At “FPD International 2005,” NHK Science & Technical Research Laboratories (STRL) has introduced a technology to realize an HD PDP (high definition plasma display panel) with a resolution equivalent to that of 1920 x 1080 full HD. The PDP has a pixel pitch of 0.3 mm which produces a resolution equivalent to that by a 100-inch “Super High Vision” panel having 4,000 scan lines. STRL also exhibited a small prototype panel having a pixel pitch of 0.3 mm. To realize such a high definition panel, STRL introduced a technique to increase the pressure of xenon (Xe) gas enclosed in a cell to approximately 94 kPa, while existing PDPs have a gas pressure of about 67 kPa.
Slim Devices today announced Squeezebox 3. The Squeezebox is an MP3 player for the home network. It includes a free PC/Mac-side component that scans your music library and shares it out to LAN networked Squeexboxes. The PC/Mac (server-side, really) component is notable because it also provides browser-based control of your LAN’s squeezeboxs. This feature allows for remote control-like functionality via a LAN connected PDA or laptop. Via – Ployer
Following the Nokia tradition of delivering high-impact products to all market segments, the new Nokia 2355 phone delivers an ultra-compact, color screen 78-gram fold-style phone to the entry-level market. The 128 x 128 pixel 65K color screen, built-in FM radio and integrated flashlight allow the Nokia 2355 phone to deliver a unique set of features to owners, while the ability to download BREW 1.2 or Java MIDP 1.0 content, such as ringtones, games and screensavers, offers value-added services that meet the needs of both consumers and operators.
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The value-priced Nokia 1255 phone packs an extra-large feature set into an extra-small package. The 80-gram phone offers productivity tools such as a two-way handsfree speakerphone, voice recorder and a calendar with an alarm clock. Other fun features include two built-in games, 20 ringtones and a selection of user-selectable screen savers. In recognition of the need to stay in touch while minimizing downtime, the Nokia 1225 phone delivers up to four hours of talk time and up to 10 days of standby time.
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Toto Japan has launched the Apricot series Toilet seats. With the usual included gizmos like Seat heater, Automatic washer, Electronic controlled seat etc, Toto has now included a full fledged MP3 player with a SD card slot. The control panel with the MP3 player can be attached on the wall. 16 classic tunes are included with the SD card. The MP3 player can Random playback, One Tune playback and so on. It conserves power by studying the time patterns of usage and thus not heating the seat when the toilet is least used. The fully loaded N5A seat costs 180,600 Yen ($ 1750)
“To mark 50 years of activity in the world of car design, I decided to sculpture a Ferrari to the memory of that great adventure and enjoy it with my family” – so sayeth automotive fashionista Giorgetto Giugiaro who both commissioned and created a project that spilled over into stretching horizons, in that he became concurrently – for the first time ever –supplier and customer of the new car. Rather than being a spellbound step into tomorrow, the ultimate outcome of all this is an expression of today – a Ferrari graced by his initials, GG, followed by the digit 50 by way of epitomizing his debut into the world of car design in September 1955 –imbued by an imposing, unmistakable artistry capturing skyhigh ergonomics and outstanding space on board.
Canon has introduced a new digital camera, Canon Powershot SD430 Wireless. A fresh design with the cutting edge digital camera technology with wireless support and the elegance of the PowerShot series was created by splitting the camera section and the antenna section. The Canon SD430 Wireless features a 2.0-inch LCD monitor on the rear. Easy operations were achieved by finger rest and appropriately spaced controls. When you want to save or print your images, the Powershot SD430 digital camera lets you transfer them to a personal computer or printer wirelessly, without the need for cables. The Canon SD430 Wireless is equipped with a 3x optical zoom lens with a focal length of 35–105 mm (35mm format). Via – Letsgodigital
Looks like you’ll need to ditch that DVD recorder you just bought — Sony has sneaked out a dual-layer recording gem. If you wanted to fit a 2-hour movie on a single layer DVD, you needed to drop the quality for it to fit. But because DVD+R ‘DL’ discs have an 8.5GB capacity, you can finally record all your movies off the TV at DVD-quality, instead of going out and buying them. Take that, capitalist movie studios! The great thing about the Sony is that you can record everything to the 80GB hard drive in the highest quality before archiving to DVD — so when the programme has finished you can edit out all the adverts. Even better, the super-intelligent machine sets up chapter breaks when it thinks there’s adverts, so it takes about two minutes to go back and edit it into uninterrupted perfection. It’s so clever that we couldn’t even fool it with a super-fast-cut music-video channel.
Micron unveiled a new imaging chip today specifically designed for use in automotive digital video systems. The chip is targeted at automotive applications such as side- and rearview cameras that help drivers park or avoid children in their blind zone, and cockpit cameras that identify a car’s authorized drivers — and take a video image of would-be thieves before disabling the vehicle’s ignition. Other applications would include side-view cameras sticking out from the nose of a car to help drivers see oncoming traffic when emerging from a blind alley, a 360-degree view around the exterior of the car, or a kiddie cam, giving a driver the ability to see a child in the back seat,” said Curtis Stith, director of marketing for emerging markets in Micron’s Imaging Group. Via – Idahostatesman
Sharp Electronics Corporation today announced price reductions on select models of AQUOS® Liquid Crystal Display televisions. New prices of select AQUOS LC-TVs, including a number of large, widescreen HDTV models as well as a few of the smaller, traditional 4:3 sets, become effective November 1. All AQUOS models feature Sharp’s Emmy® Award-winning LCD technology, including Sharp’s proprietary Advanced Super View (ASV) LCD panels with Black TFT low-reflection coating. These panels dramatically reduce glare, so they can be placed anywhere – even near windows, doors or other light sources – without sacrificing picture quality.