Photokina 2014 highlights

Computers

The personal interface prototyping tool

Russian Artemy Lebedev is best known for his Optimus Keyboard design which surfaced three years ago and has been the subject of much controversy. Artemy is obviously quite focussed on finding a better way to interface humans with computers because since Optimus, he’s come out with two other keyboard designs (three key and Upravlator) and now his latest concept is a touch-screen (think iPhone) keyboard. We hope this gets built cos we think it's important.  Read More

Prototype energy-saving computer delivers significant efficiency boost

April 14, 2008 Using off the shelf technology researchers have developed a highly energy efficient computer that consumes 70 percent less energy than ENERGY STAR labeled computers. Researchers Peter May-Ostendorp and Nathan Beck of Ecos collaborated with chip makers Intel, AMD and Via Technologies to see how much they could reduce the energy demand of computers operating in today’s business environment by using the hardware makers’ most-efficient computer platforms and adding best-in-class components such as hybrid hard drives and right-sized 80 PLUS power supplies.  Read More

Dr. Stuart Parkin, research fellow at the IBM Almaden Research Centre in San Jose, whose n...

April 11, 2008 Nanotechnology was more science fiction than fact when Dr. Eric Drexler released his seminal 'Engines of Creation: the Coming Era of Nanotechnology' in 1986. 20 years later, this revolutionary discipline, which focuses on the manipulation of matter at an atomic or sub-atomic level, is starting to bear fruits in a vast array of bleeding-edge technologies. With nanotech innovations spurring the latest advances from solar energy capture that works in the dark, to long-range, high-power, quick charging batteries for electric cars, to fog-free glass and smart self-thermoregulating fabrics already maturing as viable technologies, the latest advances in nanowire data storage from IBM seem set to thrash both hard drives and flash memory at their own games. It'll be incredibly fast, virtually indestructible thanks to no moving parts, its capacity will be absolutely enormous, it'll use next to no power and produce next to no heat - and it will be 100 times cheaper per byte than flash memory. What's more, IBM says the public debut of this amazing "Racetrack" memory "could be closer than you think."  Read More

LaCie triple interface HDD

April 8, 2008 LaCie’s partnership with designer Neil Poulton continues with the release of new triple interface hard disks which feature a sleek, compact design fashioned in a black-mirrored finish and including a blue LED strip to give an ambient underside glow. The disks, available in capacities of 500GB, 750GB and 1TB, include USB 2.0, eSATA and two Firewire 400 interface ports for connection to PC or Macs with simple plug and play setup supported for Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Mac OS X 10.3.  Read More

HP Elite Autofocus Webcam

April 4, 2008 A webcam with up to 12-megapixel still photo resolution, a 17-inch diagonal flat-panel monitor and a range of customizable desktop PCs which allow consumers to mix and match options are among the highlights from HP's new line-up.  Read More

Panasonic upgrades its rugged Toughbook 19 Tablet PC

March 29, 2008 Panasonic has introduced upgrades to its Toughbook 19 rugged convertible tablet computer. The next generation Toughbook 19F convertible tablet PC joins Panasonic’s flagship Toughbook 30F clamshell notebook with its incorporation of the Core 2 Duo processor and expanded memory capabilities, (1GB SDRAM standard, upgradeable up to 4GB). The 5.1 lb Toughbook 19 also offers an optional integrated 2MP camera for use in inspection and incident documentation applications for which the convertible tablet has become widely deployed in military, government and commercial applications.  Read More

The Alienware Area-51 - front

March 25, 2008 Alienware’s new Area-51 desktop PC now offers unprecedented multitasking capabilities thanks to an Intel QX9770 Core 2 Extreme Quad-Core processor featuring four cores churning out clock speeds of 3.2GHz. With Intel building the QX9770 around 45nm microarchitecture and its dynamic thermal management solutions the Area-51 has the grunt to take next-generation games, 3D and video rendering or day-to-day productivity applications in its stride. A 1600MHz Front Side Bus allows for faster read/write speeds between the processor and memory and any PCI-Express devices while the new NVIDIA nForce 790i motherboard, with support for both DDR3 memory and PCI-E 2.0, ensure the Area-51 desktop speeds keep power users happy.  Read More

New Airport Express

March 19, 2008 Apple has updated its AirPort Express mobile base station with 802.11n to deliver up to five times the performance and twice the range of the previous model. With its single-piece, compact design weighing just 190 grams, the updated Airport Express is claiming the title of the world’s smallest 802.11n-based mobile base station. It can be plugged directly into the wall for wireless Internet connectivity and USB printing and is compact enough to be taken on the road for wireless freedom wherever there is an Internet connection.  Read More

Samsung has announced a half terabyte mobile HD

March 8, 2008 March 8, 2008 Samsung has announced that it is shipping the world’s first half-terabyte (500GB) 2.5” mobile hard drive and the industry’s fastest DVD burner.  Read More

DYMO DiscPainter CD/DVD printer

March 3, 2008 The DYMO DiscPainter CD/DVD printer is a compact dedicated disc printer, optimized for producing high-quality, full-color graphics on inkjet printable discs in about one minute. Discpainter uses DYMO’s patented RadialPrint (or ‘spin’) technology that prints directly onto the CD while it is spinning, creating professional quality graphics quickly from outer edge to inner hub. DiscPainter features three print quality modes that lets users print up to 600 DPI graphics in a minute, and 1200 DPI images in three minutes, while ink density can also be adjusted with nine ink density settings for precise ink control to optimize the quality for the specific disc surface be it matte, glossy or color. One ink cartridge is able to print around 100 discs in a matte or glossy format.  Read More

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