Archive for the ‘TV Technology’ Category

Sony is releasing it’s new Walkman to the masses this week in the UK – the NWZ-A845. Well, what’s so good about this Walkman?

To begin with this Walkman is only 7.2mm thin, it has an OLED screen for stunning visuals,  the device can also play BBC iPlayer downloads, syncs with iTunes, has an audio play time of around 29 hours, comes with noise-cancelling headphones and weighs in at around 62g. So all in all a very nice alternative to the Apple’s Nano iPod.

Retail price in the UK is around £140, looks like Sony have got a great little product.

Watch one of the few video reviews I found below, courtesy of www.tracyandmatt.co.uk :

Read their current review at :

http://www.tracyandmatt.co.uk/blogs/index.php/sony-nwz-a845-walkman-unboxing-video

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When a new technology arrives it is then integrated across all types of communication channels and changes the services offered by those channels. Recently HD made its way on to our screens, now you can buy phones that allow you to create High Definition video and upload it directly to the web.

With the imminent arrival of 3D TV, we are going to see 3D overlap itself with HCI(Human Computer Interaction). We will see this in projects like Microsoft’s Natal. This is where the power of hand gestures will now allow us to interact with games and other applications.

The power behind some of this fourth coming technology is a company called Canesta, who have spent a lot of time and money to get to where they are. They have developed a chip that allows 3D gestures to be recognised by the computer and small enough to be fitted into everyday consumer devices.

By placing 3D cameras into every conceivable device will now allow us to change the way we interact with onscreen menus, but also the way we see the on screen information.

Minority Report is just round the corner.

Find out more about Canesta at : http://canesta.com/

Read an article about the story at :

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/29/technology/start-ups/29canesta.html?dbk

Watching television and movies is a major part of my life. Being brought up during the 80’s using Video Recorders I saw at first hand how Betamax lost to VHS in the video rental market. What did happen during that struggle was I developed a need to control what I liked by recording it directly from the television.

Today the Internet allows us we can access television shows that we may have missed online, we can rent or buy movies, we can record shows directly to our PCs and we have the support of the digital controls of Digital Video Recording, like TiVo and Sky+. Not forgetting the various other streaming services like Zatoo and the thorn in every major content providers back side…file sharing.

The other way the Internet has changed what we watch is information surrounding movies, shows and actors, which really is the fuel powering our need to find and experience the shows we want. Television services like the NBC, BBC and Sky don’t tend to team up with companies like IMDB, or their own websites to provide users with some of the missing information. In the same way DVDs don’t have an integrated approach with the Internet. But later this year, that is about to change.

TiVo, the company that showed us why we need a DVR back in 2000 is bringing the Internet to its DVR Guide. So now, when you search for a TV show or movie you can access more content which is being streamed from the Internet which is directly related to your search. That’s definitely a step forward. Now we need a way of sharing what we watch with our friends in a private network on the same interface, now that would save time.

Find out more about TIVo Premiere at :

http://www.tivo.com/products/tivo-premiere/index.html

Some reviews found on the web :

http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/02/dnptivo-premiere-and-premiere-xl-usher-in-a-brand-new-interface/

http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article7050684.ece

3D Blue Ray Gaming Laptops

Posted: March 1, 2010 in 3D TV, Lap Tops
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With the recent success of the Hollywood blockbuster Avatar, 3D is here to stay, for now anyhow.

Blu Ray now being the winner of the Blu Ray vs HD war, users will be looking to find a 3D laptop to play their 3D Blu Ray movies.  The ASUS G51J 3D Notebook Computer is one of the first to the market place. It is not the cheapest, but it currently offers a reasonable specification for its current price of around £1500 for early adopters. Gamers also can’t be too disappointed with the higher refresh rates offered by this machine.

Basic Specification :

Screen : 15.6″ – ASUS 3D, Color-Shine, 1366×768, HD.

Processor : Intel® Core™ i7 Quad Core – 720QM, 1.60 GHz, 1333MHz FSB, 6MB Cache.

RAM : 4GB – DDR3 1066MHZ.

On Board Storage : Hard Drive 1000GB – 2 x 500GB HDD.

Graphics : NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 260M with 1GB DDR Dedicated Memory

Weight : 3-4 Kg – This Model 3.2 Kg.

Charge Time : 2.5 Hours

Check out the complete specification at : https://www.simplyasus.com/ASUS_G51J-IX098V_699270.html

Find out more about Asus G51J at NVIDIA : http://www.nvidia.co.uk/object/product_asus_g51j_uk.html

Burberry has displayed a good example of online brand engagement by utilising the latest new TV technology that’s currently doing the rounds…3D.

Burberry Prorsum’s 3D show with thigh-high boots and heritage jackets
A 3-D online extravaganza celebrated the brand’s future while the clothes reminded us of Burberry’s great heritage
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Article source courtesy of Lisa Armstron, TIMESONLINE.

Watch a repeat of the video here :

Autumn/Winter Burberry catwalk show Feb 2010.

Watch BBC News Report, running up to the show at :

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8534058.stm

Love magazine are also using online media to help promote it’s brand.

Check out the short film released on Valentine’s Day earlier this year,  The Love Thing

Telly’s have become high maintenance appliances over the last few years and this sets to continue with the advent of 3D television.

We have gone from terrestrial to digital.

Digital to High Definition and online services. Add in Free Sat, if you need ITV in HD.

Now HD gets replaced with 3D as the latest in the line of new technologies.

Ultra High 3D should be with us just before finishing this post…

…..only joking, one must always keep a sense of humour about change, since the wallet is empty from buying all those now redundant Televisions, TV Tuner Cards and Set Top Boxes.

No but seriously, with specifications like this from LG :

OLED

Ultra Thin 6.9mm

3D

DTV

TruMotion 480Hz

Together with the LG Magic Wand system,  the whole experience sounds sweet, check out the demo video at :

Find out more about LG at : http://www.lge.com/uk/index.jsp