The ToolBox USB 2.0 Extender Long Range from Gefen powers multiple computer devices at long distances through a 4-port USB 2.0 hub. It works with lo- and hi-speed USB peripherals, including cameras, scanners, printers, keyboards, hard drives, and DVD burners. Up to 330 feet can be traversed by portable sender and receiver units that fit into any integrated system. Priced at $649, the USB 2.0 Extender LR is wall-mountable and offers locking power supplies to eliminate potential disconnects. Learn more at www.gefen.com.
Apple's iPad 2 ($499 and up) is not just an updated version of the original iPad that hit the market last year. Its new design is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original 1.5-pound iPad. It features the same 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen, but a new dual-core A5 processor for faster performance. A front-facing VGA camera allows for making FaceTime calls to iPhone4, iPod touch, and Mac users anywhere there is Wi-Fi. A rear-facing camera captures 720p HD video. The iPad 2 is available in black or white, has models that run on AT&T's and Verizon's 3G network, and can be protected by the iPad 2 Smart Cover in a range of polyurethane and leather colors. The tablet runs nearly all of the 350,000-plus apps available on the Apple App Store. Visit www.apple.com.
HP has expanded use of its webOS mobile operating software to include the new TouchPad tablet. The 1.6-pound tablet, scheduled for release this summer, runs on a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and offers 16 or 32 gigabytes of internal storage and a micro-USB with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed. The tablet measures 7.48 inches wide, 9.53 inches tall, and 0.54 inches thick. It features a full virtual QWERTY keyboard and an 18-bit color 1,024x768 resolution display for viewing content on the high-performance browser that offers full access to the web, including Flash-based content. The TouchPad is suitable for work and play, with the capability to toggle between work and personal e-mail inboxes. The music app allows users to transfer and play music from their personal collections. Pricing and availability had not been announced at press time. Learn more at www.palm.com/TouchPad.
The iPJ-AW250N Interactive Projector from Hitachi allows any flat wall or surface to be converted into an interactive display, eliminating the need to mount a separate interactive whiteboard. The network-ready, short-throw projector incorporates a built-in sensor that uses infrared and ultrasonic waves that facilitate the product's interactive capabilities when integrated with Hitachi's Starboard software. Priced at $3,895, the iPJ-AW250N features 2,500-lumen brightness and a 2,000:1 contrast ratio. It weighs in at 9 pounds and measures 13.6 inches wide, 11.9 inches deep, and 4 inches high. Visit www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia.