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Black Box for your car, now with video

Posted in Automotive,Digital Video by Reuben Drake on December 16th, 2007

HK e-Car MAO-VBOX Black Box for your car with videoBlack boxes have proven to be useful after accidents in planes and have been becoming more popular for use in personal automobiles as well. Not only can they help determine the cause of an accident but insurance companies can potentially use them to determine the driving habits of its customers, which isn’t always a popular prospect for consumers.

Apparently having a data recorder in your car that keeps track of movement and speed just isn’t enough these days. According to Yahoo Korea HK e-Car, Korean maker of black boxes for vehicle in Korea, they have new product in their MOA line of black boxes called the MOA-VBOX which will incorporate video into the mix of data recorded from an accident.

USB Digital Video rocket camera takes to the air

Posted in Digital Video,USB by Conner Flynn on December 5th, 2007

USB Digital Video rocket camera

What could be better then launching objects via your USB port? It doesn’t always have to be foam darts aimed at your co-workers either. This rocket is made by Estes, the famous makers of model rockets for the last 50 years or so and it comes ready to fly. What you get is a view of the rocket’s liftoff and flight from the rocket’s point of view. That’s because it has an impact-resistant digital camera in the nose cone.

It can reach as high as 300 feet and the onboard camera can record a 12-second video at 640 x 480 pixel resolution. The other option is to take up to three pictures per flight.(It can store 15). Just connect it to your PC with the USB cable to download the flight video.

Credit Card sized digital video player

Posted in Digital Video,Handheld Entertainmnet by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2007

Credit Card sized digital video player

Here’s a PMP that looks pretty nice. It’s also small. About the size of a credit card. For the size, you get alot of features. You can also get this one in two different styles. There’s the Neon M3 with heat sensitive glowing buttons and a 2.4 inch LCD screen, or you can get the Ice with a brushed aluminum finish that sports a slightly larger 2.8 inch display.

Both have bright high-res screens and 8 hour battery life so you can play all of your favorite movies and music and they have a voice recording feature as well as FM radio. Each has 2GB of storage built-in and with a memory card you can expand that.

Hulu shakes it up with free ad-supported videos

Posted in Digital Video,News,Services by Darrin Olson on October 29th, 2007

Hulu online video service launches a private betaAs a joint venture between NBC and News Corp., Monday brought the beta launch of Hulu, a new online video service offering television sitcoms and movies to users for free, provided they don’t mind watching some ads along with it. Although most people might first think of YouTube as competition when discussing online video, the service offered by Hulu will be more likely to cause trouble for those that are making money by selling similar content such as iTunes video downloads or cable companies that offer paid on-demand services.

Hulu is currently in beta and only available by invitation and offers television shows and feature films from places like Fox, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, MGM, Sony Pictures, Bravo, E! Entertainment, FX, Sci Fi, USA and of course NBC who just recently pulled their content from YouTube. NBC had also removed content from iTunes last month in a highly publicized spat over pricing and now iTunes is the company that could be threatened the most by Hulu. Unlike video sharing sites that hold video clips uploaded by users, iTunes and Hulu both offer full movies and television sitcoms for sale, although in Hulu’s model some of these are free due to the included advertisements in the video similar to what viewers would see on television.

NBC pulls clips from YouTube, makes way for Hulu

Posted in Digital Video,NBC,YouTube by Darrin Olson on October 23rd, 2007

NBC pulls its video clips from YouTube to gear up for the launch of HuluGet ready for the launch of Hulu which is expected to take place as a private beta possibly as soon as next week. NBC, who is in a joint venture with Fox to create the online video download site today pulled its video clips from Google’s YouTube site and closed a channel in what was confirmed by an NBC spokesperson as a move to help the launch of Hulu, a new online video site.

Although the new online service doesn’t appear to be a video sharing site, it could be seen as a direct competition for YouTube and having NBC pull its content from YouTube only enforces that idea. However NBC insists that the move is not making a stance against Google, but only to lessen the competition when NBC’s own new video download site launches. According to a YouTube spokesperson, Google and YouTube were informed about the plans as early as Friday.

SanDisk unveils Fanfare video distribution beta

Posted in Digital Video,SanDisk,Services by Darrin Olson on October 22nd, 2007

SanDisk Fanfare, a video distribution online serviceAlong with SanDisk’s launch of the TakeTV video player today the company also unveiled a beta version of their new online video distribution platform called Fanfare. Fanfare not only works in conjunction with TakeTV to bring digital video content to your TV, the TakeTV device is actually required in order to take advantage of the Fanfare online service.

This beta version is intended for the US audience only at this time and is currently offering around 85 different titles of content from CBS, Jaman.com Inc., Showtime Networks, Smithsonian Networks, The Weather Channel and TV Guide Broadband. Titles currently include CSI, Survivor China, Dexter and Sleeper Cell but are expected to increase as the weeks and months progress, according to SanDisk. The company hopes to soon have thousands of hours of programming available soon, and expects that many current-season TV episodes could even be offered for free, supported by advertisements.

SanDisk launches Sansa TakeTV Video Player

Posted in Digital Video,SanDisk,Sansa,TakeTV by Darrin Olson on October 22nd, 2007

SanDisk Sansa TakeTVToday SanDisk has launched the Sansa TakeTV video player, a bridge solution designed to easily bring your downloaded video content from your computer to your television. The product was formerly announced as USBTV back in January but today went on sale through the Sansa website as TakeTV. The product launch is also coinciding with the launch of a beta service called Fanfare which is an online distribution platform where SanDisk will provide video content that can be downloaded to your PC.

The TakeTV device is actually quite simple. It sticks with the technology that SanDisk knows well – flash memory. According to the company, using the TakeTV device is as easy as using a USB flash drive. Users can simply plug the USB port into their computer and download video content to it. Once downloaded the device can be placed in a cradle which is connected through standard A/V connections to a television and by pressing play on the integrated remote control owners can watch the stored video on their TV.

Jinxing Digital’s MP4 Player

Posted in Digital Cameras,Digital Video,Media Players,MP4,Portable Meda Players by Matt on September 24th, 2007

Jinxing Digital’s MP4 PlayerMP4 Player is actually the model name for this media player with built in 2MP swivel camera. As ridiculously generic as the name is, at least it wasn’t called an iSomethingorother. The camera swivels 180 degrees and records 4MP interpolated video. Playback MPEG-4 files at 320×240 pixels and 30fps with the ability to convert your non compatible videos using software installed on the device. Load your MP3, WAV or WMA files up and start rockin’.

Playstation Eye release and price

Posted in Digital Cameras,Digital Video,PS3,Sony by Reuben Drake on September 21st, 2007

Sony Playstation Eye camera for the Playstation 3That Playstation Eye camera from Sony designed for use with the PS3 has finally gotten some release information and pricing. According to the Playstation Blog, the PS3 Eye camera will be available for purchase on October 23rd.

In what seems almost like an accidental side note in an announcement regarding the release of The Eye of Judgment game from Hasbro, the the Playstation Eye looks like it is going come bundled with the trading card game and together will retail for just $69.99 in the US.

NBC offering free episode downloads

Posted in Digital Video,NBC,News,Services by Chris Weber on September 20th, 2007

NBC will offer free downloads of its popular episodes on NBC Direct for a week after it airsNBC has announced that they will be offering free downloads of the popular television episodes through a new service of their own called “NBC Direct”. This move is part of NBC’s overall plan to expand the digital distribution of its programs with the ability to set their own price and provides further competition for its former partner iTunes.

There are a few small caveats with the new service, however. For one, the episodes can only be viewed on PC’s running Microsoft Windows (how interesting). They company says they have future plans that will allow the files to be played on portable devices and eventually Mac’s, but not at this point. The files are also available for download only for the first 7 days after the episode has aired, and then will be removed. Also, you won’t be able to escape commercials with this offering. The downloaded episodes will contain advertising and you won’t be able to skip over them.

New iPod Nano Launched With Video

Posted in Apple,Digital Video,iPod Nano by Darrin Olson on September 5th, 2007

Apple launched new iPod Nano with videoToday Apple launched the much anticipated, “fatter-style” iPod Nano with a 2-inch, 320×240 resolution video screen at 204 pixels per inch, more than any other current iPod device. The new design is surprisingly similar to the rumored pics that were floating around.

The new iPod Nano measures just 0.26″ thick and weighs 1.74 ounces with a battery that will give up to 24 continuous hours of audio playback and 5 hours of video. It comes in Flash drive capacities of 4GB ($149) or 8GB ($199) and in a choice of 5 different colors, but the 4GB model will only be available in silver.

NBC Intends to Pull iTunes Content

Posted in Apple,Digital Video,iTunes,NBC,News by Chris Weber on August 31st, 2007

NBC has stated that it is going to pull its content from Apple’s iTunesNBC was an early-adopter of Apple iTunes, being the second major company back in 2005 to sign on with Apple to provide video content for the download service. Now, a short two years later NBC has announced its intentions to end their relationship with Apple and discontinue providing content for iTunes citing that they are unhappy with iTunes pricing policy and piracy control, or lack thereof.

NBC has over 1500 hours of TV and movies currently on iTunes, and according to a NYT report the two companies are in negotiations which may mean that NBC could be doing a little bit of muscle-flexing might not really upset enough yet to want to pull all of its content.

Sony Strolls Video Walkmans to the U.S.

Posted in Digital Audio,Digital Video,Media Players,Sony,Walkman by Darrin Olson on August 30th, 2007

Sony NWZ-S610 and NWZ-S610 Series Walkmans brings video Walkmans to the US for the first timeToday’s the day Sony decided to unveil video Walkmans to the US for the first time with the NWZ-A810 and NWZ-S610 series Walkman media players. Both players support an open platform for downloading and saving music and video content to coincide with Sony phasing out its CONNECT music service.

The players come in capacities of 2GB, 4GB and 8GB and in colors of black, pink, red and silver. The higher end NWZ-A810 model has a 2-inch QVGA (320 by 240) LCD, comes packaged with some high-end noise isolation earbuds and has a battery life that supports video playback of up to 8 continuous hours. The NWZ-A810 is targeting a little bit younger crowd with a 1.8-inch LCD and features an FM tuner and a little more battery life for continuous video of 9.5 hours. Both models promise to provide an impressive 33 hours of continuous music playback.

mi VDO FX DV Cam Captures and Edits Video on the Spot

Posted in Digital Cameras,Digital Imaging,Digital Video by Reuben Drake on August 28th, 2007

mi VDO FX DV Cam lets you record pictures and video that you can edit with visual effects and musicThis unique looking mobile phone-like device is actually not any type of phone at all but is a small DV cam that lets you take photos and record video that you can edit right on the spot.

The mi VDO FX DV Cam sets itself apart from other similar devices through its ability to edit recorded video and add in 3 special FX style modes and up to 18 different visual effects to the footage. You can also add music to your video right on the device. It will even let you record music through a line-in from your MP3 player while recording the video, giving you an instant YouTube worthy clip without using your computer.

The camera retails for around $99 and features a 1.5″ color display, a …

Sony Partners with Sky For PSP Video-On-Demand

Posted in Digital Video,News,PSP,Sony by Chris Weber on July 27th, 2007

Sony and Sky partner up to bring movies on demand to the Playstation PortableIt looks like PSP owners in Europe will be getting a new video-on-demand service through a new joing venture announced today between Sony and Sky. The new company will be Europe’s first official PSP video downloading service and is expected to be put in place by early next year, initially in Europe and Ireland.

There aren’t many details yet regarding the service offerings but reports say that there will be a wide variety of entertainment videos available to download to the PSP, with everything from movies to sitcoms to sporting events.

No news of this service going outside of Europe but such talks are underway. Sky is also looking at making a similar deal with Nintendo to bring videos to the DS handheld game console.