Archive for Jun 30, 2008

Sony ‘Tactile Pixels’ patent describes touchscreen PSP with haptic display

Sony have been granted a patent for a portable, handheld device that uses a haptic feedback system.  However, unlike the traditional so-called haptics available on a number of cellphones, which basically vibrate the handset whenever you press its touchscreen, the Sony system uses an array of individually controlled "tactile pixels" that physically press through the display.  The company has described multiple potential applications, including game console, media player, cellphone and internet navigator.

LancerLink DDV-1080HD camcorder captures 1080p at 30fps

LancerLink's new camcorder isn't exactly budget - it'll be priced at around $470 when it arrives in Japan in July - but it's pretty cheap for a compact high-definition model capable of full 1080p recording.  What the DDV-1080HD lacks in imaginative naming, it makes up for in the spec sheet: a 1/2.5-inch 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, 3-inch LCD display and SD/SDHC/MMC memory card slot happy with cards up to 32GB.

MSI Wind budget desktop PC gets July Asia & Europe launch

MSI are set to launch their Wind desktop PC in Asia and Europe in July, with the Atom-based machines already in production.  Initially intended for business use (with consumer versions entering production in August for an estimated September launch), the fanless PCs run Windows XP on the 1.6GHz mobile processor, with 1GB of RAM, a 3.5-inch hard-drive up to 160GB in capacity, and a DVD drive.

Aware 7-inch convertible Tablet PC promised for $300

There are a couple of 7-inch ultraportables rocking the convertible tablet PC form-factor - Kohjinsha's SC3 being the most recent - but it's less usual to find them in the budget aisles.  That's what Aware Electronics are promising in the shape of the A-Book : a bargain netbook with a 7-inch swivelling touchscreen display, WiFi, Bluetooth and an Aday5G 800MHz X86 processor with 512MB RAM.  All that, in fact, for just $300.

Viewsonic VA2626wm 26-inch monitor offers 1080p on a budget

Viewsonic have announced their latest LCD display, the VA2626wm, aimed at the professional on a budget.  Despite being a whopping great 26-inch 1920 x 1200 1080p high-definition panel, with 6,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, the company is only asking for $529.  If the quality they deliver is as good as the press release verbiage would have it, you could be looking at a serious bargain.

Mitsubishi HDTVs with built-in 5.1 surround sound projector

Given how well all-in-one speaker bars can work - they basically bounce sound around your room from one point under the screen, rather than requiring you to fill your lounge with separate speakers - it's a surprise that we don't see them integrated with TVs more often.  Thankfully Mitsubishi have seen the error of such ways, and announced two new LCD TVs, the LT-46149 and LT-52149, each with the integrated Sound Projector (iSP).

PC mod made of old motherboards

Gadgets made out of motherboards are one of those things that I know are so incredibly beyond geeky with very little, if any chic thrown into the mix. Yet even knowing that I can't ever get enough of them, which means this PC is drool-worthy in my book.

Sony Ericsson creates accessories with Maria Sharapova

Sony Ericsson has decided to go in with Maria Sharapova, which if you don't pay the slightest bit of attention to sports, she plays professional racquetball. Wait no, that's not it. Anyway, she and Sony Ericsson have created a line of accessories.

Activision’s Guitar Hero action figures

Activision has decided to come out with a set of dolls action figures to go with their long line of games. They teamed up with McFarlane toys and made these rock stars that all seem to be sporting extremely tiny legs.

Rhapsody joins DRM-Free music download bandwagon

Rhapsody joins DRM-Free music download bandwagon

If you can’t fight them, join them! Rhapsody finally decided streaming model might not be making as much money as they think and were unable to compete with iPod, so they decided to adopt the download model. Rhapsody seems to understand that consumer hates DRM and made their service DRM-Free in MP3 format.

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A Japanese school uses Nintendo DS as English learning tool

A Japanese school uses Nintendo DS as English learning tool

Teaching English, as second language is not easy, and now English teacher in Japan have a competition, Nintendo DS. One school in Japan has started its trial phase of using DS portable gaming console as tools to teach kids English.

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Asus Eee PC 904 and 905 are coming?

Asus Eee PC 904 and 905 are coming?

Asus Eee PC 901 and 1000 are not even in the retail market yet for North America and other places, reports are surfacing that Asus is prepping Eee PC 904 and 905. The report also indicates that Asus will be using similar chassis and keyboard that are on to Eee PC 1000 while keeping the screen size at 8.9-inch.

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