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3R's A200 is a microscope in your pocket

At the Printable Electronics Exhibition in Tokyo, 3R Systems was showing off their newest model of pocket microscope, the A200. Unlike the previous Vitiny model, which shot at 300,000 pixels, the A200 has a 2 megapixel (2,000,000) CMOS sensor and kicks out images of about 1600 x 1200 pixels.  Read More

Sanyo's Xacti Sound Recorder makes copying from radio cool again

Sanyo's Xacti line-up is welcoming a new addition to the family, but this time it's not a video camera. Announced earlier this month the new Xacti sound recorder looks about as awesome as a sound recorder can possibly look, showing that the company still sees potential in the sound recorder market.  Read More

Medea vodka bottles have an LED ticker on them to help 'get your message across'

You’re in a nightclub and spy a ridiculously good-looking member of the opposite sex across a crowded room. And while that person seems unattached, your delivery of pick-up lines is appalling (obvious from your lack of partners). So, what do you do? You grab your high-tech bottle of Medea vodka, pull up a chair at the person's table let them read your “message on a bottle”. Honestly, I can’t think of another reason for having an LED ticker on bottle. “Happy birthday” doesn’t cut it, nor does "Hello, my name is ... ", but for the shy or clumsy, a well though-out digital message could be just the thing to get you over the line. The only problem is … you need to be sober to program the darn thing.  Read More

Sony's OLED PVM-740 offers picture contrast greater than a CRT display and is less affecte...

While we wait for bigger, cheaper OLED displays to knock LCD and plasmas off their perch, Sony has released the first field display to use an Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display panel. The PVM-740 is a 7.4-inch 960 x 540 pixel resolution portable monitor designed for professional users (with professionally deep pockets) that offers picture contrast greater than a CRT display and is less affected by ambient light, allowing images to be viewed even in strong sunlight.  Read More

Existing Blu-ray discs will play in BDXL and IH-BD hardware, but BDXL and IH-BD discs will...

The dust has barely settled on the format war between HD-DVD and Blu-Ray (in which Blu-ray took the honors), but now the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has announced two new media specs. The final specifications for BDXL (High Capacity Recordable and Rewritable discs) and IH-BD (Intra-Hybrid Blu-ray discs) are expected in the next couple of months and neither will be compatible with existing Blu-ray players – not even with a firmware update.  Read More

Fujitsu's power strip managed to bring down electrical consumption by a whopping 20%

Normally a humble power strip is the last thing I'd expect to cover here on Gizmag. But this one by Fujitsu offers a little extra. With built in power sensors, the power strips can monitor exactly how much electricity is being used in the workplace.  Read More

Sharp's new 3D display doesn't require the use of special glasses

Sharp has revealed a glasses-free 3.4in stereoscopic LCD touchscreen display for use in digital cameras, smartphones and other handheld devices. The company claims that the new screen offers the highest brightness in the industry, reduced crosstalk and can easily be switched between 2D and 3D mode.  Read More

Georgia Tech professor Zhong Lin Wang holds an improved nanogenerator containing 700 rows ...

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created the world's first self-powered sensors at the nanometric scale. Tiny generators embedding thousands of nanowires produce electricity whenever the wires are subjected to mechanical strain, and can be used to power microscopic sensors without the need for batteries.  Read More

AT&T's ZERO charger automatically detects when it is no longer needed and switches itself ...

AT&T has announced that its hoping to step into Buffy's shoes and rid the world of vampires. Just as the undead feast on the life-force of unsuspecting victims, mobile phone chargers can continue to suck power from the mains even when disconnected from the device and left in the wall socket. With the forthcoming release of the ZERO charger, AT&T is aiming to change that.  Read More

The Eyewriter project is an ongoing collaborative research effort to empower people who ar...

Members of Free Art and Technology (FAT), OpenFrameworks, the Graffiti Research Lab, and The Ebeling Group communities have teamed-up with legendary LA graffiti writer, publisher and activist Tony Quan aka Tempt One to develop a low-cost, open source eye-tracking system that will allow graffiti writers and artists with paralysis to draw using only their eyes. Their product, the Eyewriter, recently won the Interactive Award at the celebrated Brit Insurance Design Awards.  Read More

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