequencies. Generally, scanners cover the non-broadcast radio bands between 30 and 950 MHz using FM. Popular amongst hobbyists, reporters, corporate spies, criminals and lawyers, scanners allow chosen frequencies to be stored in memory banks to allow them to be monitored later and will only stop scanning when there is a signal strong enough to break the radio's squelch setting.

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The Segway PT is a two-wheeled, self-balancing transportation device invented by Dean Kamen and unveiled in December 2001. It is available in various models and form factors produced by the company Segway Inc. of New Hampshire. Computers and motors in the base keep the Segway upright at all times. Users lean forward to go forward, and back to move backwards. Segway PTs are driven by electric motors at up to 10.6 m/s (25.5 mph/40 km/h). Gyroscopes are used to detect departures from perfect balance.

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A multimeter is an electronic measuring instrument that combines several functions in one unit. The most basic instruments include an ammeter, voltmeter, and ohmmeter. A multimeter can be a handheld device useful for basic fault finding and field service work or a bench instrument which can measure to a very high degree of accuracy. Such an instrument will commonly be found in a calibration lab and can be used to characterize resistance and voltage standards or adjust and verify the performance of multi-function calibrators.

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An organic light-emitting diode (OLED) is a special type of light-emitting diode in which the emissive layer comprises a thin-film of certain organic compounds. The emissive electroluminescent layer can include a polymeric substance that allows the deposition of suitable organic compounds, for example, in rows and columns on a flat carrier by using a simple "printing" method to create a matrix of pixels which can emit different colored light. Such systems can be used in television screens, computer displays, portable system screens, advertising and information, and indication applications etc. OLEDs can also be used in light sources for general space illumination.

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Electronic paper is a display technology designed to mimic the appearance of regular ink on paper. Unlike a conventional flat panel display, which uses a backlight to illuminate its pixels, electronic paper reflects light like ordinary paper and is capable of holding text and images indefinitely without drawing electricity or using processor power, while allowing the paper to be changed. Electronic paper should not be confused with digital paper.

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The Simputer is a self-contained, handheld computer, designed for use in environments where computing devices such as Personal Computers are deemed inappropriate. Due to the low cost, it was also deemed appropriate to bring computing power to the developing countries. The device was designed by the Simputer Trust. It includes text-to-speech software and runs the GNU/Linux operating system.

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An electric fence is a barrier that uses painful or even lethal high-voltage electric shocks to deter animals or people from crossing a boundary. The concept of the electric fence was first described in Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, in 1889, as a defensive weapon. Electric fences were used to control stock in the United States in the early 1930s, and developed further in both the United States and New Zealand. Electric fences have improved significantly since the early days. Improvements include: Polyethylene insulators, improvements in electrical design of the charger, and changes in laws.

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A barcode reader is a computer peripheral for reading barcodes printed on various surfaces. Like a flatbed scanner, it generally consists of a light source, a lens and a photo conductor translating optical impulses into electrical ones. Additionally, nearly all barcode readers currently produced contain decoder circuitry analyzing the barcode's image data provided by the photo conductor and sending the barcode's content to the scanner's output port.

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Amateur radio, often called Ham radio, is a hobby and public service enjoyed by about six million people throughout the world. An amateur radio operator uses advanced radio equipment to communicate with other radio amateurs for public service, recreation and self-training.

Amateur radio operators have personal wireless communications with friends, family members, and even complete strangers. They support the community with emergency and disaster communications.

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A glucose meter is a medical device for determining the approximate concentration of glucose in the blood. It is a key element of home blood glucose monitoring by people with diabetes mellitus or with proneness to hypoglycemia. A small drop of blood obtained by pricking the skin with a lancet is placed on a disposable test strip, which the meter reads and uses to calculate the blood glucose level. The meter then displays the level in mg/dl or mmol/l.

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