Archive for February, 2009

Eight Lenovo ThinkPads hit military rugged standards

Eight Lenovo ThinkPads hit military rugged standards

Lenovo has announced that eight of its ThinkPad notebooks have passed military-standards for ruggedization, making them not only resistant to pressure, humidity, temperature, dust and vibration, but to a greater extent than some "mil-spec" rivals.  The ThinkPad X200, X301, X200s, X200 Tablet, T400, T500, R400 and SL300 all passed durability tests despite not being specifically marketed as ruggedized models.

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SmartSwitch: tougher to turn when consumption is high

SmartSwitch: tougher to turn when consumption is high

You can tell some people about being considerate to the environment until you're blue in the face, but they'll still flagrantly waste power.  At that point, maybe it's time for the light switch to fight back: Peter Russo and Brendan Wypich of Stanford University have developed the SmartSwitch, a light control that gives tactile feedback as to how much energy is already being used, whenever you try to flick it.

Video demo after the cut

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Chumby widgets to appear on Broadcom-based TVs

Chumby widgets to appear on Broadcom-based TVs

Chumby and Broadcom have announced a collaborative effort to put the formers widget platform on internet-connected TVs, using Broadcom-based set-top boxes, DTVs and Blu-ray players.  There are currently in excess of 1,000 widgets available for the Chumby, a compact touchscreen WiFi device, and these will now be accessible along the bottom of big-screens too.

 

Video demonstration after the cut

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ARM Cortex-M0 processor: smallest, most efficient for SoC

ARM Cortex-M0 processor: smallest, most efficient for SoC

ARM have announced their latest processor, the ARM Cortex-M0, which the company is describing as their smallest, lowest power and most energy efficient processor to date.  The Cortex-M0 consumes as little as 85 microwatts/MHz (0.085 milliwatts) and is intended for ultra low-power MCU and SoC applications like gaming accessories, ZigBee and Z-Wave wireless devices, and smart-home products.

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ASUS Eee PC T91 gets pre-production hands-on

ASUS Eee PC T91 gets pre-production hands-on

There's a lot of people eagerly anticipating the ASUS Eee PC T91 convertible netbook-tablet, and bit-tech's early hands-on with a pre-production prototype certainly won't do anything to staunch that interest.  The 8.9-inch touchscreen netbook will get a new, chiclet keyboard like the Eee PC 1000HE before it ships, and unfortunately has a non-removable battery, but there's still plenty of good news to tide us over.

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