Archive for Jul 25, 2006

The BIGGEST HDTV in the World

By BIGGEST, I mean the BIGGEST ever. Tokyo racetrack felt the need to install Mitsubishi’s behemoth 8,000 square feet measuring 218 feet wide, 37 feet tall, $28 million HDTV for their patrons to enjoy. Imagine watching a race that’s even larger than life. The TV is so massive that it needs it comes in 35 pieces and requires on-site assembly.

Giant video screen constructed at Tokyo-area horse track [Pink Tentacle]

UB-890 PMP

This is possibly one of the tiniest PMP on the market, weighing merely 55g.  The screen is only 2 inches so it might be difficult to watch video or read your ebooks comfortably.  The UB-890’s storage capacity range from 1-4GB; which is plenty of room to store a couple of videos, ebooks or songs for the road.


Make Your License Plate Unreadable

Imagine a device that will obfuscate the numbers and letters of your license plate, making it nearly impossible for cops to identify you.  Yes, it’s possible thanks to some genius that created this electronic license plate blurring device for a team in the Bullrun.  With a single flip of a switch, speed demons racing across the country are free to go about their business of hauling ass.  Keep in mind that devices such as this one is illegal in every way so just don’t get busted.

Bullrun Tech, Subterfuge Edition: Electronic License Plate Blur Effect [via Gizmodo]

Use Waves to “Print” on Surface of Water

Researchers at Akishima Laboratories and professor Shigeru Naito of Osaka University have developed a device that uses waves to draw text and pictures on the surface of water.  Writing on water is possible thanks to 50 water wave generators encircling a cylindrical tank 1.6 meters in diameter and 30 cm deep.  The generators move up and down in controlled motions to simultaneously product a number of cylindrical waves acting as pixels.  These pixels measure 10cm in diameter and 4cm in height, are combined to form lines and shapes.  So far, the device can spell out all the ABCs, as well as simple kanji characters.  It takes about 15 to 30 seconds to squeeze out a letter.

The first place I’d see this technology realized is Las Vegas.  Writing on water can be a huge attraction, not to mention it’s a great fit for all the fancy light shows and fountain technology already in place.  Not to mention, it’s going to be one very expensive project to implement.

Read [via Pink Tentacle]

ASUS S6F leather goods

The ASUS S6F won the Reddot Award and now there’s word that ASUS plans to launch a slew of leather-made peripherals for the Korean market. Owners of the world’s first leather notebook will be in style with the new laptop case, mouse and mouse pad. Availability is at the end of July – not hat far away.

ASUS S6F leather goods


Vaio UX90PS (16GB Flash) Reviewed

The Vaio UX90PS is identical to the UX50 in every respect with the addition of a TV tuner and the replacement of the 30GB HDD for a 16GB flash RAM HDD. Verdict: the TV tuner and software doesn’t work outside of Japan, but no big loss since there’s only one TV station in Japan anyways. The additional cost for RAM HDD versus a physical HDD is worth it.


Week in Review: July 17 – July 21, 2006

Just in case you missed all the awesome stories that we’ve brought to you this past week (and if you have, shame on you!), we at Slashgear bring you the Week in Review!


The Zune’s Official Announcement

It’s official, anyone who owns a xxxZune or Zunexxx domain name can cash in! I didn’t expect to get too much information from Billboard Magazine’s article; since it’s probably a good idea for Microsoft to not give everything away. Microsoft confirms Zune is the project, the brand and the device.The new wifi-enabled Zune will possibly allow browsing other user’s libraries, purchasing and downloading songs without a PC or laptop and viewing a “digital locker”. Microsoft wants the Zune to be collaborative and sharing.

It’s interesting that Zune will get it’s content delivered from a brand new online music service; not the Windows Media Player, URGE, PlaysForSure, DRM and may include Portable Media Center.

Billboard Magazine’s Article after the jump.

July 29, 2006
Microsoft Preps Music Player, Service To Rival Apple’s Wares

Microsoft officials for the first time have confirmed that the Redmond, Wash.-based company is readying a portable music player and integrated service, shedding new light on a topic that has fueled rampant speculation in news reports and blog postings for weeks.

In an exclusive first interview with Billboard, Chris Stephenson, Microsoft’s new GM of marketing for MSN Entertainment Business, says the company will later this year launch Zune, an umbrella brand for what he says is “a family of hardware and software products” targeting various digital entertainment services.


MoGo Mouse Hands-On

Newton Peripherals has assessed all the problems of a portable mouse and has come up with a simple solution for a new and improved portable laptop mouse. For any Road Warrior, keeping track of and finding batteries for a portable mouse are the two biggest known problems. Well, Newton Peripherals has the solution for you: the simple yet elegantly-designed MoGo Mouse.

The MoGo Mouse is a slim, business card size mouse that is designed for those who are always on the go. This slim device comes equipped with Bluetooth capabilities and operates on its own internal battery, eliminating all the hassles of stockpiling spare batteries for your mouse. A simple flip of the kickstand turns the device on and, after a one-time pairing procedure to tie the MoGo to a Bluetooth-enabled laptop, the mouse is ready to go. Users will immediately notice that the kickstand allows the mouse to fit better to the contour of one’s hand, making the device feel more comfortable and natural. As you remember, I said that this mouse operates on its own internal battery. After enough usage, this mouse is going to have to charge itself, and does so not by plugging into a wall socket but by simply plugging into your laptop’s PCMCIA card slot. This eliminates all battery problems and at the same time keeps the portable mouse from running away and getting lost.


Yahoo Releases DRM-Free Music Track

Hoping that other music companies will follow its example, Yahoo! has released a $1.99, DRM-free, personalized version of Jessica Simpson’s “A Public Affair.” While the price of $1.99 is effectively double that of a comparable iTunes Music Store purchase, the Yahoo! track can be played on any MP3-capable music player, which sorta justifies the added cost. The company, regarding the new music track, has said the following:

“Dear digital consumer, even if you’re not into Jessica Simpson, and you’re not excited about spending $2 for a song, let me tell you, this is a bigger deal than you might think.”


Radeon X1950 to Feature New Cooling System

Apparently, people are sick and tired of the high-end ATI Radeon cards have small engines mounted as cooling systems, so ATI has set out to fix the problem. On the company’s upcoming Radeon X1950 graphics processing unit, ATI will redesign the entire cooling apparatus in order to make it quieter without losing efficiency. As it stands now, the new card is due out next month, complete with DDR4 RAM and a dual-slot design (evil evil evil). No details on either price or what the new cooling system could look like, but if you’re interested in one of the new cards, now is the time to start saving up; high-end Radeons are usually $500 or so. Time to choose between that and the PS3!

[via Gizmodo]

Intel to Launch Quad-Core Chips This Year

While this doesn’t come as any great surprise (especially after AMD’s post-Core 2 Duo “4×4” announcement), Intel has nonetheless announced the that a quad-core version of its Core 2 Duo desktop chips (dubbed Kentsfield), as well as a quad-core edition of the Xeon server CPUs (dubbed Clovertown), would be available as early as the end of this year. It seems somewhat weird to me to launch what is essentially a massively-upgraded Core 2 Duo (the new processors are two Conroe or Woodcrest dual-core processors on one chip) so soon after the line was just launched, but that’s technology for ya. Start saving now, all ye interested parties; I guarantee that this processor won’t be cheap.

[via MacNN]

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