The Internet is the world's most important source of information and means of communication, being "invaded" on a daily basis by countless news articles, blog posts and other types of materials. It's virtually impossible to keep up with all of them, but the people from FeedVision LLC have launched, in the second half of 2007, the Mister Tipster, a device that takes the power of RSS outside users' computers.
As most users know already, Real Simple Syndication (RSS), offers an easy way to keep up with the relevant news and information without searching the whole WWW for them. RSS feeds allow users to be announced instantly whenever websites add new content, and to get the latest headlines directly onto their computer.
However, very few users check their software RSS feeders constantly, and that's where the Mister Tipster comes in to play. The device is actually nothing more than a simple 4-line LCD display that connects via USB to a computer that runs the attached software and constantly displays the latest feeds. Moreover, users can even install an alert system, so that the device will start flashing when certain words or phrases are detected in headline texts.
The device doesn't require any extra power adapters, since it is powered directly via the USB hub. It won't occupy too much of the user's desk, since it measures just around 14 cm x 6.35 cm x 3.04 cm and weighs around 255.14 grams. The LCD screen has a diagonal of 7.93 centimeters and can display up to 4 lines of text, just enough for the users to be able to read the latest headlines.
The Mister Tipster is available online at several retailers for around 100 US dollars, which is not at all a high price, especially for those professionals who use RSS feeds on a daily basis.