Archive for May, 2009

bTendo laser pico-projector modules tested [Video]

bTendo laser pico-projector modules tested [Video]

While the pico-projectors that have graced the SlashGear test bench have not exactly proved entirely disappointing, they've not persuaded us to part with our own money after we've sent them back.  bTendo's MEMS-based scanning laser pico-projector module might change all that, promising brighter colors, improved power efficiency and no need to manually focus.  PicoProjector-info got some hands-on time with the bTendo modules, and as you can see in the image here, the laser technology (on the right) easily outclasses a standard LCoS projector.

Video demo and comparison after the cut

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Steampunk gaming PC will be given away

Steampunk gaming PC will be given away

The one thing better than a great vast Steampunk gaming PC is winning one, and that's just what's going to happen with this custom Jake Hildebrandt creation.  Crafted from wood, copper and a variety of brass embellishments, the guts of the PC are just as impressive as the exterior (though thankfully a whole lot more up to date): an Intel Core i7 965 CPU, 12GB of DDR3 RAM and dual ATI Radeon 4870X2 graphics.

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Conceptronic YUIXX Streaming HD media player & IPTV system

Conceptronic YUIXX Streaming HD media player & IPTV system

The first retail product to use Intel's Media Processor CE 3100 - aka the Canmore SoC - has been announced, the Conceptronic YUIXX, promising streaming media at up to 1080p high-definition resolution, up to 2TB of onboard storage and optional DVB T/C/S TV tuners.  The handiwork of Conceptronic and Metrological (who supplied the software), the YUIXX has HDMI 1.3a, composite and component ports, together with two USB 2.0 ports, TOSLINK, an SD/MMC card reader and optional Bluetooth and WiFi draft-n. 

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UMID mbook M1 32GB and 32GB/black/3G MIDs coming June

UMID mbook M1 32GB and 32GB/black/3G MIDs coming June

Fresh UMID mbook M1 news this week, with both the range of importers set to double (yes, to two) and the range of models to increase, including the long-awaited integrated-3G version of the MID.  Dynamism have confirmed that they'll be offering the M1 from $599 from June 15th; meanwhile, existing importer Justek have revealed that they've a shipment of all-black models with integrated 3G also expected in June.

Lenovo IdeaCentre C300, IdeaPad U350 & G550 announced

Lenovo IdeaCentre C300, IdeaPad U350 & G550 announced

Lenovo have announced a trio of entry-level machines, in the shape of the IdeaCentre C300 all-in-one desktop (shown here), the IdeaPad U350 13.3-inch ultraportable and the G550 15.6-inch notebook.  The patterned C300 packs a single-core Intel Atom 230 processor, integrated graphics and 20-inch 16:9 display; RAM is up to 2GB while storage is up to 640GB, and WiFi a/b/g is optional.

 

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Albatron Slimline Netbook sized-up

Albatron Slimline Netbook sized-up

After seeing NEC's frighteningly expensive VersaPro VS netbook, all of a sudden Albatron's slimline netbook seems a little less impressive.  That's unfair to Albatron, though, as they've still managed to pack a whole lot into very little space; here you see it getting a piggy-back from the Samsung NC10, itself seldom accused of being a porker, while after the cut the Albatron manages to make a BlackBerry Bold smartphone look oversized.

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iTab DIY active-digitizer MacBook project

iTab DIY active-digitizer MacBook project

Touchscreen MacBook conversions aren't new, and in fact if you've got the money then we'll be the first to say that the Axiotron ModBook is a great off-the-shelf OS X tablet.  If, though, you don't have the money and you want the accuracy of a Wacom active digitizer, you might have to replicate Wei's iTab project: merging a Wacom Intuos tablet with a first-gen 1.83GHz MacBook.

Video demo after the cut

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