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Sony adds tomtom to car stereos

Posted by Mike Redrobe | Posted in Gadgets | Posted on 03-09-2010

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Sony adds tomtom to car stereos

Sony’s just announced two new car stereos that feature built-in TomTom satellite navigation.

The Xplod XNV-L77BT and XNV-L66BT in-dash head units feature 7-inch and 6.1-inch displays respectively and take advantage of a wealth of TomTom Live services you don’t get with bog standard sat-navs.

Those with a need for speed should find the HD Traffic and Safety Alerts features particularly useful, as they help drivers avoid traffic jams and provide advance warnings about speed cameras and accident black spots.

Both devices also include TomTom’s Local Search with Google — a service that lets users find and interact with local points of interest. Whilst driving you could, for example, search for a nearby restaurant,  make a call to said restaurant via your Bluetooth-connected mobile phone and book a table — all via the touchscreen display.

This being a TomTom, map coverage is fairly comprehensive. The Xplod XNV-L77BT and XNV-L66BT include TeleAtlas map data for 45 European countries and have a Map Share feature that lets you edit out of date maps and download map updates from Tom Tom’s Map Share user community.

It’s probably worth mentioning that both the XNV-L66BT and XNV-L66BT let you play music and video, too. DAB radio isn’t present, but Sony’s thrown in a CD player, AM/FM radio tuner plus iPhone and iPod connectors and a USB port so you can connect your own memory keys.

Both devices support DVD, DivX and MPEG-4 video playback at a fairly respectable 800×480-pixel resolution — though not while the vehicle is in motion — and it’s possible to connect external video devices including a rear-view camera, though this isn’t supplied in the box.

Sony’s yet to announce pricing for these devices, but  both the Xplod XNV-L77BT and XNV-L66BT will be available in the UK from October 2010

3D Cameras and printers released

Posted by Mike Redrobe | Posted in Gadgets | Posted on 21-08-2010

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Fujifilm set to release 3D compact camera and a 3D printer.

The camera features two distinct 10-megapixel CCDs and two Fujinon lenses (3x optical zoom) to create the 3D effect. In a neat trick, if you stick to 2D you can use one for taking a close up and one for a wide angle image – of the same subject at the same time, or you can go for different colour balances or ISO sensitivity.

Back in 3D mode, the camera can take both stills and video in 3D at 720p resolution. You can view content without glasses directly on the display on the rear, or hook up to a 3D TV and see it loom large on the big screen, using the TV’s compatible glasses. Fujifilm claims that thanks to a “parallax control function”, the crosstalk effects that plague some 3D TVs, particularly LCD based ones, will be reduced.

Additionally, there’s an optional 8in digital photo frame viewer that lets you view the images in 3D – also without glasses – which sounds a little like a 3D tablet.

What’s more, images from the camera can also be printed in 3D – or rather leticular prints of up to 9in x 6in, via a printing process that Fujifilm will be available soon in the UK. Lentiuclar prints are generally only effective when viewing from a sweet spot, so we’d be interested to see how effective these are.

Fujifilm said the FinePix Real 3D W3 will be available in major department stores from early September.

Price? a very reasonable £399

Smaller iPad rumoured

Posted by Mike Redrobe | Posted in Gadgets | Posted on 21-08-2010

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Despite Apple not being able to keep up with existing orders for its iPad tablet, there are now rumours that a smaller 7in version of the iPad could be with us by Christmas.

The information comes from the translation of a Chinese language newspaper, Economic Daily News, which states that Apple supplier Chimei Innolux will be providing the 7in versions of the IPS based screen that’s used in the iPad of 9.7in fame. Touchscreen tech will come from Cando Corportion, and Compal will put it all together.

According to the reports, the thinking behind the move is that for many, the iPad is a mostly stay-at-home device, as it’s too big and heavy to regularly take out and about.

A smaller, lighter version would certainly solve that problem, and assuming the display resolution remains the same as the current model, it would make for an even sharper display for reading.

Kindle and iPad screens under the microscope

Posted by Mike Redrobe | Posted in Gadgets | Posted on 17-08-2010

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Kindle and iPad screens under the microscope:

also “real book print” for comparison:

Read more:  http://tlnk.me/6392

First 3D camcorder in UK

Posted by Mike Redrobe | Posted in Gadgets | Posted on 06-08-2010

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The very first 3D camcorder to be available in the UK, the Aiptek HD 3D, will go on sale tomorrow for £199.99.

While Panasonic announced that its HDC-SDT750 would be the first consumer camcorder, German company Aiptek has beaten it to the punch in the UK, with the small, portable HD 3D.
Clearly, the two are not in the same class, but for fun, instant 3D gimmickry, the Aiptek could fit the bill.
As you would expect for a 3D camera it uses two separate lenses and image sensors and you can watch the footage back on the rear display without the need for glasses – which we imagine makes it the first appearance of a parallax barrier display, beating the Nintendo 3DS and the Sharp 3D phone to the punch.

You can also hook up via HDMI to a 3DTV, but if you don’t have one, the bundled software will also convert images to be watched back in 3D on a PC with a regular screen, but you’ll need to use the supplied anaglyph glasses to view. You can also upload straight to YouTube 3D.
The 5-megapixel camera can also capture in regular 2D, at 720p. The battery will give you 1.5 hours recording, and there’s a memory slot that will accept 32GB SD cards.

The Aiptek HD 3D camera goes on sale tomorrow at £199

First 3D Camcorder

Posted by Mike Redrobe | Posted in Gadgets | Posted on 29-07-2010

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Panasonic has launched the HDC-SDT750, the world’s first 3D camcorder aimed at consumers.

The camcorder is based on 3MOS technology and uses a 3D conversion lens that captures two images simultaneously. It records at 960 x 1,080 resolution using the AVCHD codec onto SD card at 17Mbps.
3D content can be played back on a TV capable of displaying ‘side-by-side’ 3D images, such as Panasonic’s Viera VT20 series of course.
Audio is captured via five microphones and recorded in 5.1 for use with surround sound systems. By removing the conversion lens, the SDT750 can be used as a conventional camcorder.

The camera ships with HD Writer AE 2.6T PC editing software for burning 3D content to Blu-ray. It’s Windows only software, but a moot point as Macs still don’t offer Blu-ray.
An October release in expected in the US and prices have not been confirmed but are estimated to be around £1,400.