The ultimate PlayStation phone, the Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play has just hit the U.S. market today and received an immediate update to Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. We also got our unboxing and hands-on with the smartphone earlier today. But now, UBM TechInsights has gone ahead and given the XPERIA Play a proper teardown treatment.
OmniVision has long been supplying Apple's camera sensors, including the 5-megapixel CMOS camera sensor in the current iPhone 4. They've also announced several monster sensors along the way including a 10-megapixel one earlier this year and more recently a 12-megapixel beast. Today, the company announced a brand new best-in-class 5-megapixel sensor that's much thinner than previous sensors and is designed to allow for much slimmer devices.
Touch-sensor specialists Peratech have announced their QTC Clear, a transparent version of their force-sensing touch panel which promises to bring 3D input and more to tablets, smartphones and other devices. The new sensor can be added to a capacitive touchscreen or replace a resistive one, adding the ability to measure the pressure a user applies to the display. This, Peratech suggests, opens up the door to 3D interfaces where the force of touch controls the depth of navigation through the UI.
OmniVision has outed its latest mobile CMOS imaging sensor, the OV10810, offering 10-megapixel resolution stills and 1080p Full HD video capture for smartphone-scale devices. The OV10810 can manage HDR photography, full-resolution 30fps image capture, and the ability to shoot photos while simultaneously recording video.
What a week! While a few of us on the R3 crew were rolling around in different parts of the world that weren't Vegas, the bulk were rolling hard at CES 2011! The Consumer Electronics Show had blasts of this, slips of that, and a wacky array of stories and happenings that shall forever go down in the history books as a CES to be clicked with! How ever in the world will we organize all of this information? How about one big monster of a list of links, for starters? Who could we call for such a tast, hm? So much exclusive content, so much time time - I know! The Daily Slash! Get one of the biggest heaping helpings you've ever seen, below!
This isn't the first and it isn't going to be the last roundup post of CES news and info for this season. It's one big thwack. Comb with me, if you will, through the content and devour the ingredients. Joy! PREVIEW: my favorite is the Notion Ink Adam hands-on at CES 2011 - wowie!
Lexar's SDXC cards aren't the only high-speed memory the company has for CES 2011; there's also a Class 10 32GB microSDHC card intended for mobile phones. Offering guaranteed minimum sustained write speeds of 10MB per second and read speeds up to 20MB per second, the new chip should make a real difference for those users running apps from removable media.
Sort of! This is MakerBot Industries' Thing-O-Matic, a home 3D printer for just over a thousand dollars ($1,225.00). Holy crap that's awesome. It's approximately 12 inches by 12 inches by 16 inches and can print 3D objects that you design on your desktop "continuously for hours at a time." This is the same sort of machine we had (probably still have) at my alma mater the Minneapolis College of Art and Design - last I checked they were using it to carve 3D replicas of human heads. All this stuff gets cut down from MakerBot ABS Plastic, which you get 1 pound of to work with for starters when you buy the Thing-O-Matic kit. Make a thousand rabbits!
Toshiba sent out a news bit today saying that their Yokkaichi plant is in the midst of a power outage and that this failure (at 5:21AM yesterday) could affect flash memory supply. This failure wont be fixed until sometime Friday, the supply hit planned for shipments toward January and February of 2011. No estimates were given on how this will affect Toshiba's partners or if their products will be able to ship on time. Apple, who is currently using Toshiba for their MacBook Air's SSD, is said to be fine since it also depends on Samsung and Hynix.
Super Talent has put its 480GB UltraDrive MX SSD up for sale, offering the speed of an SSD along with the sort of capacity you'd usually associated with a regular platter-based hard drive. Announced back in July, the 2.5-inch drive packs dual interfaces, with both both SATA II and mini-USB connections for use as an internal or external drive, or indeed for easily imaging the SSD with the contents of your own storage if upgrading.
We're used to MB&F putting together bizarre watches, but they may have just tipped over the edge with this latest design. The MB&F JwlryMachine takes the already unusual HM3 Frog as its starting point and then dresses it up as a particularly camp looking owl.