Archive for Aug 29, 2008

Sony S-Series Walkman PMPs at IFA 2008

Sony has announced a new S-series of Walkman PMPs at IFA 2008, initially consisting of the NWZ-S730F and NWZ-S630F.  7mm thick and with 2-inch, QVGA displays capable of playing 30fps video, the PMPs can be used in landscape or portrait orientation.

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Samsung SyncMaster 2243Hz & 2233Hz: mildly confusing names

Samsung has announced a pair of LCD monitors with, it has to be said, moderately misleading names.  The SyncMaster 2243Hz and 2233Hz are both 22-inches and run at 1680 x 1050 resolution, but despite what the titles might suggest don’t have any super-speedy refresh rates.  In fact typical response time is 5ms under normal use.

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Sony UX UMPC modded with Core 2 Duo U7600: Extreme soldering skills

Sony’s VAIO UX is a slick little UMPC, but it’s overdue a processor upgrade.  Micro PC Talk forum member Anh Nguyen couldn’t be bothered waiting for Sony to do the honours, so he cracked open his UX280P, desoldered the 1.2GHz Core Solo U1400 chip from the mainboard and replaced it with an Intel Core 2 Duo U7600.

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Blaupunkt Travel Pilot 700 & 500: GPS directions mapped onto live video

Navigon, TomTom and others are doing their best to make the on-screen view of your GPS look as much as possible as real-life, but if you really want realism why not just look outside?  That’s the approach Blaupunkt are taking with their new Travel Pilot systems: a video camera on the back of the GPS captures real-time footage of the view ahead, onto which is overlaid directional information.

Check out the demo video of Blaupunkt’s Travel Pilot system in action after the cut

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Stix 200 PC Wiimote-clone reviewed: Guaranteed Christmas Disappointment

On the left is the Nintendo Wiimote, beloved by many children (and adults) all over the globe for its intuitive control and general funtime whimsy.  On the right is the Stix 200 controller, a PC peripheral that, with a collection of online games, attempts to borrow some of that whimsy and transplant it to the Wii-less.  Should the Wii go home and give up?  Should it heck; Kotaku have been playing with the Stix 200 setup, and come away not so much unimpressed as laughing in maker GoLive2’s collective face.

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Hands on with the Sony Sountina NSA-PF1 non-directional speaker

Back in May, we talked about the Sony Sountina and its release in Japan, but now we’ve gotten up close and personal with the glass speaker at IFA 2008. Milena has sent over some great shots of the omnidirectional speaker, which is truly part sound device, part piece of art.

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Epson EH-TW3000 super-quiet 1080p projector

It’s not just entry-level all-in-one systems; Epson have also announced a “proper” projector at IFA 2008, the EH-TW3000 with full 1080p high-definition resolution, a 20,000:1 contrast ratio and 2000 lumens brightness.  The EH-TW3000 uses the company’s latest D7 3LCD panels with a 10-bit Pixel Works video processor chip to improve smoothness and clarity during fast-moving scenes.

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Epson EH-DM2 all-in-one Portable Projector, DVD & Audio

Epson have announced a new all-in-one projector, the EH-DM2, that couples a 1200 lumen projector with a DivX-capable DVD player and integrated 8W stereo speakers.  Intended to be highly portable, the EH-DM2 does not appear to be high-definition – Epson only say it supports an “HD compatible” resolution – rather it’s targeted at the entry-level crowd who want a way to enjoy their movies and home media on a bigger screen.

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Sony “Rolly” Speaker coming to Europe this fall

After an unexpected level of interest in Japan and the US, Sony has decided to roll out the “Rolly” in select European cities this fall.

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Delta 1080p LED DLP projector promises 20k hour lifespan

Delta Electronics have announced their first full-HD 1080p DLP projector using LEDs.  The technology apparently allows them a broader color gamut, together with a longer lifespan than traditional bulbs: the LED unit is rated for 20,000 hours use.  It’s one of the first commercial systems to use PhlatLight rather than metal halide bulbs.

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Emtec Gdium netbook hands-on at IFA 2008

Emtec brought their Gdium netbook along to play at IFA 2008, albeit in the form of a non-functional prototype.  As you can see in the picture (click here for full-size) they’re persisting with their GKey USB dongle – the white block central under the touchpad – which contains both user data and the OS and system files.  Otherwise it’s the usual array of ports and an unusual choice of processor: a 900Mhz 64-bit Loongson 2F made by by STMicroelectronics.

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Playstation will continue to offer free PSN services

Playstation will continue to offer free PSN services

Sony has confirmed that it plans to continue to provide free network services for Playstation owners. Playstation has said that they are looking at "how we can provide a service without people having to pay."  Advertising has been suggested as one possible way for the company to fund content without charging users.

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