February 16, 2011
I 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!
February 15, 2011
A 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.
February 2, 2011
Do 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.
February 2, 2011
Roku 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!