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Apple iPhone upgraded even before release

June 19, 2007 You have to hand it to Steve Jobs and the team – they sure know how to build awareness. Yesterday Apple announced the iPhone will deliver significantly longer battery life when it ships on June 29 than was originally estimated when it was unveiled in January - 8 hours of talk time, 6 hours of Internet use and a whopping 250 hours of standby time, which represents more than 10 days without a recharge (provided you don’t do anything else in the meantime of course). On top of that, it’ll run seven hours of video or 24 hours of audio playback. In addition, the entire top surface, including its 3.5-inch display, has been upgraded from plastic to optical-quality glass to achieve a superior level of scratch resistance and optical clarity.  Read More

Vibration-compensated mini projectors

June 14, 2007 Miniature projectors embedded in our cell phones, handheld game consoles and other personal electronics appear very likely to play a major role in the future of information display. Projecting a large screen display on a wall appears the most effective way we can currently envisage having a large screen inside a small form factor. One of the problems will of course be that a handheld device projecting a large screen might not lead to a stable, vibration-free and easily readable display. Now German scientists from the Institute for Photonic Microsystems in Dresden have combined a compact laser projector system with inertia and yaw rate sensors to project vibration-compensated images. The sensor system detects the slightest motion and rotates the image to compensate for it, ensuring a steady picture, even in a moving vehicle. The system could be commercially available within two years.  Read More

Wireless power transfer over two-meter distance, from the coil on the left to the coil on ...

June 9, 2007 The possibility of wireless power transfer came much closer this week when a team of scientists at MIT demonstrated an important step toward accomplishing this vision of the future. The breakthrough moved us one step closer to the point where devices such as cell phones, mp3 players and laptop computers might not even need their bulky batteries to operate.  Read More

Speculation mounts with the coming of the iPhone

June 8, 2007 If you have a keen eye for the markets, you’ll no doubt have been watching the publicity leading up to the release of the iPhone which is slated for June 29. Could the iPhone go the way of Project Ginger (the Segway) and have a fantastic product dubbed disappointing because expectation was just so high? And just how much influence can one product have on a global company’s market cap? According to John C. Dvorak, if “you follow the rules and sell on good news and buy on the bad, now would be time to short Apple Inc. There is no company out there with this much good news.” The interest in what happens next has seen regular sports bookmakers frame odds and the latest market on what will happen to the value of Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) stock on June 29 is that it is short odds to post a greater percentage gain than AT&T and …  Read More

ECLIPSE AVN2210p all-in-one navigation and sound solution

June 6, 2007 ECLIPSE, designer and manufacturer of precision audio, video and navigation products, announced today it is shipping its award winning AVN2210p units to dealers across the United States. The newest product in ECLIPSE’s Audio Video Navigation (AVN) suite of products, the AVN2210p creates a new in-dash, portable navigation category that combines superior sound quality with TomTom’s premier portable navigation device offering an all-in-one solution for audiophile consumers. The AVN2210p has standard Bluetooth connectivity integrated in the unit requiring no other modules. It plays the most popular music program sources: iPod (utilizing a dedicated cable), CD, CD-R/RW, MP3, WMA files and flash memory music utilizing a front access USB port.  Read More

iPod dock puts emphasis on video

June 4, 2007 The convenience of using MP3 players as a single portable sound library whether at home, in the car or walking the dog, has become second nature to many of us, but the more recent trend towards video enabled devices is yet to attain quite the same level of acceptance. One new product aiming to fully exploit this video capability is the iVoice Direct Radiating iPod sound system which offers direct access to video output from iPod via connection to an external display device. The iVoice unit also enables simultaneous charging of the iPod whilst in operation and its USB interface means that full functionality such as access to iTunes is retained when the iPod is in the dock.  Read More

Viewranger on a Nokia N95

June 2, 2007 We're starting to see some really exciting convergence in mobile devices; why carry around an MP3 player if your phonce already does the job - plus acts as a PDA and a digital camera? ViewRanger have just released a fantastic piece of software that takes advantage of the Nokia N95's inbuilt GPS system to provide a sophisticated, useful and immerseive offroad trail mapping, navigation and information service - including a nifty screen view that can tell you the names of geographic features in the direction you're looking.  Read More

SendStation's PocketDock AV

May 31, 2007 SendStation's PocketDock AV is one of the most versatile iPod docks we've seen yet. Sporting USB, audio, composite video and S-Video connections, the device allows you to simultaneously sync, charge, connect to a stereo, and play video on a TV or projector.  Read More

Miniaturized color MEMS scanning mirror-based Laser Projector

May 31, 2007 The collective intelligence of the world’s technologists seems destined to give us the miniature projectors we’ve been promised for so long that will likely revolutionise personal infotainment in mobile devices, the automotive industry (driver assistance, Head-Up Display, etc), medical electronics (acquisition of biometrical data, positioning aid for X-Ray diagnosis and treatment etc), production technology (projection of reference points for drilling, pattern generator for tailoring of steel plates), and Metrology (structured lighting). Earlier this week we reported on the XXXX and now comes the news that a full color laser projection system based on a two dimensional micro scanning mirror technology will be shown at at the LASER 2007 show in Germany next month. The system contains an ultra compact projection head and a separate laser and signal processing unit. It allows the projection of arbitrary images and video sequences with a geometrical resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, 256 brightness levels per pixel and elementary color, and 50 hertz frame rate.  Read More

Palm announce Foleo mobile companion

May 31, 2007 The diminishing size of smartphones and PDA's is great for portability but can have the inverse effect in regard to productivity, especially when used for web browsing and email. In response to this problem, Palm has released the Foleo, an add-on device labeled as a "mobile companion" that aims to fill the gap between the phone interface and the laptop PC by providing smartphone users with immediate access to a larger screen and full size keyboard.  Read More

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