Archives for September 2009

Frankencamera the Open Source Camera

frankencameraThe Frankencamera is a gadget that allows you to build your own open source applications for the camera. It was created by Marc Levoy who is a professor at Stanford and Andrew Adams.

Levoy says the megapixel was is over and now we are just left waiting to see what the next feature will be every time a new camera is launched. The open source camera lets you mess around with the camera settings and create your own features. With it being open source you can let the experts create the features and then you simply just download them. This means that there will be no more waiting around for companies to innovate. [Read more…]

Remote Controlled Transforming Robot Car

Robot-Remote-Controlled-CarThis remote controlled car is capable of transforming in to a robot. By hitting a button on the remote control the hood and front wheels elevate about 10″ in the air and expose a canon that fires suction cup darts.

Five darts can be stored inside and they can be fired in rapid succession. When you have finished causing destruction you then hit another button and the robot colapses back in to a car that you can drive around like a normal RC car. [Read more…]

Panasonic 3D HDTV

panasonic-fullhd-3dPanasonic were showing off their 3D HDTV at a press event at IFA 2009. Unfortunately there were no cameras allowed while the 3D TV was on show, so you’ll just have to make do with some photos of the event it’s self and also another image showing some of the Panasonic TV’s that could be seem.

After HD TV, Panasonic believe the next step is in Full HD 3D technologies. Their product range spans from Broadcast Camera, to Blu-Ray to the TV in your living room. Therefore they are well equipped to provide the Full HD experience. Panasonic can provide the whole process, from shooting to watching, hence no middleman. [Read more…]

Sharp 936SH Solar Phone

Sharp-936SH-SolarPanelThe Sharp 936SH is a clamshell style phone that has a solar panel on the cover. Technical specs show that it is a HSDPA/UMTS phone that has a 3 inch FWVGA LCD screen. An 8 megapixel camera can be found on the back that allows it to take some fairly decent photos. Interestingly enough, the phone is also water-proof with an IPX5/7 rating.

However, the main feature is the solar panel that is touted to give about 1 minute of talk time or 2 hours of standby for every 10 minutes of charge. You may think that just 1 minute of talk time for 10 minutes of charge isn’t too good, but when your stuck somewhere without power to charge your phone it’s very handy to have. [Read more…]

Sharp PC-Z1 MID

Sharp-NetWalker-PC-Z1We mentioned the Sharp PC-Z1 a few days ago and now we managed to spot it in the flesh at IFA. The Sharp PC-Z1, also known as the NetWalker is a mobile internet device that has a 5 inch WSVGA LCD screen, an impressive 10 hour battery life, instant ON and 1 14mm pitch full QWERTY keyboard.

The NetWalker runs the Ubuntu Linux operating system that runs fairly light on system resources. Technical spec wise it has 512Mb of RAM and runs an 800MHz Arm Cortex-A8 processor. The device measures 161 x 109 x 20-25mm in dimensions and weighs just 410g. [Read more…]

Sharp AQUOS LED Backlit TV’s

Sharpe-AQUOS-LC-46LE700ESharp had an AQUOS LED Backlit TV on display this year. Sharp’s main aim is ‘High technology, and Super GreenĀ which will be achieved through the use of LED and a mixture of solar at their production plant. Sharpe have over 40 years of experience with LED’s since 1968 and have now created a new plant in Sakai Japan where they will be able to create 13 million HDTV’s a year. As part of their green initiative they also plan to create an 18MWatt solar panel plant on the roof of the Sakai building. Sharps other goal is to make larger and thinner displays.

On to the AQUOS range of TV’s we see that they have created the LC-46LE700E that runs at 46 inches in widescreen format. This TV is backlit by LED and runs at full HD at 1080p with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. [Read more…]

LG Magic Motion Remote Control

LG-Magic-Motion-Remote-DeviceAnother product on show at IFA 2009 was the LG Magic Motion remote control that has a gyro built in and can detect rotation and shaking of the remote control.

By using certain gestures like rotating the remote control to the left or right, the TV menu system can be controlled. Then all that is required is a single click to activate the needed function. [Read more…]

LG Announce the SL9000, SL8000 and LH9000 LED TV’s at IFA

LG-SL9000-42-InchAs well as announcing the LG LU7000 series TV’s, LG also announced 3 other new TV’s named the SL9000, SL8000 and LH9000 LED TV’s at IFA today. Each of the 3 new TV’s offers something new and each of them look fantastic.

The first is the new BORDERLESS SL9000 Edge LED TV. The Edge LED TV has it’s backlight actually around the edges of the screen allowing it to measure just 2.9cm in thickness. The glass on the front of the screen also goes right to the edge sitting flush with the bezel making it a complete smooth panel to hang on the wall. The screen is full HD at 1080p and offers amazing picture quality. [Read more…]

LG LU7000 Series Launched

LU7000-3LG have launched the new LU7000 series range of LCD TV’s. The LG LU7000 comes with a built in DVD player and is on display now over at IFA in Germany. It is being announced right now and as soon as we get some live pics we’ll post them here. For now you’ll just have to make do with the nice shiny press shots.

The TV comes in 2 sizes of 19 inches and 22 inches and has a high gloss black finish. Thanks to the built in DVD player you get the benefit of only needing the 1 power cable and not having to have a separate player installed. The LU7000 series are not aimed at being your main TV but instead, could be placed in a kitchen or bedroom for example. [Read more…]

Sony Launch new Wi-Fi enabled Blu-ray Players

Sony-Blu-RaySony have announced two new blu-ray players named the BDP-S560 and the BDP-S760. Both players are designed to give high quality 1080p picture quality along with 7.1 surround sound.

Both of the Blu-ray players are wireless at 802.11n speeds allowing you to not only grab the latest firmware updates over your network, but also connect to the web so you can utilise the BD-Live service. Also both players can receive JPG files from other DLNA devices such as Vaio laptops and PC’s even if they are not in the same room. [Read more…]

Lasen SMP-101 Laser Pico Projector

lasen-smp-101Shanghai Sanxin Technology Development are launching a laser based pico projector named the Lasen SMP-101. The laser based pico projector supports a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels and has a 250:1 contrast ratio and is rated at over 20 lumens.

2GB of memory is built in allowing for files such as PDF’s, AVI, MP4 and DivX to be thrown on to a screen. The laser projector is focus free allowing it to show a sharp image with out the need of focusing it. [Read more…]

Gran Turismo PSP Limted Edition Pack

Gran-Turismo-PSPSony have announced that the PSP-3000 system will be made available in a special Gran Turismo pack. Gran Turismo PSP is launching on October 1st after what seems like a several year delay. It’s actually great to see it being released. The special pack will be launched on the 20th October and will include the game on UMD as well as a silver PSP-3000, a downloadable voucher so you can get a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (for the game that is), 2GB memory Stick DUO and a movie/music pass allowing you to download 10 songs from the PlayStation network store.

It’s going to be a big game and well worth looking out for when it launches next month. [Read more…]