Every time I see a new PND unveiled I wonder how long it will be before the smartphone does to the PND what it did to the PDA by making PDAs obsolete. I suspect that eventually the smartphone will kill off the PND since most smartphones today handle navigation with aplomb. PNDs are still popular right now though, and Mio has announced two new navigation devices on the cheap called the Moov M300 and M400.
Camcorders are one of the devices that just about everyone has today. Parents use them to shoot miles of footage of their kids, mostly hoping to get something humiliating they can hold over their kids heads when they grow up. JVC has unveiled a new full HD camcorder for video fans called the GZ-HM400.
JVC announced today a brand new addition to their Everio line-up. The new model is called the GZ-HM400 and it's an HD camcorder with the 1080i widescreen and H.264 goodness of the GZ-X900 but an all new 10.2-megapixel sensor.
As home networks have proliferated, it's taking a while for peripherals to catch up; ethernet ports are reasonably common on printers, but there's still a price-premium. Winstar's M4 USB Networking Server aims to address that, a compact box that supports connecting up to four different USB 2.0 devices to your home or office network.
Now cell phone WiFi access will get a lot more efficient, thanks to a new chip from Broadcom. The BCM4329 chip will be used in cellphones that have 802.11n WiFi in order to decrease the amount of power required to maintain that wireless connection.
Normally, WiFi on cellphones takes up a lot of energy. In fact, it's often thought of as a serious battery drainer. But this new chip makes it so a 2.4GHz or 5GHz band connection can occur without using as much power. It uses less power than earlier chips that could only manage the 802.11g standard and no higher.
This chip also offers up Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, an FM tuner and a feature called space time block coding, which makes connections on the outskirts of a network more stable. The Broadcom BCM4329 chip is expected sometime in 2009, though no customers for it have been named yet.
Pyramat which is all about performance gaming had a few different gaming chairs on show tonight. I got a relatively good look at two of them, the PM450-WR Sound Rocker and the PC Gaming Chair 2.1.
The PM450-WR Sound Rocker has speakers and a subwoofer with wireless audio reception. It has a cordless rechargeable battery and iPod,Mp3,DS Lite and PSP input. There’s a 24GHz wireless transmitter and it’s made from breathable microfiber fabric. It comes with a multiplayer connection, volume/base controls, headphone jack, a storage pocket and it folds away for storage and has carrying handles for easy transport.
This phone is amazing, it might actually have a chance at being an iPhone killer if it makes it out of South Korea. It starts by actually including the multi-touch technology, that’s a major point for the iPhone, so, in my personal opinion, you can’t call any device lacking that technology and iPhone killer regardless of what the spec sheet has on it.
From there they tack on dedicated buttons for calling, navigating should you choose not to use your fingers, and a couple other spare buttons. It runs a fairly customized version of WinMo 6 too. The multi-touch touch-screen is smaller though at only 2.8-inces, but that’s fine, as long as it works similarly.
Daewoo Lucoms announced the Solo M410, a new all-in-on, ultra portable laptop. It sports the new Intel Duo T2400 processor (1.83 GHz), 80GB SATA HDD, measly 512MB of DDR2 RAM, an integrated 1.3 megapixel web cam, DVD Super-Multi drive and a 14” WXGA display with resolution of 1280x768. Other features include a 4-in-1-memory card slot, USB 2.0 ports, 802.11 a/b/g WLAN, and S-Video out. The Solo M410 is priced $1,500 and it’s currently available in Korea.
The Shinco GM400 Voyager comes with 2D/3D maps with over 2 million points of interest. The 4” LCD touchscreen displays data in a crisp manner, with day/brightness mode for greater energy efficiency. It comes preloaded with UK maps, and you have the option to purchase U.S., Asia, and Europe maps as well.
If the stars align, we might actually get to see the Sony Xperia Z4, as it is known in Japan, head outside the Land of the Rising Sun, contrary to earlier assurances that the weird device is a Japan-only affair. Sony sent out invitations in India for an event dated May 26, and although the aquatic theme of the invite suggests the Xperia M4 Aqua, there are whispers that it might actually be intended for the start of the global launch of the Xperia Z4 instead.