Henry walks around the Toshiba IFA 2014 booth and checks out their Chromebooks, their Intel Laptops, Intel Tablets, Sports camera, 4K TVs, smart mirrors, and experimental 4K TVs.
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Japanese NHK public broadcast R&D group shows their 120Hz 8K display and camera (at 144Gbit/s through optical) by Hitachi (red/blue/green prism sensors) and Astro (single image sensor) that I filmed here. Japan wants to just leapfrog 4K and go directly to 8K testing 8K broadcasts starting in 2016, with full massive deployments targetted for 2020 where everyone in Japan will maybe be able to receive 8K TV.
Eken sells about 100K Sports Cameras per month, shooting 1080p video at 30fps using Sunplus camcorder acceleration SoCs. This video features the final assembly and unboxing of the Eken Sports camera. They offer water proof and dust proof casing and all kinds of cables in the box.
Sawink makes a rockchip based 7" tablet with 4gb of storage and 512mb of ram. The tablet sells for 29 USD for 1,000 pieces. Sawink sells a 10" tablet with similar specifications for 58 USD for 1,000 pieces. Sawink makes a Quadcore rockchip based 10" IPS tablet for 91 USD
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Teamforce showing their Car Inspection Cameras, Video Borescope and Wireless Endoscope Cameras. They make many different device models. Some of them have LED lights for better view on dark places. The camera lens are so tiny and some of the devices have interchangeable camera module cables with different lengths. Some models have a SD card slot and can be connected with the computer using a USB cable. Some have a waterproof housing. The battery life is around 4 hours and the price range for these is from $120 to $130 retail price.
Samsung's new CMOS image sensor technology, ISOCELL, substantially increases light sensitivity and effectively controls the collection of electrons, resulting in higher color fidelity even in poor lighting conditions. By incorporating ISOCELL, the image sensor will have 30 percent decrease in crosstalk; 30 percent increase in full well capacity; and 20 percent wider chief ray angle. Using the new technology with 1.12µm ISOCELL pixels, Samsung is introducing two new CMOS image sensors —16 and 13Mpixel.
The 16Mpixel ISOCELL imager provides a wider, clearer viewing experience to mobile device users by implementing a 16:9 aspect ratio, allowing for full-size, high-resolution images and video to be displayed on screen without field-of-view (FOV) loss. This high-speed sensor captures full FOV 16:9 full HD (1080p) video at 60fps, and for the first time in the industry, enables continuous shooting of all 16Mpixels at 30fps. Samples of the 16Mpixel ISOCELL CIS are available now and scheduled for mass production in the first quarter of 2014.
Samsung's new 13Mpixel ISOCELL CIS features Smart Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) technology, which allows users to capture images at 30fps. With a mosaic pattern of multiple exposures, images are then processed with an advanced algorithm for wider dynamic range. This enables users to capture details clearly in both bright and dark areas even in high contrast lighting conditions. This Smart WDR feature is based on Samsung's advanced 65nm stacked process, where the pixel array is attached right on top of the logic circuit. Samsung's 13Mpixel product is sampling now and is scheduled for mass production in the second quarter of 2014.
This is 360 video, presented by Finwe Ltd CEO Juha Kela. 360 video is a special video production technology that utilizes multiple cameras to produce a full spherical 360x180 degree video experience. Video from multiple sources is synchronized, fine tuned and stitched together with a software called Autopano Video and Autopano Giga by Kolor. Kolor also delivers solutions for 360 video hosting and playback on a PC and web browser. Web player is based on html5.
Finwe ltd has developed a movement and touch controlled 360 video player for mobile devices, called 360 VideoBall. In collaboration with Kolor, they also just released a pre-version of free Kolor Eyes Android player. Beyond that, mobile player can also be used with Kickstarter funded goggles vrAse. This cool gadget has lenses and a special frame that holds mobile phones inside. The mobile phone is then used as a movement controlled display device, producing a separate image for both eyes. There is now an equipment based on 6 GoPro's in a 360x180 formation to shoot 360 3D videos, which was used as a demonstration in MWC. The experience is really stunning and the image quality is very good thanks to the high quality and resolution of mobile devices.
Finwe CEO Juha Kela also demonstrated a special custom technology that enables 6k 360 video playback on a mobile phone. Current devices support only 4k resolution, but with the special technology they developed devices can play back videos even with 8k resolution! With this solution, user can zoom into the video without losing the quality.
To be able to provide a full turn key solution for 360 video production and to support the marketing of the mobile 360 video player technology Juha Kela founded a company called FinCloud Ltd. FinCloud has already done number of multi camera productions and one of their productions, a 360 music video for Finnish band Apulanta is currently nominated in Spotify "Innovator of the Year" category in Emma Gaala. Emma Gaala is an annual event, which rewards the most significant players in the industry during a year.
Example 360 videos:
Power Park theme park Finland:
There is now an equipment based on 6 GoPro’s in a 360×180 formation to shoot 360 3D videos, which was used as a demonstration in MWC. Special camera rigs are manufactured by Freedom360 and 360 Heros. The experience is really stunning and the image quality is very good thanks to the high quality and resolution of mobile devices.
Kolor Eyes video wall:
360 Video and Panorama stitching solutions and 360 video HW:
360 video production services:
FInCloud Ltd: firstname.lastname@example.org
vrAse immersive media frame for mobile phone
Free 360 Video apps for iOS:
Free 360 VideoBall app for Android:
Kolor Eyes: Join Google+ group for a pre-release access:
Software developers Kolor and Finwe announce the launch of their new 360-degree video player for Android devices, named Kolor Eyes, featuring pixel-perfect 4k 360 video playback, multiple projections, and image effects. Press release: http://www.kolor.com/images/stories/press/press-releases/2014/20140225-kolor-eyes-android-beta-version.pdf
Panasonic announces their upcoming 4K mirrorless camera, successor to the GH3 (which is being used to film all videos on http://ARMdevices.net in the past year since CES 2013), it'll use a new ultra fast SD Card system to record 4K video at up to 200mbit per second.
- Panasonic Brings 4K to Mirrorless Cameras (mashable.com)
- Panasonic Lumix GH4 Priced At €1,499 On Dutch Retailer's Website (ubergizmo.com)
- Panasonic to debut 4k GH4 camera CSC at Photography Show (technewsworlds.wordpress.com)
- Panasonic GH 4K Coming Late February with a $2,000 (or Less) Price Tag (news.softpedia.com)
- Panasonic's Upcoming GH Mirrorless Camera Will Have 4K Video Recording (ubergizmo.com)
- CES 2014: Here's What Panasonic Lumix GH 4K Looks Like (news.softpedia.com)
- Panasonic's DMC-GH4 is first interchangeable lens mirrorless camera to shoot 4K video (gizmag.com)
Panasonic shows their 4K wearable camera that attaches to your head. The wearable camera is waterproof at 6 feet and dust resistant. Panasonic HX-A100 is the 1080p version of the camera available now for 199 USD with the 4K version to be available later this year. The wearable camera can be controlled through a smartphone or tablet. The Panasonic presenter is Cassandra Bodzak and here is her YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/gosweetandskinny
Sony FDR-AX100 Handycam is the world's first sub-$2000 4K consumer camcorder. Can film 4K XAVC S 24p and 30p at 60mbitps and also film a 3mbitps Mp4 file simultaneously. This is perhaps yet the most affordable high quality 4K camcorder in the world.