Four MSU mechanical engineering students have designed a robot that clings to a window by vacuum suction and moves back and forth like the Roomba. Called the "Winboni", the robot cleans the window as it moves using tiny felt pads. Watch the youtube video for a demonstration.
Although not officially supposed to be announced until CES the specs for Netgears' new Digital Entertainer Elite look pretty good on paper. Dual Band Wireless N for fast streaming and a pretty comprehensive supported format list including the MKV Matroska Multimedia Container that's becoming more and more popular. No word on whether the unit will come with a service like Netflix. Also no word on pricing. Spec list . Follow the product on its AVSforum thread .
The ZeeVee's ZvBox is a small box that patches through your computers vga signal and then broadcasts the signal through your home's coax allowing it to be viewed on any local QAM-capable television. Using the supplied ZvRemote remote you can control your pc's desktop and content from any room. Unlike other streaming media solutions this little box adds no extra hardware to your television and its content is only restricted by what you have on your pc. Engadget overview and product webpage .
At this years Cedia a little known OEM supplier, Chilin Technology, announced the worlds first liquid cooled 1080p LED projector. Featuring a Luminus PhlatLight LED in place of a conventional UHP lamp and Texas Instrument's 1080p DMD technology and dissipates the heat directly by water. This technology truly enables the concept of "no lamp replacement" and Chilin expects to achieve up to 50,000 hours under its liquid cooling technology. Currently no info available about the cost or availabilty. Info on Luminus PhlatLight LED and AVS thread with additional info about the projector .
HP is set to release its second generation of all in one touchscreen computers. The TouchSmart IQ804 and IQ816 features a 25.5 inch monitor with 1920×1200 native resolution touchscreen. TouchSmart-specific applications, a TV tuner with remote, integrated webcam, Bluetooth and optional blue-ray are included within its singular casing. The unit can be mounted to a wall with the included mounts. TouchSmart is best seen in motion for you to fully appreciate it.
Several manufacturers are preparing to release miniture projectors of varying size and picture quality this year. Some will end up in the next generation of cell phones while others are slightly larger and capable of display good quality images at up to 100 inches. Oobject has a rundown of 18 of them. Oobject.
San Fransisco has the first of its kind membership based 15,000 square-foot builders workshop. TechShop provides you with access to a wide variety of machinery and tools, including milling machines and lathes, welding stations and a CNC plasma cutter, sheet metal working equipment, drill presses and band saws, industrial sewing machines, hand tools, plastic and wood working equipment including a 4' x 8' ShopBot CNC router, electronics design and fabrication facilities, Epilog laser cutters, tubing and metal bending machines, a Dimension SST 3-D printer, electrical supplies and tools, and pretty much everything you'd ever need to make just about anything. Monthly fees are $125 and training classes for the various equipment are also available. Techshop website.
Mini-itx (6.7” x 6.7”) motherboards have been around for a while now but for the most part they have been rendered useless for media centers because of low performing on board graphics cards. This summer that changed when Intel introduced a mini-itx motherboard with a on board graphics card capable of 1080p high-definition video playback with hardware decoding. AVS forums has an ongoing discussion with people using this board to build media centers small than a loaf of bread. AVS forum thread.
Stealth announced the LPC625F , a Core 2 Duo computer measuring just 200mm x 200mm x 60mm that is completely fanless. The LPC625F features a Penryn Dual Core P8400 or P9500 CPU, 1 to 4GB of RAM, 120 to 500GB hard drive or optional SSD drive, HDMI & DVI Out, and optional WiFi. Full 1080P HD video playback and 3D graphics are both possible because of the machines Intel GMA X4500 on board video card. The rugged exterior can be mounted to the back of a monitor and is available now for $1595.
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