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March 28, 2011

Sony NX720, HX820 and HX929 3D TVs up for pre-order on Amazon

kdl60nx720.jpgSony's 2011 3D TV line up isn't available on store shelves quite yet but over on Amazon.com, pricing is available. The new HDTVs will be available in 3 different series': NX720, HX820 and HX929.

The highest end HX929 series will include the 46" XBR-46HX929
(May 2011), 55" XBR-55HX929 and 65" XBR-65HX929 (August 2011) costing $2, 999, $3, 799 and as of yet unknown, respectively. Features include a full array LED backlit display, 800 Hz MotionFlow XR frame interpolation, X-Reality Pro image processing, built-in Wi-Fi, USB/HDD storage and recording, webcam and a couple pairs of 3D glasses.

The step down HX820 series includes the 46" KDL-46HX820 and the 55" KDL-55HX820 which in turn include edge lit LED backlighting, OptiContrast panels, X-Reality Pro image processing, 480 Hz MotionFlow XR frame interpolation, and the web connected features of the HX929 series. The 46" and 55" inch models are priced at $2, 599 and $3, 399, respectively.

Finally, the "entry-level" 46" KDL-46NX720, 55" KDL-55NX720 and 60" KDL-60NX720 will be priced at $2, 099, $2, 899 and $3, 499, respectively. Features include edge lit LED backlighting with active shutter paneling, X-Reality Pro image processing, 240 Hz MotionFlow XR, integrated Wi-Fi and a webcam.

All the sets are up for pre-order on Amazon.com.

Via 3D Display Info

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March 28, 2011

Sony NX720, HX820 and HX929 3D TVs up for pre-order on Amazon

Sony's 2011 3D TV line up isn't available on store shelves quite yet but over on Amazon.com, pricing is available. The new HDTVs will be available in 3 different series': NX720, HX820 and HX929.

The highest end HX929 series will include the 46" XBR-46HX929">46" XBR-46HX929 (May 2011), 55" XBR-55HX929" and 65" XBR-65HX929 (August 2011) costing $2, 999, $3, 799 and as of yet unknown, respectively. Features include a full array LED backlit display, 800 Hz MotionFlow XR frame interpolation, X-Reality Pro image processing, built-in Wi-Fi, USB/HDD storage and recording, webcam and a couple pairs of 3D glasses.

The step down HX820 series includes the 46" KDL-46HX820">46" KDL-46HX820 and the 55" KDL-55HX820">55" KDL-55HX820 which in turn include edge lit LED backlighting, OptiContrast panels, X-Reality Pro image processing, 480 Hz MotionFlow XR frame interpolation, and the web connected features of the HX929 series. The 46" and 55" inch models are priced at $2, 599 and $3, 399, respectively.

Finally, the "entry-level" 46" KDL-46NX720">46" KDL-46NX720, 55" KDL-55NX720">55" KDL-55NX720 and 60" KDL-60NX720">60" KDL-60NX720 will be priced at $2, 099, $2, 899 and $3, 499, respectively. Features include edge lit LED backlighting with active shutter paneling, X-Reality Pro image processing, 240 Hz MotionFlow XR, integrated Wi-Fi and a webcam.

All the sets are up for pre-order on Amazon.com.

Via 3D Display Info

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March 25, 2011

Buffalo outs quad-layer BDXL burner

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Buffalo has coughed out a new external BDXL burner, making quad-layer optical burning a little more mainstream. The US$275 BRXL-PC6U2-BK burner requires a single USB 2.0 connection functions though a second is required for 4x writing speeds. Hitting shelves this week in Japan, the burner requires BR-R XL discs which will set you back $50 or $60 each. Wow!

Via EngadgetHD

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February 16, 2011

Sony outs Trimaster OLED monitors for big bucks

sony-trimaster.jpgI remember the excitement that surrounded Sony's XEL-1 OLED TV a few years back. Since then, OLED applications in television have been relatively quiet. Today though, Sony has announced a couple of new OLED monitors aimed not at the consumer couch potato market, but TV and movie production companies. Available in 25-inch (BVM-E250) and 17-inch (BVM-E170) display sizes, the TRIMASTER EL OLED master monitors features 1080p resolution, HDMI, Ethernet, DisplayPort, SD-SDI, 3G-SDI and HD-SDI ports, and an aluminum body. Both models will be available July 1 in Japan with converted prices of $16, 000 for the 17-inch model and $29, 000 for the 25-inch model. Ouch!

Via CrunchGear

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February 15, 2011

Epson's ES1000 mobile projector screen

epsones1000.jpgA fairly common occurrence when it comes to the use of business projectors is the act of using a wall as a projection screen. Sure, projectors are small enough to lug around in a car or on a plane these days, but screens really aren't known to be portable.

Epson is looking to fix this with the release of its ES1000 Ultra Portable Tabletop Projection Screen. Weighing only 6.5 pounds and measuring a compact 34.5 inches when closed, the ES1000 fits easily pretty well anywhere including in overhead luggage bins.

It is designed to open in about 30 seconds, measures 50 inches diagonally and accommodates both standard 4:3 and widescreen 16:9 aspect ratios.

The ES1000 is now available from Epson's website (currently out of stock) for $129.99 which includes free ground shipping.

Via Slashgear

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February 2, 2011

Toshiba D-BW500 combines Blu-ray and VHS for $860

D-BW500.jpgDo you remember the term VHS? No, me neither. But apparently Toshiba does. This morning the company announced the D-BW500, a combination VHS, DVD and Blu-ray player with a 320 GB hard drive crammed into its shell.

The unit allows users to copy old VHS movies onto Blu-ray, DVD or the disc drive and includes REGZA link, an SHDC card slot for JPEG and AVCHD viewing, a USB port and a double digital TV tuner.

The Toshiba D-BW500 will ship in Japan within the next few days for the bargain price (cough, cough!) of US$860.

Via CrunchGear

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Roku now supports USB plug and play

roku-xds.jpgRoku has released official support for USB-stored media playback on its XD|S model and its discontinued HD - XR model. This means that you'll now be able to plug in a USB drive directly into your Roku player and play back a variety of file formats including MKV, MP4, MOV, WMV/ASF, MP3, AAC, JPG and PNG files.

There aren't official release notes available right now but it is known that the USB media player support will require firmware version 2.9, build 1529 to work correctly.

Via Zatz Not Funny!

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January 31, 2011

Amazon's Lovefilm on all UK Samsung Blu-ray players

lovefilm-logo.gifThe UK's Lovefilm may have recently been acquired by online retail giant Amazon, but that hasn't slowed the former's forward progress down in any way.

Samsung has announced today that it will include Lovefilm movie streaming by way of application on all of its UK Blu-ray players. The app will be activated by a Lovefilm subscription of £5.99 or above and give customers access to thousands of movies via Samsung's Internet@TV service.

Via The Register

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January 24, 2011

Academy Award winner Walter Murch says 3D a no go

murch-working.jpg Academy Award-winning film editor and sound designer Walter Murch writes in a letter to film critic Roger Ebert that 3D will never work. Not because it's expensive, requires uncomfortable glasses, causes headaches, or any other of the usual complaints - but because the evolution of our species has never requiredour eyeballs to focus and converge at different points.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

The biggest problem with 3D, though, is the "convergence/focus" issue. A couple of the other issues -- darkness and "smallness" -- are at least theoretically solvable. But the deeper problem is that the audience must focus their eyes at the plane of the screen -- say it is 80 feet away. This is constant no matter what.

But their eyes must converge at perhaps 10 feet away, then 60 feet, then 120 feet, and so on, depending on what the illusion is. So 3D films require us to focus at one distance and converge at another. And 600 million years of evolution has never presented this problem before. All living things with eyes have always focussed and converged at the same point.

In a nutshell, our eyeballs make it nearly impossible - without another few million years of HDTV-related evolutionary adaptations - to properly process 3D images.
What do you think about 3D? Will it ever truly catch on?

Via Gizmodo

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January 20, 2011

Amazon buys Lovefilm in strategic move against Apple, Netflix

lovefilm-logo.gifAmazon's Video On Demand service is making inroads into Europe with the acquisition of Lovefilm. Lovefilm, in which Amazon already has a minority stake, is the European version of Netflix, operating a DVD rental service (originally purchased from Amazon) and streaming video to the Playstation 3, some TVs and computers.

The deal, expected to be completed by the end of March, is a strategic move again both Netflix, which hasn't expanded into Europe yet, and Apple's iTunes which does offer service to Europe.

Via Electronista

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January 19, 2011

Nintendo launching glasses-free 3D DS next month

nintendo-3ds.jpgNintendo is working to update its DS handheld game console with the 3DS, coming to Japan February 26th. The 3DS is a dual-screen unit - a touchscreen bottom screen and a 3D upper screen. The glasses free console runs on two 266 MHz ARM processors, comes with a 2 GB SD card for expansion and a charging cradle as opposed to a plug-in connection. It will also have a gyroscope and accelerometer so it can sense motion.

LED lights act as indicators on the unit with a green light meaning the unit is fully charged, a red light meaning the battery is low, and an orange light indicating the presence of a friend online.

Pilotwings Resort, Nintendogs and Cats, Steeldiver (a submarine game), Legend of Zelda, Ocarina of Time 3-D and Kid Icarus: Uprising will all be available when the unit launches next month for the equivalent of US$300.

Via Fast Company

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Sanyo brings interactivity to projection with the PLC WL-2503

PLC-WL2503.jpgSanyo's PLC WL-2503 ultra-short throw multimedia projector allows presenters to create a fully interactive exhibition without a sensor-backed whiteboard. Combining a camera module mounted on the front of the projector, an IR transmitter-equipped pen, and a PC connected by USB to the projector, the interactive system allows a presenter to write on top of the projected display.

Able to produce an 80-inch, 1280 x 800 XGA resolution picture from only 34-inches away, the PLC WL-2503 pumps out 2500 lumens of brightness, features Sanyo's PJ Network Interface for wired networking, a 4000 hour lamp and filter life, blackboard/colorboard mode, and Closed Caption compatibility.

Hitting shelves at the end of January, the Sanyo PLC WL-2503 is priced at $1695.99.

Via OhGizmo

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January 18, 2011

Japan REALLY loves 3D home theater hardware

BD-AV70.jpgWhen it comes to setting trends, the country of Japan is often a likely culprit. Japan is at it again with rapidly increasing adoption of 3D-compatible home theater hardware. According to blog Crunchgear, 57% of Blu-ray recorders and 23% of all 40-inch plus HDTVs sold in Japan last month were 3D ready. This is up from roughly 7% and 3% for each, respectively, in early fall 2010. Cheaper prices and the holiday season probably bumped up these numbers temporarily, but big numbers nonetheless.

Via Crunchgear

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Epson outs 4 new projectors for your teacher

PowerLiteD6250.jpgEpson has announced four new projectors geared for the education market. The PowerLite 1835, PowerLite D6150, PowerLite D6155W and the PowerLite D6250 make up the four new units, priced at $1199 (March), $1649, $1799 and $1799 (all three in April), respectively.

The PowerLite 1835 features XGA resolution, 3500 lumens of brightness, 16W speaker with closed captioning decoder, HDMI and USB inputs, an optional wireless connection and a 6000 lamp life.

The D6000 series swap major features with each other. The D6150 features 3500 lumens of brightness, XGA resolution, 5000 hour lamp life and 10000 hour electrostatic filter. The D6155W steps up the resolution widescreen XWGA and the D6250 is a bit brighter at 4000 lumens but keeps the XGA resolution.

Via Electronista

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