Texas Instruments is the company behind the massively successful DLP technology that is found in all sorts of TVs and projectors in the electronics world. Today TI has announced a new product aimed at developers that are incorporating DLP technology into light processing applications. The new dev kit is called the DLP LightCommander.
Texas Instruments aren't perhaps a name you'd associate with watches, but the TI MSP430 is no regular timepiece. The hack-friendly wristwatch has a 3-axis accelerometer, pressure sensor, temperature sensor and RF wireless, and in this latest DIY door security system it's used to remotely unlock a door using a sequence of taps.
Most of us have probably used those big and complicated looking TI graphics calculators at one time or another during our educational careers. TI has announced a new system for the classroom to help students learn math and make it easier for the teacher to track the students progress.
The last Synaptics concept we really got excited about was the Onyx smartphone - in fact we went all the way to the company's head office to play with their prototype - and now they're back with a new smartphone idea. The Synaptics Fuse takes multitouch capacitive sensing and throws in force, grip and proximity sensing, along with haptic feedback and 3D graphics. The end result is a squeezable smartphone that spreads its sensors not only across the touchscreen but down the sides, too, so as to be fully usable even with just one hand. Fuse is a collaboration between Synaptics, TI, Immersion, TheAlloy and The Astonishing Tribe, and is based on a TI OMAP 3630 processor and a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen.
Netronix are developing Android-based ebook readers, working with Texas Instruments to push the e-readers out in 2010, according to company chairman Arthur Lu. Full specifications on the devices are unknown, though Lu has also said the the devices will be "able to interoperate" with both Android smartphones and embedded devices; the executive didn't go on to explain exactly what form that interoperation might take. Meanwhile, there's also 3G/3.5G WWAN integration coming.
While Lu didn't say that the Android-based devices would necessarily be the e-readers to get wireless, he did confirm that Netronix expect to release models with integrated 3G connectivity in mid-2010.
Texas Instruments has unveiled a new OMAP-DM5x coprocessor family for mobile phones that will bring much improved video recording capabilities to the devices. TI claims that the coprocessor will enable up to 20MP still imaging capability on mobile phones along with 720p HD video.
As promised, Archos have announced that they will be holding a press conference on September 15th where star of the show will be their new Android Internet Tablet. The company has also launched AppsLib, a new directory for developers and the Android apps they create for "high-end Android devices"; that site lists development guidelines for the touchscreen device as using a 5-inch WVGA display, with 720p video support, an HDMI output and native OpenGL libraries.
Having gone into production back in June, Always Innovating's Touch Book netbook/tablet hybrid is now beginning to ship out to pre-order customers. The 8.9-inch touchscreen notebook squeezes its processor, storage and connectivity into the detachable screen section, while the base - complete with keyboard and trackpad - has a second battery for extended runtime and easy text entry.
Neuros Technology have been spilling the beans about their next-gen open-source mediaplayer, the OSD3, and while it's not set to hit shelves for at least another 18 months it's shaping up to be impressive. The company is working with Texas Instruments regarding the OSD3's ARM-based processor, and have official support for 1080p/60 encoding and decoding.
Google have revealed the hardware partners that they are currently working with on their freshly-announced Chrome OS. The search giant has named Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, HP, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and Toshiba as all helping to design and build devices that will run the new platform, which has been described as the Chrome browser with a new windowing system, on top of a Linux kernel.