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June 23, 2007 When too bright just ain't bright enough... Comprehensively eclipsing the previous champion (Christie's LX120), Sanyo's new PLC-XF47 is the new holder of the LCD projection brightness title. Pumping out 15,000 lumens (roughly 10 times the brightness of a 100w globe), and throwing its picture up to 15 metres, the system also comes with the optional ability to stream High Definition content wirelessly from a PC. Which is great, except that even with a US$30,000 price tag, it still only projects in 1024x768 resolution.  Read More

Dynamic Bandwidth Manager delivers 50 Percent more VOD without extra bandwidth

June 21, 2007 RGB Networks is showing a very efficient new Dynamic Bandwidth Manager (DBM) at Cable-Tec Expo which enables cable television operators to deliver up to 50 percent more video-on-demand (VOD) programming without increasing bandwidth or impacting picture quality.  Read More

World's smallest ACVHD Camcorder

June 21, 2007 New benchmarks in portability and storage capacity mark the latest High-Definition (HD) camcorder line-up from Sony. The palm-sized CX7K is the world's lightest and most compact HD Handycam to date and the first to record high definition videos to Memory Stick media. The only slightly bulkier hard disk drive based Handycam SR Series now offers an unprecedented 100GB of storage space – enough to record 38 hours of 1080i HD content. Significant improvements have also been made to navigation via the on-board touch-screen including an impressive “Face Index” search feature that uses facial recognition technology to quickly pinpoint images of people within a scene without having to scroll through the entire recording.  Read More

New Kodak image sensor technology could redefine digital image capture

June 16, 2007 Kodak has announced a groundbreaking advancement in image sensor technology that provides a 2x to 4x increase in sensitivity to light (from one to two photographic stops) compared to current sensor designs. Kodak’s new technology also enables faster shutter speeds (to reduce motion blur when imaging moving subjects), as well as the design of smaller pixels (leading to higher resolutions in a given optical format) while retaining performance. The first Kodak sensor to use this technology is expected to be available for sampling in the first quarter of 2008.  Read More

Tessera's OptiML camera technology: smaller, cheaper, better.

June 13, 2007 A key part of the accelerating convergence of mobile technologies is the constant struggle to miniaturize functional units while constantly improving their quality and reducing cost of manufacture. Tessera has scored big on all three points with their OptiML wafer level camera manufacture technology - their new modules are half the size of current mobile phone camera units, 30% cheaper to manufacture, and capable of supporting the high resolutions we expect from digital cameras. The company has also made some impressive aquisitions to sort out the traditional focus and zoom issues we've had on camera phones.  Read More

Woehburk's transparent rear-projection screen

June 12, 2007 Totally transparent projection screens can now become part of interior architecture with the invention of a rear projection screen that looks simply like a piece of glass when it's not in use, producing crystal clear images that appear to be floating in the air. The CristalLine glass and acrylic screens come in flat sheets that can be cut, bent, folded and shaped to produce unique projection media that will no doubt be popular in retail, corporate and trade show applications, not to mention the awesome stage effects they could help create.  Read More

The RoadRecorder 6000 PRO Mobile DVR

May 11, 2007 The RoadRecorder 6000 PRO mobile digital video recorder (MDVR) recently caught our eye due to its quite remarkable capability to make mass transit much safer. Designed for school buses, trams and other transit conveyances, it records at 300 frames per second on up to 10 cameras and features 10 channels of digitized synchronous audio input, wireless connectivity, a streamlined data management solution, and triple the storage capacity of previous models in the Safety Vision range of MDVRs. The recorded data is hence available for real-time or subsequent viewing by authorized personnel, first responders, and other officials in the event of onboard incident, accident, or claim. The network even enables a “look in” capability – the transmission of live video from cameras installed on networked buses to laptops in police officers’ networked vehicles.  Read More

The Miro 3 High-Speed Digital Camera  - making the invisible visible

May 11, 2007 Vision Research showed off a very special new camera at the recent NAB in Las Vegas, and SAE World Congress in Detroit - the first in a new line of Phantom high-speed digital cameras. The Phantom Miro line is a compact, light-weight, rugged family of cameras targeted at industrial applications ranging from biometric research to automotive crash testing. Rated to survive 100g acceleration this rugged camera can take 512x512 images at up to 2200 frames-per-second (fps). Reduce the resolution to 32 x 32 and achieve frame rates greater than 95,000 fps. With an ISO rating of 4800 (monochrome, saturation-based ISO 12232), the camera has the light sensitivity for the most demanding applications. With shutter speeds as low as 2 microseconds, the user can freeze objects in motion, eliminate blur, and bring out the image detail needed for successful motion analysis. The camera accepts any standard 1" C-mount lens. See a movie of what it can do here.  Read More

The Flip digital camcorder by Pure Digital - note the pop-out USB connector.

May 10, 2007 We love to see consumer products that are redesigned to reflect the way the market is using them. With the advent of ubiquitous broadband and the huge popularity of video sharing sites, many people, particularly youngsters, want to upload their home videos to YouTube pretty much as soon as they've yelled "cut." Pure Digital has run with this idea with its new Flip video camera - an inexpensive, self-contained, simple camcorder that plugs straight into a USB port so you can upload your videos straight to YouTube.  Read More

Swann Advanced Video Pack

April 25, 2007 The Advanced Video Pack from Swann enables you to stream video live from a camera to your mobile phone. It will even alert you via SMS when its cameras detect motion. While many would use this system for home or business security, it may also be used as a baby monitor, or even just for a bit of fun.  Read More

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