Tech digest

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 February, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 February, 2005, 12:00am

THis Pooch will never bite the hand that feeds it

Hong Kong residents longing to own a pet but afraid to antagonise estate management may find an answer to their problem in Sega's 'idog', a canine robot that will not mess up your carpet. The hi-tech dog expresses emotion, plays music and even waggles its tail in time to the beat. It also reacts to its owner's tone of voice through seven LEDs on its face that express emotion.

Stressed-out owners should be careful about what they say, however, as idog can also mimic expletives by playing sounds in a similar wavelength to your voice. An audio jack under the pooch's right hind leg lets you plug in your iPod (or other audio player) to broadcast through idog's speaker. The 168-gram robot will sell for $300 from April.

golf firm on the ball with swinging, beeping device

A California-based golf company has come up with an application for RFID technology to help directionally-challenged golfers - it inserts radio-frequency tags in golf balls and provides players with a handset. Radar Golf's patented Ball Positioning System (BPS) beeps when pointed towards the ball, within a range of 30 metres. 'By minimising lost ball penalties, we estimate the average golfer will improve per-round scores by an average of two to four strokes,' the company said.

The company contracts handset manufacture to Philippines-based Integrated Microelectronics Inc (IMI), while the tagged golf balls are made in Qingdao, China.

The complete system costs $249, including a dozen golf balls. A dozen balls cost $39.

First shipments are scheduled for June.

PORN STAR'S MOANS AND groans may alarm some

Mobile users who double-up their handsets as alarm clocks will be interested in a ring tone developed by Wicked Wireless that is guaranteed to get you up in the morning. The steamy device offers moans, whimpers and other bedroom sounds performed by world-famous porn star Jenna Jameson. Fans of the busty star of Blonde and Beyond and Private Parts can download the ring tones for US$2.50 in the United States. Wicked Wireless is also selling wallpapers of the naked star for US$2.99. For a more personal service, a number of tones also feature Ms Jameson talking dirty in English or Spanish.