Archive for January, 2009

Huge e-paper screens give Japanese disaster advice

Huge e-paper screens give Japanese disaster advice

We're used to seeing e-paper in sub-10-inch squares, slapped onto the front of an Amazon Kindle or Sony Reader, but over in Japan they're experimenting with using the technology to give Tokyo residents large-scale disaster warnings and evacuation advice.  Two installations were fitted, the first measuring 1 x 3.2m in a Post Office window, while the smaller second panel, at 60 x 40cm, was added to a bus-stop. 

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iBasso Cobra D10 portable amplifier and DAC

iBasso Cobra D10 portable amplifier and DAC

iBasso have announced another compact amplifier and DAC, the Cobra D10.  Capable of operating simultaneously as both an amp and a DAC, or alternatively in just one mode or the other, the D10 boasts 20hrs runtime from its rechargeable 470mAh Li-ion battery (30hrs if the DAC is turned off) and has optical, coax and USB inputs, among others.

More photos and detailed specs of the iBasso Cobra D10 after the cut

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AMD not replacing Geode SoC: current generation likely to be last

AMD not replacing Geode SoC: current generation likely to be last

The current range of Geode chips may be the final AMD develop, according to company spokesperson Phil Hughes, with AMD focusing on more mainstream chips rather than the ultra-low-power market.  Geode is a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) product, with an x86 processor core, a graphics core and other components on one single chip, with the latest Geode LX running at up to 600MHz and requiring between 0.9W and 5W.  It's used in the OLPC XO laptop, among other things, suggesting that the One-Laptop-Per-Child project may have to look elsewhere for the core of their replacement XO-2 notebook.

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Shelby Aero EV sportscar: 0-60 in 2.5s, full recharge in 10 minutes

Shelby Aero EV sportscar: 0-60 in 2.5s, full recharge in 10 minutes

Shelby Super Cars (SSC) have unveiled their Tesla-trashing Ultimate Aero EV, an electric-powered sportscar apparently capable of 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds thanks to 1000 hp and 800 lb‐ft of torque.  Keep your right foot planted and SSC claim you'll see 208mph.  Given that normally you'd expect to punctuate such performance with a few hours of recharging, what's even more exciting than the speed stats is SSC's promised 10 minute full battery rejuicing, courtesy of their "Charge on the Run" system.

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Apple MacBook Mini dual-folding netbook concept

Apple MacBook Mini dual-folding netbook concept

Apple keep insisting on disappointing us with the news that they won't be making a netbook, but that doesn't stop the industrial designers and Photoshop-addicts coming up with their own take on what such an ultraportable might look like.  Famed designer Isamu Sanada is responsible for these renders, which suggest a double-hinge design reminiscent of the Sony VAIO P's dimensions, with a dual-sided touchpad area.

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Retro Mini Media Centre project

Retro Mini Media Centre project

Retro PC designs aren't anything new, but they usually drag us all the way back to a time when every self-respecting household had  cigar box, or even further to some quaint Steampunk era.  Thomas Thomassen took a decidedly more 50s Americana theme for his Mini Media Centre, the final project for his degree in "modelmaking for design and media", based around a Mini-ITX board.

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OLED large-panel lighting prototypes this year, claims Fraunhofer IPMS

OLED large-panel lighting prototypes this year, claims Fraunhofer IPMS

The Fraunhofer IPMS, responsible for OLED development since 2000 and the team behind the Center for Organic Materials and Electronics Devices Dresden (COMEDD), are planning to demonstrate the first roll-to-roll OLED lighting panels this year, as well as developing pico-projectors using OLED panels and touch-controllers using the technology.  Speaking in an interview with OLED-Info, institute director Dr Karl Leo described the group's intent to not only push OLED design but production methods as well.

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Motorola not abandoning Windows Mobile, still working on OS

Motorola not abandoning Windows Mobile, still working on OS

After laying off 77 engineers and ending Windows Mobile development at their Plantation facility, speculation abounded that Motorola was planning a wholesale switch from the Microsoft smartphone platform to Google's open-source Android OS.  However the company is insisting that such a move is not on the cards, with Motorola spokesperson Maya Komadina claiming that development of the platform continues at the company's other facilities.

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Mouse Computer LB-F1500W netbook with DVD burner

Mouse Computer LB-F1500W netbook with DVD burner

Japanese firm Mouse Computer are looking to stand out from the crowd with their new netbook, which is why the LB-F1500W has an integrated DVD burner.  A rare sight on these budget ultraportables, the optical drive - which makes the LB-F1500W a much more tempting prospect for travellers looking to not only work but watch the odd movie - accompanies a 6-cell battery which Mouse Computer suggest is good for up to 5.2hrs runtime.

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