The CES show gets bigger each year and the 2008 International CES was no exception. At the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Sands/Venetian and the Hilton hotel. www.CESweb.org
Consumer Electronic Show 2008 - Part 1 - Computers
Consumer Electronic Show 2008 - Part 2 - Utility Software
Consumer Electronic Show 2008 - Part 3 - Accessories - Backpacks and Laptop bags Printers LCD Monitors TV Cards
Consumer Electronic Show 2008 - Part 4 - Digital Cameras - Digital Cameras and Camcorders, Storage for them, and Digital Image Frames
Consumer Electronic Show 2008 - Part 5 - Projectors
Consumer Electronic Show 2008 - Part 6 - Storage - Solid State Drives
Consumer Electronic Show 2008 - Part 7 - Security Products
By Terry Currier
With the Actiontec zControl™ users can take “total home control” from a jumble of mismatched and often incompatible devices and systems to a consistent, unified experience unmatched in set up and usability. Housed in a small, unobstructive plastic case it can auto-discover compatible devices and pre-configure them, while also using configuration wizards to set up other new devices, appliances and services. All of your lights, motion detectors and IP cameras can be accessed as well as thermostats, electronic shades and blinds, and even lawn and garden components like automatic sprinklers.
One setting might turn on the hallway light, heat and lawn sprinklers after work. Others might raise the shades in the morning, light the house to set the scene for a romantic dinner, switch lights on and off during the day while you’re on vacation, or let you turn on specific house lights from your phone when you’re sitting in the driveway late at night.
Whether you’re watching television in the living room, surfing the Internet in the den, or logging on to a computer across the country. Context-based screens allow different users to customize the interface to highlight the tasks they consider most important, eliminating on-screen confusion.
The zControl™ also contains a comprehensive help system that keeps you informed and guides you through any difficulties you may encounter. If something goes really wrong, you can contact a remote technician who can “virtually enter” your system and fix any problems. Users can add other Zwave-enabled devices by simply pressing the Discovery button on the front of the zControl™, and then clicking the appropriate button on the other Zwave device. The second device will then automatically be added to your network. zControl is the only product in its class with this automated discovery capability, eliminating the need to perform a two-step discovery process using a remote control or enter router IP addresses, SSIDs or other identifiers. It is also the only home automation controller that can use both PCs and Macs for scene setup and other functions.
The standalone Actiontec zControl Starter Kit is available at an MSRP of $399 including the zControl unit, one indoor camera with motion detector, one lighting control module, and a remote control. zControl-enabled wireless gateways and routers will be released in March. I met with Actiontec and was impress with how easy it was to use and setup.
AMD - ATI www.amd.com
AMD announced the ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3000 series, a new family of discrete graphics for high-definition gaming and video in notebook PCs. The initial offerings consist of ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3400 series and ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3600 series. ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series allows notebook users to experience the full power of HD through graphics processing designed to satisfy the most demanding mobile users at work and play.
The HD 3000 series offers support for DirectX 10.1 by enabling a higher level of visual quality through new lighting and rendering techniques designed to enhance the realism and quality of 3D games. New PCI Express 2.0 support enables faster throughput and greater overall system. Notebook users can play the latest Blu-ray and HD-DVD movies in full-HD 1080p resolution (HD display required) using ATI Avivo™ HD Technology which frees the CPU for other tasks. With a choice of digital outputs, notebook users can connect to a variety of displays featuring DVI, HDMI™ and the first ever next-generation DisplayPort support on a notebook platform. DisplayPort output capability delivers twice the bandwidth of DVI.
Announced the APC Back-UPS® ES 750, a highly efficient uninterruptible power supply (UPS) that provides battery backup and surge protection to connected equipment while saving electricity. Featuring new master/controlled outlets, which work to reduce energy consumption by automatically shutting down power to unused peripherals, such as printers, scanners and speakers when the computer is in sleep mode. It can provide a combined savings of $40 per year on average as compared with competitors’ models.
It has ten outlets, all of which provide surge protection with five of the ten also providing battery backup. Battery power provides up to 70 minutes of run time, depending on the load. Carries an estimated retail price of $100.
WL-520gU - 125M Broad Range EZ Wireless Router
Features Wi-Fi Enhancement: BroadRange™ delivers 300% more
signal coverage than standard 802.11g.
125 High Speed Mode(HSM) technology enables 135% transfer speed compared
to standard 11g product
EZSetup Button: Automatically SSID and WEP or WPA configuration
Operating Frequency 2.4G ~ 2.5GHz
WL-160N - World’s smallest 802.11n USB 2.0 Wireless Card
WL-500W - The First 802.11n Multi-Functional Wireless Router
Autonet Mobile www.autonetmobile.com
With their in-car Wi-Fi router users can simultaneously store personalized content and media on it, while accessing the Internet from any Wi-Fi enabled device. Now with any WiFi-enabled device multiple passengers can check email, chat, surf the web, game or communicate. Passengers can access their personalized stored content via the unit’s simple user interface from any wireless device including gaming consoles, media players, laptops, WiFi enabled cell phones or web tablets. It is effective on more than 95 percent of U.S roadways.
A manufacturer of automotive diagnostic tools, introduced the new Drive Assure™ Engine Light Urgency Indicator. Designed for the everyday driver it provides motorists with an immediate diagnosis when their vehicle’s check engine light illuminates. It is the first tool in the market to indicate how urgent the check engine light problem is to a vehicle’s drivability. Depending upon the problem code displayed, the Drive Assure Engine Light Urgency Indicator displays the appropriate color-coded urgency indicator:
Compatible with all 1996 and newer vehicles, Drive Assure is easy to use, comes in a soft pouch and is small enough to store in a vehicle’s glove compartment.
Big Stage www.bigstage.com
They have developed technology which allows users to easily create and integrate a life-like 3-D avatar of themselves into everything from famous movie scenes, TV shows and video games, to music videos, short video clips, virtual worlds, still images, user-generated content, instant messages, e-mails, social networks and more – instantly.
With Big Stage’s 3-D capture technology, users take three simple pictures of themselves with a digital camera and upload them to the Web, where they are quickly converted into a life-like 3-D avatar. They then map the contours of a user’s face to generate an incredibly accurate replica of the user, fully equipped for animation. In under a minute, your avatar is born and fully alive through realistic movement and gestures. Users can then style it with a host of accessories, from hair to eyeglasses, tattoos, hats and more.
After users create and style their avatars, they can drop them into the library of Big Stage-enabled (BSE) user and professionally created content.
The life-like avatar creation system stems from advanced stereo reconstruction technology funded by multiple government grants, including the CIA, as part of a nine-year cumulative research project at the University of Southern California. Big Stage will launch to consumers in the second quarter of 2008.
KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse switch)
The Belkin SOHO KVM lets you share one monitor, keyboard, and mouse between two or more computers, saving space on your desktop. Its new design incorporates a built-in USB 2.0 2-port hub (1 port in the front and 1 port in the back), and touch sensitive buttons on the front for convenient switching. KVM cables included.
VGA, USB, & PS2
2-Port (F1DS102J) - US: $159
4-Port (F1DS104J) - US: $189
VGA & USB
2-Port (F1DS102L) - US: $159
4-Port (F1DS104L) - US: $189
DVI & USB
2-Port (F1DD102L) - US: $219
4-Port (F1DD104L) - US: $269
A high-definition digital audio video cable for computing displays, graphic cards, and laptops. Expected to replace DVI and VGA, DP is considered the HDMI™ equivalent for computers, providing both high-definition digital audio and video via one cable. Available April 2008 for $60-$110 (depending on cable length), with it you can:
Conserve Surge Protector
The California Energy Commission estimates standby power losses in the average household to be as much as 15% of household electricity use. The new Belkin Conserve is an 8-outlet surge protector that makes it simple to eliminate wasteful standby power to your electronic devices. A wireless remote control keeps you from having to reach below desks, behind home theater equipment or around furniture to easily access inconvenient places where surge protectors typically sit. With it you can completely shut off the power to devices that consume standby power, such as TVs or computer monitors. Two "always-on" outlets allow you to leave devices that typically need to stay on, such as set-top boxes or modems. Available in the Summer 2008 in North America and UK, for $50.
Com One www.com-one.biz
Offers a broad range of Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi consumer electronics products.
Built especially for gamers by gamers the Xtreme N™ Gaming Router (DGL-4500) harnesses the power of D-Link's Xtreme N Duo™ wireless technology data transfers and Gigabit LAN and WAN Ports for even faster wired gaming performance. The device includes an updated version of D-Link's award-winning GameFuel™ technology to guarantee smoother, lag-free gaming along with a high-performance CPU, Network Activity Display, and a large selection of customizable options for optimizing a gaming network.
Xtreme N Duo Dual Band Wireless Router (DIR-855) is engineered to enhance speed and range when running multiple devices including HD media players, game consoles and computers. The next-generation Dual Band 802.11n Draft N Router allows home users to simultaneously browse the Internet or send emails using the 2.4GHz and while streaming movies, music or playing games using the less crowded 5GHz band, thus ensuring that applications run as smoothly as possible over the wireless network and offering an outstanding Internet experience.
D-Link NAS devices and routers are BitTorrent Certified delivering high-quality content on the Internet. Currently, the latest BitTorrent SDK firmware is embedded in the D-Link DNS-323 NAS storage unit and certification has been granted for the D-Link DIR-655 draft 802.11n routers.
Network Video Recorder Technology Debuts is designed specifically to meet the high demand for security surveillance by consumers and small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The new device, which acts like a digital video recorder used in closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems, provides standalone recording management for up to four IP cameras per installation. In addition to its storage capabilities, it features a recording schedule, live streaming server, remote playback server, easy configuration, a Web-based user interface, remote live viewing, remote playback, video and audio streaming and an event trigger.
The ezSpace UFO (Uniquely Formed Outlets) is a multi-outlet extender that solves the problem of fitting multiple power adapters, chargers and transformers into a conventional linear or newer circular power strip. Shaped like a flying saucer with sloping sides it can accommodate four or six plugs of any size without blocking outlets, squeezing fingers, or causing bulky adapter boxes to protrude far beyond the edge of the unit.
The UFO is 3.25” high with a diameter of 6.25” at its widest point. The unit is narrower at the top than at the bottom with the sockets situated midway between the two at even intervals around the circumference. The slanted design means the outlets are recessed from the bottom edge, enabling adapters to plug in without a large overhang. It comes in four- and six-plug floor and wall-mounted editions with or without surge protection.
Looking for a larger-than-life display from your iPod Video or portable DVD player? ezGear’s ezVision X4 Video Glasses fill the bill with a high-res 640x480 pixel color image that simulates a 60” screen viewed at a distance of 8.5 feet. It’s like watching a movie or playing a game in your home theater. Weighing in at just 2.1 ounces (60 grams), these ultra-lightweight goggles deliver the highest resolution and largest screen view of any product in their class. They easily connect to any VCR, DVD player, cable or satellite box, portable video player, and video gaming systems from Xbox and PlayStation to Zune, Zen Vision M or Game Cube. They also come with an iPod nterconnect cable for hooking up to your iPod Video and can be used with laptops with proper cabling. MSRP is $500.
If you’ve ever watched a child or a young adult play Guitar Hero, you’ve probably noticed that the fret keys on the guitar peripheral are too far apart for them to kick their scores up to rock star ranks. Accessory maker ezGear is now leveling the musical playing field with the 10-fret ezJam Guitar for Guitar Hero II/III, the first guitar controller for both small and large hands. The ezJam S-10, is a wired controller that also includes a strum bar, tremolo bar, tilt sensor and guitar strap. It is available in red, blue and pink for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 at an MSRP of $80.
ezEars™ 360 Headset – enhances the experience of the Xbox LIVE® online gaming community. Allowing users to easily communicate with teammates and opponents. Lightweight with adjustable controls, the suggested retail price is $19.
ezRemote™ – lets users control HD DVDs, DVDs, and CDs on their XBOX 360. The suggested retail price is $20.
ezLink Extension Cable - is an easy solution for adding needed length to play all Wii games comfortably. The suggested retail price is $15.
ezSave™ Memory Card – Save all your game scores and levels from the Wii. Available in 32MB. The suggested retail price is $30.
ezGear™ Wii playPack - includes four accessories to use with your favorite WiiPlay Games. Includes a Wii Gun, Fishing Pole, Ping Pong Paddles and a Cue Stick. The suggested retail price is $50 and will ship in March 2008.
ezDance™ Dance Pad –for Dance Dance Revolution for the Wii. Now you can compete or have an awesome dance party with multiple players. The suggested retail price is $30.
ezJam™ Wireless Guitar – The ezJam Wireless Guitar for Guitar hero for Wii comes with 10 buttons so it’s easy for small hands to reach. The suggested retail price is $90.
ezGear™ Wireless 6 Axis Controller for PS3 – It’s a top of the line 6-Axis wireless controller, supporting six axis tilting. The suggested retail price is $49.
ezPak™ Extreme – The only case anyone will ever need for the PS3. ezPak has space for everything, including controllers, software, console, cables, and more. The bottom and sides open so users don’t have to take their console out of the bag to use it. The suggested retail price is $40.
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USB to DVI/VGA Adapter
Allows a plug and play connection of a DVI or VGA display to any USB 2.0 port on a laptop or desktop computer. Video is delivered in DVI-I format, compatible with both VGA monitors and DVI displays. It allows users to refine video performance, selecting from a variety of screen resolutions to 1600x1200 and color depths.
Wireless USB Extension
USB peripherals can operate up to 100 feet in distance from the computer without cables using the 4-port Wireless USB Extender. This sender/receiver system delivers cable-free USB 2.0 connectivity at speeds averaging 54 mbps and is effective in extending a typical computer’s peripherals such as keyboard/mouse and printer away from the computer.
Gefen TV Switcher
Connects four sources, including satellite TV systems, disk players and digital video recorders, to one HD display. Users switch between sources using IR remote, local panel buttons or auto-switch feature.
Gefen TV Splitter
Splits one source signal and delivers it to four displays or projectors at the same time. Supports HDCP and HDMI v1.3a pass-through compliance and resolutions up to 1080p.
Gefen TV HD Personal Video Recorder
Connects composite/s-video, component and HDMI sources, and outputs HDMI audio/video for each source. HDTV is recorded in the MPEG 4 format, and content may be stored on the 80Gb hard drive or the removable SD card.
Gefen TV Composite to HDMI Scaler
Ideal for anyone wanting to integrate old and new technologies, this enables a plug and play connection between composite/s-video sources and today's HDMI displays, and scales the video in all high definition formats.
Gefen TV Audio Processor
Creates surround sound in any location by accepting an HDMI source and outputting two HDMI signals: one is a pass-through to the display and the other is sent to an external audio receiver. The processor decodes this HDMI signal to provide audio along with six discrete RCA connectors to create a lush audio environment and an engaging HDTV experience.
Gefen TV Audio Adapter
A streamlined digital to analog audio converter that enables users to convert their digital audio signals to analog left/right in order to create enhanced sound environments with plug and play ease.
8x8 Matrix for HDMI v1.3
Connects up to eight sources to eight displays or projectors, offering complete matrix switching among all connected devices. Displays have access to any source at any time using a 16-key IR remote control or the RS-232 connection.
4x4 HDMI CAT-5 Matrix
Connects four sources to four displays, and can extend each display up to 330-feet from the sources using CAT-5 cable and individual receiver units at the remote destination, enabling an easy method of distributing HDTV throughout the home.
HDMI Over Coax Extender
Extends any HDMI source up to 300 feet from the display or projector using multiple coax cables. It supports HD resolutions up to 1080p with a no-new-wires methodology.
Hawking Technologies www.hawkingtech.com
A new addition to its HomeRemote line of remote home monitoring/control solutions is the new HomeRemote Pro System. It supports HomeRemote modules and accessories and new HomeRemote Pro Wireless Cameras to allow users to monitor, control and secure their home remotely from a web browser or from a cellular phone. It uses Z-Wave technology.
With HomeRemote Pro users can customize their home with HomeRemote accessories or any Z-Wave enabled module to control all aspects of their home. The base level service comes free and includes local control of modules and accessories, remote monitoring of devices and accessories, and video snapshots from HomeRemote Pro cameras (local live video is available). The Up-Level service includes, cell phone access with the HomeRemote Cell Link service, live video on the web browser interface as well as the cell phone, the ability to send alerts and notifications to cell phones and email addresses and full remote monitoring and control features of the entire system. The Up-Level pricing is a subscription based at $9.99 per month.
Debuted its line of fashion mobile input devices with two mice options for the style-conscious user. The Pocket Mouse is available in either USB wired or Bluetooth™ enabled. USB Cable for streamline connectivity, and has auto retractor to eliminate cable clutter. It has 800 dpi Tracking Resolution. MSRP $60 (USB), $70 (Bluetooth)
The Ultimate Pocket Mouse is a desktop and hand mouse, laser pointer, and media controller, with a built in cursor control and alpha numeric key pad for imbedding letters and numbers on the fly. MSRP $110.
The Ultimate Mouse can be used as a regular mouse, or use in the classroom, for presentations, and for controlling your notebook from a distance. Make your point with the laser beam and imbed text on the fly. The remote control has a 60’ range. LED Display Lighting for use in dark spaces. MSRP $110.
Showed a wireless USB to VGA video card (GUW2015V) which enables individuals to add multiple high-resolution displays to their notebook or desktop PCs via a WUSB connection. DisplayLink’s network display technology is the first to provide the high image quality and performance of VGA / DVI connections over USB and Wireless USB. By using WUSB to communicate wirelessly to monitors, projectors and TVs, IOGEAR’s new WUSB Video Adapter helps eliminate cable clutter on the desktop, in meeting rooms and at home. The WUSB to VGA Video Adapter’s performance includes instantaneous mouse and keyboard movements, output resolutions up to 1680 x 1050 and 16.7 million colors, as well as smooth DVD video playback.
The Wireless USB to VGA Video Card, also known as a Wireless USB Graphics Adapter or UGA, will be commercially available in mid-2008. To learn more about DisplayLink technology and network display products, visit www.displaylink.com.
I.R.I.S. Group www.irislink.com
Announced the release of the IRIScan 2, a portable full document scanner, an ideal solution to scan and organize a wide variety of documents anywhere you are. It simplifies all your retyping needs, designed to be carried anywhere: it is compact, light, USB powered and fits any laptop suitcase.
Available in two versions – Express and Executive - and comes with an extended suite of useful applications to manage your paper documents in the most efficient and easiest way. Readiris Pro 11 PC and/or Mac (OCR software) will recognize your documents text information or generate PDF or any editable office documents. I.R.I.S. Desktop Search will allow you to quickly find any document from your computer, using only a few keywords. Cardiris Pro 4 for PC and Mac scans, recognizes, sorts and exports scanned business cards into contacts you can use in any and all popular contact managers. Also part of the software suite is Roxio PhotoSuite Special Edition to capture, edit and create spectacular photo projects (for PC only). Finally, @Promt, which comes with the IRIScan 2 Executive, is a powerful full document translation software, available in 11 language pairs.
Logitech unveiled the Logitech® diNovo Mini™ palm-sized keyboard with media remote and ClickPad. Designed for people who have connected their PC to their TV, the highly compact, stylish diNovo Mini keyboard makes it easy to control PC entertainment from the sofa. For easy navigation the keyboard features backlighting and an innovative ClickPad, which can be used as a touch pad to point, scroll and click – or as a directional pad to navigate menus and make selections. The mini-keyboard uses Bluetooth® 2.0 wireless technology for unfettered use from the sofa or anywhere in the living room.
The keyboard features a keypad, dedicated hotkeys for media players and Web browsers, as well as prominent Page Up and Page Down buttons, which allow people to scroll when surfing the Web as well as zoom in and out of documents and images. The keyboard even offers a dedicated button that launches Windows Media Center, as well as a row of media controls that allow people to adjust volume and easily play, pause, stop, fast forward and rewind. Finally, the Page Up and Page Down buttons allow people to quickly change channels while watching Internet-based television. The suggested retail price is $150 (U.S.).
Also introduced was the Logitech® Cordless Desktop® MX™ 5500 Revolution the keyboard-and-mouse combination uses Bluetooth® wireless technology. With its MicroGear™ Precision Scroll Wheel, the MX Revolution mouse offers people two exceptional modes of navigation. They can fly effortlessly through long documents and Web pages, spinning the scroll wheel freely to move through up to 10,000 lines of a spreadsheet in seven seconds. For more efficient searching, the MX Revolution provides One-Touch™ Search, which allows people to obtain Internet search results for any word or phrase on a Web page or in a document. Finally, the thumb wheel can be set to launch the Windows Vista® Flip 3D feature or to zoom in and out of documents and photos. And the rapid-charging stand eliminates the inconvenience of replacing batteries. With the dynamic keyboard display, people can enjoy instant access and control of important information. The 2.95-by-.79 inch (7.5-by-2 cm), built-in LCD screen shows people the time and date, calculator, temperature, Web site favorites, a keystroke counter, e-mail updates and media information, such as band and song titles. The suggested retail price is $170.
Announced the release of its Z-wave enabled Portus Home™ system today. It gives customers real time feedback on their home energy consumption, whilst simultaneously delivering new levels of convenience through one touch control over their home environment. Customers stay connected with their homes and loved ones, from wherever they are, by providing a real-time window on their home through either their cell phone or Internet browser. It also enables parents to keep an eye on a baby in another room, or see who is at the front gate, from the comfort of their arm chair.
Home security sensors and camera motion detection will automatically detect any intrusion and instantly notify the customer via SMS, email or voicemail. Wireless cameras will automatically record video of any unauthorized entry and upload this information to the customer’s personal online storage where it can be inspected when needed.
Customers can view current power usage, consumption history over different periods, and the cost of the energy consumed. When they exit their home, an instant ALL OFF feature saves the time and hassle of having to switch everything off manually.
Available online from April 1st, 2008. The Portus Home Advanced Starter Kit, including Portus Home Gateway, Portus Home Wireless Video Camera, Occupancy Sensor, Door Sensor, and Appliance Module will be available for purchase at a price of $249.95. A service fee of $14.95 per month applies. All Portus Home products will come with a 1-Year Warranty and 24 hours/7 days a week technical support, including firmware updates.
Launched of a new series of high-performance Wireless-N products including RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Router (WNDR3300), RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router (WNR3500), 5 GHz Wireless-N HD Access Point/Bridge (WNHDE111), HD/Gaming 5 GHz Wireless-N Networking Kit (WNHDEB111), and RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N USB Adapter (WNDA3100).
Based on patented antenna structures, but using conventional and inexpensive manufacturing techniques, the metamaterial antenna array places multiple antennas in close proximity, directing signal energies to targeted wireless devices while avoiding any signal collision or interference with each other. This enables them to incorporate six to eight internal antennas in a compact design to deliver superior coverage.
For the most efficient use and sharing of available bandwidth, the WNDR3300 features automatic QoS to prioritize network traffic. This enables seamless performance for a variety of applications such as Internet browsing and downloading, voice, video and gaming applications. Retail price in the U.S. is $130.
The NETGEAR RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router (WNR3500) incorporates an ultra-fast five-port 10/100/1000 Mbps switch (one Gigabit Ethernet WAN and four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports), to deliver the fastest possible wireless-to-wired network performance, and an array of eight internal Antennas to reduce the effects of RF interference and maximize wireless performance and range. It provides a double firewall to protect the network from external hacker attacks, automatically upgrades itself to the latest firmware version and is configurable as a wireless repeater for use as a range extender. Retail price in the U.S. is $160.
For high-performance network gaming and simultaneous streaming of multiple high-definition videos, the HD/Gaming 5 GHz Wireless-N Networking Kit (WNHDEB111) packages together two WNHDE111 units to provide complete, reliable high performance wireless connectivity between the home network and consumer media devices like Xbox™, PlayStation®, Wii™, TiVo® HD, Slingbox™, digital and IPTV set-top boxes, NETGEAR’s Digital Entertainer HD, Apple® TV, etc.
Their Powerline AV Ethernet Kit (XAVB101) and Powerline HD Plus Ethernet Adapter Kit (HDXB111) provide a reliable, high-speed 200 Mbps network connection to the home network and Internet over existing electrical wires to devices such as digital media receivers, set top boxes, game consoles, PCs, or storage devices. Both feature built-in power sockets to save power outlet space, provide built-in quality-of-service (QoS), to ensure high-quality connectivity for high-definition video streaming, online gaming and Voice-over-IP (VoIP) applications, and easy operation based on a plug-in design and push-button security setup.
The RangeMax Wireless Signal Extender (WPN824EXT) connects into an existing wireless router or gateway to upgrade and extend the performance and range of an existing network. The Signal Extender dynamically selects from an array of hundreds of antenna combinations to find the optimal, interference-free path to each wireless client, delivering a fast, stable wireless connection.
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DYMO File™ www.dymo.com
DYMO File™ software is designed to reduce the pain of paper by streamlining the process of scanning documents. It creates and prints a unique barcode for each paper document from user-specified information. A stack of bar-coded documents can then be scanned in one batch with the user’s scanner or all-in-one printer, eliminating the need to scan one document at a time. DYMO File’s technology reads each barcode and automatically files each document on the user’s PC or network. Ideal for paper-heavy small- to mid-sized businesses (SMB).
DYMO DiscPainter offers the first dedicated CD/DVD printer under $300 to print full-color, 600 DPI graphics in about a minute. At it’s heart is RadialPrint™ – or “spin” – technology. This allows it to print directly onto the disc as it spins, creating professional quality images quickly. They include software so users can incorporate as many as 16 photos in their designs. DiscPainter also works with design programs such as Adobe Photoshop®, Illustrator®, In Design®, QuarkXpress® and SureThing™.
DYMO Stamps™ on-demand postage, and a Pelouze® USB-enabled scale. Both Desktop Mailing Solution and DYMO Stamps, which let users purchase and print precise amounts of USPS-approved postage with no monthly service charge.
Endicia® is a leading supplier of Internet mailing and shipping solutions used by small offices and home offices. Users can print postage from their computers, track packages and create customized postage through Endicia’s PictureItPostage™ offering.
CardScan® Contact Management Systems www.cardscan.com
Captures, organizes, manages and shares contact data. Integrating hardware (business card scanners) with software, CardScan® systems consolidate contacts from emails and electronic files as well as from business cards. Categorize, de-dupe and synchronize contact data to all your devices.
mimio® Interactive www.mimio.com
Offers technology that enables educators to digitally capture, manipulate and interact with information in the classroom. The mimio portable device easily attaches to any whiteboard and connects to a computer to electronically capture and share everything that is written or drawn.
Planetwide Media www.MyComicbookCreator.com
Released Vista Compatible Comic Book Creator 2.0, a personal media creation tool that allows you to easily create and share your own story utilizing digital photos, music, sound effects, videos and animation. Comic Book Creator 2.0 users can also take full advantage of the superior features and functionality of Windows Vista in terms of visual experience, as well as graphic processing quality.
The recent addition of embedded software program Project Dogwaffe Particles serves as a comprehensive and self-contained painting tool with a focus on Particle Brushes. Users can easily create fascinating original artwork containing shrubbery, foliage, trees, grass and a variety of other effects based on painting with particles and bristles, such as magical lighting effects, hair, fireworks and waterfalls, etc. Another prominent addition is Audacity, an easy-to-use audio editor and recorder that offers users the chance to record live audios and digitize recordings, and then include them in their comic book creations. Users will also be able to import sound files, edit and combine them with other files or new recordings.
Coupled with an easy-to-use drag and drop technology, participants can utilize more than 1,200 screenshots, caption boxes, clip art, audio clips and artwork into a selection of 100+ professional layout and design templates, and combine their creations with a personalized storyline to make their own comics. The retail box version is sold for $50.
Pure Networks www.networkmagic.com
Pure Networks and Carbonite, Inc., announced a partnership to deliver the leading online backup service, Carbonite Online PCBackup™, to purchasers of Pure Network’s home networking solution, Network Magic. Customers will receive a six-month subscription for up to eight computers with their purchase. Together the products deliver easy-to-use solutions for some of the most pressing challenges faced in home- and small-office computing.
A 3D mouse? Yes, the Sandio 3D mouse enhances PC users’ total experiences on 3D applications. Users of Google Earth and Virtual Earth, for example, can now use the Sandio 3D mouse to “fly through” the 3D Internet without dealing with keyboard or on-screen navigation tabs. In addition, Second Life residents can use the Sandio 3D mouse to move forward, backward and sideways, fly, crouch, and turn right and left using only the Sandio mouse, leaving their other hand for controlling their avatar’s gestures or any other options.
Users of CAD software like Google SketchUp, AutoDesk’s 3D Studio Max can move along and rotate about the x, y, z axis in both Screen and Camera modes without switching between 3D objects and operation menus. It improves 3D game navigation, makes it possible to effortlessly and intuitively manipulate camera views, and even provides a competitive edge with 16 programmable keys. Available in the U.S., Canada, Japan and China at an MSRP of $80 (U.S.).
Smith Micro www.smithmicro.com
Revue Media management for your Windows Mobile® Smartphone or PDA.
StuffIt Deluxe® 11, provides powerful tools that help you
Zip, access, share and protect all your personal information. Now compress JPEG
photos by up to 30% with absolutely no loss in quality. Compress documents from
within Microsoft Office using StuffIt's latest plug-ins, with special
optimization for PowerPoint 2007 presentations. Easily archive your files and
transfer them automatically over email or FTP, or even burn them to CD or DVD
directly from StuffIt. Multi-core optimization means faster compression and
access to your files than ever before.
MediaRECOVER is the must-have solution to accidentally deleted files or corrupted media. It will recover images, including RAW Image files, email files, documents, and database files (mdx, prm.) It will also help you repair many corrupt files that are unusable.
Morpheus Photo Morpher™ is fun and easy-to-use. Transform your old photos into cool new animations that your friends and family will enjoy.
Their Blu-ray disc player BDP-S300 features high-definition 1080/24p true cinema video output. DVDs will upscale to 1080p via HDMI. Comes with multi-channel linear PCM and Dolby Digital Plus Decoding. Their BD-ROM drive for the PC (BDU-X10S) will play commercial Blu-ray disc movie titles, recorded Blu-ray disc, DVDs, and CDs. It comes with CyberLink’s PowerDVD BD Edition software. It is compatible with Microsoft Vista and XP. It has a Serial ATA (SATA) interface.
Launched ClickFree™ backup products with both hard drive-based and DVD-based solutions. These products are designed for absolute convenience and simplicity, nothing to configure, no software to install, just plug them in.
The ClickFree™ HD 700 once plugged in via USB port, the device automatically launches, searches and backs up anything important without ever having to push or click a button. The user simply connects the device to the computer and the backup begins. Subsequent backups are done in the same manner with new files copied to the device. Consumers can backup their information from up to five PCs. The HD 700 with 120 Gigabyte storage capacity is $170.
Three New Stow-N-Go Mice
The mice feature a tilt-wheel with four-way scrolling for efficient viewing of spreadsheets, photos, images, etc. For widescreen laptops, users can simply adjust the cursor speed with the convenient one-touch button and indicator light, which changes the DPI (Dots Per Inch) setting from 1600/1200/800. Program the scroll button on any of the mice to suit your needs including zoom, magnify, launch Internet Explorer, Internet back, cut, paste, copy, double-click, etc. The Retractable Optical Stow-N-Go (ESP $20), and the Retractable Laser Stow-N-Go (ESP $30), laptop mice have a convenient 2.5 ft. retractable cord, which attaches to the bottom of the mouse for easy travel. The Retractable Laser Stow-N-Go and Wireless Laser Stow-N-Go mice (ESP $40), feature laser sensor technology, offering 20 times more tracking sensitivity, making it easy to use on shiny surfaces such as glass or covered surfaces. The new mice will be available in March 2008.
Lightweight and easy-to-store the Targus HeatDefense™ cooling system can be placed underneath the laptop on your lap or desk to assist in cooling your device and providing heat protection. It features innovative HeatShift™ Technology, which uses a crystalline compound to absorb heat emitted from laptops. As your laptop heats up the pad, the crystalline compound melts into a gel-like substance, which absorbs the laptop heat and protects your lap or workstation from heat damage. Available in April 2008 at an estimated street price of $30.
Travel Power Outlets with Surge Protection
Equipped with 4 outlets, Targus’ new Travel Power Outlets with Surge Protection help protect your electronics while providing instant outlet expansion whether you’re at the airport, hotel room, library, or the local coffee shop. With its innovative design, the Travel Power Outlets accommodate oversized power adapters while allowing for easy travel with its ability to fit into hard to reach places. You can now charge your cell phone, camera battery and work on your laptop all from one location. The Travel Power Outlets with Surge Protection (APS03US) measures 2.80” x 10.75” x 7.70” and only weighs 8 oz. I loved this, once you buy one for traveling you’ll surely buy another for around the house. It will be available February 2008 at an estimated street price of $20.
DEFCON® Privacy Filters
Designed specifically to protect sensitive information displayed on laptop screens or LCD monitors, privacy filters safeguard data from prying eyes and provide an ergonomic benefit by reducing glare to help prevent eye strain. The new DEFCON Privacy Filter is designed to fit laptops with display sizes of 12.1” and 14.1” as well as laptops with widescreen display sizes of 12.1”, 14.1”, 15.4” and 17”. It also fits LCD monitors with 17” or 19” displays and 19”, 24” and 30” widescreen displays.
It uses small vertical blinds to shield your personal and mission critical files from anyone looking at more than a 45 degree angle from the center of the screen. By narrowing the viewing angle, anyone attempting to catch a glimpse of your laptop or LCD monitor will see nothing more than an obscure dark screen. The filter can easily be attached to your LCD with specially designed clear adhesive strips or with the included tab guides, which are designed to keep the filter in place and are simple to install and remove as needed.
Toshiba is working with a direct methanol fuel cell integrated into one of their gigabeat portable media players. The DMFC runs on a methanol-oxygen fuel mix, and generates and supplies power directly to the device. The prototype DMFC can run video on the gigabeat for as long as ten hours on a single fuel charge, and can be refueled on the go for unlimited device operation.
External video cards:
Mobile Bluetooth devices:
Docking station: XDS (Xtreme Docking Station) - supports resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 VGA, widescreen, video playback; houses four (4) USB ports, an Ethernet input, and audio and video jacks; Windows 2000/XP/Vista
HDMI cables: The gold-plated, quadruple-shielded cables are made with hyper oxygen-free copper and come in lengths of three (3), six (6) and nine (9) feet.
2.4GHz Wireless Media Center Keyboards
The PN-01030 wireless mini or full-sized keyboard provides the ultimate in convenience for not only general usage, but also for anyone operating a Windows Media Center. 2.4GHz wireless technology is ideal for precise keyboard and trackball commands at a distance of up to 45 feet from the host computer in any direction.
Thumbstick Gaming Mouse
They have all types of input mice from biometric to texturized, but new is 'Thumbstick' technology. This new technology places an easy to use joystick type of small controller on the left side of the mouse for an added edge to gaming or for easy Web 2.0 community navigation. The Thumbstick mouse also has five other highly desired user features as well.
For the ultimate in desktop organization the 'Hubsucker' has a powerful suction cup that will stick to almost any surface. Stick the four or seven port USB 2.0 Hubsucker to the side of a computer or monitor to have fast access to USB ports or to clean up the messy wires that can quickly clutter a desktop.
Users can create an unlimited variety of fun people or animal poses with the adjustable 'arms and legs' of the webcam. This feature allows the webcam to easily fit onto almost any monitor or laptop. They also have an easy-to-use clip on webcam plus the adjustable height webcam.
Z-Wave Alliance www.z-wave.com
Z-Wave Alliance is an open consortium of leading global companies dedicated to establishing Z-Wave as the standard in wireless controls. Here are some of show highlights from members at the show:
Announced it has added three new products to its HomePlug AV Powerline family.
NBG318S Powerline Wireless Router
ZyXEL’s Powerline wireless router, the NBG318S, is an all-in-one solution that packs Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Powerline technologies into one box with the latest QoS technologies designed for gaming, VoIP, video streaming and Internet access. It features the ability to be connected directly to a modem and can also act as a broadband extended wireless gateway by connecting to a modem via Powerline. This first-of-its-kind feature gives users complete control by allowing them to position the router at the most ideal location in the home and change the operation mode to use the router as a broadband extension gateway with a simple mouse click. It can also stream HD video throughout the home, overcoming most dead spots and interference. Comes standard with ZyXEL’s DOS/DDOS SPI Firewall for advanced encryption and data protection. (MSRP $135.00)
PLA450 Powerline Wireless Access Point
ZyXEL’s PLA450 Powerline Wireless Access Point is an 802.11g access point with built-in HomePlug AV capability and one Ethernet port. Targeted to customers who need to extend the wireless coverage in their home, small office or in a warehouse type of environment, the PLA450 does not require the installation of additional Ethernet cabling. (MSRP $149.00)
PLA470 Powerline Wireless Switch
ZyXEL’s PLA470 is a HomePlug AV adapter with a built-in 4-port fast Ethernet switch. Powered by HomePlug AV technology, the switch is rated at speeds of up to 200 Mbps over existing power lines. With a built-in 10/100 Mbps fast Ethernet switch it enables users to share Internet, printer and central storage over the Powerline network without the need to purchase an additional Powerline adapter. (MSRP $108.00)
Backpacks and laptop holders Return to top of page
Laptop Hideaway (F8N060 - $50) is stylish storage that keeps your laptop and accessories accessible, organized, protected and out of the way. Its large handle allows you to easily carry your laptop, power cord, and magazines from room to room. Works with 15.4-inch laptops--both widescreen and standard. Available in colors: chocolate/tourmaline, khaki/tarragon.
Case Logic www.caselogic.com
A full-size briefcase (SKU-PNC-15F) holds most 15.4" laptops. Features:
The Classic Madison
A Finnish company that specialized in fashionable bags for portable electronics. Coming into the U.S. market the collection includes a total of 6 categories: mobile bags, music bags, digi bags, laptop bags, laptop sleeves and laptop backpacks. In addition, laptop bags will be available in 2 sizes – both for 13” and 15, 4” laptops.
Contour Balance Notebook Backpack (62534)
Finally a notebook backpack that’s made for a woman both in fit and style. The Contour Balance Notebook Backpack is ergonomically designed to fit the unique contours of a woman’s body for greater comfort. Air-Flo Contour™ Panel dissipates heat and hugs the body for greater comfort and carrying ease. Non-slip shoulder straps are ergonomically designed to fit a woman’s body. Deep-quilted, impact-resistant notebook compartment with AirBrake™ bottom cushion protects your computer. Unique organization system separates smaller personal items from bulkier items, so they’re easier to manage. Water-resistant materials keep the contents of your bag safe and dry. Suggested Street Price $70
Contour Balance Notebook Case (62536)
The Contour Balance Notebook Case is recognized by the American Chiropractic Association for maximizing comfort while minimizing muscle strain. Air-Flo Contour™ Panel, with AirBrake™ bottom cushion. Sleek and comfortable handles stay together with a magnetic clasp for grab and go convenience. Detachable shoulder strap tucks away neatly on the side when not in use. External ticket pocket keeps important documents organized and accessible. Water-resistant materials keep the contents of your bag safe and dry. Suggested Street Price $80
The Proteo Formal Wheeled Toploader Notebook Case (17916-1041) is the perfect solution for the mobile user on the go. It fits up to a 15.4 inch notebook, with foam that surrounds your laptop and offer better protection. Inspired by a car's suspension system, the spring strips that hug and protect the laptop. Features:
The Verana collection is designed for women. With Verana it's not business as usual. Vibrant colors and smart detailing make transporting everything, including a laptop, more elegant. Comes in Nappa leather, Corduroy, and Canvas styles construction. Features:
The new SonicPak speaker backpack (TSB116US) provide way to listen to music while on-the-go. With removable front panel speakers, which are protected from the Earth’s elements by a shock resistant EVA panel and water resistant zippers, consumers can listen to their favorite music anywhere. Comes in stylish silver tones and features a padded compartment for protection of laptop of up to 15.4”. Bring your favorite music along by sliding your iPod, MP3 Player or any other digital device with headset capability into the secure, custom-made back pocket. The front panel is a lightweight amplifier, which includes NXT “exciters”, giving users quality sound at an impressive volume. The backpack also includes side mesh water bottle holders, adjustable, padded shoulder straps, molded carrying handle, oversized zipper pulls for easy gripping, and a fully equipped interior workstation that includes plenty of pockets for your accessories. The SonicPak has a battery compartment with an on/off switch and a power-indicator LED light. The SonicPak measures 13.98” x 7.48” x 18.11” and only weighs 3.95 lbs. Backed by a limited lifetime warranty, Targus it will be available in March 2008 for a suggested retail price of $100 at Targus.com.
The Velos Messengers are available in three color combinations – chocolate with a chocolate and aqua strap (TSM063US), charcoal with black and lime green strap (TSM06301US) and wheat with mushroom and orange strap (TSM06302US). Each case comes with two different colored straps, which run along the sides and wrap around the bottom of the case, allowing users to interchange the straps for a unique new look that can fit any style. The laptop compartment has dual cushioning with a neoprene sleeve to protect laptops with up to 15.4” screens. For added convenience, the bags have a removable shoulder strap pad and feature a back slip pocket for business documents, folders or magazines. The bags measure 14.3” x 11” x 1.7”. Available May 2008 at an estimated street price of $70 at Targus.com as well as through leading retailers.
Voltaic Systems www.voltaicsystems.com
Announced the introduction of a new laptop bag which generates enough solar power to charge laptops. They expect it to be shipping Spring '08. It uses a single solar panel to produce up to 14.7 watts of power. This is enough to fully charge a typical laptop from a full day of sunlight. The bag also charges virtually all other handheld electronics.
The bag includes a battery pack custom designed to efficiently capture and store solar power so it is available whether the sun is up or not. Adaptors are included for easy connection to common laptops, phones and universal plugs. Devices can also be connected via a car charger or the USB plug built into the battery.
The bag is stylishly constructed from fabrics made with recycled soda bottles (PET) which are tough, waterproof and UV resistant. It includes a protective frame and padded laptop sleeve with ample room for other electronics, notebooks etc. The solar panels come in four color options: a distinctive orange, silver, green and a more discrete charcoal. The MSRP for the Generator is $599. Other bags in the Voltaic line are priced as low as $199.
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The KODAK EASYSHARE 5300 AiO Printer ($200 US MSRP) uses Kodak’s premium, pigment-based ink, priced at $10 for a cartridge of black ink and $15 for a five-ink color cartridge (US MSRP), and can save consumers up to 50 percent on everything they print compared to similar consumer inkjet printers. The All-in-One Printer offers a 3-inch color LCD display that enables photo viewing and cropping directly from the printer. Memory card slots provide an additional quick and simple way to print digital pictures without a PC. Featuring print, scan and copy capabilities it delivers high-quality documents and photos for users who enjoy printing without limitations. The 5300 can print and copy up to 32 pages per minute in black and 30 pages per minute in color, and print photos from PICTBRIDGE enabled cameras without involving a PC.
For those that travel and always looking to borrow a printer, here is the answer. The PRINTSTIK. It's the only truly mobile printer which can print directly through a USB connection or through various Bluetooth® enabled devices.
Imagine taking images from your Smartphone and printing them out while on-the-go without needing to be near a computer. The MSRP for the PRINTSTIK is $299.
Ricoh Americas Corporation, introduced a new series of color laser printers – the Aficio® SP C222DN Series – and color laser multifunction products (MFPs) – the Aficio® SP C222SF Series.
Managing the Aficio SP C222DN Series is made simple with Status Image Monitor software, which enables users to check supply levels and change settings via the Web. Furthermore, the printers control panel uses an alert light for error notifications and LED indicators that tell users when supplies need to be replenished. Ricoh equipped this series with All-in-One Cartridges that can be replaced with one hand and a top-loading design on the printers for easy access and less mess. Users can also print photos via the color printers’ PictBridge™ support that can be connected to a compliant digital camera.
The SP C220S is equipped with copy, print and scan capabilities. The Aficio SP C221SF and SP C222SF print and copy at 21 ppm. The Aficio SP C221SF and SP C222SF also offer facsimile features that include a G3 transmission speed of 3 seconds per page, a 100-page memory capacity and 20 One-Touch numbers and 50 Speed Dials, which provide increased speed and convenience.
The Aficio SP C221SF and SP C222SF offer automatic duplex printing and all models feature Scan-to technologies and TWAIN drivers, making it possible to reduce paper usage and supply costs. The PageManager utility, enables automated file management, OCR scanning, and other time-saving functions.
Ricoh Aficio SP C222DN and SP C222DSF Series Specifications
Standard Interface: SP
C220DN / SP C221DN: USB 2.0, Ethernet 10/100Base-TX
Optional Interface: IEEE 802.11b/g Wireless Bridge SX 2500CG
Samsung Electronics www.samsung.com
Launched the CLP – 610ND color laser printer which includes one pass, dual side printing feature (auto duplex). It integrates the power of a 360MHz processor and speed of an embedded 64MB RAM that is expandable to 384MB. Print with resolutions of 2400 x 600 and at speeds of up to 21ppm at a fraction of what it costs to send the job to a local copy store. The an average monthly duty cycle is 65,000 pages. MSRP is $400.
Two new laser printers monochrome single function (the ML – 1630) and multifunction laser printer (the SCX – 4500) are designed for high performance, with fast print speeds of up to 17 pages per minute. , 5K monthly duty cycle and industry-recognized printer reliability. They are also designed to address common user concerns with button-less touch-sensor panels that reduce the user interface, a semi-automatic paper tray for easy paper replacement, guided toner path to ensure easy toner replacement plus easily recognizable warning lights, all to ensure the devices are extremely easy to use and maintain. MSRP for the SCX – 4500 is $299 and $199 for the ML – 1630.
LCD Monitors Return to top of page
The 22.0" Wide Screen PG221U is designed for gaming, comes with subwoofer and has a 2 ms Response Time. Built-in 2.1 channel speakers, 1.3 Mega Pixel rotatable webcam and earphone/ microphone jacks for real-time online communications during games. True Resolution: WSXGA+ 1680x1050, Contrast Ratio(Max.): 2000:1.
Their 20” LS201 Monitor is a slim form-factor monitor with 9H protective glass. Native resolution is 1440 x 900, and comes with built-in 2.1 channel speakers, 1.3 Mega Pixel rotatable webcam and earphone/ microphone jacks.
Showcased the UltraSharp™ 3008WFP 30-inch widescreen flat panel monitor with DisplayPort. The TrueColor WQXGA display with 2560 x 1600 resolution is now available to customers direct starting at $1,999. It includes a USB-sized connector, double the scalable performance of DVI. Response time is 8ms, with a dynamic contrast ratio of 3000:1. Extensive connectivity with DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D with HDCP, VGA, S-Video, Component and Composite connectors.
The world’s first “Quad-HD” display, the 30-inch XHD3000 delivers more than four times the resolution of standard 720p high-definition along with advanced display technology. It features a 2560x1600 widescreen ultra-high resolution and uses the Silicon Optix Realta® HQV® video processor for incredibly detailed images. In addition, the display’s advanced upconversion makes standard-definition video look high-definition, and will even upscale 1080p high-definition video to an astonishing 1600p. Comes with high-performance DXP™ powered speaker system using eight high-powered, low-profile neodymium transducers.
The 24-inch High Definition Widescreen LCD (FHD2400) features include soft touch controls, ultrabright glare panels with fast response times, high definition resolutions, and DCDi by Faroudja enhanced video processing. 1080p HD support and 1920x1200 resolution, with an auto-rotation capability allows the display to be viewed in both landscape and portrait modes, providing a 160-degree viewing angle. The touch-sensitive controls provide access to on-screen menus for tuning the brightness, contrast and other features of the displays.
LG.Philips LCD www.lgphilips-lcd.com
Announced a 14.3-inch E-paper display, which is equivalent in size to an A4 sheet of paper, represents a significant improvement over its predecessors with a never before seen resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels, and the ability to display 16.7 million colors, making it perfect for use in high end multimedia applications. These displays are extremely energy efficient, only using power when the image changes. Additionally, the displays are extremely thin, at less than 300 micrometers. The use of metal foil and plastic substrates, rather than glass substrate makes the flexible color E-paper display bendable and durable, while maintaining display qualities. Like its predecessors, this 14.3-inch display uses a substrate that arranges thin-film transistors (TFT) on metal foil rather than glass, allowing it to recover its original shape after being bent. Furthermore, it can also be viewed from a full 180 degrees, so that images always appear crisp, even when the display is bent.
They showed its 52-inch full HD multi-touch screen for public displays. The company also showcased its 47-inch ultra-slim LCD panel for TVs that is substantially thinner than conventional panels – only 19.8 mm – and also boasts the thinnest available bezel, just 14 mm wide. The panel also features LG.Philips LCD’s cutting edge 120Hz technology, eliminating motion blur, and Full HD resolution. They also showed the benefits of IPS technology at 120Hz, including viewing angle, motion picture response time (MPRT), power consumption and frame doubling to 120Hz.
At its Green Technology Zone they demonstrated:
In the IT Technology Zone:
Advanced LCD Monitors
Samsung Electronics www.samsung.com
Unveiled the new SyncMaster 220TN monitor, the company’s first VoIP-enabled network monitor. Featuring a built-in camera, microphone and speaker the monitor facilitates true-to-life web conferencing, which can reduce long-distance phone costs and the need for frequent business travel. With a 22” wide screen and a 2.0M pixel webcam, the 220TN monitor is enabled to support multiple work applications, therefore enhancing productivity in a range of professional settings. Resolution is 1680 x 1050, coupled with a wide 16:10 aspect ratio, a 5 ms GTG response time, 700:1 contrast ratio and 300cd/m2 brightness, the model is equipped to produce crisp, true-to-life images. The wide 170/160 viewing angle further enhances the overall viewing experience. The monitor also incorporates dual inputs for DVI-D and analog.
Another 22-inch monitor the SyncMaster 2263DX is capable of connecting to a computer via USB, without the need of any additional video hardware. The monitor creates a more productive, flexible work environment for users who require multiple screens. It features an additional seven-inch monitor connected to the display. The extra screen enables users to create and edit documents on the 22-inch screen while using the additional screen to simultaneously Instant Message or read emails. Resolution is 1680 x 1050, while the viewing angle is 160/160, the contrast ratio is an outstanding 8,000:1, complimented by a 2 ms GTG response time.
The new SyncMaster XL30 is a 30-inch Light Emitting Diode (LED) Back Light Unit (BLU) monitor that features up to 123 percent of the National Television System Committee (NTSC) color gamut. Traditional LCD screens typically cover only 82 percent of the NTSC standard color gamut. It is further enhanced by a Color Management System (CMS) that helps provide vivid and precise color. The CMS includes color calibration, which enables more accurate quality control, and Image Viewer, an intuitive tool that corrects color differences between monitors and printers. Furthermore, it features Natural Color Expert software which allows users to calibrate the monitor’s color profile to fit their specific color requirements. Resolution is 2560 x 1600, combined with an impressive 1000:1 contrast ratio.
All Samsung displays are backed by a three-year limited warranty on labor and parts, including the backlight, as well as toll-free technical support for the life of the display.
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AVerTV Hybrid VolarMax is an external, flash drive size USB TV tuner with the ability to receive both Analog or HDTV on a Windows XP or Vista desktop or laptop. HDTV can be viewed either over the air ATSC, or via Unencrypted “Clear” QAM support which enables user to watch HDTV through their cable provider. Advanced H.264 recording compression significantly reduces the amount of hard disk needed for recording. The optional 320x240 resolution enables users to save video to an iPod video. MSRP is $90.
The AVerTV Hybrid NanoExpress is a 54mm ExpressCard TV Tuner allowing users to view both Analog and HDTV on their ExpressCard compatible Laptop. The Slim-Fit design easily inserts completely into the ExpressCard slot, leaving no protrusion of the unit outside of the laptop. HDTV can be viewed either over-the-air or via the Unencrypted “Clear” QAM support which enables user to watch HDTV through their cable provider. Advanced H.264 recording compression significantly reduces the amount of hard disk needed for recording. The optional 320x240 resolution enables users to save video to an iPod video. MSRP is $130.
AVerTV Hybrid ExpressCard is a Hybrid Analog Worldwide standard TV and ATSC receiver card certified with Express Card 54mm Interface solution. It is Windows Vista (32/64 bit) Premium Certified and Windows XP Certified Solution. With it and the supplied antenna laptop users can watch Over-the-Air Digital TV (ATSC) shows or Analog TV programs anywhere. In addition, with MPEG-2 hardware encoder built-in, this device lowers the consumption of CPU process and guarantees customers high-quality video content editing, such as instant recording, playback, and TimeShift functionalities.
WinTV-HVR-950 hybrid TV stick
Play MPEG movies on your TV set. Create MPEG videos on your
PC with Hauppauge's WinTV (optional), then play those videos on your TV set. The
remote control gives you complete control over your PC multimedia. Pause, fast
forward, rewind, skip or fast skip through videos. Play and pause music and
digital picture shows. You can adjust the audio volume from MediaMVPs remote
control, so you won’t need to use your TV's remote control.
Technically speaking MediaMVP is a Linux based digital media receiver. Inside is a high performance IBM PowerPC processor and a hardware MPEG audio/video decoder for MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 videos and MP3 music.
PCTV HD Card ($80)
Pinnacle PCTV™ HD Card brings SD and HD TV with full personal video recorder (PVR) functionality to your PC – with no desktop clutter. Watch, time shift and even automatically record all of your favorite HD and SD TV shows with no service fees.
TVCenter Pro beta version with ClearQAM support now
available as free download
PCTV HD Stick ($80)
Bring digital and analog TV with full PVR functionality to your PC and enjoy all of your favorite shows on your PC in high quality anytime and anywhere.
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