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Press Release: The Mind Controlled Movie Director

New York, NY, September 18, 2012- Continuing its 164-year history of offering the Best, the Only and the Unexpected, Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The Mind Controlled Movie Director, a device that allows viewers to affect the outcome of a movie with their brainwaves.

Mind Controlled Movie Director

The headset uses electroencephalogram technology to detect the electric signals generated by the brain, and by concentrating, relaxing, or even blinking at crucial moments, viewers choose who lives and dies, whether the hero wins or loses, or how close an arrow comes to a bullseye.

The Mind Controlled Movie Director redefines interactive entertainment, allowing viewers to direct movies with verbal or non verbal emotive expressions ,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Fred Berns.

As viewers master their mind control, they can change plotlines and select new endings in each of the four included movies from the horror, sports, and crime genres.

The Mind Controlled Movie Director comes with Mac and PC apps for two arcade games, a “meditation journal”, and a brainwave visualizer that interacts with each mood.

Press Release: The Full Phrase Talking Translator

Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The Full Phrase Talking Translator, a pocket-sized device that translates and articulates entire sentences, phrases, or single words that are typed on its keyboard.

Unlike typical models that only translate individual words, The Full Phrase Talking Translator provides instant translations to and from English for 210,000 common travel phrases and 1.8 million words in 30 different languages.

“The Full Phrase Talking Translator’s database contains three times more phrases and words than previous generations and allows users to type in entries instead of requiring them to select words to translate from a finite list,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Fred Berns.

About the size of a smartphone, the device stores unobtrusively in a pocket and flips open to reveal a full QWERTY physical keyboard, integrated speakers, and 3″ backlit LCD, allowing travelers to quickly type entries, listen to pronunciations, and view translations in a preferred language.

The Full Phrase Talking Translator uses the New Oxford Dictionary and provides translations for 24 European languages, three Asian languages, Arabic, and Hindi (see full list). It maintains a history of searched terms for future reference and allows users to create a list of favorites for commonly used phrases.

The translator also converts eight currencies, displays the current time for 260 cities worldwide, and comes integrated with scientific and basic calculators, six games (like Sudoku), and a voice recorder.

Press Release: The Point And Click Dictionary

The Point And Click Dictionary eliminates the hassle of thumbing through bulky dictionaries or navigating a computer to define words while reading,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Fred Berns.

The scanner has a 2.4″ color LCD with 320 x 240 resolution that clearly displays definitions, comprehensive etymologies, and related word forms. It also provides audible word pronunciations through its built-in speaker.

Smaller than a smartphone, the portable scanner provides 500,000 definitions from the Collins English Dictionary and offers translations to and from French, Italian, Spanish, and German using the award-winning Collins foreign language dictionaries. Users can navigate the device via the touchscreen or the included stylus, it has an integrated MP3 player, voice recorder, and picture viewer, and it recharges in two hours.