Archive for Nov 27, 2009

Technics axe 1200 and 1210 turntables

Technics axe 1200 and 1210 turntables

The digital juggernaut continues its mindless destruction of analog classics, with the latest brand to throw in the towel being venerable club favorite Technics.  Manufacturing parent Panasonic has apparently issued a statement blaming "low sales globally in analogue turntables" for the demise of the Technics 1200 and 1210 decks, which it will cease producing in February 2010.

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Dash Cam Dually twin-camera keeps an eye on accidents

Dash Cam Dually twin-camera keeps an eye on accidents

Cameras intended to be permanently mounted inside a car and used to record evidence of crashes aren't exactly common, at least as far as we're aware, so it comes as something of a surprise to find the Dash Cam Dually described as "the final answer to all car cameras".  Ridiculous name aside, the DCD has two 1.3-megapixel cameras and is packed with GPS, a digital compass and a shock-sensor, and automatically records what's going on inside and outside the vehicle in the case of a collision.

There are also four infrared LEDs used to illuminate nighttime scenes, and everything is recorded to an SD card complete with time/date logs, speed, location and other details.

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Bliptronic 5000 synth is monome on a budget [Video]

Bliptronic 5000 synth is monome on a budget [Video]

Devices like Yamaha's Tenori-On or the monome are great, but their pricing is definitely out of the "casual treat" range and well into "serious investment".  Stepping into the fray to sate your button-led retro synth whimsy needs, therefore, comes the $49.99 Bliptronic 5000, a battery-powered 8-bit synth that makes pattern-based music creation indecently straightforward.

Video demo after the cut

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NVIDIA GeForce 310 entry-level GPU arrives

NVIDIA GeForce 310 entry-level GPU arrives

While everyone else was eating turkey and growing increasingly frustrated with their loved-ones, NVIDIA decided to quietly set their latest GPU free.  The NVIDIA GeForce 310 is the first GPU in the company's 300-series line-up, and replaces the existing GeForce 210 as an entry-level chipset for undemanding users hoping to replace integrated graphics in their machines.

NTT Hikari iFrame Android tablet gets hands-on [Video]

NTT Hikari iFrame Android tablet gets hands-on [Video]

Remember the NTT Hikari iFrame Android touchscreen gizmo from earlier this month?  It's not set to arrive in Japan until March 2010, but the company allowed Akihabara News in to play with their latest prototype.  Based around a 7-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen, the tablet is intended to bridge the gap between a digital photo frame and a proper computer for a less than computer-capable audience.

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8-10 Acer smartphones in 2010: “more balanced” between Android and WinMo

8-10 Acer smartphones in 2010: “more balanced” between Android and WinMo

We were less than enamoured by Acer's tubby little Liquid A1 smartphone when we had a brief play earlier in the month, but if the touchscreen chunkster has left you similarly underwhelmed, fear not.  According to Aymar de Lencquesaing, head of Acer's phone unit, the company is planning 8 to 10 new smartphones for 2010, and they expect the balance between Android and Windows Mobile in the new range to be "much more balanced".

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Stantum Japan demo resistive multitouch display tech [Video]

Stantum Japan demo resistive multitouch display tech [Video]

It's been a while since we looked at Stantum Japan's multitouch touchscreen offerings, but the company has obviously been beavering away in the meantime.  They've demonstrated their latest prototype - based on the guts of a Dell Mini 10 netbook - which uses a resistive touchscreen to recognize unlimited points of contact.  While we may be used to that sort of thing from capacitive displays, what the resistive technology brings to the table is responsiveness not only to fingers but any type of contact, whether stylus, key or even a paintbrush.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 gets video playtime with HD2, Omnia II, iPhone 3GS

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 gets video playtime with HD2, Omnia II, iPhone 3GS

There's no real new technical data in this latest video of Sony Ericsson's unreleased XPERIA X10, but it does give us a chance to see the Android smartphone cavorting with HTC's HD2, Samsung's Omnia II and that perennial favorite, the iPhone 3GS.  Size-wise, if you thought the HD2 was too big then you should probably cancel your XPERIA X10 preorder, as the two look pretty darn similar; in fact, as the video after the cut shows, the X10 is actually a little chubbier than HTC's WinMo finest.

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