Friday, June 6, 2008


Sony will release a spectacular new speaker system in Japan as early as June 20th. The so-called Sountina (a combination of the words sound and fountain) comes in the shape of a glass tube, which is 184.5 cm tall. To be more specific, the device measures 325×184.5×325mm and weighs 12.5 kg.
Sony said today they plan to sell their stylish speaker not only to affluent individuals but also to hotels, department stores and similar facilities. The Sountina is supposed to vibrate and produce high quality audio, which spreads 360 degrees around the device. On the bottom of the tube, LEDs in amber, purple and blue are installed. The light is reflected by a steel plate located on top of the speaker. The LED colors can be change with a remote control.
Buyers also get a subwoofer (13cm), a medium speaker (7cm), and a tweeter made of organic glass. The frequency response is 50Hz – 20 kHz. Inputs include analog RCA, digital coax, optical TOS and 2 channel linear PCM (stereo).
Oh, and the price is $9,600 (1,050,000 Yen).

Thursday, June 5, 2008


Although you probably haven't shaken a Polaroid picture in quite some time, a bit of that allure is reportedly headed to your handhelds, as Massachusetts-based ZINK looks to deliver a pocket-sized printer that can be "embedded in any device" and shoot out photos sans ink. The sensational sounding product will initially be used to print 2- x 3-inch color photographs, and interestingly enough, won't require a single drop of liquid to form the images. In ZINK's system (another pic after the break), "images are created when a heated printer head comes into contact with a sheet of specialized paper," which is actually a polymer containing three crystalline layers. Varying temperatures and pressure points create the pixels of color, and just in case you figure out your latest printout doesn't showcase your eye color as well as you'd hoped, it's recyclable. The company's first offerings will likely be offered in a $99 standalone format or as a $199 camera / printer hybrid, while the snazzy paper will run you $19.95 for a pack of one hundred, but we're definitely holding off on this here invention until we see just how impressive (or not) the printed results actually are. [Warning: PDF read link]

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Kodak EasyShare V610
World’s smallest 10X optical zoom digital camera.
10X optical zoom
KODAK RETINA Dual Lens Technology
Embedded BLUETOOTH® Wireless Technology
2.8 in. (7.1 cm) high resolution color display
Advanced video features
6.1 MP for prints up to 30 x 40 in. (76 x 102 cm)
On-camera picture enhancing features

The 6.0 effective Megapixel Kodak EasyShare V610 camera
KLIC-7001 lithium-ion rechargeable battery
AC adapter / battery charger
Inserts for Photo Frame Dock 2 and Kodak camera/printer docks
Cloth camera case
Wrist strap
USB cable
A/V cable
Dock connector adapter (for above cables)
CD-ROM featuring Kodak EasyShare software
80 page camera manual (printed)

As is the case with many cameras these days, the EasyShare V610 has built-in memory instead of a bundled memory card. The V610 has 32MB of built-in memory (of which only 28MB can be used for photo storage), which holds fourteen photos at the highest quality setting. Despite that, you'll still want to buy a memory card, and I suggest a 256MB or 512MB card as a good place to start. The V610 uses Secure Digital or MultiMedia cards, and a high speed memory card is not a required purchase.



9 August 2007 - Parrot, the makers of all things Bluetooth, are pushing their credentials even harder with the launch of the Parrot Party, a light and compact mobile wireless speaker. But can the sound impress as much as the company's BoomBox? We get listening to find out.
Small, compact and shaped like a dog bone - it's about the size of a drinks flask - the main focus of the Parrot party, is that it allows you to send your music to it from any Bluetooth Stereo (A2DP) music source such as a mobile phone, MP3 player or PC with just one click and then enjoy the results.
This isn’t Parrot's first wireless speaker – their Sound System and Boombox have previously been launched in the UK, but it is their first portable offering, and at 23cm long, weighing 620 grams and with a 4-hour rechargeable battery it is certainly that.
Despite being lightweight, the Parrot Party delivers surprisingly good sound performance via the Class D-amplifier and two 2 x 3 Watt wide-band speakers.
In addition to the normal mode, there are two sound features which promise you more for your money; "Stereo Widening", which enlarges the stereophony, and "Virtual SuperBass" which promises to reinforces the bass frequencies.
In practice and they do add something to the overall noise, however neither should be the main reason for buying the Parrot Party. We aren't sure why they bother with the choice apart from then saying you've got two more buttons to press. Hey if it's good you are going to want it on all the time.
If you don’t have a Bluetooth Stereo enabled device then you can still play your music wirelessly by using a dongle, and there is a line-in port too



Sony S-Frame digital photo frame

The new DPF-V900, DPF-V700 and DPF-D70 digital photo frame models have WVGA resolution (800 x 480 pixels) along with 15:9 aspect-ratio screens to showcase your pictures with detail and clarity. Inside these thin frames is an advanced image processor that scales and displays images up to 48 megapixels, making the frames capable of handling photos taken with the most advanced digital cameras. “Digital photo frames are a natural addition to our line of digital imaging products,” said Ted Okada, senior vice president of digital imaging for Sony Electronics. “Our new S-Frame brand of digital photo frames takes inspiration from the style and features of our Cyber-shot cameras and BRAVIA LCD televisions.

S-Frame digital photo frame - Flash memory cards Digital images can be loaded onto the internal memory of the digital photo frames from several types of flash memory cards, including Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick PRO Duo, SD Memory Card, MMC, Compact Flash, Microdrive and xD-Picture Card. Photos can also be transferred to the frames via the USB cable from a personal computer or digital camera.

S-Frame digital photo frame - File formats All three S-Frame models support JPEG and RAW (SRF, SR2, ARW) image file formats. The Sony DPF-V900 and Sony DPF-V700 frames also support TIFF and BMP file formats. These two models also feature Sony’s Bionz processor with face detection technology for faster processing speeds, as well as in-frame photo correction like focus enhancement, red-eye corrections and exposure adjustment.



The Virtual Laser Keyboard (VKB) is the ULTIMATE new gadget for Blackberry, Smartphone and PDA owners or MAC & PC users! the VKB comes with an elegant leather jacket, making it the perfect addition to your collection (and just what you want to take out of your inner suit pocket in front of your business colleagues...:-)
In the size of a Zipo lighter and in an outer spaced "enterprise" style, it uses a laser beam to generate a full-size perfectly OPERATING laser keyboard that smoothly connects to MAC's, Smart Phones, the new Blackberry (8100,8300,8800),Nokia N95 (Symbian Series 60 3rd Edition) and Any kind of PC and Most of the handheld devices (PDA's, tablet PC's).
The I-Tech laser keyboard acts exactly like any other "ordinary" keyboard: A direction technology based on an optical recognition mechanism enables the user to tap on the projected key images, while producing real tapping sounds See the attached photos for the list of compatible devices.
key feauture

Full size wire-free QWERTY keyboard projection at the touch of a button Pocket-sized for convenience Adjustable sensitivity to suit your typing style Adjustable keyboard sound Conserve battery life with adjustable settings Works with compatible Bluetooth devices (Check Compatibility List)

Bluetooth specification v1.1 class 2 Supports Bluetooth HID and SPP profiles Detection rate of up to 400 characters per minute Battery capacity: up to 120 minutes continuous typing Dimensions: 90 x 34 x 24mm

RETAILS FOR: $199.00