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Sharp sights for new Blu-ray players

Posted in Blu-ray,DVD,Sharp by Chetz on September 26th, 2007

sSharp Aquos BD-HDW20 Blu-ray DVD playerNeato. The word is traveling fast across the blogosphere that Sharp Japan has announced two new Aquos Blu-ray players that push the limit on HDD size. There are two BD-HDW Blu-ray recorders in the product line-up, the BD-HDW15 and the BD-HDW20. Both units have HDMI output, a dual TV tuner so you can record two shows at the same time, Dolby DTS, a smart drive that can detect the differences between dual layer discs and single layer ones and compatibility with the company’s i-Link to make for smooth connections to other Sharp electronics. The HDW15 has 500GB of HDD space on it while the HDW20 ups it to a cool 1 terabyte of magnetized media. Supported media also include dual layer BD-R/RE discs apart from single layer discs.

Sharp hits Samsung with LCD patent infringement lawsuit

Posted in LCD,Legal,Samsung,Sharp by Darrin Olson on August 7th, 2007

Sharp filed a lawsuit against Samsung over an LCD patent InfringementAfter ongoing negotiations over an LCD patent license that started back in 2006, Sharp feels they are unable to come to a resolution with rival Samsung and yesterday filed a lawsuit against the company in a US district court. The lawsuit alleges that Samsung has infringed upon five of Sharps patents in LCD-related technology.

Sharp claims that Samsung is manufacturing and selling products in the US that infringe on LCD-related patents that Samsung owns including LCD TV’s and monitors that contain LCD modules made by Samsung and mobile phones that incorporate LCD screens made by Samsung. Sharp has many patents in the US and Japan related to LCD technology and licenses them out to different LCD panel manufacturers, which is likely what Sharp was trying to work out with Samsung.

In case you’d like to look up the relative …

Sidekick 4 “Shuriken” cool with the FCC

Posted in News,Sharp,Sidekick,Sidekick 4 by Reuben Drake on August 6th, 2007

Sidekick Shuriken approved by the FCC, could be the next Sidekick 4It’s still hard to say if this is going to be the actual next generation Sidekick 4 or if it’s going to be another staller like the Sidekick ID. According to Engadget this model, through the ID you can see on the label as PV250, is encouraging and has been dubbed “Shuriken” internally by Sharp.

The Shuriken model number is higher, which isn’t much of a good sign, but a good one nonetheless. The Sidekick 3 is PV200, and the Sidekick ID is PV150, so we have to agree that we like the direction this is going. Not too much new information is available in the way of features. We’re looking so far at a 3 inch widescreen display, microSD card slot, 1.3 megapixel camera and will be made by Sharp, …

Sharp AQUOS Remote Control

Posted in Remotes,Sharp by Chetz on March 2nd, 2007

Sharp AQUOS Remote ControlWhen Sharp unveiled their new line of integrated television/personal computer called the Internet AQUOS, they were hoping to entice the eyes of first-time computer users, traditionally an older demographic. But what’s caught the attention of experienced couch potatoes and experienced online surfers is the remote control that comes with the new AQUOS: it’s got a touchpad built on its control surface.

The alphanumeric keys eliminate the need for a keyboard and the touchpad does away with the mouse, so what you’re left with is a simplified, one-stop universal control to command your PC or TV. Another added benefit is that the redesigned interface has eliminated about 40% of the number of buttons so you won’t have to take a few minutes just to figure out finding which button to press to get picture-in-picture.

While the MS Vista OS Internet AQUOS specs won’t blow away any …

Sharp AQUOS Blu-ray Recorder

Posted in Blu-ray,HDTV,Sharp by Darrin Olson on February 15th, 2007

Sharp AQUOS BD-HP1 Blu-ray HD recorderSharp has introduced the BD-HP1, a new Blu-ray recorder which has been able to cut some costs due to some ingenuity along with the small requirement of a compatable Sharp television.

The new Blu-ray recorder from Sharp can connect to its Aquos LCD line of televisions through the iLink connector (iLink on other TV’s may not necessarily work) and utilizes the televisions tuner instead of its own built inside the Blu-ray recorder. What the BD-HP1 turns out to be is basically a Blu-ray player with recording capabilities, which requires an external input.

Since the DVD recorder is using the tuner from the television and doesn’t have its own, its not possible to watch a different channel that the one that is being recorded. Dual tuners is common with many DVR‘s or TiVo type systems. However, the AQUOS televisions do not need to be …

Sharp Releases Updated Mebius Notebooks with Vista

Posted in Notebooks,Sharp,Vista by Darrin Olson on January 15th, 2007

Sharp Unveils Notebook Mebius with Vista InstalledSharp has recently updated its Mebius line of notebook computers with three new basic designs into 5 models which all include the new Windows Vista OS from Microsoft, among a few other nice hardware upgrades.

The Mebius PC-WT70S features a Turion 64 X2 processor (1.60GHz), up to 2GB of memory, 100GB HDD and 1,280Ã-800 resolution on a 15.4 inch screen. A lithium ion battery give it up to 1.2 hours of run time and the highest end version has dimensions of 360Ã-258Ã-36.7mm and weighs approximately 2.6kg.

The Mebius PC-WE40S/WE50S, a smaller sibling, sports an AMD Sempron 3200+ (1.60GHz) processor, half the memory at 512MB, an 80GB HDD and the 15.4 inch display. The battery time for this model is pretty similar to it’s bigger sibling with 1.3 hours of run time with the same dimensions and weight.

The Mebius PC-CH40S/CS50S has …

Sharp Shows Off 108″ LCD TV – Because They Can

Posted in LCD,News,Sharp by Chetz on January 7th, 2007

Sharp Shows Off 108 inch LCD TVThere are few things that will draw as much attention on a trade show flow as a big-a** flat panel television, and that’s just what Sharp did this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with their whopping 108″ LCD TV.

This is the world’s largest LCD to date, and the application of this television is not completely clear to us (aside from the undeniable wow-factor). Not to offend your world perspective skills, but a 6-foot person equates to only 72″, so this television will take up some space in your living room, and probably give the weight of your car a run for its money.

Sharp is planning on making the 108″ LCD available to ship sometime towards the middle of this year, and when asked who the target consumer was, a Sharp official simply replied “I’m sure we’ll …

Sharp SD-SP10 1-Bit Virtual Surround Sound System

Posted in Home Theater,Sharp by Paul Patterson on December 3rd, 2006

Sharp SD-SP10Surround sound systems don’t always need to be complicated and the Sharp SD-SP10 Virtual Surround Sound System is a great example of such a system. The SD-SP10 incorporates a simple, two-component design that takes just minutes to set up and gives you many options for setup with rooms of varying shapes and sizes.

Sharp’s 1-Bit audio technology makes the most out of this minimalist home theater system. The 2.1 Channel Home Theater System simulates 5.1 Channel Surround Sound from just one speaker box.

Sharp incorporates two technologies to create and enhance the virtual surround sound experience. The Dolby Virtual Speaker delivers 5.1 surround sound by using a unique digital signal processing technology and with the Audistry by Dolby technology you can customize your sound depending on your personal preferences.

The slender profile and small footprint of the SD-SP10 offer many flexible setup options and there is …

Sharp Triple View on One LCD

Posted in LCD,Sharp by Chetz on September 28th, 2006

Sharp Triple View

Sharp has one up’d themselves since their release of the double view LCD monitor with this new triple view LCD. In case you are not familiar, this is not splitting the screen across multiple monitors. This is one monitor showing three different pictures depending on what angle you are viewing from.

The picture in this post is showing the 3 images of the LCD screen are being shown; from the front, the left and the right. At first, aside from just being kind of cool you might wonder what good this is exactly. I mean, I used multiple monitors for programming and now feel I need them for everything, but I am always looking straight on.

The application for this goes way beyond just computer monitors, though. The double view is already being used in some GPS systems in cars, where the passenger can be scrolling …