multimedia

The Daily Slash: April 1st 2010

The Daily Slash: April 1st 2010

It's the first of the month, and here we are, at the end of the day, bringing you another Daily Slash. Tonight's pretty big, but we'll make sure that you don't miss a thing. First, we've got a helmet that just might save your life. Near the middle of our late night story, we've got two tales from the automobile industry: one hits a milestone, and another offers up a pretty nice gift package. Finally, two iPad stories that will make you look twice at the tablet from Apple.

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ASUS EeeMedia EM0501 HD-capable media center outed

ASUS EeeMedia EM0501 HD-capable media center outed

The O!Play HD2 isn't the only media-centric device that ASUS have quietly snuck into their CeBIT 2010 line-up; there's another, somewhat more interesting set-top box on show too.  The ASUS EeeMedia EM0501 is supposedly a "High Definition Media Center", based around an 800MHz Samsung S5PV210 ARM chipset with 512MB of RAM and a 2.5-inch HDD bay.  It can hook up to your network for streaming content, and output 1080p Full HD.

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Wired Magazine: iPad edition [Video]

Wired Magazine: iPad edition [Video]

Wired has definitely been busy working on something top-secret for the last several months, and now we’ve discovered that they’ve still been working on the same-old magazine, with one tiny exception: it’s for the iPad.  The new digital product, the Wired Reader, has been recreated for a touchscreen tablet experience.  Here’s the demo of the Wired experience, the iPad way, after the break.

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Light Touch projection technology turns any flat surface into a touchscreen [Video]

Light Touch projection technology turns any flat surface into a touchscreen [Video]

We've seen virtual keyboards before, but the technology has never quite taken off.   But this is quite exceptional.  UK-based Light Blue Optics (LBO) has unveiled a revolutionary compact projector that lets users interact with images projected onto a flat surface, essentially turning it into a touch screen.  Remarkably, it has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, which allows users to access and connect with internet-based applications and engage in social networking and multimedia sharing via the projector itself, which runs Adobe Flash Lite 3.1.

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Sling Receiver 300 and Slingbox 700U add placeshifting to EchoStar and DISH Network

Sling Receiver 300 and Slingbox 700U add placeshifting to EchoStar and DISH Network

Slightly less eye-catching than a touchscreen remote and a portable HDTV with integrated WiFi, Sling Media's two remaining products could be no less useful if your cable or satellite provider does the decent thing and decides to offer them.  The Sling Receiver 300 is a slip of a box designed to hook up wirelessly to EchoStar's SlingLoaded 922 HD DVR and funnel 1080i content to a distant HDTV, similar in principle to the Sling Monitor 150 only without the integrated display.  Meanwhile the Slingbox 700U hopes to add place-shifting functionality to existing internet-connected DVRs.

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Broadcom BCM2763 1080p-capable media processor and Persona IP DVR chipset launched

Broadcom BCM2763 1080p-capable media processor and Persona IP DVR chipset launched

Broadcom have outed a number of new chips, including a new 1080p-capable multimedia processor and an IP platform intended to add 3D graphics and multimedia capabilities to DVRs and set-top boxes.  The Broadcom BCM2763 VideoCore IV Processor is a 40nm chip that can process up to 20-megapixel images and 1-gigapixel 2D/3D graphics rendering, along with outputting Full HD 1080p via HDMI.  Meanwhile the Broadcom Persona platform couples a BCM11211 comms processor and BCM11181 multimedia processor, and supports streaming content, complex GUIs and integration with the company's various wireless and wired networking components.

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