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Hitachi is working on packing an insanely large amount of storage into an incredibly tiny space by way of their iVDR technology. We speak with Hitatchi about iVDR in this clip, where they mention squeezing 760 GB into a 2.5-inch sized drive. iVDR is expected to launch in April over in Japan, and a 160 GB module will likely cost around $300 USD. We get a look at a couple of prototype ideas as well, all in this clip.

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We chat with Mark Domaille of Atlantic, a company that manufactures completely waterproof and shockproof iPod cases. While they aren’t the prettiest things, we aren’t sure that anything short of a bulldozer will be able to destroy your iPod while it’s encased in one of these. The case also has built-in neoprene waterproof speakers. Available for $199 USD.

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We noticed a few people charging their cell phones on the HyperCharge Mobile Charger at CES, and we figured we would talk to a couple of people who were using it to get their impressions. For $5, you get a 15 minute charge which results in a virtually full battery. We also spoke with someone who just left their BlackBerry in the unit, as security is an issue when dealing with expensive phones and handhelds.

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We caught up with Technocom to talk about their Vehicle and Infrastructure Integration, which allows vehicles to integrate with both the road infrastructure as well as other cars. The hope is that the technology will both reduce traffic congestion and reduce auto accidents. Vehicles would be fitted with a custom Technocom console, or it would be built-in to a standard GPS device, and all of a sudden your driving world would be willed with different safety alerts so that you are kept on your toes about driving conditions and hazards.

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We caught up with Adbul Kahl with Streaming Networks, who gave us a look at the iRecord. The device takes your TV, DVD, TiVo, PC, and just about any other content you can imagine, and moves it to your iPod, cell phone, PSP, USB Mass Storage Device. It basically sits between your device and the source, and records the content at a rate of about 3 hours per gigabyte. The video quality was excellent from what we saw. Check the video for the full demo of the iRecord, which is available for $199 USD.

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We stopped to chat with Rome Eselin of to talk about the new Unit2 that they are working on. While not available yet, the device looks to be a winner. It’s a PMP sporting a 30GB hard drive, 7-inch LCD display, with integrated WiFi. It has a docking station that has multiple inputs and outputs as well as an integrated DVD player, so you can both display the Unit2 content on a TV, but also send signals from your cable box or DVD player to the Unit2 wirelessly over 802.11n. They are even trying to incorporate point of interest into the device, so by way of the internet connection, you can find local restaurants. Even Internet radio is being considered. This device could be hot when released in the fourth quarter of 2007 - no pricing details have been released.

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Portable Sound Laboratories makes the iMainGo, a portable iPod speaker and case. It runs on four AAA batteries, delivering up to 30 hours of power, and even has an alarm mode built right in to the unit. Aside from providing fairly decent sound on the go, it also protects the iPod from sratches and drop damage since it’s fairly thick. It fits every iPod ever made, and works across the board. Notice, they mention it will fit the new iPod that comes out in February. That’s this month. Nevertheless, the iMainGo is available for $69.95.

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iFrogz says they have the world’s most customized iPod cases. We get a look and demo. Basically, there are three pieces that form the case, and they are available in 34 colors each for the external casing, and then 200 individual pieces for the click wheel cover. You can also upload your own art for the click wheel cover. Compatible with all iPod nano, 4th gen, and 5th gen. You can customize your own case for $29 USD. Even better, though, is the iFrogz Tadpole, which is a holder that is great for kids who want to watch video content in the car.

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We look at SanDisk’s first PMP, the Sansa View in this episode. The device has a 4-inch widescreen 640x480 display, and 8 GB embedded flash memory which provides for about 16 full-length movies. Even better, it has a full-size SD slot so you can add another 8 GB of memory to the unit. It’s also extremely thin, and feels great in the hand. It gets about 4 hours of video playback, and has a removeable battery, allowing you to add a higher power battery if you like. Available in March for $299 USD.

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Casio gives us a look at their rugged GzOne cell phone. It’s Casio’s first cell phone launched, and it’s water and shock-resistant, as well as being scratch proof and dust proof. Think of it as the phone version of an extreme sports competitor. It has so much built-in protection, that it’s going to be a challenge to break the phone. In fact, they even prove how well the phone performs by ducking it in a fishtank. Available now from Verizon starting at $299.

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