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Sony PMA 2010 Alpha concepts outed

Sony PMA 2010 Alpha concepts outed

Sony have brought along a raft of concept cameras to PMA 2010 this week, including a new hybrid - in the manner of Micro Four Thirds shooters - that has a CyberShot-sized body but interchangeable lenses, an Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and full AVCHD video recording.  They're also showing off a mid-range concept replacement for the α700 together with several new lenses including a Super Telephoto Lens (500mm F4 G).

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BYD Snaptop tablet hands-on

BYD Snaptop tablet hands-on

You might recognize BYD's Snaptop prototype from back in November 2009, when we grabbed some hands-on time at a Qualcomm press event.  The difference at MWC 2010 this week was that the Snaptop is now functional, rather than a mockup; you still get a touchscreen, flip-out kick-stand and a wireless Bluetooth keyboard which docks into the back of the tablet for storage and portability, but now the whole thing actually works.

Video demo after the cut

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Scope augmented reality game is too good for kids [Video]

Scope augmented reality game is too good for kids [Video]

This might look like the eye-level view from a Rovio gone rogue and trying to wipe out your family, but it's actually a concept shot from the new Scope augmented reality game.  The handiwork of Frantz Lasorne, Scope mixes together some of the common elements we've seen in previous AR systems - computer-recognizable glyphs, heads-up displays overlaid across a live view of the surrounding area - and makes it all about shooting toys.

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Ivan Poupryev Lumen physical 3D display [Video]

Ivan Poupryev Lumen physical 3D display [Video]

We were already thinking about 3D displays, what with the Blu-ray Association's new 3D HD specification, but Ivan Poupryev's Lumen prototype takes things one tactile step further.  His concept involves an array of physically moving pixels, each of which can independently light up and extend out from the screen.  As well as moving, undulating shapes, there's also a sensor layer on top which allows the pixels to respond to finger touch.

Video demo after the cut

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