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Samsung P960: A TV-phone for the European market

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on April 30th, 2008

Samsung P960: A TV-phone for the European market
Samsung’s P960 is a super nice looking cell phone that is also a mobile entertainment center, with a cute retro antenna. It’s touted as being the first slider handset with mobile TV support for Europe. Up to this point, supported Euro mobile TV standards are DVB-CBMS and OMA-BCAST.

Unfortunately, those of us living in North America probably won’t be getting toys like this one anytime soon as we lag far behind other countries where mobile TV is concerned.

New D-Link media player streams Web video to TVs

Posted in Media Players by Nino Marchetti on April 21st, 2008

DPMP-003 3-inch PMP packs NES action

Posted in Portable Meda Players by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2008

DPMP-003 3-inch PMP packs NES action
As far as I’m concerned you don’t have to work real hard to give me a good PMP as long as it has some NES emulation action and some decent slide-out controls. Put in a 3-inch LCD, TV-out and a 1.3 megapixel camera and I’m there.

In fact, Shenzhen Derisson’s portable gaming PMP is the first device of its kind to boast a built-in camera, as far as I know. The camera is not a webcam but a real photo shooter. Plus, you have the option to make it a 2 megapixel or 3 megapixel. The device will even record scheduled TV programs according to the specs. It supports NES games and ASF format MEPG-4 videos.

NapTV: The lazy way to watch TV

Posted in Television by Conner Flynn on April 13th, 2008

NapTV: The lazy way to watch TV
This device has slacker written all over it. I used to think that laying around watching TV was as lazy as it could get. I was wrong. This may be taking laziness and TV to a whole other level. Too lazy to even hold your head up on your shoulders and watch TV? This gadget has you covered if you can step away from your bong long enough to read this.

With NapTV you don’t even have to sit upright just to look in the TV’s direction. You can lay under the damn thing. All that’s required of your sorry ass is to keep your eyes open. It was designed by Sung-kyu Nam, and it even serves as a chair if your apartment is completely devoid of furniture. When you tire of sitting on your butt, just slide under this thing again and tune out the world.

Gas Pump entertainment center

Posted in Home by Conner Flynn on April 11th, 2008

Gas Pump entertainment center
The T39 Replica Gas Pump Entertainment Center will take you straight back to the 1940′s and have you wiping off windshields and checking oil levels, while watching TV. It’s geared toward the dude that wants to spend nearly 2 grand on a entertainment center that has a maximum TV size of 13 inches.

It even has an illuminated globe on top to make it feel authentic. Despite it’s neat retro stylings and details, this is probably not the best choice you can make in Entertainment Centers. Clint Eastwood certainly doesn’t look happy about it. It will cost you $1,775. That money is better saved for real gas at the pump.

Touchscreen sun visor with DVD, TV and radio

Posted in DVD by Conner Flynn on April 4th, 2008

Touchscreen sun visor with DVD, TV and radio
DVD may be dead or dying, but maybe it will be able to live again in your car. This touchscreen sun visor will allow the person sitting in the passenger seat to enjoy some entertainment. Not you though. You need to focus on the road.

It comes with a handy remote, a 16:9 TFT high definition LCD display, USB Port, an SD slot that maxes out at 1GB. Supports DVD, DVD Audio, DVD-R /W, HDVD, DVCD, DVIX, MP3, MP4, CD-R /W and VCD. The 7-Inch Sun Visor DVD Touch Screen with TV + FM is available from the Chinavision for $128.14.

The Humax LCD TV is all about the future

Posted in LCD by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2008

Humax LCD TV is all about the future
And everyone knows that in the future everything will look like The Jetsons. We’ll have floating cities with escalators attached and robots will steal old people’s medicine, but that’s another story. This Humax LCD TV concept is designed by London’s Tej Chauhan. It’s pretty “future-retro”, combining the old retro look with a fresh take on the World of Tomorrow.

Just think 1950′s era renderings of the future. The device would feel right at home in any number of old Sci-fi shows and movies. We have no idea if this will actually become an honest to god consumer product, but until it does, you can always check it out at the Zona Tortona design show, between April 16th to the 21st. If you happen to live in Italy. The rest of us will just have to watch the Jetsons.

BattleBots headed to ESPN

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 14th, 2008

BattleBots headed to ESPN
The BattleBots concept is getting another shot, thanks to the robot loving ESPN 2 and ESPNU. The show will have a new format and an increased emphasis on the behind-the-scenes nerd stuff in the “pits” when the bots get hurt.

They’re doing away with the wedgebots and will also have more arena hazards. They will also have a new experimental class for featuring other bot types. The show was slated for June, but is being held back until November. So, if you are looking for a nerd come November, he’ll be in front of the TV. Then, shortly after, in the garage.

Sirius Backseat TV system ships

Posted in Sirius by Conner Flynn on March 7th, 2008

Sirius Backseat TV system ships
For those of you who have rugrats in the backseat and need something to occupy their minds in order to quiet their mouths, here’s some good news. Sirius’ Backseat TV system has now started shipping from select Sirius retailers. It’s compatible with most of the aftermarket or factory-installed video monitors, and has an integrated FM transmitter/AUX output to provide audio.

With multi-zone operation available, you can now entertain your kids with some cartoons, giving your aching ears a break while you enjoy some music up front with Sirius Satellite Radio. The Sirius Backseat TV SCV1 will cost you $299.99.

Sony launches Bravia M1 series LCDs

Posted in LCD by Darrin Olson on February 21st, 2008

Sony Bravia M1 series LCD TVSony has just let loose two new and colorful Bravia LCDs towards the lower-end of the Bravia line. The new M1 series sports an array of different colorful frames availble bringing some light fun to the lineup of LCD HDTVs.

The two new models include the 20-inch KDL-20M1 and the 16-inch KDL-16M1 which both have just shy of 180 degree viewing angles at 178 and 1366 x 768 pixel displays. They also both contain 1080p HDMI inputs and the Bravia 2 video engine. The larger of the two houses two 5W speakers and has a 1,200:1 contrast ration while the smaller 16-inch model has a 1,800:1 contrast ratio and two 3W speakers.

Cube3 TV/DVD entertainment center

Posted in DVD by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2008

Cube3 TV/DVD entertainment centerCube3 is a 7 Inch DVD/TV Entertainment Center combo. Super nice looking and flexible. It will play your DVDs and even has one of those clever USB slots in front so you can hook up your MP3 player. It will even rip your CDs to the USB stick which is a nice feature. It can get quite loud for it’s size as well with the 60W RMS speakers.

The cube3 integrates those other features together with a digital TV. But it doesn’t have to be all about movies. Use it to view your photos and pictures on-screen like a digital photo frame. Playback compressed DivX or MPG4 videos from an external hard drive or USB flash drive. For it’s size that’s several great features that you want in a Hi-Fi system.

Video vests turn you into a walking TV

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on February 13th, 2008

Video vests turn you into a TVThis Video Vest screen certainly gets your attention. Why carry a boring cardboard sign, when you can get your message across with video, like a picket line for instance or to advertise your business. The Vest actually plays full-motion video with stereo sound so that you have a portable video display anywhere you want.

Apparently regular Joes like me and you can’t buy one due to the vest’s high cost and limited manufacturing, but you can rent one for live events and such. That really sucks because my thinking was that we could put some flat chested girls in this vest and give them a larger rack via video. It would have been my gift to them. I’m a giver.

New D-Link device acts as Windows Media Extender

Posted in D-Link,Set Top Boxes by Nino Marchetti on September 27th, 2007

D-Link DSM-750 MediaLounge Media PlayerD-Link today unveiled its latest wireless media player device which can double as an Extender for Windows Media Center from Microsoft. The D-Link DSM-750 MediaLounge Media Player is priced at around $350 and should be available in November.

The D-Link DSM-750 MediaLounge Media Player first and foremost is touted as being a Windows Media Center Extender, meaning it can be used to wirelessly stream media from a host PC running Windows Vista with Windows Media Center Extender technology to a device attached to the player. It also offers features like silent operation and a TV user interface for browsing and selecting digital content for playback.

Microtek Announces New LCD HDTV Offerings

Posted in HDTV,LCD,News,Television by Darrin Olson on January 7th, 2007

Microtek LCD HDTVAnnouncing their first offering of LCD HDTV televisions to the market Microtek recently added two new 42″ LCD HDTV‘s to their list of plasma television offerings.

Both the L42CX2A and the CL42HA models boast the full-HD 1080p with native 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution in wide-screen 16:9 format. The CL42HA model will be part of the Cineon line of televisions created more for the high-end custom installation market, while the L42CX2A is designed for video enthusiasts, according to Microtek.

“We are proud to offer these new LCD HDTV’s in addition to our plasma HDTVs,” said Parker Plaisted, product brand manager at Microtek. “LCD and plasma have emerged as the top choices for consumers for high-definition televisions because they offer outstanding picture quality with the flat-panel convenience and affordable prices. Some people prefer plasma technology and others LCD technology. By offering both to our customers …

I want “Frickin’ Laser Beams” on my TV

Posted in Television by Darrin Olson on October 10th, 2006

Laser TVOK, anytime I hear anything about laser beams anymore I can’t help but think of evil geniuses.

Mitsubishi has manufactured a prototype of a television based on the technology of two other companies that uses a type of laser beam projection instead of plasma or liquid crystal displays (LCD). This is still in development but they think something might be ready for production towards the end of 2007.

The Laser TV is intended to be a replacement, or at the least direct competition to the reigning plasma televisions for brightness and picture clarity. Makers boast that the new laser projection television will have a better quality with more detail, consume less power and cost significantly less than plasma or LCD TV’s.

If the new laser TV’s do all that then I guess you really can’t go wrong with that. Is it really to much to ask to …