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Archos TV Connect, $129 OMAP4470 HD webcam, Bluetooth remote, Archos Android set-top-box

Posted by Charbax – January 13, 2013

Archos launches their new TV Set-top-box system based on the dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP4470 with SGX544 GPU, it features a HD webcam, Ethernet, HDMI output, USB Host, Bluetooth 4.0 low-power support, (probably Miracast support), runs Android 4.1 and everything that also runs on Archos's latest 101/97 XS Generation 10 series. You can use Archos new Bluetooth 4.0 remote and you can also use any other Bluetooth game controller from Xbox360/PS3/Wii and you can use any Bluetooth or RF/USB Keyboard and mice also for controls. The price is $129.

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 launched

Posted by Charbax – January 13, 2013

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 turns your LEGO creations into live robots that follow your command. The new LEGO Mindstorms EV3 set includes new motors, new sensors, new programmable brick that runs hackable Linux on a Texas Instruments AM1808 ARM9 processor (upgraded from ARM7 in the previous mindstorms), 550+ LEGO Technic elements, remote control – to create and command robots, including 5 cool robot characters. The 3D building instructions and the Android/iOS app commands your robot via Bluetooth or WiFi. You can program your robots to walk, talk, move via the software program, the programmable brick or your smart device. Download brochure.

Ubuntu Mobile OS and Ubuntu for Android at CES 2013

Posted by Charbax – January 9, 2013

Canonical launches their new smartphone OS. I ask them what the difference is between Ubuntu Mobile OS and Ubuntu for Android on mobile.

Android 4.1 firmware on Archos 101 XS

Posted by Charbax – December 4, 2012

Archos updates the firmware (in the next few days) on their latest high-end $299/299€ Archos 101 XS Tablet to 4.1 Jelly Bean, fully using hardware acceleration, integrating Google's Project Butter, now with Google Now support, Archos also has upgraded some of the web-based meta-data functionalities in their Video Player application, it automatically detects videos that need meta data, posters and fan arts loaded in so that you can have a more interesting way to browse through your movies and tv shows library. This video also features the $49 Keyboard Coverboard Dock and the new $149/149€ dual-25W stereo Archos Speaker Dock.

12.85″ Pixel Qi Chrome OS Android 5.0 Laptop/Tablet Hybrid by Google for Q1 2013?

Posted by Charbax – November 27, 2012
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Here are my expectations for Google's rumored upcoming Chrome OS laptop/tablet hybrid:

- 12.85" Pixel Qi LCD, Google sponsored, to be available to all other Android hardware makers as a new component. (Plastics based flexible unbreakable LCD for thinner lighter waterproof dustproof unbreakable build)

- Optical lamination allows for outdoor readable capacitive Pixel Qi LCD. Otherwise IR based Neonode touch can work.

- 20 million initial production batch, enough to make a significant mark on the market, next batch can be 100 million units.

- Android 5.0 to support Chrome OS on top of Android. Same for Ubuntu on top of Android. Multi-booting becomes standard feature of Android. It's not really multi-booting, it's enabling to run alternative Linux OSes on top of the base Linux OS of Android.

- $200, available worldwide on day 1. Second batch can be sold for $150 or $100. Schools can get rebates if they order one for every child. Google can subsidize a few of those millions to be used by Children in developing countries through the One Laptop Per Child project.

- 16GB Flash with SD slots and potentially a 2.5" HDD slot.

- 25 hours battery life. 200 grams flat battery dock doubles battery life to 50 hours.

- Swivel screen. Super slim keyboard can hide behind screen for tablet mode.

- ARM Cortex-A15, either OMAP5 with SGX544 or Exynos5 with Mali-T604. Maybe another comparable ARM Processor.

- Modem slot, all types modems available as options, 3G+, LTE, White Spaces, easily user swapable. There is space for an internal usb modem too.

Let me know what you think of this rumored Google hybrid here or at my Google+ thread.

laptopmag.com: Cotton Candy FXI-Tech Exynos4210 HDMI Stick reviewed

Posted by Charbax – November 20, 2012

I think the Norwegian guys at Cotton Candy FXI-Tech actually kind of invented the HDMI stick market, when they first showed a prototype of the Cotton Candy exactly a year ago in November 2011. Since then, tons of other ARM SoCs have been shown and released to the worldwide market:
January 2012: Allways Innovating shows OMAP4 on HDMI Stick (not released yet as far as I know),
March 2012: Telechips Cortex-A5 ultra compact HDMI sticks (2, 3) appears (probably still the most compact)
May 2012: The Allwinner A10 Mk802 appears, has taken most of the market, appearing for $74 but now available for $25 from Shenzhen, a version is $40 with free worldwide shipping in the ARMdevices.net members store.
June 2012: Geniatech shows AmLogic single-core Cortex-A9 in HDMI Stick (available for $49 with worldwide shipping in the ARMdevices.net members store)
September 2012: RK3066 is ready for dual-core HDMI sticks
October 2012: The dual-core AmLogic MX HDMI stick and $99 with worldwide shipping the ARMdevices.net members store).
More RK3066 HDMI Sticks shown, the one with Bluetooth, mini-jack audio out and female HDMI port selling for $60 including worldwide shipping the ARMdevices.net members store.
And now perhaps the most powerful HDMI stick on the market is the i.MX6 Quad-core HDMI stick (2), available for $89 including worldwide shipping hopefully starting later today on the ARMdevices.net Members Store.

Read the full review of the Cotton Candy FXI-Tech HDMI Stick with many pictures here: http://blog.laptopmag.com/cotton-candy-tested-fastest-pc-on-a-stick-can-take-over-any-screen

Re-watch my overview video of the latest HDMI Sticks from Shenzhen:

$240 SmartDevices T30 10.1″ 1280×800 OMAP4470, $300 SmartQ U7, SmartQ U7H 7″ with built-in DLP projector

Posted by Charbax – October 27, 2012

SmartDevices shows their latest couple of tablets, their $240 Texas Instruments OMAP4470 10.1" 1280x800 running Jelly Bean, and their new 7" SmartQ U7 on OMAP4430 and SmartQ U7H on OMAP4460 with a built-in 854x480 DLP projector. SmartDevices also talks about their work on the upcoming OMAP5 ARM Cortex-A15 processor, to be released perhaps as soon as the end of the year.

Logged-in Members of ARMdevices.net ($50/year) can see the full contact information for this company from the business card here. Become a Member Now!

Innoio Innocube pico projector at the HKTDC Electronics Fair

Posted by Charbax – October 25, 2012

Check out this cubic pico projector, the Innocube from Innoio.

Logged-in Members of ARMdevices.net ($50/year) can see the full contact information for this company from the business card here. Become a Member Now!

SCT shows DLP pico-projector in MT6577 dual-core phone

Posted by Charbax – October 15, 2012

Texas Instrument's pico projector technology is about to reach into my and more smartphones and tablets, here demonstrated by SCT integrated into an MT6577 smartphone. The price of the DLP pico projector module ads about $50 to 60 to the bill of materials of the smartphone. Battery consumption can possibly be decent depending on the brightness of the lumen output, perhaps not using much more power than the backlight of the same phone.

Logged-in Members of ARMdevices.net ($50/year) can see the full contact information for this company from the business card here. Become a Member Now!

Archos 80 XS and Archos 97 XS

Posted by Charbax – October 13, 2012

Archos is launching two more sizes for their Generation 10 Android Tablet series, including the $199 Archos 80 XS and the $299 Archos 97 XS, each with the optional $49 Archos Coverboard Keyboard Dock. I've been using my Archos 101 XS every day during these past 45 days, replacing my broken $1000 Intel Ultrabook for all of my on-the-go productivity and 10.1" Tablet usage. It's much thinner and lighter than an Intel laptop, the thin and light keyboard dock ads productivity to the already very awesome OMAP4470 tablet. The same priced $299 Archos 97 XS runs on the same OMAP4470 and the $199 Archos 80 XS runs on the Rockchip RK3066 processor to achieve thus a Nexus7-like price point with its own awesome thin and light magnetic Keyboard dock.