Don’t let the title give you the wrong impression. I’m no Luddite. On the contrary, if I had the money my apartment would be jam packed with gadgets. I’m not, so it’s not, but you get the picture I hope.
As gadgets go, mobile phones are tough to beat. With a camera, games, MP3 player, TV etc they have everything any self-respecting geek (or Japan blog writer) could hope for.
Take the V601SH, a new Vodafone handset produced by Sharp. It has a 2-megapixel camera, complete with a 20x zoom. Not a bad start. It can also be used to view Office and Adobe Acrobat documents. A zoom option gets around the problem of the small screen. Although this model has a 2.4-inch screen, which is not to be sniffed at. And if all this isn’t enough, you can connect the phone to your TV to play games, look at photos, and play video clips. Yeah, I forgot to mention, the phone is capable of taking short videos too.
Now all this is good. And in certain situations, very useful. But the phone also supports Bow-Lingual CONNECT. And what’s Bow-Lingual CONNECT? Well, it’s a piece of software that can, ahem, translate a dogs bark into text or expressions. All you need to do is get within 15 inches of a dog (without it biting you) and away you go.
I mean, come on! Cameras and games are all well and good, but dog translators? No, that’s definitely in the arena of the useless in my books. Unless of course it actually works….