Archive for 2008

CES 2008

Sony shows off new HD camcorders for 2008

Posted in Camcorders,CES 2008,Sony by Nino Marchetti on January 10th, 2008

Sony HDR-SR12Sony, the proclaimed leader in the high-definition camcorder category, rolled into CES this week with six new HD camcorder models. They offer features like 1920 x 1080 resolution recording and face detection technology. Sony says “the SR12, SR11, SR10, UX20 and UX10 models will all ship in March for about $1,400, $1,200, $1,000, $1,000 and $800, respectively. The HDR-HC9 camcorder will ship in February for about $1,100.”

The consumer electronics giant added that all these new camcorders feature a new high-profile encoding system and, depending upon the model, offer other must haves like high resolution digital still captures and hybrid/hybrid plus movie recording.

You can get the full details of these new Sony HD camcorders after the jump.

CES 2008

Sanyo, Sprint unveil high end Katana mobile

Posted in CES 2008,Mobile Phones,Sanyo,Sprint by Nino Marchetti on January 10th, 2008

Sanyo Katana DLX[UPDATE: Turns out this phone has actually been out for awhile. Shame to Sanyo for dating the press release for this week!]

Sanyo and Sprint together have announced from CES the availability of an upgraded model of the popular Katana cell phone. The new one is known as the Sanyo Katana DLX and it’s priced at around $130 with mail in rebate and two year contract.

The Sanyo Katana DLX is optimized for broadband related Sprint multimedia content. It is available in several body colors and offers features like phone as a modem, Bluetooth, a 1.3 megapixel digital camera built in and support for microSDHC memory cards.

CES 2008

Runco VX-22i 1080p projector with integrated controller

Posted in CES 2008,DLP,Planar,Projectors by Darrin Olson on January 10th, 2008

Runco Video Xtreme VX-22i 1080p projector with option CineWide technologyRunco has a new addition to their lineup of Xtreme DLP projectors with the VX-22i which they are introducing at the Consumer Electronics Show this year in Las Vegas. The VX-22i is based on their popular VX-22d model but this time they’ve integrated the DHD controller into the same chasis as the projector making a one piece high-def projector to provide a theater-like experience of your own.

All of the Xtreme projectors from Runco, the VX-22i included, run a three-chip DLP implementation with a chip dedicated to each color of red, green and blue for better color with high calibration standards and THX Display certification. This model also can be optionally equipped with what Runco calls the “CineWide” and “CineWide with AutoScope”. This add-on brings another $15k to the price of the projector but gives more of a real movie theater-like display. It can show 2.35:1 CinemaScope movies and gets rid of that unattractive black bar above and below the picture that you often get when trying to view widescreen pictures, even with switching between CinemaScope wide and 16:9.

CES 2008

Imation gets security down with Pivot drives

Posted in CES 2008,Imation,USB Flash Drives by Nino Marchetti on January 10th, 2008

Imation PivotImation has being showing around at CES its updated line of secure, rugged Pivot Flash Drives. Two models make up this family – the Pivot and Pivot Plus – and they range in price around $70 to $250.

The Imation Pivot drives come in storage sizes ranging from 1GB to 8GB. The more basic model is described by Imation as having “an enhanced design and security features,” meaning it offers up encryption software and a tamper resistant design. It’s also enhanced for Windows Vista ReadyBoost.

CES 2008

New Polaroid printer works directly with mobiles

Posted in CES 2008,Digital Imaging,Polaroid,Printers by Nino Marchetti on January 10th, 2008

Polaroid Digital Instant Mobile Photo PrinterPolaroid launched at CES a new way to print instant photos from Bluetooth and USB-enabled mobile phones and digital cameras. It makes use of a technology by Zink to accomplish its mobile printing goals.

The Polaroid Digital Instant Mobile Photo Printer, powered by Zink Zero Ink Printing Technology, lets consumers create full-color digital photos without ink cartridges or ribbons. It makes use of special paper inside the printer which “is an advanced composite material with embedded yellow, magenta and cyan dye crystals, activated with 200 million heat pulses, in 30 seconds, in a single pass.”

CES 2008

Monster shows off new iPod FM transmitter

Posted in CES 2008,FM Transmitters,iPod Accessories,Monster by Nino Marchetti on January 10th, 2008

Monster iCarPlay 250Monster unveiled during the Consumer Electronics Show what it is calling the most advanced wireless FM transmitter yet for the iPod. It is called the Monster iCarPlay 250 and Monster is pricing it at around $100.

The Monster iCarPlay 250 lets you enjoy your iPod audio through your car’s FM radio while at the same time charging your player. This particular FM transmitter offers some technologies to help do this in the most efficient way possible: autoscanning to lock in the clearest FM frequency, line-level audio signal output for “minimal distortion” and automatically adjustment of power output on individual frequencies for maximum signal strength.

CES 2008

Nyko Zero wireless controller for PS3

Posted in CES 2008,Nyko,PS3 by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2008

Nyko Zero wireless controller for PS3
Nyko adds yet another nice accessory to their arsenal, this time for the PS3. They sport an amazing look. The zero controller is completely wireless and has full six-direction tilt functionality and vibration support. It’s compatible with all PS3 software and control formats, and is powered by an included NiMH rechargeable battery with 25 hours of wireless gameplay.

Just plug the included charging cable into the PS3s USB port and play and charge the controller at the same time or use the included AA battery pack.

CES 2008

Portable stereo sound with Orbitsound T3

Posted in CES 2008,music by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2008

Portable stereo sound with Orbitsound T3
It used to be that to get portable stereo sound you had to use headphones, but Orbitsound has come up with something new in the T3 device, with air sound technology. It’s slightly larger than a BlackBerry and is best when worn around the neck. It sounds as if you are wearing a pair of headphones. It’s compatible with any iPod, MP3 players, CD players or notebooks as long as they support line-in jacks.

If you want to have some private listening, there is a 3.5mm headphone port on the T3 to suit your needs. This kind of portable stereo sound is made possible thanks to Orbitsound’s airSOUND single-point-stereo technology.

N-Ice Beer Pong Rack for a chill game

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2008

N-Ice Beer Pong Rack for a chill game
These days, a party just wouldn’t be a party without some kind of beer game. The N-Ice Rack Beer Pong Rack is designed to help keep your cups in place as well as keep your drink cool.

It fits the standard Solo and Dixie 16/18oz party Cups. Just fill the rack with water and freeze to keep your cups cold through out the entire game. All you have to worry about is getting completely and thoroughly drunk.

CES 2008

Toshiba debuts lots of new flat panels

Posted in CES 2008,HDTV,LCD,Toshiba by Nino Marchetti on January 10th, 2008

Toshiba Cinema Series REGZA XF550 SeriesToshiba came to CES loaded down with new flat panels to display. The company is showcasing 20 new LCD TV models across five different model families.

Toshiba was specifically displaying models which totaled include “five new series, four new cosmetic designs, three new dimensions of picture quality and two new gaming features.” They run from the top line Cinema Series REGZA XF550 Series (around $3,200 max price) to the lower end AV500 (lowest price around $430). Availability for all models is spread out between February and May.

Get all the details on Toshiba’s 2008 LCD TV line up after the jump.

CES 2008

VIZIO adds new 5.1 sound system

Posted in CES 2008,Speakers,VIZIO by Nino Marchetti on January 10th, 2008

VIZIO Jive SV5.1 Enhancement KitVIZIO, besides flooding CES with new HDTVs, also unveiled at the trade show an accompanying 5.1 surround sound system for its new line of “Black Tie” flat panels. The VIZIO Jive SV5.1 Enhancement Kit is priced at around $300.

The VIZIO Jive SV5.1 Enhancement Kit is pretty much your garden variety 5.1 system. It works in conjunction with your flat panel’s “integrated front left- and-right speakers by simply adding the center channel, two rear channel (left and right) speakers, and wireless subwoofer. The subwoofer transmits wirelessly through 2.4GHz transmission to the new VIZIO Black Tie Series SV42LF or SV47LF.”

CES 2008

Sherwood debuts new flagship A/V receiver

Posted in CES 2008,Receivers,Sherwood by Nino Marchetti on January 10th, 2008

Sherwood R-972New A/V receivers are always plentiful at CES. One is from a company called Sherwood and it is known as the Sherwood R-972. Price is around $1,800.

The Sherwood R-972 is Sherwood’s new flagship receiver. You get a lot of features for your almost two grand: 100 watts RMS per channel for each of its seven channels, HDMI 1.3b support, decoding lossless audio from Blu-ray/HD DVD and a very advanced speaker performance measurement system.

Get the full scoop on the Sherwood R-972 after the jump.

CES 2008

Maxell rolls with new sound bar audio system

Posted in CES 2008,Maxell,Speakers by Nino Marchetti on January 10th, 2008

Maxell 5.1 Digital Sound Bar with SubwooferMaxell is showing off the Consumer Electronics Show a new home theater in a box solution which takes the form of a surround sound bar. It’s called the Maxell 5.1 Digital Sound Bar with Subwoofer and is set to price at around $600.

The Maxell 5.1 Digital Sound Bar with Subwoofer is capable of connecting with up to seven devices and powered by 120 watts of power, according to Maxell. It sports a built-in Dolby Digital and DTS decorder and can be controlled via a remote.

Personal microwave under 1 cubic foot

Posted in Kitchen,Office Gadgets by Darrin Olson on January 10th, 2008

Iwavecube personal microwave is less than a cubic footThis little Iwavecube personal microwave is pretty self-explanatory. It’s measures just 10.5″x12″x10″ so it doesn’t take up a lot of room, but you aren’t going to be putting a big microwaveable TV dinner in there either. Have one of these at your desk and you avoid trips to the break room, keeping up your introvert profile and avoiding awkward conversations while your waiting for your stuff to heat.

Unfortunately, unlike the USB Mini Fridge, USB power just doesn’t cut it for running the Iwavecube and it will require a standard outlet. And if your office is like ours and frowns on plugging in personal appliances at your desk, I can think of a number of other handy places for it like my TV room, home office, wet bar, in my car, etc.

CES 2008

Pocketfinder Personal Location GPS device

Posted in CES 2008,GPS,Personal Location Device by Conner Flynn on January 9th, 2008

Pocketfinder Personal Location GPS device
Pocketfinder is a small personal GPS unit. It’s goal is to help parents keep track of their children when playing or in situations where you are caring for someone with down syndrome, Alzheimer’s, autism or other handicap.

If you wanted to, you could even use the device to keep track of one of your valuable assets as it’s only about the size of an Oreo cookie. You locate the Pocketfinder at any given time, but that’s not all. You can also set up safe zones and the Pocketfinder will alert you if it goes beyond your set boundaries.