Archive for December, 2007

Microsoft working with Gyration for what might be a new motion sensitive Xbox 360 controller

Microsoft working with Gyration for what might be a new motion sensitive Xbox 360 controller

So the Wii obviously has motion sensitivity, in facts that’s just about the only way to play the system, and then there is the PS3 that has motion sensitivity even though its not used near as much as the Wii, that leaves the 360 as the only system without motion sensitivity. That’s not entirely a bad thing as I would assume that leaving out the motion sensitivity makes it easier for game developers to make great games based on the same old standards that have worked for years.

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Using USB Stick as Credit Card

Using USB Stick as Credit Card

In Japan, it’s not unusual to see a cell phone is being used as credit card, like the M-Wallet system feature found in Motorola Mobile’s payment system. In Korea, they have the credit stick. Shinhan Card, Korea’s biggest credit card company rolled out Korea’s first ever USB type credit card yesterday. The convenient USB stick can be used at online internet transaction for secure payment or part of Shinhan’s franchise stores with the appropriate IC card reader.

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Intel’s new Skulltrail platform is coming

Intel’s new Skulltrail platform is coming

So Intel got the bright idea to start repurposing their server level hardware for gaming. It really is genius, because hardcore servers can deal with massive amounts of processes quite well, and all they had to do was beef up the chipsets for more video performance and add some of the standard things that come on high end gaming boards like high end audio and PCIe x16 slots.

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Venus JXD 305 PMP looks surprisingly good

Venus JXD 305 PMP looks surprisingly good

I love reporting on these amazing foreign personal media players knowing that it will be years before we ever have the video support or even the audio file support they off in a single player. These days we are lucky if we get MP3, AAC, and then if the company has one, they’ll throw in some proprietary audio format.

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Mitsubishi projector really cheap at Circuit City

Mitsubishi projector really cheap at Circuit City

Now, this isn’t really cheap in comparison to a box of paperclips, but for the home theater buffs looking for a high-end, but comparatively cheap projector Circuit City has your pot of gold. The projector is a Mitsubishi HC4900 which offers up 1920x1080 resolution also known as 1080p, a 7.5k:1 contrast ratio, and a thousand ANSI lumens.

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Art Lebedev Optimus Tactus keyboard concept

Art Lebedev Optimus Tactus keyboard concept

Art Lebedev, known mostly for their oft delayed OLED keyboard, has another keyboard concept, and this one is even more genius, and might even be cheaper to produce. Sure, the OLED keys on their Optimus keyboard are cool, but imagine a keyboard you could hang on the wall because its displaying art when not in use.

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Marantz Unveils a 6-in-2-out 1.3 HDMI Switcher

Marantz Unveils a 6-in-2-out 1.3 HDMI Switcher

The complexity of Digital Content Protection and Hi def audio found in most high definition content only allows full scale of 1080p video, HBR or uncompressed audio via HDMI output in certain devices. That usually results in having inadequate I/O interface to anticipate high bandwidth media if you have more than a handful of a/v gears such as Blu-Ray player, HD-DVD player, HD DVR, SACD, etc. Marantz has a neat 6-in-2 output hdmi switcher that’s 1.3 version certified to ensure its compatibility meet the most demanding Hi-Def media in the market.

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New Image Moments from Digital Foci

New Image Moments from Digital Foci

Digital Foci expands 3 new models on Image-Moment, their line of digital photo frame, and has a schedule to display on CES 2008 coming next month. The new addition are 15-inch model with resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, 8-inch model with resolution of 800 x 600 pixels, and smallest model with a 5.7-inch screen and resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. All 3 models will come with a built-in 200MB of internal memory, USB 2.0 interafce and a memory card reader.

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