Photokina 2014 highlights

Paul Ridden

The Antares Auto-Tune for Guitar Custom Installation Kit

The company behind the digital tuning wizardry in Peavey's excellent AT-200 guitar, Antares, has announced the release of the Auto-Tune for Guitar Custom Installation Kits.  Read More

The markerless AR system from Cimagine Media

When you want to augment a digital image creation onto the real world, you'll likely need to point your smart device's camera at the kind of markers found in Sony's TV Size Guide tool or on the front cover of magazines like Esquire. IKEA took this idea a step further by making its 2014 catalog the marker, but a new system from Israel's Cimagine Media uses a tablet or smartphone camera and sensors to position the virtual object in a room without the need for physical markers.  Read More

ION Audio's 200 W Road Warrior Bluetooth speaker

When it comes to streaming music from a smartphone or music player at the beach or patio party, Bluetooth is probably going to be the wireless way to go. Take your source device more than a few feet from the speaker, however, and the grooves start to quickly break up and fade away. ION Audio's forthcoming Road Warrior 200 W Bluetooth speaker boasts over three times the wireless range, giving the party's mobile DJ more room to mingle and mix.  Read More

The ThinkPad 8 business tablet from Lenovo

Lenovo's first 8-inch business tablet also happens to be its thinnest and lightest ThinkPad. The new ThinkPad 8 features a high resolution IPS display panel that supports up to 10 simultaneous touch points. It runs Windows 8.1 Professional, is powered by a 2.4 GHz Bay Trail processor from Intel and has a battery that should be good for a full day's work before needing to hit the wall outlet.  Read More

The Sony FDR-AX100 4K Handycam

Sony has followed the launch of its first 4K Handycam at IFA 2013, with a much handier UHD Handycam, the compact FDR-AX100 camcorder. Reported to be 74 percent smaller and 66 percent lighter than the now available FDR-AX1, and a good deal cheaper to boot, the AX100 features a bigger sensor than many similarly-sized cams, a new 29 mm wide-angle Zeiss lens, a high resolution touch panel, built-in wireless capabilities and NFC.  Read More

Panasonic has announced two new Toughpad rugged tablets at CES 2014

Panasonic broke out a couple of new business-rugged tablets in Las Vegas this week. Looking at the Goliath end of the equation first, the company has announced a performance version of the 20-inch high resolution Toughpad monster we caught a glimpse of at last year's CES. At the other, David, end comes a highly configurable 7-inch, hard-as-nails mobile workstation which goes by the name of the FZ-M1.  Read More

Epson's new Moverio BT-200 smart glasses at CES

Epson has announced the follow up to its Moverio BT-100 augmented reality glasses, which were released in Japan towards the end of 2011. The BT-200 smart glasses are reported to be 60 percent lighter than the previous generation, and include a host of new features aimed at changing how customers experience the world at large, and delivered entertainment.  Read More

Apogee has released the JAM 96k professional guitar interface and the MiC 96k professional...

Apogee Electronics has released high audio quality updates to its JAM guitar interface and MiC microphone, which were introduced in 2011, the former as part of Apple's keynote presentation for the iPad 2 and GarageBand suite. The company says that the new JAM 96k has been designed to mimic the kind of magic you get when you plug your guitar into a tube amp, and promises studio-quality instrument sound whether you're practicing, recording, or jamming. The MiC 96k retains the same look and feel of the original, but offers much higher resolution recording opportunities.  Read More

Toshiba's 13.3-inch Chromebook

Following Google's announcement last September, Toshiba's Digital Products Division has now confirmed that the company is joining the Haswell Chromebook party with a model of its very own. The Toshiba Chromebook is the first to feature a 13-inch HD display, offers dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity and promises day-long battery life.  Read More

Nvidia's new Tegra K1 chip features a quad-core CPU and a 192-core GPU

A year after introducing the world to the mighty Tegra 4 mobile chip, Nvidia has pulled back the CES curtain on a new member of the Tegra family. The company says that the Tegra K1, which boasts a quad-core CPU and a whopping 192-core GPU, should open the door to next-gen PC-class gaming on hand-held mobile devices.  Read More

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