Philips is the latest big-name electronics firm to announce their Q4 financial performance, and anyone hoping for an industry turnaround will still be disappointed. Overall sales for Q4 2008 were down 9-percent over the same quarter 2007, with Philips' consumer lifestyle division - i.e. those responsible for HDTVs and other mainstream electronics - seeing 24-percent lower sales. That led to an overall net loss of €1.47bn ($1.9bn) for the quarter compared to Q4 2007.
Most of your favorite HDTV programs are broadcasted at 16:9 (1.78:1) aspect, but some cinematic movies are formatted at anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Some projector users are known to have equipped anamorphic widescreen for such standard, then utilizing an anamorphic lens to convert 16:9 materials. Never before, a natively cinema widescreen resolution was featured on a flat screen; until now, Philips has took the initiative to launch the first 21:9 cinema-proportioned LCD TV.
Not everyone has an All-in-One Home theater system that can manage its full-feature within a single remote control. Thanks to a programmable Universal remote control, I’m able to operate multiple electronic consumer devices using a single controller device on my component shelf, regardless of the brand. If you are in the process to eliminate the need of multiple remote control units, Philips has refreshed their Prestigo Universal remote line-up with SRT 9320 with a 2.8-inch touchscreen LCD screen mixed with hard buttons. It worth a look.
The SRT9320 can control up to 20 devices and is completely programmable to enable multi-devices macro and learning modes. Though it come equipped with a USB port for software update, the device can be programmed directly without the need of the software apps. The touchscreen LCD can display your favorite channel line-up and customized commands.
Unlike their flagship Pronto series remote control, the Prestigo doesn’t has a cradle or charger docking station (doesn’t use rechargeable battery) and it lacks the much-advanced RF capabilities. Priced at $249, Philips' Prestigo SRT9320 is slated to release in the first quarter of 2009.
Philips have unveiled a new stereo Bluetooth headset that not only streams music from your cellphone but has its own onboard storage too. The Philips GoGear LUXE incorporates Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP stereo support, dual microphones and 2GB of integrated storage; there's also a single-line LCD display that shows Caller ID and track details.
The Philips Research team responsible for the Ambilight color-changing LED system used on several Philips HDTVs, and which recently was established as the amBX division, has separated and will be run as a single business. While Philips will still licence the technology - which synchronizes colors to emphasize the on-screen image - amBX will also market it to other companies in the hope that it becomes an industry standard. As well as color, amBX devices can also use sound, rumble, airflow and, soon, smell to augment the on-screen entertainment or gaming experience.
Since I was a kid I loved everything in 3D. I remember getting so excited when a sitcom was going to air in 3D and you had to pick up the special glasses at the supermarket along with a copy of the TV Guide. Those were the days. But now Philips is bringing the three-dimensional experience straight into your home.
There's nothing worse than being jolted awake in the morning by an obnoxious alarm clock. And we've seen many a novelty alarm here on SlashGear. But the Philips Wake-up Light is a gentler way to wake up.
Somewhat at the opposite end of the size-scale from Telson's UMPC prototype, Philips have developed their own glasses-free 3D display. Using a whopping 52-inch LCD panel, the screen can display full 1920 x 1080 high-definition, has a 2,000:1 contrast ratio and 8ms response time. More importantly, it combines that with Philips 3D Solutions' WOWvx technology, described as a "2D-plus-Depth" format, which adds additional occlusion information into the picture to give the impression of being able to "look around" what's on-screen.