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The NUR Expedio Revolution Inkjet printer

July 4, 2007 A new mega-sized inkjet printer went on show at SHANGHAI AD & Sign 2007 in China yesterday when NUR Macroprinters showed its advanced NUR Expedio Revolution which prints images up to five meters (16.6ft) wide, enabling it to print billboards in a single pass. Apart from its impressive size, the Expedio Revolution offers unsurpassed printing speed at 300 sq.m (3,200 sq.ft) per hour and can be configured for high quality double-sided printing at 90 sq.m /hr. But wait, there’s more – so that it doesn’t sit idle when there are no billboards to print, it’s capable of multi-roll printing on three rolls simultaneously allowing users to print different files on each roll, reducing costly substrate waste. As there’s effectively no limit to the length of each print, this baby can print an image 5 meters tall and 60 metres long - in an hour. Just the thing for gift wrapping houses.  Read More

Ferrari Visio sports-binoculars

June 29, 2007 They may have been around for almost 400 years, but rarely have binoculars looked quite this slick. Developed via a recently announced licensing agreement between Ferrari and William Optics, the Ferrari Visio 8x25 binoculars borrow more from the F1 racing team than the famous Prancing Horse logo - they include a real carbon fiber plate which, as well as looking the part, adds to their lightweight construction.  Read More

Panasonic's AG-HVX200 digital video camera

June 28, 2007 Panasonic's AG-HVX200 digital video camera exploded onto the pro-sumer scene 12 months ago, cramming the features and high definition picture quality of a $100,000 movie camera into a US$5,995 package with some key advantages of its own. A truly ground-breaking product, the HVX featured variable frame rates between 24 and 60 frames per second for true slow motion, 4 channel audio, multiple resolutions and formats, and a solid-state P2 flash memory system to replace tape and disc recording and revolutionize the editing process. Enthusiastically received by TV producers, film schools and independent filmmakers worldwide, HVX units have also been snapped up by Oscar-brandishing directors like Peter Jackson, James Cameron and Francis Ford Coppola. Gizmag takes a look at what makes this camera so special, and some accessories that take the Panasonic HVX well into pro video territory.  Read More

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

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