Asus Demonstrates Its Look Into The Future

At Computex 2009 Asus showed off how it hopes desks of the future function. Asus' 'Seamless Experience' includes a Microsoft Surface like desk that can interact with objects placed upon it. In the video demonstration recorded at Computex 2009 they showed how a concept portable hard drive or phone could be simply placed on top of the surface and then all of its contents would accessible on the large multi touch surface. The table can also display information about everyday object placed on to it including the current temperature of your coffee mug. NewGadgets.de has posted a video of the surface in action.

Sparkle's Tiny Component HTPC

The Sparkle Cuti n30 is a modular system that comes in several parts. One component houses just the core system with the processor and basic components. There's also a unit that adds I/O ports like audio jacks, a memory card reader, and a few USB ports, and another module that adds a hot-swap bay for 2.5 inch hard drives. The system can support up to 4GB of RAM, and 500GB of hard drive space. The Cuti n30 is based on the NVIDIA ION platform which bundles a dual core Intel Atom 330 CPU with an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M. It also includes 802.11b/g/n WiFi, a mini PCI-e slot, 7.1 channel audio and has both HDMI and DVI outputs. The website IONBased has more pictures of the unit from last weeks Computex show .

Savant's New Virtual Control

Savant's new "virtual control" incorporates photographic 360-degree views of a room with a touch panel interface. The touch panel skin is an actual photo of the home itself and users simply press directly on the light, shade, TV, etc. to turn on, off, dim, etc. The image of the room would interactively change to reflect the lighting state changes or anything else the user turns changes. CEPro has a movie of the interface demo.

Movie Studios Launch Epix Service

Three major motion picture studios, Lionsgate, Paramount, and MGM have jointly announced the launch of Epix , an HD online streaming service and HD TV station that will allow users to watch the studio's films, for free, in HD. The network won't be a premium channel, but bundled into packages to compete with individual pay channels. Along with the television channel Epix will also be available for free online at Epixhd.com, with 720p streaming. The catch is that to get Epixhd.com your cable and internet will have to come from the same provider.

Vizio Announces 31 New TV Models

Vizio, the top seller of LCD TVs in North America, today announced its 2009 LCD HDTV lineup which includes a whopping 31 new models across three different series. Six Vizio XVT-series models with USB video inputs and Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratios of up to 2,000,000:1. The series is highlighted by the 55-inch VF551XVT model (shipping in September at a $2,200 suggested retail) with TruLED LED back-lighting and what the company calls "Smart Dimming technology" to control LED light output for enhanced color saturation, contrast and black-level performance. 17 'M' series of 1080p panels which feature distinctive designs such as the 'VL' models color treatment, and 'VT' models which resemble wood picture frames. Select models feature a 120Hz refresh rates and a USB multi-media feature that can display MPEG-2, H.264 and WMV9 video, JPEG photos, and MP3 music from a thumb drive or FAT32 hard drive. Finally eight 'E' series models which feature lower energy consumption technology which reduces power consumption by as much as 20% below Energy Star 3.0 standards.

Portable Clean Computer Room

The Carcoon Server Shield is a portable, blow up computer clean room which you wrap around valubale hardware to prevent dust and moisture from ruining your hard disks and other electronics. The air ventilation system keeps the machine at a proper temperature as well as clean and dry, and you've got little access holes to get at the computer when you need. Perfect for when you are doing renovation but dont want to move or disconnect your hardware.

RedEye Reciever Turns Iphone Into IR Remote

ThinkFlood has introduced its new RedEye Universal Remote Control peripheral for the iPhone and iPod touch. The RedEye is a small IR transmitter box featuring Wi-Fi and a built-in dock for charging an iPhone, iPhone 3G, or iPod touch. Users download the RedEye software application -currently in public beta -to their device and connect to the RedEye transmitter box via Wi-Fi. The application then allows the user to control nearly any IR-sensing home entertainment equipment directly from the application. Each person in your house can use their own iPhone or iPod touch as a controller and you can add a transmitter to any room you that has a device you want to control. Currently available from their website for $119.

HTPC In A Vase Shown At Computex2009

Nvidia's tiny 1080p capable ION platform made its big debut in dozens of products at this years Computex2009. Showing just what this small, low powered platform is capable of ECS, a Taiwainese computer manufacturer, crammed an Intel Atom 230 system using Nvidia's Ion for graphics, a 2.5-inch HDD of unspecified capacity, a Blu-ray drive, 1GB of RAM and HDMI out inside a small chinsese vase. The ports are all located on bottom and the drive pops out from the middle of the vase. No idea yet if this is just a concept or actual product.

Kef's 5' Tall Concept Blade Speakers

Kef's Concept Blade speaker took over three years to develop and although the unit is a 'one off' demonstration speaker the research concepts and technologies that it embodies will surely trickle down to the rest of the KEF lineup. The speaker takes KEF's familiar Uni-Q array concept (where a tweeter is positioned coaxially within a midrange or mid-bass driver, with the drivers sharing the same "acoustic centers") to a much higher level. In essence, Concept Blade is designed to behave as if the entire loudspeaker has become a giant, full-range Uni-Q array. The Concept Blade is a 10th-generation forward-firing Uni-Q array. KEF then surrounds that array with four side-firing 10-inch bass drivers positioned symmetrically around the Uni-Q array. Together, the four bass drivers share the same combined acoustic center as the front-firing Uni-Q array, essentially become part of it.  The cabinet itself features a curved-wall enclosure made of a carbon fiber/balsa wood composite. The compound curves of the Concept Blade enclosure are said to give the cabinet much greater rigidity and resistance to resonance than conventional flat-wall enclosures. A video demonstration of the tecnology can be found at Kef's website.

An Experiment In Home Automation Creative Use of Home Automation Resources and the Creation of an In

The real estate market in a megacity like SĂ£o Paulo, Brazil, has a strong competitive trend. Consumers compare among the latest launched condos in their favorite locations, searching for the ideal new home. The final price of the apartment or house depends mainly of two factors: size (useful area) and location. But, one can say that the medium price by square feet tends to be the same, despite some differences in constructive details. In this competitive scenario, the inclusion of Home Automation as a new attribute to a real state product distinguishes it from others. So, builders and investors may gain in sales speedy, improve their margins and associate an innovative image to their venture. Assuming that hypothesis, the creators of a new condo located in an emergent area of the city decided to contract a System Integrator office to design a special project, including several technological solutions rarely finded in the neighborhood. And, more than this, determined to build a "model apartment" in order to show all this stuff working in a real situation. This temporary "showroom" would run next to the sales stand.

Choosing The Right Projector Mount

Home theaters are becoming commonplace. Everything from huge DLP Projection TV's to customized acoustic walls/ceilings built to augment the 8-speaker surround-sound is proffered to the home theater enthusiast. Cinema (or stadium)-style seating is even available for the home! But not every home theater is created equally. Perhaps the most important consideration for the ultimate home theater experience is the projector…specifically, the HOW, WHICH, WHERE and WHAT…

Classic Home Toys #22 - The Rebirth of 3-D: Part 2

The earliest confirmed 3-D movie ever screened for a paying audience was The Power of Love which premiered September 27, 1922 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. This was the first time that the red/green dual strip projection was used as well as the anaglyph glasses. The film despite the novelty of the 3-D effect failed to capture the interest of theatre owners and exhibitors and was shelved. Unfortunately, all copies of the film have been lost.

Content Insider # 120 - Cloud Work Netbooks…The Easy Way to Sell More Service

It sounds almost too good to be true -- a cheap computer you can use/carry everywhere, never have to upgrade the operating system or your apps, with a battery that lasts for ... well a long, long time. Sounds great except we end up leaving all of our work in the beautiful white clouds. The clouds move. We forget which cloud has our stuff and how we get in. Worse, there's a **** storm in the cloud just as we want to get in. Yeah...who knew what grandpa taught our little Miss Sunshine while we were out of the room?? Guess we may end up with yet another device to take along... convenience sure is getting heavy!!! "No one gets left behind! No one gets left behind! Outstanding soldier!" Frank (Steve Carell) - Little Miss Sunshine (20th Century Fox - 2006)

Content Insider #119 - New Markets Social Media…The Hunted Can Become the Hunter

Today's Web 2.0 social media environment offers a tremendous opportunities for companies to closely engage with customers, prospects and market segments in a positive, mutually beneficial manner. The problem arises when marketing and communications people view these new 1:1 outlets as a great marketing/sales and PR pitching opportunities. They forget that the individuals if not treated properly and with professional respect can turn and instead of being the ones who are being hunted can become the hunters. People -- regular folks -- can be mean and brutal if they are abused. Marketeers need to know the pros/cons, challenges/opportunities. Consumers need to know that they have a powerful platform to strike back and cause real damage. It requires a mutual understanding on both sides and a meaningful two way relationship otherwise...duck. "Nothing in those files makes their sacrifice worthwhile. You have to let go. We're professionals, when an operation goes bad, we tie it off. " - Ward Abbott (Brian Cox) - The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

Content Insider #121 - Content Contention Entertainment Flexibility…Big Iron Doesn't Matter

NAB -- National Association of Broadcasters -- how the industry has changed over the years (even with attendance that was down dramatically). We've gone from huge cameras that took two men and a boy to move around the floor. A room full of sliding levers and people everywhere. Slowly, almost without seeing it the shift began and schools, health care facilities, houses of worship and even businesses could afford the lighter, more automated capabilities. Then we moved to really light stuff -- an HD camcorder, notebook and some kid doing his/her show on the fly. This year the show had obviously made the shift. Mobile and personal video took center stage...all in highdef. Gawd that's gotta really tick off the big iron folks because they've gotta sell a lot of $10,000 "facilities" to make up for lost ground. Get a life folks because our kids are directing, producing, posting their own shows...and they're good !!!! "Why do you have to paint everything so black? Suppose you got hit by a truck. Suppose the stock market crashes. Suppose Mary Pickford divorces Douglas Fairbanks. Suppose the Dodgers leave Brooklyn!" -- Joe (Tony Curtis), Some Like It Hot (United Artists -1959) Television production used to be pretty straight forward. You had HUGE, HEAVY cameras three people pushed around. In the control room you had sliders And BAM!! magically the signal went over the air. At home you turned on the set. Had dinner (families ate together then) and a half-hour later the tube was lit and you watched the Sid Caesar or Lone Ranger show. It was so cool.

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