In a bid to further convince smartphone users worldwide, LG will soon be introducing the LG G Flex to a few European markets in February. It remains to be seen whether this rather eccentric curved smartphone will make any dent in that market at all.
LG's G Flex will go on sale in the US from January 31st, with the curved OLED smartphone unsurprisingly commanding top-tier pricing for its unusual form-factor. The smartphone, which we reviewed last month, will be a hefty $299.99 with a new, two-year agreement, though in return you get lengthy battery life - thanks to a specially-crafted curved battery - and a 13-megapixel camera.
3D printing has grown from a fascinating novelty to the means by which dreamers will usher in the future. One such dreamer is professor Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California who has developed a massive 3D printer that, he says, can "print" an entire house over the course of a mere 24 hours. With the invention comes the collective melancholy of all those who work in construction.
Apple has patented a new type of curved touch sensor that could be used to make non-flat tablets, phones, displays, and even touch mice with bowed or molded glass. The new filing, No. 8,603,574, proposes a different method of manufacturing touch sensors that could effectively mold the panel to suit a curved glass smartphone, or indeed a smartwatch that contours to the wrist.
LG will supply flexible OLED displays for Apple's much anticipated "iWatch" project, the results of which will be unleashed to consumers sometime next year, various industry insiders are signaling. But the Korean company will only be a secondary provider for the displays, if Seoul-based HMC Investment Securities analyst Kim Young-woo's estimation is of any import. Taiwan-based RiTDisplay will be the primary source, he told The Korea Herald.
Adobe, who is best know for producing software such the ever-popular Photoshop, seems quite serious in its first ever hardware venture. The company is now announcing that it expects have its Project Mighty pen and Project Napoleon ruler manufactured and released by the first half of next year.
Toshiba is wading into the increasingly crowded sportscam market, taking on GoPro and Contour with the Toshiba Camileo X-Sports. Fresh to IFA 2013 today, the Camileo X-Sports packs a 12-megapixel camera with Full HD 1080/60p video recording, and an built-in 2.0-inch preview display on the back; it also bears a striking resemblance to GoPro's Hero range, though Toshiba plans to include more accessories and mounts in the box than Hero does.
Audi has achieved a new milestone - 500,000 Audi TT vehicles have been produced, something it is celebrating with the announcement of a limited-production Audi TTS 200kW special edition model. The Audi TTS Competition 272 horsepower model will start surfacing this upcoming October, with the total number produced being limited to 500 units.
Those who spend any significant amount of time every day at their desk know the discomfort that can result from an improper work setup, whether it be a stiff back or a pinched nerve. Such was reflected in a Healthy Computing Survey conducted by Microsoft, which it made available today to coincide with the launch of two ergonomic desktop accessories: the Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop and the Sculpt Comfort Desktop.
JVC is getting in on the sports camera action, joining GoPro and Contour with the JVC GC-XA2 ADIXXION, a ridiculously named, ruggedized Full HD camera intended for extreme sports. The chunky little shooter can film at up to 1080 60p/50p - or 720p at up to 120fps for slow-motion use - and packs WiFi and and an integrated LCD display.