LG. Philips LCD has revealed a 10.4-inch flexible electronic paper module. Using E Ink Corp.’s electrophoretic ink and LG Philips LCD’s thin-film transistor (TFT), the company achieved the flexibility by forming a TFT on a stainless substrate. The stainless substrate is thinner than 100 μm, resulting in an overall module thickness of only 300 μm. Volume production is slated to start in 2007. The key application of the “Electronic paper” is e-book terminals, although the company intends to develop other applications as well. LG. Philips LCD newly developed the stainless substrate in an effort to create “flexible” electronic paper. According to the company, TFT forming on stainless substrates is available without upgrading its current TFT manufacturing line. The module displays monochrome images at four tones, with a contrast ratio of 10:1 and a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels. Operating voltage is 15 V. Via – CDRInfo
SolidAlliance announced on the 17th the “Yuuesubi Mamory,” USB memory with a good luck charm, and begun taking orders for it the same day. Two models will be available: one with 512MB of space, and another with 1GB. The price of the 512MB model in the “SolidAlliance-Store” is 17,800 yen ($ 150), and the 1GB model is 27,800 yen ($ 250). Shipments begin on the 27th. “Yuuesubi Mamory” uses the high speed “i-Disk II 166X” USB memory from Pretec Electronics, and features a good luck charm case with “USB Mamory” written on it. The company said “it could become one part of the fashion of Japanese culture.” Just the “bag” of the Yuuesubi Mamory will be available at “NetPrice” for 2,980 yen ($ 25). Via – Techjapan
Maximum fun, minimum consumption. That’s the philosophy behind Volkswagen’s neat mid-engined EcoRacer, which has made its public debut at the Tokyo motor show. Based around a lightweight carbon fibre monocoque, the new Volkswagen is described as a research vehicle and its mission is to deliver Porsche Boxster handling with Smart fuel consumption. With an overall weight of just 850kg, the EcoRacer manages an impressive 160bhp per tonne, which propels it from rest to 62mph sprint at 6.3secs, with the top speed at 143mph. In an indication of the engine’s efficiency, it’s all achieved at an average 83mpg.
You can now work without getting up to recieve calls, sacrificing your privacy or the use of one hand. The Voyager comes with a bluetooth headset and a “telephone reciever”. The telephone reciever is a mechanical appratus which requires a seperate power supply and it physically lifts up the phone to answer the call and transfer it to your bluetooth headset. Depending on the instrument, the user can also adjust the height till which the phone reciever must be lifted. Of course this would be avoided if your fixed line instrument has a “headphone terminal” in which case the lifting is not needed and only the bluetooth terminal is connected to the instrument. The headphone itself weighs just 17 grams, extremely comfortable to wear for long durations. A standby of 100 hours and a talk time of 6 hours is what the company promises that you will have. It also has a noice reduction feature along with a volume control. Via Phoneyworld
“To do the test your computer must have a sound card and earphones attached (you can even use walkman earphones, but do not use speakers). The more carefully you observe the following instructions, the more accurate the test result will be.”
HP today announced a significant step toward bridging the differences between the two competing high-definition (HD) optical disk formats by supporting two new technologies to be part of the next-generation standard. The company has formally appealed to the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) to include the technologies – mandatory Managed Copy and iHD – as part of its format specification. Both technologies are currently supported in the competing HD-DVD format. The move reflects HP’s desire to ensure that customers are not forced to choose between competing HD formats for DVDs. HP has determined that Managed Copy and iHD will address the fundamental technical needs of the PC and help create a seamless experience throughout the digitally connected home.
Toshiba has announced additions to it’s Gigabeat range of MP3 players, the X20 and X60. Both models are 20% smaller in volume than its predecessor the Gigabeat X30. Gigabeat X20 (MEGX20) and Gigabeat X60 (the MEGX60) shares generously sized blue backlight LCD screen measuring in at 2.5-inches (320 x 240 pixels). Plus, supports all the usual audio formats, including MP3, WAV and WMV. Capable of displaying JPEG photos, both players comes in black, white, red color
and supports USB for making file transfers completely painless. There aren’t too many surprises with the photo functionality, such as the ability to read JPEG files with EXIF, slideshow support, automatic photo album creation, and so on. The 20 Gb X20 will retail for $ 300 and the 60 GB X60 will retail for $ 430.
Sanyo has announced the Sanyo Xacti DMX-C6 which will go on sale from November end and will be priced at $ 730. Enjoy clear video images, even on a large-screen TV, thanks to the Xacti C6′s MPEG-4 recording capabilities. The Xacti C6 can record up to 2 hours of high-resolution video clips (640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps) with a 2GB SD memory card. Despite its slim, 23 mm body, the Xacti C6 packs in a 5x F3.5 – 4.7 optical zoom lens (35mm equivalent 38mm~190mm). Together with the 12x digital zoom, it gives you up to 60x zoom capability. Sanyo’s individual moving detection technology allows smooth movie playback of 60fps from video recorded with 30fps. The Sanyo Xacti C6 boasts a large, 2.0-inch LCD panel for easier viewing of your recorded images. While shooting high-resolution movies (VGA/30fps), you can take a still photo at a resolution of 6.0 megapixels you need never miss another photo opportunity while shooting a movie. Via – Slrworld
Brother corp Japan has launched the Innovis range of sewing machines which connect to the PC via USB and can be operated via the PC. There are two models the “Innovis M200″ and the “Innovis N150″ A special embroidery add on can be attached to the N150 for complicated designs. There are preset designs in their internal memory such as Traditional Chinese and Japanese fonts, Patterns, Stitches and Mickey mouse. New designs can be downloaded from the company’s website which will be updated regularly with fresh designs. It can make a design of 18 x 13 cms. Instructions are displayed on a color touchscreen, using which sewing patterns and other options can be changed. They will be available in Japan from 1st November. Size is common 436 x 204 x 292mm, the M200 weighs 11.7 kg and the N150 10.0 kg. The M200 costs $ 2375 and the N150 costs $ 1800.
Airpie Korea has launched a new clip-type portable speaker for MP3 players the “Airpie-Pump”. With an attractive design and clip, it is portable and compatible with other portable devices like PMP, PDA, or game device and of course MP3P. Its speakers support 0.8 W and it runs for maximum 18 hours for 1 AA battery. It comes in three colors: white, yellow, and blue. It measures 91 x 32 x 32mm.