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Sony to produce Google Android, AKA Dragonpoint, HDTVs

littleandroid.gifSony is the latest company to jump on the Google TV bandwagon. According to a Bloomberg article, the company is looking to produce a Sony HDTV model that will use low-cost Intel processors and a version of Google's Android operating system called Dragonpoint. Logitech is also expected to play a part in the the Android move to TV by producing a keyboard that doubles as a remote control and that will specifically work with Dragonpoint. Sony will apparently be showing off their new Android TV at the Google I/O conference next month.

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April 26, 2010

LG pumping more money into OLED despite 3D revolution

oled-lg.jpgDespite OLEDs head start on the 3D TV revolution, the latter is taking up much of the world's mind share in 2010. However, LG is still bullishly pushing ahead on OLED, investing $226 million in its Korean production lines. Unfortunately the new lines won't be active until at least the third quarter of 2010 meaning we won't see any end user effects until sometime in the second half of 2011. Also of note, we don't necessarily know whether the majority of the new LG OLED displays will end up in cellphones or in HDTVs like the 15EL9500.

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Fujifilm HDP-L1--A 3D memory card

hdp-l1.jpgBack in 2008, Japan's Fujifilm announced the FinePix REAL 3D W1, dubbed the "world's first" digital camera that let users shoot both pictures and movies in 3D. Released last year, the Real 3D W1 is now available internationally.

This week, Fujifilm has announced some added functionality to the camera with the launch of the HDP-L1, an "HD memory card player" that plugs into a 3D TV via HDMI enabling viewing of 3D pictures and movies from the W1 directly on the TV screen. The media transfer is as simple as swapping an SD or SDHC card from the 3D W1 to the HDP-L1. According to the company, the device can also be connected to a Windows PC or Mac using a USB 2.0 connection.

On sale in Japan this coming April 27, the HDP-L1 will be priced at $45. There is no word on international availability quite yet.

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April 22, 2010

Walmart's Vudu first to get Avatar in HD

vudu-avatar.jpgWalmart's purchase of video streaming service Vudu looks to be a good bet as the
partnership will result in the first available instant HD streaming of the hit movie Avatar. Though it won't be in 3D, it will be the first public availability of streaming HD. The only other service that will offer the title in HD is the Playstation 3, but that will require a download.

Vudu owners will also get special features with the streaming flick, apparently called "Hardware", that are usually reserved for hard disc copies. The price? $25. Too much? You'll still pay $20 for the SD version.

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Panasonic Viera plasma TVs get a dedicated webcam

vierawebcam.jpgPanasonic has announced the TY-CC10W, a Viera-compatible webcam geared toward the non-techie crowd. Apparently simple to use, Panasonic's Skype camera allows for 720p video and active noise cancellation to over-the-set video conversations via a USB 2.0 plug-in. Once plugged in, a Skype option will be added to the usual onscreen menu with the added ability of browsing your contact list and adding new ones directly from the user interface.

On sale June 11, the Panasonic TY-CC10W Skype camera is expected to price in the neighborhood of 18, 000 yen or slightly under US $200. Unfortunately it'll only work with Viera HDTVs, so don't plan on plugging this one into your Bravia or home desktop PC.

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April 16, 2010

Toshiba 3D Regzas coming this summer

2009regza(2).jpgToshiba is set to release its 3D Regza TV lineup sometime this summer. Unfortunately the 3D sets which will be powered by the company's Cell Broadband Engine (developed with IBM) will only be available in Europe and Japan initially. According to the company, the 3D Regza will be able to transform regular 2D images to 3D by using "2D-3D conversion technology".

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April 14, 2010

Optoma outs gamer-focused GameTime projectors

optomagt720.jpgOptoma today announced that it is now shipping its GameTime projectors aimed at the gamer market. The DLP-based lineup consists of the GT720, GT360 and the GT700, the first two of which have 2500 lumen brightness, 3000:1 contrast ratio and a 10 Watt built-in speaker. They differ in their target market. While the GT360 is aimed at Nintendo Wii players and only has a native resolution of 800 x 600 (it can receive HD input and is compatible with PCs and Macs), the GT720 is aimed at 720p consoles like the Xbox 360 and the PS3 and thus sports a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.

The GT700 features the same resolution as the GT720 but only boasts 2500:1 contrast ratio and a 2300 lumen brightness. All three models weigh 6.5 pounds. The GT720, GT700 and GT360 cost $799, $749 and $599, respectively.

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GPNC Korea announced world's second (?) Android HDTV

androidtv2.jpgRemember People Of Lava, the company touting the first ever Android-sporting HDTV? A new company out of South Korea called GPNC Korea is advertising a new Android-based HDTV that is practically identical to the People Of Lava offering. Inside is an 833 MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, support for ATSC and NTSC broadcasting, and more. Furthermore, the LED-backlit HDTV will be available in 42-, 47- and 52-inch display sizes. But will it actually come to fruition? If it does we won't be seeing any of the GPNC Korea models in North America. Despite support for North American broadcasting standards, the models are only said to be headed to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Poland, Australia, Dubai and a couple of other countries on the other side of the pond.

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April 12, 2010

Viewsonic PGD-150 3D glasses selling for $99

viewsonic-pgd150.jpgViewsonic has announced the launch of its PGD-150 Active Stereographic 3D shutter glasses, designed to be used with the company's DLP Link 120 Hz 3D ready projector. Not compatible with some of the fancy living room HDTV technology being touted this year, the PGD-150 is unique in that it has classroom and home theater applications. I, for one, know that some 3D learning content would have made school alot more palatable!

Anyway, the PGD-150 has a 50 feet maximum viewing distance for effective use, 1000:1 contrast ratio, a TN Type LCD shutter, 70 hour lithium battery and a water- and dust-proof design.

Viewsonic is now selling the 3D glasses for $99.

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Netflix streaming available to all on the Nintendo Wii

wii.jpgAs of today, Netflix disc rentals and instant streaming are available on all Nintendo Wii video game consoles. With a Netflix rental plan starting at $8.99 per month, a broadband connection and a Wii, movie aficionados can access tons of movies instantly. The Netflix/Nintendo partnership was first announced in January 2010 and is part of Netflix's goal of being available on every connected home theater device.

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