The first time we ever saw a Samsung Windows Phone 7 device, we were pretty excited about it. And then we found out that it was actually a Omnia i8910. Naturally, our enthusiasm for the device waned. Since then, we haven't heard much from Microsoft or Samsung about a future piece of hardware running the mobile Operating System. But now we've got one on video.
Sony has been demonstrating a new, rollable OLED display this week, with the 4.1-inch panel running at 432 x 240 resolution and with over a 1,000:1 contrast ratio. Thanks to a highly flexible back-plane and no solid IC chips, the display can play back video while being furled around a 4mm radius peg.
Possibly the largest story to break this year, or many years before this in fact, has snowballed into what many would consider a ridiculous scenario that's unnecessary, for both sides of the fight. While many of the details regarding the iPhone HD prototype's existence outside a particular site's hands have been hidden by red tape, most of that has now been cleared up, thanks to a push from other sites like Wired and CNET. Through their pressure, judge Clifford Cretan has issued a ruling Friday that made the affidavit and search warrant of Gizmodo Editor Jason Chen's home available to the public. Below, you'll find some of the details of what those documents revealed.
A live shot and initial specifications of what's said to be Sony's EX3 3D camcorder prototype has emerged, together with the promise that a commercial version is on its way. According to Engadget's sources, the Sony EX3 has six CMOS chips - three for each lens - taken from a pair of PMW-EX3 studio cameras, each capable of recording 35Mbps 1080p 4:2:0 MPEG-2 video.
News that Motorola had canned their RAZR3 project all the way back in November 2008 was met with collective indifference, but beyond a small photo of the handset we've been left hanging as to what happened to the company's prototypes. One such example has leaked to Travis the Tech Man and he's been showing it off on video.
After the first - surprisingly promising - hands-on report about the WePad, there's now a second video of the 11.6-inch tablet in action. Just as the last video had a little oddness to it (in that the WePad looked to be occasionally doing things of its own accord, because it was actually running a UI demo video rather than being locally controlled), this time around the tablet's touchscreen isn't working and so navigation is via a plugged-in USB mouse.
After Fujitsu began their color e-newspaper trials in Japan a year ago we've been waiting for the technology to show up in a consumer device; it now looks like that could be fast approaching. Fujitsu Japan have been demonstrating a new prototype ereader using a color e-ink panel and with an ultra-slim chassis, that they apparently expect to reach the market sometime this year.
Hardware details for the device are unknown, and Fujitsu themselves don't seem to be saying much about its capabilities. For their e-newspaper trial the company were looking at wireless delivery of content, and the "Link" indicator on the prototype's front panel suggests it might have its own form of wireless too.
The ICD Gemini certainly wows when it comes to hardware specifications, but anybody can write a glowing spec-sheet and throw together some renders; happily, ICD aren't all talk and no trousers. Stuff have grabbed some hands-on time with a Gemini prototype and even have an estimated UK release date to go with it: August 2010, apparently, with carrier support bringing prices to roughly iPad parity.
Robots that are designed to comfort the elderly or entertain children aren't new, but Fujitsu are hoping to take things one step further with their latest bear 'bot. The currently unnamed robot is designed to recognise facial expressions and movements using a camera embedded in its nose, and together with a network of touch sensors across its head and body can react appropriately.
In fact the Fujitsu bear has 300 different responses of its own, which range from giggling and laughing, waving its paws around, and pretending to fall asleep complete with recorded snores. "We want it to feel natural" said one Fujitsu researcher, who revealed that the company expects to deploy the responsive robot "in nursing homes so that it can entertain and soothe elderly people."
Casio aren't planning to follow Sony down the path of interactive digital photo frames - as Sony have done with their Dash, adding Chumby widget support - but instead see the devices as a passive form of entertainment. In an interview with Tech-On!, Casio described their intent as turning the digital picture frame into the "third screen", one which can "sensitively adapt to the users' lives and environments." They've also put together a prototype to show that passive doesn't have to mean passé.