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E Ink Booth Tour at CES 2014, Sony DPT-S1, Smartwatches, wall clocks and more

Posted by Charbax – January 19, 2014

Tour of the E Ink CES 2014 booth, featuring all the latest coolest E Ink devices on the market and prototypes. The E Ink device that I think is the "Best of CES" is the 13.3" Sony DPT-S1, the biggest and the lightest ultra-readable 13.3" touch device in the world (currently only released in limited few-thousand unit trials in Japan) uses the 13.3" 1200x1600 Mobius E Ink display with protective film instead of glass for it to be ultra-thin at 6.8mm and weigh only 358grams and to also offer a better stylus experience. Aloso featuring the latest E Ink for Smartwatches, thus keeping the display always on, which is important for a Smartwatch. Featuring new giant E Ink clocks to put on walls, E Ink signage displays, the latest E Ink e-readers on the market and more.

Archos 50 Helium, 5″ 720p 4G LTE MSM8926 for $249, 45 Helium 4.5″ FWVGA for $199

Posted by Charbax – January 19, 2014

Archos presents sub-$200 4G LTE phones, running on the new Qualcomm MSM8926 with 150mbitps LTE support, 1GB RAM, Android 4.4 coming, the display is 5" 1280x720p for the $249/229€ Archos 50 Helium and 4.5" 854x480 on the $199/199€ Archos 45 Helium. Both to be released next month. This is attractive in countries where you can get 4G contracts at sub $20/20€ per month, and even have those sometimes included for free on the ISP home broadband contract, people doing pre-paid instead of 2-year contracts want cheap affordable phones like these to include LTE, and Archos sells some for as low as $99/99€ with their 3G-only MT6572 based Archos 40 Titanium.

Archos Smart Home, Connected Home and Connected Self Smart objects

Posted by Charbax – January 17, 2014

Archos releases a full range of Smart Home Bluetooth 4.0 low energy sensors, cameras, fitness band, scale, blood pressure monitor, movement sensor, temperature meters, GPS/3G tracker (for dogs, cars, bicycles etc), and a bunch more. Archos designed a special 7" Tablet with modified Bluetooth 4.0 to synchronize seamlessly with up to 30 devices at the same time (while the normal Bluetooth 4 spec limits devices to connect to 4 devices). Archos is going to sell their range of Smart Home and Smart Self devices in batches, and where users will be able to buy separate pieces as they wish, buy extra smart plugs, buy extra sensors, cameras, etc as you need more, at prices from around $20 retail per device. Flat batteries last about a couple of years in each of these devices, they don't need to be connected, they all work wirelessly. Archos also presents their really cool Android and iOS app that enables users to program their smart home, selecting conditions, programs, things you want your smart home to do automatically. For example send you a picture to your phone when there is movement in your home, turn off lights when you exit the room, wake you up earlier if the weather is really bad. Archos kind of invented the ARM Powered Tablet, introducing it (on my initial video-blog posting) in 2004 running Qtopia Linux. Then copied by Android and everyone. Archos also introduced the 7" Tablet in 2006, years before the Nexus 7, Archos was the initial Android tablet maker since 2009, this is now Archos showing the industry what is next.

Pipo shows 1920×1200 7″ with 3G, RK3188 Ultrastick, Intel Baytrail Windows 8 Tablet at CES 2014

Posted by Charbax – January 12, 2014

Pipo is showing their latest tablets at CES 2014, including now an Intel Baytrail Windows 8 tablet, 9.7" Retina RK3188 with 3G Ultrastick, Full HD 1920x1200 7" RK3188 with 3G built-in is finally ready. The trend Pipo is for more and more of the tablets to be with phone call functionality.

OLPC XO-2 7″ $149 and XO-10 10.1″ $199, bringing productive education to tablets

Posted by Charbax – January 11, 2014

The One Laptop Per Child shows their latest quad-core RK3188 Tablets, 7" retailing for $149 and 10.1" retailing for $199, those retail prices can subsidize the One Laptop Per Child foundation, bringing tablets and laptops to more children in the developing world as soon as possible. The XO Tablets ship with OLPC's latest UI replacement for Android 4.4 kitkat. Parents can unlock that UI and use the tablets as Nexus-like unlocked tablets also. When are all the 1 Billion children in the world going to have full access to education using technology?

You can also watch Giulia D'Amico of OLPC talk to Engadget about the latest with OLPC here: http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/07/olpc-interview/

Wolfgang Helfricht, ARM Physical IP Advanced Products Marketing Director

Posted by Charbax – January 5, 2014

Talking about the success story of the ARM Cortex-A7 taped out of Samsung's 14nm LP process, a project in collaboration with Samsung, Cadence, supporting thus 14nm process node.

Mele 4K Player, Allwinner A31 based

Posted by Charbax – January 4, 2014

Mele shows off 4K video playback on their Linux (not yet Android based) Allwinner A31 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 Set-top-box. Playing back specific codecs, bitrates, framerates, 30fps for now. Mele also shows OTT video-on-demand support. Mele also shows their new Telechips dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 with full multimedia playback including the Blu-ray ISO files support, thus supporting all the video playback.

Nizar Romdhane, ARM Director of Media Processor Ecosystem, working with Game Engine, GPU Compute

Posted by Charbax – December 30, 2013

ARM works with the ecosystem to support the game developers to take optimally advantage of the ARM Mali Graphics, GPU Compute. ARM is to be in the core of the future of Gaming. Already dominating in Smartphones and Tablets, most Smart TVs and Set-top-boxes also use ARM, most of them are becoming Home Consoles now also, quickly closing the gap with home consoles (from Nintendo/Sony/Microsoft). In the very near future, we will probably see most high-end video games running on ARM Powered devices. Here showing the Unity Engine running at 1080p smoothly at full framerates on Exynos5420 with ARM Mali-T628 with OpenGL ES 3.0. Working closely with developers, working closely with Google collaborating on the tools for development of advanced video games. Supporting the most advanced video-games on the latest Android.

James Bruce, ARM Director of Mobile Strategy, talks Next Generation Smartphones

Posted by Charbax – December 29, 2013

James Bruce talks newly announced ARM Mali-T720 for Entry-level and new ARM Mali-T760 for High-end devices. ARM Mali-T720 brings GPU Compute OpenGL ES 3.0 to the entry level smartphone in the next 18-24 months. AmLogic now ships Mali-T450 in their new M802 chip. James Bruce talks further of what ARM can do for the user experience, talks designing benchmarks to measure the performance of the user experience vs certain benchmarks measuring things that aren't relevant to the user experience. The ARM Architecture ecosystem is amazing, for example, in Q2 2013, there were more ARM Cortex-A5 devices shipped than all x86 PC/Laptops combined in that quarter.

faytech Touch Device, Management Interview

Posted by Charbax – December 21, 2013

This video is an informative and interesting interview with Fan Yang and Arne Weber, the owners of faytech ltd, discussing the history and evolution of their years in the touchscreen industry and their passion to build the best products possible. Beginning over 8 years ago with starting to sell touchscreen monitors in Germany, they set up a importing business based in Germany which has grown to be one of Europe's largest distributors of touchscreen devices. In 2008, Arne and Fan began to travel to China to find better suppliers, and ended up moving to Shenzhen and starting their own manufacturing company. Four short years later, faytech has over 70 employees, 15K sq. ft. of space, producing over 2000 touch screen monitors and touchscreen PCs a month, and achieving ISO certification in 2013.