Navigon, TomTom and others are doing their best to make the on-screen view of your GPS look as much as possible as real-life, but if you really want realism why not just look outside? That's the approach Blaupunkt are taking with their new Travel Pilot systems: a video camera on the back of the GPS captures real-time footage of the view ahead, onto which is overlaid directional information.
Check out the demo video of Blaupunkt's Travel Pilot system in action after the cut
Damn you, Warner Crocker! Here I am, having just about managed to staunch the flow of drool that threatened to drown my cat and short-circuit my keyboard thanks to lusting over TabletKiosk's Sahara i440D Tablet PC, and you go and get me all moist again with your bearded review.
Remember that dual-format player that Samsung announced last month? They were showing it off at IFA 2007 and Vincent managed to snag a shot of it. Unfortunately there's no new info on the BD-UP5000, it's still slated for a holiday season release for around $1,050.
Somebody, please, make HTC STOP. Honestly, it's time for you guys to think outside the "where can the slide come from this time? what keypad shall we have?" box and give your handsets a sexy makeover. This P5500 (aka HTC Nike) is another case in point: oh, the smart features are there alright, but how much effort actually went into designing the casing?
Inside, if you're interested, there's a Samsung S3C2443 400Mhz processor, 128MB RAM, 64MB ROM, 3G, HSDPA, GPS, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi in b and g flavours and Windows Mobile 6. That touchscreen is a 2.6-inch HTC standard, and there's a 3-megapixel camera to take photos of things more attractive than the smartphone itself.
I'm not doubting that it's a worthy handset (though I'd rather have QWERTY than a basic number pad), I just want the outside to live up to the inside and make HTC's wares more tempting to the non-geek. Anyway, the P5500 should be available in September.
The new Sahara Tablet PC range from TabletKiosk, that we previewed early last month, has finally been officially announced. Not much in the way of new information, with the processor options ranging from the Celeron M ULV 423 right up to Core Duo L2500's, RAM from half a gig upwards and a choice of Windows XP Pro or Vista Business.
While the two basic models, the i412T and i440T, have passive touchscreens, the i440D range-topper sports a dual-mode passive & active digitiser for the best of both worlds. Shipping will begin early March this year; price breakdown after the cut.
Fears of Windows tablet manufacturer apathy spurred Microsoft's Surface development, despite insistence that the slates are intended to support not compete with OEM efforts, according the latest batch of rumors. Observations of the extent to which Apple will go to secure the materials necessary to develop distinctive and unique products - and concerns that its own Windows OEMs were playing device strategy too safely - prompted Microsoft taking Surface into its own hands, a former executive told the NYT, burned too by the ill-fated HP Slate 500 project.
Oh my goodness! Crazy speeds and companies blowing up and phones being thrown around like candy! All the signs of a great day here at the R3 Media Network! First, SlashPhone breaks some news about Motorola being divided into two different divisions starting at the beginning of 2011. Then Google Reader sends an app to Android (making it even MORE impossible to get away from the news!) Angry Birds gets a Seasons expansion for Android devices (probably in the chute for Apple's App Store.) And finally, Vince has his hands on one of the incredibly small amount of LG VL600 Modems out in the world right now, and he wants to show you Verizon's LTE "4G" network speeds first hand, and Ben wants to tell you all about why Verizon's LTE and the other 4G networks are important. All this and... yes! More! Today on The Daily Slash!
Fujitsu has been talking more about its tablet plans for 2011, with a mock-up on show at Visit 2010 this week. Having shown off a couple of concepts last month - this appears to be one of them wheeled out for a second time - Fujitsu still aren't talking much in the way of specifications, but are promising a 10.1-inch screen and "best-in-class visibility from all sides and angles."
Welcome to another edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! This was a huge week with an Apple event and several new smartphones turning up. Early in the week Mercedes-Benz announced that it was offering a new Media Interface Plus that would allow the user to stream content from a Bluetooth phone to the cars audio system among other things.
"It appears to be just a handful of credible entrants" said Apple CEO Steve Jobs on iPad rivals, "not exactly an avalanche." It's certainly been a shaky few weeks for tablets in general; while Apple's slate can apparently do little wrong, contributing nicely to another record financial quarter for the Cupertino company, the rest of the market is looking deeply troubled. Qualms over platforms, sizes, pricing and usability have all come to a head over the past seven days, leaving manufacturers looking almost as confused as the would-be consumers.