Archive for Sep 29, 2008

VidaBox RoomClientHD compact 1080p home media streamer

VidaBox RoomClientHD compact 1080p home media streamer

VidaBox have announced the RoomClientHD, a compact high-definition video streamer capable of receiving full 1080p and lossless audio from any of the company's media servers.  With an optional slot-loading Blu-ray drive, the RoomClientHD measures 6 x 6 x 2-inches but still manages to pack a DVI port for HDMI/DVI/VGA output, gigabit ethernet, six USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port and audio inputs and outputs.

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WowWee Mr Personality robot features in new demo video

WowWee Mr Personality robot features in new demo video

Back when WowWee announced their impressive Rovio WiFi mobile webcam, they also showed the creepy Mr Personality robot.  Based on the same omni-directional platform as the Rovio and the Tri-Bot, Mr Personality is a gurning, giggling, wise-cracking "robot companion" with an LCD display for a face.  I was hoping WowWee had forgotten about Mr Personality - because he scares me - but sadly not; there's a new video of the monstrous beast in action in preparation for his imminent launch.

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Samsung 50nm 2GB DDR3 chips are industry’s smallest

Samsung 50nm 2GB DDR3 chips are industry’s smallest

Samsung have taken the wraps off of the industry's smallest 2GB DDR3 memory chips, built using 50nm processes, which allows for 60-percent higher productivity than DDR2 chips of an equivalent density.  It opens the door for up to 16GB RIMMS (Registered In-line Memory Modules) that save 40-percent of the power required for the same RIMM based on 1GB DDR3 chips.

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Aigo P8860 MID gets worldwide availability; XP drivers coming October

Aigo P8860 MID gets worldwide availability; XP drivers coming October

If half the problem with MIDs and UMPCs is explaining to would-be buyers why they really ought to consider one, the other is actually finding them for sale.  Aigo's P8860 MID is a case in point; on sale since August in Hong Kong, trying to find one elsewhere will force you onto eBay.  Now, finally, an official reseller has been nominated, Direct From Japan, who will happily ship you the P8860 anywhere worldwide.

JL Audio Fathom F212 subwoofer gets official

JL Audio Fathom F212 subwoofer gets official

Meet Fathom F212, a more affordable version of $12,000 Githom G213 with newest design and heart-stopping bass. The new F212 packs dual massive 12-inch drivers – a newer generation 12W7 subwoofer with more powerful and refined moto systems said to deliver performance better than a pair of JL Audio F112.

Sigma Design SOC’s SMP8644, good candidate for Tivo S4?

Sigma Design SOC’s SMP8644, good candidate for Tivo S4?

Robust interactivity and powerful multimedia processing System-On-Chip will soon feature on next generation IPTV set-top boxes, IP cable set-top boxes, and Blu-ray players thanks to the availability of Sigma Design's SMP8644. The company has announced its highest performance SOC yet promised to deliver feature-rich SOC at CEATEC show this week. Tru2Way, BR Profile 2.0, Dual SATA-2, USB, Ethernet controller, NAND and NOR flash module controllers are among many features integrated in SMP8644 SOC.

Palm Pistol offers ergonomically alternative way to shoot someone

Palm Pistol offers ergonomically alternative way to shoot someone

I naively thought this was one of those DSLR lens cleaning bellows at first, but it's actually a gun.  The Palm Pistol is an "ergonomically innovative" single-shot pistol intended for those with manual dexterity issues, such as arthritis, by using the thumb rather than the index finger to fire.  That apparently reduces muzzle drift, so you're more likely to hit a target first time (which, considering there's only one bullet, is probably a good thing).

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Fujitsu Stylistic ST6012 Tablet PC with 3G, SSD and rear-mounted camera

Fujitsu Stylistic ST6012 Tablet PC with 3G, SSD and rear-mounted camera

Details of a new Fujitsu Stylistic Tablet PC have emerged, in the shape of the ST6012.  A slate-format tablet (i.e. no keyboard or convertible hinge), the ST6012 has quietly appeared on Fujitsu's site complete with a PDF of system specs.  Running a 1.40GHz Intel Core 2 Duo ULV SU9400 (3MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB) processor with a 12.1-inch WXGA active touchscreen, the ST6012 has optional integrated 3G UMTS WWAN.

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LG X110 with 3G HSPA WWAN option confirmed

LG X110 with 3G HSPA WWAN option confirmed

LG's netbook - which we played with back at IFA 2008 - has now got a product page and a full name - X110 Momo - together with confirmation of the 3G WWAN connectivity.  According to the LG people we spoke to back in August, 3G HSPA and GPS would be optional additions for the X110 Momo; only one version of the netbook is currently shown on the product page, including "3G embedded", but the full specifications seem to suggest that multiple models will be available, with and without WWAN.

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