Philips have revealed their plans to take on the PMP and PND markets in one fell swoop, with the upcoming Philips GoGear Connect. An Android 2.1 based device, with a touchscreen and trackball, the GoGear Connect will not have integrated cellular connectivity - it won't replace your smartphone - but it will be able to tether via Bluetooth or hook up to a WiFi hotspot.
Video demo after the cut
Home lighting isn't something you'll regularly find on the SlashGear frontpage, but when that lighting is capable of thousands of colors and comes with a remote control, that's when the geeks start paying attention. Philips' LivingColors range has been around for a few years now, but the Generation 2 models promise 50-percent more light for an altogether more usable lamp. Check out our full review plus a video demo after the cut.
I love the idea of home automation. To be able to control the lights and upstairs thermostat in my home from my bedroom would be a cool thing. Philips makes a line of Pronto devices that provides control of automated systems within a home. Philips has announced new updated software at CES that makes that control two-way and more robust.
If you are the type who has a hard time waking up to a dark and cold room each morning, Philips may have a great alarm clock for you. The company has unveiled the HF3490 and HF3480 Wake-up Light alarm clocks. These clocks have music and wake you to a simulated natural sunrise as well.
As a professional geek, I spend most days of the week staring at my computer in an attempt to will status bars to move faster so I can get on with my work. I hope one day to be able to speed them up with the power of my mind, sort of like George Clooney kills those goats in that new movie trailer. With so much time spent looking at status bars, they are familiar to me. If you are like me and need a status bar to tell you if you're doing well and how close to finished with your task you actually are, Philips has the perfect exercise device for you.
Philips have been showing off their latest efforts in OLED lighting at the "100% Design Fair" in London recently, and while they're still concepts we're hoping someone at the company realizes that there's likely a paying audience out there somewhere - at the very least the Mathmos-loving crowd - and decides to, you know, release some of the darned things. The Philips Lumiblade concepts [pdf link] range from home to commercial in their application, but all promise low power consumption.
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Philips isn’t exactly a top name in the PMP market that is dominated by Apple with SanDisk in a distant second place. Somewhere well down the line would be Philips with its new, and quite sexy GoGear Muse PMP.
Apple, Microsoft, Bang & Olufsen and iriver are among the defendants named by Tsera LLC, a company claiming to own a touchpad patent which has been vigorously infringed. The lawsuit concerns Tsera's patent "Methods and apparatus for controlling a portable electronic device using a touchpad", and basically describes recognizing different touchpad swipes without requiring visual feedback.
When your HDTV is a one-of-a-kind ultrawide 56-inch display with a £4,500 ($7,318) price tag, you'd better hope it rates well in reviews. Thankfully Philips' indecently broad Cinema 21:9 56PFL9954H does just that; according to TechRadar, the 1080p high-def set delivers "the best aspects of the finest sets" they've ever seen.
Philips have begun taking pre-orders for their Lumiblade OLED panels, and the first delivery has arrived over at OLED-Info. Intended for DIY lighting projects, the panels are pretty basic: the blue square OLED measures 43.7 x 47.4 mm, while the white freeform panel is 39.4m x 73.1 mm. Each has a driver box with dimmer and power switch, and puts out 1,000 cd/m2 brightness.
Video of the OLED lighting panels after the cut
Philips are continuing their assault on traditional bulbs with the launch of two concept OLED lights, the first a compact table lamp and the second a more impressive chandelier. Both systems use the company's Lumiblade OLED panels, which offer cool-to-the-touch, pure white illumination.
The Philips Luminaire Chandelier consists of five OLED 'blades' balanced out from a thin central pole. Light from the Lumiblades increases as movement around the chandelier is recognized.
Video demo of the OLED lighting after the cut