SIP Phones and a Ring that Turns Movement into Commands

Plus, the Snakable USB cable protects connectors from breaking.

by / June 11, 2014
Panasonic KX-UTG300 SIP phone Panasonic

Gold Finger   

The Nod gesture control ring lets users manage various devices with hand movements. Gadgets include phones, tablets, Google Glass, watches, home appliances, TVs, computers and more. Users can swipe through PowerPoint slides, operate GoPro cameras and adjust Belkin light switches and Nest thermostats. Nod is designed to be worn on the index finger and contains two CPUS, motion sensors and a Bluetooth antenna with a 30-foot range. The ring is available in more than 12 sizes, and each size ships with three interchangeable inserts that work for righties and lefties for a good fit. Nod’s battery life is currently one day of active use, and it is waterproof to 5 atmospheres or about 169 feet.

Meet Up

Panasonic announced the KX-UTG200B and KX-UTG300B (session initiated protocol) SIP phones, designed to enhance communications and lower operating expenses. The phones offer plug-and-play simplicity and flexible configuration options, with features such as call forwarding, intercom, voicemail to email, fax to email, dial by name directory, multiple extensions, one-touch conferencing and more unified communications tools. The SIP phones have either 5-inch WVGA or 3.5-inch QVGA color graphical TFT LCD display screens with capacitive touch, as well as built-in Bluetooth headset support. The devices can store 1,000 phone book entries, and
300 placed call, received call and missed call log entries.

Cord Control  

Its design based on a child’s toy snake, the Snakable USB cable for Apple or Android devices protects the connectors from breaking using reinforced, jointed connectors that bend easily. The heavy-duty cable has a coating that keeps the Snakable from knotting and tangling. Lightning Snakables will be Apple-certified under the Made for iPhone program, meaning no “This cable may not work ...” error messages on a user’s iPhone or iPad. The cable will measure four feet and will be available in red, white, black, green and orange. As of press time, the designer had reached his pledge goal in a Kickstarter campaign.


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