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The current thing in the Woot-off - 1370°C

Jul. 20th, 2007

01:16 pm - The current thing in the Woot-off

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Is This item (link from buy.com and not Woot, since that one won't be remotely permanent).

NB: While the buy.com listing doesn't say this, Woot tells me that it's a regular electronic dictionary which provides the option to spell words phonetically and learns words as well, an mp3 player, a crossword dictionary, it has interactive word learning exercises, and 5 games.

Ok, my phone is a camera, fine, i can use it to send pictures over the phone or set wallpaper of my cat. Ok, my phone is also an mp3 player, but i can use its song capabilities to play nice ringtones and it's a device inherently meant for listening. I don't really need my phone to do any of those things and didn't choose it for that purpose, but at least the features make some sort of sense together.

But a *dictionary* that's also an mp3 player and gaming machine? I suppose i should look forward to our new all-in-one gadget overlords. Maybe next they'll make me a GPS system that's also a portable toilet and will send out birthday cards and thank you notes for me.

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From:nephster13
Date:July 20th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
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Now if it can read out "This-Is-Huh-Oh-Muh-Eh-Ur-Dok-tor-Hee-kan-ot-cum-too-urk-too-da" *that* would be cool :)
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From:killbox
Date:July 20th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
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i had a little franklin spellmaster when i was in midschool. it was an amazing bit of hitech gadgetry. I had it to help with my dyslexia, and it sorta worked, although you had to already pretty much know the word before it could help you.

I found that it had a bunch of hidden modes/games in it that were not in the manual(oddly enough i found it through a print advertisement for one in a magazine showing a game of hangman). I probably spent close to 60 hours banging on the thing trying various codes and combinations of dashes and letters.

These are designed for teens, and the oo-ahh factor of having something for "school" that you can listen to your toons on after you are done with your homework or waiting for the bus, probably helps to boos the "mommy buy it for me!"

then again its on woot.. so its probably not as successful as they wanted it to be.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:July 20th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Hrm. Guess i never thought about it for school, as i'm pretty sure that we weren't allowed to have those sort of electronic helps when i was in school (like, we couldn't have a graphing calculator for math or science unless we were taking a course where they were absolutely required for fear we'd store formulas in their memory banks). Then again, i was a good enough speller, so i suppose i might have thought they were verboten simply because i never bothered to ask or try.

Though i'm nearly 100% sure if they'd caught any of us playing games on such things, they'd have confiscated them--we weren't allowed to have any handheld game devices.
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