Pinnacle Systems has a pretty cool little device debuting at the Consumer Electronics Show this year called the Pinnacle Video Transfer. The Video Transfer allows users to connect analog video input and record it straight to different USB 2.0 compatible media players such as an iPod, PSP or just to a regular USB flash drive. It takes connections from a number of video inputs such as S-Video, Composite video and stereo audio analog from devices like a television, DVD player or camcorder. From there it converts it up to 720×480 H.264 MPEG-4 files on the USB device, ready for playing. Different recording qualities can be set depending on the quality desired and the size of the display needed so you can save some space by recording small for a small screen. It can even be used to charge up some devices while connected.
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If you’re getting frustrated with the limited feature set of your current set-top box from your cable company, Motorola is showcasing the next generation of set top boxes for the cable industry this year at the CES 2008, bringing their first MPEG-4 box for interactive in-home television programming. The new DCX series set-top boxes support high-def video content, surround sound and can act as a hub to share media between it and other compatible devices in the home.
One of the biggest complaints we’ve heard about DVRs from cable providers is the inability to easily share recorded content to anywhere else other than the DVR itself. The new DCX series boxes allow users to not only share the content with other devices so you can watch it in another room, but it also lets the owners add their own media to the device and share it as well.
Corsair has released some new versions if its Flash Voyager and Flash Survivor USB drives, both featuring capacities that are pumped up to as much as 32GB each. The Voyager model has a rubberized covering and looks like it might be waterproof, but its not. It’s actually designed to take the occasional drop and keep on ticking, which is really nice if you’re holding 32GB of data or a whole bootable OS in your hand. The Survivor has an aluminum casing and it is actually water resistant, letting you tote your 20 hours of outdoor video through the rain forest without worrying about destroying the data, or something like that.
Compact flash cards are slowly becoming a thing of the past, being replaced by SD cards, but there are still alot of cameras that rely on the older format. So RIDATA is looking out for you. They just introduced what they call the SMART compact flash card.
They are SMART because the have a new internal data monitoring system that ensures you never experience any data loss. It’s nice to have alot of storage in your camera, but not a pleasant feeling when you lose an important file. The cards also have embedded error correction code (ECC) which I believe is a fancy way of saying that it has “back up power Captain”, should something truly go wrong.
Verbatim is launching at CES a new line of 2.5-inch external hard drives which are palm-sized. These new Verbatim SmartDisk 2.5” Portable Hard Drives will have retail prices starting at around $100.
The Verbatim SmartDisk 2.5” Portable Hard Drives will be available in 120, 160, 250 and 320GB capacities. They will work with both Windows and Mac operating systems, offering options of a USB interface or combo USB/FireWire interface. The combo one in particular will allow consumers to transfer files between a Mac and PC.
The Palm Foleo was a small laptop that was severely panned, belittled and put down when it was first announced. It’s image was so bad that Palm killed it before it could be released, hiding it away like abused child it was. As happens sometimes, another company is taking a shot at it, if you actually wanted one. The Celio Redfly SIS is pretty much the same thing.
It’s more or less a smartphone with a bigger screen and a keyboard for when you have to do some serious work. The price is a hefty $499, but you’ll have to wait until this month’s CES to discover the release date.
CoolIT Systems, a developer of cooling systems for overclocked PCs, is set to showcase at CES, among other products, a new barebones system integrated with one of its coolers. It’s called the CoolIT Boreas MTEC Chassis and prices starting at around $950.
The CoolIT Boreas MTEC Chassis makes use of CoolIT’s Boreas liquid cooling device. This device uses 12 “thermoelectric coolers” to chill out multiple CPU/GPU mixes. The Boreas is built into a Silverstone TJ-07 full size aluminum tower case and comes pre-plumbed and factory sealed.
Today Dell announced the release of the new Inspiron 1525 notebook which features a smaller design and a number of personalization options in colors, patterns and hardware. The new 15.4″ 1525 notebooks come in an array of 8 stand-out colors like Midnight Blue and Ruby Red, and also can come in 4 different color patterns of Blossom, Chill, Commotion and Street as pictured above.
Not only has Dell dressed up these new notebooks with colors, but they’ve also made them 25 percent smaller, thinner and half a pound lighter than their previous model. After picking out what fancy color and pattern you want on the 1525, you can then choose from hardware options including a 2.0 megapixel webcam and dual microphones built-in above the display, noise isolation headphones, Travel Remote and a high-res widescreen display.
The new Inspiron 1525 …
Lenovo is stepping into the consumer PC market with a pre-CES announcement yesterday about its new line of “Idea” notebook and desktop PCs. These models will consist of a variety of consumer-oriented IdeaPad notebooks and IdeaCentre desktops. You can expect to see some of these models hitting retail outlets in the next few months.
Lenovo seems to be coming out of the gate first with its IdeaPad notebooks. Three models will initially fill in this line up – the 17-inch widescreen IdeaPad Y710, the 15.4-inch widescreen IdeaPad Y510 and the ultraportable 11-inch widescreen ideaPad U110. Features which will be integrated across the line, according to Lenovo, include face recognition for logging into the notebook, enhanced multimedia experiences and a “distinctive look and design.”
This flexible Keyboard & Skype dial pad with USB hub is super versatile, bendy, multimedia coolness. They claim that it’s a virtually indestructible, washable, roll-up keyboard with a Skype dial pad, built in microphone and speaker as well as having 2 USB ports.
A plus for alot of people is that, being washable, this keyboard will be very hygienic. That means less getting sick. Just wipe up any spilled liquid with a damp cloth and it’s clean. Since it’s bendable, it’s ultra Portable and easy to store. Just shove it in a backpack or briefcase. It has a bunch of great qualities for only $59.99.
Motorola is bringing to CES its usual portfolio of intriguing devices. One of the most intriguing is its new Motorola Mobile TV DH01, a portable media player style device which acts like a DVR for letting you view and record live television on the go.
The Motorola Mobile TV DH01 is a lightweight, pocket sized PMP, according to Motorola. It works off of a non-proprietary system and supports the DVBH broadcasting standard. Sporting a 4.3-inch display, the DH01 lets you view live television where signal reception is possible. DVR functionality allows you to record television to an inserted SD/MMC memory card. Motorola says you can fit 90 minutes of television video on a 256MB card.
Here’s one of those gadgets that seems to take advantage of new mothers. Or maybe it just takes advantage of those who need a little too much information. kickTrak can automatically count your baby’s kicks starting at 24 weeks and apparently give you a reliable way to track the movement pattern, and reduce the risk of stillbirth.
One other use is that it can be used at the onset of pregnancy as a rough countdown timer for your due date and can time your contractions when labor begins. Plus it has little tiny feet on the display screen. I’m not sure that this would really help prevent a stillbirth, but I’m just a dumb guy blog writer. More likely, this would be used by the overbearing sports father wanting to gauge the kid’s field-goal kicking abilities from day zero.
Hitachi is upping the stakes in notebook hard drive storage sizes as CES approaches by unveiling today the world’s highest capacity 2.5-inch mobile hard drive. Expect to see the new 500GB Travelstar 5K500 showing up in laptops sometime in February.
The Hitachi Travelstar 5K500, which will also be available in a slightly smaller 400GB model, is the company’s fourth generation mobile drive to use perpendicular magnetic recording technology. In exact storage terms you can fit on the 500GB drive up to 500 hours of digital video, 178 feature length movies, 250 games or 125,000 four-minute songs. These drives will be available with a 3.0Gb/s Serial ATA (SATA) interface and will include vibration protection technology against bumps which might impact system performance.
Netflix is set to launch their set-top box with the help of LG electronics. The union will allow subscribers to watch movies directly from the Internet to their TV’s. Netflix presently has upwards of 7 million subscribers, many of which have been waiting for this service. They are hoping to launch the set-top box by mid 2008. The price will range between $4.99 to about $16.99 a month, all inclusive of rates. Apparently, LG would embed the receiver into its $799 dual-DVD player, which supports the competing Blu-ray and HD-DVD high-definition DVD formats.
Vudu Inc, which already offers a set-top box for $399 lets consumers buy or rent movies from a selection of about 5,000 titles. Netflix on the other hand has about 90,000 titles available through their online mail order service. Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings sees it as a huge opportunity and said the LG partnership was the first of many such deals for the company.
Brother has a new label-printing product hitting CES this year that packs some impressive features into a small package. This Brother QL-570, designed with the small business in mind, connects to your PC or Mac via USB and has included software to make label printing relatively easy and actually pretty fast.
The software has a few print modes ranging from basically taking a screen shot to highlighting and printing or actually creating high quality labels. It supports up to 300 x 600 dpi resolution and can print out logos or graphics making professional looking labels for your letters, products or anything else you might get label-happy with. The only nice feature about this label printer aside from it’s reasonable $100 price tag is the speed. It can push out simple text-only labels faster than 1 per second at a rate of 68 per minute.