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CES 2008

Sony goes HD with living room PC

Posted in CES 2008,Desktop PCs,Sony by Nino Marchetti on January 11th, 2008

Sony VAIO TPSony used CES this week as a platform to unveil a HD version of one of its computers. This “spherical digital living system” is called the VAIO TP and it will be available later this month in a standard version for around $1,600 and a premium version at around $3,000.

The updated VAIO TP is now HD friendly, according to Sony, and can support playback of premium HD channels when separate CableCARDs are plugged into it. This option though is only available on the premium version. The upside though is both versions come with a Blu-ray Disc optical drive.

Get more details on the new VAIO TP after the jump.

CES 2008

MTube: the world’s smallest PC

Posted in CES 2008,UMPC by Conner Flynn on January 11th, 2008

the world’s smallest PCMany PCs were on display, but MTube presented the world’s smallest PC at CES 2008. It is seriously tiny, measuring 3.34 x 3.34 x 0.78 inches and weighs 5.3 ounces only. It’s a full-featured computer that runs the Linux operating system and is a WiFi-enabled UMPC.

Some specs- Processor: VIA C7-M @ 1.0 GHz, 8GB of flash for storage, 2.8″ LCD display with 640 x 480 resolution, a battery life of 4 hours, WiMAX & WiFi.

CES 2008

Printstik: Print emails & images on the go

Posted in CES 2008,Printers,Smart Devices by Conner Flynn on January 11th, 2008

Print emails & images from your Smartphone
Planon has developed a printer on the go called the PRINTSTIK PS910 that will print any document without having to be connected to a computer.

Using Bluetooth technology you can print from your laptop, BlackBerry, or any device that has Bluetooth capability. It prints up to three pages per minute and supposedly requires very little maintenance. For $299.00 it includes a cartridge of 20 pages plus battery. It takes printing to a whole new level.

CES 2008

Haier introduces new wireless portable media players

Posted in CES 2008,Haier,Portable Meda Players,Wi-Fi by Nino Marchetti on January 11th, 2008

Haier ibizaHaier America (?!) this week used CES as its platform for getting into the wireless MP3 player market. It unveiled a new line up of flash and hard drive based portable media players which make use of online services like Rhapsody to collect content wirelessly. This players are called the ibiza Rhapsody and it is available now in at least a 30GB hard drive model.

The ibiza Rhapsody players for Haier let you, in summary, have “Wi-Fi enabled access to unlimited digital entertainment possibilities. With the ibiza Rhapsody, consumers can now enjoy the Rhapsody digital music service, AOL Video and other digital content from just about anywhere there’s an available Wi-Fi hotspot.” You can also directly subscribe to a variety of podcasts from the player and enjoy an integrated FM radio.

Get the full details after the jump.

CES 2008

Samsung 10-megapixel camera does HD video

Posted in CES 2008,Digital Cameras,Samsung by Nino Marchetti on January 11th, 2008

Samsung NV24 HDSamsung was showing off at CES this week a new 10-megapixel digital camera with HD video recording capability. It’s a point and shoot model called the NV24 HD and Samsung is pricing it at around $350 with a March release date.

The Samsung NV24 HD is a fully loaded camera. It can record 720p HD video at a maximum frame rate of 30fps. It measures a fairly compact 3.8 x 2.4 x 0.7-inches. It makes uses of a 24mm Schneider lens and 3.6x optical zoom.

Want more details? Check out the full press release after the jump.

CES 2008

Guitar Wizard rocks CES: uses real guitar

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

uses real guitar
Allegro Rainbow’s Guitar video game has been rocking CES this week. Music Wizard Group’s Guitar Wizard video game is a step forward after their successful Piano Wizard title, but Guitar Wizard is not just another version of Guitar Hero. It’s actually an educational video game that’s designed to help kids of all ages to read and play music.

Guitar Wizard will be available on both PC and MAC platforms, and will come with an actual honest to God guitar from US Music Corp. and an Interface by SoundTech. Plus, the software is compatible with just about any MIDI guitar.

CES 2008

Pyramat brings new gaming gear to CES

Posted in CES 2008,Furniture,Games,Pyramat by Nino Marchetti on January 10th, 2008

Pyramat PC Gaming Chair 2.1Pyramat, known for making innovative gaming accessories, brought a well stacked line up of products to CES. This items included a full-on chair, a laptop accessory and a few rockers. All of these products should be available now.

Pyramat was specifically showing off the PC Gaming Chair 2.1 (pictured), Laptop Sound Booster, PM450-WR Sound Rocker and S5000 Sound Rocker. Prices on these items range from around $90 to $250.

For more details, check out the full press release after the jump.

CES 2008

New Parrot speakers support Bluetooth A2DP

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

Parrot DS1120Parrot has been showing off some interesting new Bluetooth-related products at CES this week. One which has been catching a lot of attention are the Parrot DS1120 speakers, priced at around $280.

The Parrot DS1120 speakers have an interesting look about them and are capable of playing back through the Bluetooth A2DP profile audio being streamed over from a viable source. For those devices which do not have this profile integrated, Parrot includes a Bluetooth 2.0 USB dongle which can be connected for broadcast. There is also a standard RCA line-in connection for other devices.

CES 2008

New Viewsonic LED display has high contrast ratio

Posted in CES 2008,Displays,Viewsonic by Nino Marchetti on January 10th, 2008

ViewSonic VLED221wmSo you say you want a computer display which currently exceeds the industry standard for dynamic contrast ratio? ViewSonic has just such a display, showing off at CES the new ViewSonic VLED221wm. This 22-inch display is pricing at around $800.

The ViewSonic VLED221wm has a staggering dynamic contrast ratio of 12000:1. This makes it, according to ViewSonic, “the ultimate monitor for life-like high-definition content.” This display also is capable of “high-quality color reproduction” via a technology which lets it display 118 percent of the color gamut based on the National Television System Committee (NTSC) guidelines. Sounds cool.

Other features in this LED desktop display include a native resolution of 1680 x 1050, 5ms response time, dual analog and digital inputs and integrated stereo speakers. It should be available in February.

ViewSonic VLED221wm

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.