IFA 2008

Hands on with the Sony Sountina NSA-PF1 non-directional speaker

Back in May, we talked about the Sony Sountina and its release in Japan, but now we've gotten up close and personal with the glass speaker at IFA 2008. Milena has sent over some great shots of the omnidirectional speaker, which is truly part sound device, part piece of art.

Epson EH-TW3000 super-quiet 1080p projector

It's not just entry-level all-in-one systems; Epson have also announced a "proper" projector at IFA 2008, the EH-TW3000 with full 1080p high-definition resolution, a 20,000:1 contrast ratio and 2000 lumens brightness.  The EH-TW3000 uses the company's latest D7 3LCD panels with a 10-bit Pixel Works video processor chip to improve smoothness and clarity during fast-moving scenes.

Epson EH-DM2 all-in-one Portable Projector, DVD & Audio

Epson have announced a new all-in-one projector, the EH-DM2, that couples a 1200 lumen projector with a DivX-capable DVD player and integrated 8W stereo speakers.  Intended to be highly portable, the EH-DM2 does not appear to be high-definition - Epson only say it supports an "HD compatible" resolution - rather it's targeted at the entry-level crowd who want a way to enjoy their movies and home media on a bigger screen.

Sony “Rolly” Speaker coming to Europe this fall

After an unexpected level of interest in Japan and the US, Sony has decided to roll out the "Rolly" in select European cities this fall.

Delta 1080p LED DLP projector promises 20k hour lifespan

Delta Electronics have announced their first full-HD 1080p DLP projector using LEDs.  The technology apparently allows them a broader color gamut, together with a longer lifespan than traditional bulbs: the LED unit is rated for 20,000 hours use.  It's one of the first commercial systems to use PhlatLight rather than metal halide bulbs.

Emtec Gdium netbook hands-on at IFA 2008

Emtec brought their Gdium netbook along to play at IFA 2008, albeit in the form of a non-functional prototype.  As you can see in the picture (click here for full-size) they're persisting with their GKey USB dongle - the white block central under the touchpad - which contains both user data and the OS and system files.  Otherwise it's the usual array of ports and an unusual choice of processor: a 900Mhz 64-bit Loongson 2F made by by STMicroelectronics.

JVC Everio HD camcorders at IFA 2008

Milena grabbed some hands-on time with JVC's latest high-definition Everio camcorders at IFA 2008 today, together with the easy-archiving Share Station VD50.  The HD30 and HD40 are both hard-drive based, with 80GB and 120GB respectively, as well as having a microSDHC slot for memory expansion.

TomTom GO LIVE dynamic routing launched at IFA 2008

TomTom has announced a new dynamic navigation and route guidance service, GO x40 LIVE, together with three new GPS models to take advantage of it.  The GO 940 LIVE, GO 740 LIVE and GO 540 LIVE all have access to an updated version of TomTom's IQ Routes system, which uses historical travel time information for every road, specified for every day of the week at five minute intervals, to assess traffic and, if necessary, reroute.

Panasonic 24.7mm-thick Plasma HDTVs

Panasonic has obviously been encouraging its VIERA plasma HDTV range to hit the gym, as the company showed up at IFA 2008 with two new prototypes measuring just 24.7mm deep.  The screens, in 50, 58 and 60-inch sizes, are a mere quarter of the thickness of current Panasonic plasmas.

LG BD300 for Europe: no Netflix but still 1080p

LG have been showing off their BD300 Blu-ray player at IFA 2008, and while the US version includes Netflix movie downloads the company has made no comment about the possibility of streaming media or IPTV for the European version.  Instead they're boasting about the "advanced viewing experience", with BD-Live, 1080p full High Definition and the ability to playback Blu-ray discs, DVDs and DivX movies.


LG Scarlet LG7000 HDTV: 50,000:1 contrast & optional Bluetooth

LG announced their Scarlet LG7000 HDTV today, a 1080p LCD with an intelligent backlighting system that, through reacting to ambient light conditions, can save up to 69.5-percent of the power usually required.  A 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, TruMotion for reduced picture blur and 24P Real Cinema for high-definition film playback all add up to a response time of just 2.7ms.


Fujitsu AMILO Mini Ui 3520 netbook announced: Live Images

Fujitsu have today finally confirmed their netbook, the AMILO Mini Ui 3520, at IFA 2008. Measuring 32.2 x 17.5 cm, the Mini Ui uses Intel's Atom 270 1.6GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and has a choice of 60GB or 80GB hard-drives from launch, with a 120GB option coming in December. As previewed, the Mini Ui has interchangeable lid covers with five colors available from launch, together with a clear cover for you to sandwich photos in the lid.

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