Archive for Jan 27, 2009

Panasonic ToughBook 19/30’s upgrades now available for US

Panasonic ToughBook 19/30’s upgrades now available for US

Last week we reported couple of upgraded Toughbook CF19 and CF-30 were spotted at Panasonic, Japanese site. Today, announcement of similar units are made available for US consumers. As reported, both models are now sharing an ultra high luminance 1000 nit LCDs (previously not available for CF-19), and have gotten better anti-glare and anti-reflective treatments, with circular polarization technology incorporated into the screen to improve outdoor usages, and many hardware updates that worth the wait.

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BenQ’s GP1 compact projector featured PhlatLight LEDs technology

BenQ’s GP1 compact projector featured PhlatLight LEDs technology

While visiting CES 2009, the folks from Luminus gave me a short 5 minutes walk-though on their PT-39 LED Chipset that used to power all those ultra bright and color accurate mobile-size projectors. I was more impressed with water-cooled Chi Lin and Vivitek full-feature projectors; but after a second look on the mini-projectors’ throwing images, I have to say the composes of three individual LED chips were not joke when it came to brightness and color reproduction. It can throw 100 of lumen and claim 20k hours of lamp life, the light source is about 10 times more usable than my home projector. If you want to give it spin, BenQ has recently announced the availability of GP1 Pocket Projector, which incorporated Luminous PhlatLight’s PT-39 chipset and Texas Instruments DLP technology to produce the on-the-go mobile beamer at its best.

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Sony Eco TV gets tested in Japan, 40% power reduction reached

Sony Eco TV gets tested in Japan, 40% power reduction reached

Coming this summer of 2009, Sony will release a series of Bravia Eco TV in the range 40-inch, 46-inch and 52-inch widescreen displays, which utilize a presence sensor-based function and a higher luminous efficiency HCFL light source at deduced size, to cut down power consumption as low as 40%. The same technology, were in fact, being used at current V5 series TV lineup, and the folks at Nikkie were invited to examine its features and effectiveness in dealing with the power saving modes.

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Samsung AnyCall Show Pico-Projector phone gets video demo

Samsung AnyCall Show Pico-Projector phone gets video demo

Samsung's AnyCall Show pico-projector phone was one of the surprise hits at CES earlier this month, blowing us away with the image quality possible from a TI projector hidden inside a touchscreen 3G smartphone.  Back then, we knew it would be going to South Korea before the rest of us would get a sniff at it, but PopSci have cranked up the envy factor with a hands-on video demo of the AnyCall Show in action.

Check out the video demo of the pico-projector smartphone after the cut

Amazon launching Kindle 2 at February 9th press conference?

Amazon launching Kindle 2 at February 9th press conference?

Amazon has set ebook tongues wagging with select invites to an "important" press conference to be held in New York on February 9th.  While the retailer has made no mention of what might be on the cards for the event, the common assumption is that it will see the launch of the Kindle 2, the replacement to the best-selling Kindle ebook reader.

Quake on Bug Labs BUG modular computer: Video Demo

Quake on Bug Labs BUG modular computer: Video Demo

Call it a rite of passage, call it a gadget's first milestone, there's something special about the first time you get Quake running on a new consumer electronics device.  Next in line to get some first-person shooter action is the Bug Labs BUG, the modular "Lego for geeks", with full support for joystick controls, audio and a decent frame-rate - and, if you've got two BUGview screens, you can even have a dual-view setup.

Check out the video demos after the cut

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Sanyo dual-Lamp PLC-XTC50L projector gets US release

Sanyo dual-Lamp PLC-XTC50L projector gets US release

The ultra bright Sanyo dual-lamp 3LCD PLC-XTC50L projector has previously made its appearance in Japan; today, the company is turning it loose for US release, announces an official introduction and MSRP for the smart filtering and programmable lamp selection based beamer.

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Panasonic DMC-FS25 budget Lumix packs 12MP image sensor

Panasonic DMC-FS25 budget Lumix packs 12MP image sensor

If you can’t spare $400 for the much-advanced Lumix touch-screen FX-580 or the AVCHD lite series Lumix , there’s a budget slim factor model down the line with Venus Engine IV powered DMC-FS25. It’s more affordable but not cutting down in functionalities. You’ll get the same 12.1 megapixel image sensor, 5x Leica-brand optical zoom and 3-inch large LCD screen, and in fact, a top-of-the-line FS-Series model, no less.

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Panasonic DMC-FX580 gets Touchscreen treatment

Panasonic DMC-FX580 gets Touchscreen treatment

Next up on Panasonic rollout is a slim and sleek FX series, touch-screen enabled camera featuring Leica-grade optics, high-speed and high-performance Venus Engine V, DMC-FX-580. The large 3-inch display incorporates a touch panel for user interfaces and controls, together with a host of Panasonic’s latest “Many me” advance features and a 12.1MP image sensor with 25-125mm (35mm equiv.) 5x optical zoom lens.

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Panasonic unveils AVCHD Lite capable DCM-TZ-ZS3 and DMC-FT1

Panasonic unveils AVCHD Lite capable DCM-TZ-ZS3 and DMC-FT1

In preparing for the PMA 2009, Panasonic has launched a series of new digital compact cameras, two out of the new Lumix, the DCM-TZ-ZS3 and DCM-TS1 are the first of its class to feature the new AVCHD Lite HD Video Recording Capabilities of MPEG-4 / H.264 AVC video compression standard.

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Hori Real Arcade Pro EX SE stick with authentic arcade components

Hori Real Arcade Pro EX SE stick with authentic arcade components

Hori are already known for their arcade controllers, and now they can be known for an expensive arcade controller.  The Hori Real Arcade Pro EX SE for Xbox 360 takes the company's standard arcade stick, tosses out the regular stick and buttons, and replaces them with components made by Japanese firm Seimitsu who supply the controls for real arcade cabinets.

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HP 6-cell battery for Mini 1000 netbook breaks cover

HP 6-cell battery for Mini 1000 netbook breaks cover

A 6-cell battery pack compatible with the HP Mini 1000 series of netbooks has appeared in the company's Parts Store.  While not yet officially announced by HP, the battery - the specs of which are 2.4Ah and 53Wh - is listed as being in stock and available to order, priced at $153.90 (plus shipping).

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