Archive for Dec 23, 2009

Transparentius road view system by Art Lebedev – a lifesaver concept?

Transparentius road view system by Art Lebedev – a lifesaver concept?

Renowned for innovative and out-of-this-world design behind products in the vein of the Optimus Maximus OLED-based keyboard, design house Art Lebedev Studio has come up with a new road safety concept dubbed the Transparentius.  How does it work?  It’s implemented by essentially delivering and projecting images from a video signal taken from the camera system in the front of a truck to the back door panels.

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LG PRADA 3 to use Android; headed to Sprint in 2010?

LG PRADA 3 to use Android; headed to Sprint in 2010?

Mark this down as a definite vague rumor for the moment, but there's talk that LG's next PRADA cellphone might adopt the Android OS.  The so-called PRADA 3 is expected to have a QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen, and it's also been suggested that US carrier Sprint will be offering the device.  If so, it would make this particular luxury smartphone the first carrying the PRADA name to use CDMA rather than a GSM radio.

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When Less is Sold as More

When Less is Sold as More

I recently dined at a fancy restaurant here in NY with some friends and was surprised at the rather miniscule portions that were served. "Less is more" I was told and in this case it proved to be correct. Less was definitely more if we were talking about price. In terms of filling, however, less was most certainly, well, less. Fortunately there are also cheap, late night burger joints where more is just more.

This experience comes to mind as I'm looking at a new phone from Sony Ericsson called the Xperia Pureness, that takes a page from the "less is more" playbook. The phone sells in the US at places such as Saks Fifth Avenue for $990 US. Yes, that's not a typo, this is a $990 phone. As Sony Ericsson puts it "In an increasingly complex world, an innovative phone is honed down to the essentials. Xperia Pureness is free from excessive features, leaving an exceptionally simplified mobile experience. Talk. Text. Time." Yep, the theme of the Pureness is "talk.text.time" and when SE says that, they mean it pretty literally.

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HTC profiled: Android success and 95% “target failure rates”

HTC profiled: Android success and 95% “target failure rates”

Given they're the ODM behind the Google Nexus One, and that they're fast becoming one of the recognizable brands in smartphones, it seems like 2009 - and 2010 - really is HTC's coming-of-age.  Over at Wired they've been looking into what the company has done to rise from the ranks of OEMs, including setting a 95-percent "target failure rate" for its R&D division, to encourage faster idea generation, and slipping into bed early with Google.

Google Nexus One specs leak; Initial sales invite-only

Google Nexus One specs leak; Initial sales invite-only

Full specifications and some launch news tidbits for the Google Nexus One have emerged, and according to Engadget's source the first devices - from Google at least - will be offered by invitation only.  The first batch are likely going to developers, similar to how Google offered previous dev handsets, but those sales will be followed up by general T-Mobile USA availability.  The Nexus One will have a Qualcomm 1GHz QSD8250 processor, UMTS/HSPA 900/1700/2100 (i.e. only EDGE max on AT&T), WiFi a/b/g/n and a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED display.

Full specifications after the cut, plus live Google Nexus One demo

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Archos 5 Internet Tablet gets Android 1.6 Donut with firmware v1.6.08 [Update: it’s been pulled]

Archos 5 Internet Tablet gets Android 1.6 Donut with firmware v1.6.08 [Update: it’s been pulled]

Archos have released a new firmware update for the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, v1.6.08, and the key change is the introduction of Android 1.6 "Donut".  With the new version of the OS comes the quick-search box for the MID/PMP's homescreen, improved power management, native WVGA display support and VPN functionality; Archos have also tweaked media handling, so that the Archos 5 Internet Tablet better supports H.264 SD and HD videos.

Update: Strangely, all mention of the update - including the firmware itself - has been pulled from Archos' site.

Borders deny ebook reader plans: “We’re not a tech company”

Borders deny ebook reader plans: “We’re not a tech company”

Contrary to earlier reports that retailer Borders were planning to enter the hardware ebook market with a device of their own, the company has denied that an own-brand reader is on the cards.  According to Borders Chief Executive Ron Marshall, both the cost and the time involved are dissuading the firm from such a plan; "We're not a technology company" the CEO told Reuters, "We're booksellers."

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