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HP Voodoo Firefly concept gaming notebook gets hands-on

HP Voodoo Firefly concept gaming notebook gets hands-on

As monstrous beasts of laptops go, HP Voodoo's prototype Firefly certainly stomps its way near the top.  Intended to demonstrate some of the innovation coming out of the hardcore gaming team, the Firefly pairs a 17.1-inch 1920 x 1200 main display with a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 sub-display underneath (similar to the Fujitsu N7010), together with Intel's 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad Core processor, 4GB of RAM, a pair of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 GPUs running in CrossFire mode, and a 7,200rpm 250GB hard drive.  That's comfortably enough to run Far Cry 2 with its graphics set to max.

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Quanta Optical Touch works with Windows 7 multitouch gestures

Quanta Optical Touch works with Windows 7 multitouch gestures

Quanta has been demonstrating multitouch touch-sensitive displays using an optical recognition system rather than the more common capacitive or resistive panels.  The technology, which the company calls Optical Touch, relies on two cameras embedded into the top left and right corners of the display, which track the user's fingers.  It will be compatible with the multitouch functionality coming as standard in Windows 7.

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HP flexible, unbreakable TFT display demonstrated

HP flexible, unbreakable TFT display demonstrated

HP and Arizona State University have demonstrated what they're calling the first prototype of "affordable, flexible electronic displays".  Constructed using the self-aligned imprint lithography (SAIL) technology invented by HP Labs, the display also uses E Ink’s Vizplex bi-stable electrophoretic imaging film that requires no power to maintain an image; the end result is a low-power, low-manufacturing-cost display suitable for color text and graphics.

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Mojo Mobility develops Near Field Power charger prototype

Mojo Mobility develops Near Field Power charger prototype

As more and more people have multiple mobile devices, it becomes more of an issue of how you'll keep your gadgets charged while on the go. But Mojo Mobility may have just come up with something that will put an end to your charging troubles that utilizes Near Field Power to charge up your devices.

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WowWee Rovio prototypes revealed

WowWee Rovio prototypes revealed

It's always interesting to see the various iterations of a gadget's design, before it reaches the shelves in all its shiny splendor, and today it's the family album of WowWee's Rovio mobile WiFi webcam robot.  Released at the beginning of October, the Rovio hasn't always had its Stealth Bomber-style, as these balsa prototypes from RoboCommunity prove.

BMW key-card unlocks car & works as contactless payment system

BMW key-card unlocks car & works as contactless payment system

BMW and NXP Semiconducters have announced what they're calling the world's first multi-functional car key.  Currently in prototype form, the key features contactless payment, personalized access control and public transport e-ticketing for when you've left your 7-Series in the parking lot.  Future functionality could include general shopping, paying for gas, parking fees and road tolls.  Using the same credit-card form-factor as other contactless car keys, the BMW prototype aims to replace not only your keys but your cash.

 

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Panasonic 5-hour Fuel-Cell notebook battery by 2012

Panasonic 5-hour Fuel-Cell notebook battery by 2012

With the news last week that Toshiba could have a fuel cell powered device on the market by Christmas, today it's the turn of Panasonic to make some methanol promises.  It won't be a fight for a spot underneath the tree between the two companies, though; Panasonic say they'll have fuel cells, capable of running a laptop computer for five hour, on the market by 2012.

 

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Sleep mask is for sleepy train passengers

Sleep mask is for sleepy train passengers

If you have to take a train a lot in order to commute to work or around town, you no doubt get sleepy sometimes. That's why Pyocotan, a manga artist, has come up with "Noriko-san," a sleek mask that relies on the kindness of other passengers to work.

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Objet Alaris 30 Desktop 3D Printer creates prototypes on the fly

Objet Alaris 30 Desktop 3D Printer creates prototypes on the fly

3D printers have been around for quite some time, but they're just now getting streamlined enough to fit in an office space. That's what makes the Alaris 30 Desktop 3D printer from Objet stand out.

 
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Samsung & LG Display showcase OLED & AMOLED panels

Samsung & LG Display showcase OLED & AMOLED panels

The International Meeting on Information Display (IMID) 2008 kicked off in Korea yesterday, and both Samsung and LG Display brought along their latest OLED-based displays for a little screen-quality sparring. LG tried valiantly, with their 19-inch OLED panel, but Samsung's smaller, 14-inch panel fought back with the lower power-requirements of AMOLED while their larger 31-inch full-HD panel won the war of inches.

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Digital Cube Telson UMPC with 3D video camera set for release

Digital Cube Telson UMPC with 3D video camera set for release

Telson's 3D UMPC prototype, last seen in June, could be closer to a commercial release than expected, after new company owners Digital Cube announced their intentions to bring it to market.  With a 4.3-inch touchscreen, 1.2GHz VIA C7-M processor, 512MB RAM and 30GB hard drive, the Telson device's particular talent is its 3D screen and - courtesy of a newly unveiled attachment - 3D video capture.

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Hitachi concept WOOO camcorder can stream HD video on TV wirelessly

Hitachi concept WOOO camcorder can stream HD video on TV wirelessly

Hitachi at CEDIA 2008 showcases a concept digital camcorder that is capable of streaming HD video to a TV display wirelessly. The prototype video camera captures video on its HDD in HD MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format, and has an SDIO standard IEEE802.11g module to transmit live feed or captured video to TV via an access point.

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