Looking for a guaranteed way to confuse press and customers alike, and dilute your new brand? Creative have a good example: they've called their latest iPod speaker dock the ZiiSound, which you'd expect to thus include some of the clever ZiiLABS "StemCell Computing" magic they've been discussing this week. Instead it's a bog-standard speaker dock, with nary a whiff of a Zii processor.
As promised last month, the ZiiLABS team have revealed their first smartphone development platform, the Zii TRINITY, based on the company's StemCell ZMS-05 processor and throwing in quadband GSM and triband WCDMA/HSDPA. As before, 1080p Full HD is supported together with accelerated OpenGL ES 3D graphics, while up front the TRINITY has a 3.1-inch 800 x 480 OLED capacitive touchscreen. In the future, ZiiLABS say, there'll be a 4G version supporting the even higher-speed mobile networks.
The Zii TRINITY also squeezes in WiFi b/g, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and a 5-megapixel autofocus camera (plus a front-facing VGA camera for video calls), along with a microSD card slot. Wired connectivity includes micro USB 2.0, mini HDMI and composite video output. The battery is a 1,130mAh pack, and the TRINITY will run both Creative's own Plaszma OS or Google's Android platform.
Creative's latest point-and-shoot camcorder has emerged, and though the feature list isn't exactly overwhelming it's a decent update over the second-gen version. The new Creative Vado HD still grabs 720p high-definition footage but now the company are claiming improved low-light and bright-light performance together with out-of-the-box compatibility with both PCs and Macs.
ZiiLABS first has unveiled a new media processor called the ZMS-08. ZiiLABS is a subsidiary of Creative and the first product from Creative to carry the Zii name was the Zii Egg. The new media processor that the company is showing off today is designed to provide Blu-ray quality in handheld devices.
Creative got us all excited when it unveiled its Android-powered Zii Egg last month. Creative has now announced the coming of the next device in the Zii family called the Zii MediaBook. The MediaBook is the company's first entry into the eBook market. The device will compete alongside the Barnes & Noble Nook and the Amazon Kindle.
Creative's Zii EGG developer unit has been on sale for some time now, but it's taken the company a little time to deliver the promised Android update. However, according to a Twitter message from the Zii team, ZiiLABS will be releasing the Android installer "next week".
Creative's Vado HD has been out for quite some time now, and it looks like they're finally getting around to giving the small HD video camera some extra attention. Especially in the looks department. We're sure it has something to do with the fact that the competition's prices are dropping, and obviously this just goes to show you that a little competition never hurt anybody. Especially our wallets.
Android is a venerable Operating System, whether you prefer to use it or not, and it's popping up on all sorts of peripherals. One of the good ones coming down the pipe line, is Creative's Zii Egg. We're still excited about this thing, even if there isn't even the faintest of words about an official, consumer-based release for the device yet. But, if you're a developer, then you can start to get excited, because Creative is starting to release its first shipment.
Creative's Zii has now made a full appearance at the FCC, complete with break-down images and a user guide. The document refers to the device - which uses Creative's new ZMD 05 Plaszma module - as the Zii and not the Zii EGG, the developer edition, and that along with the language of the user guide has led to suggestions that this could in fact be the upcoming consumer version of the device.
Creative has announced two new speakers this week that are intended for use with your computer set up. They include the T6160 and the T3130, both of which offer multiple features and top-notch sound quality.