Category: Favorite companies

Onyx Boox Touch Moon Light (i62), Kindle Paperwhite competitor

Posted by – October 17, 2012

Onyx releases their new 1024x768 6" HD E Ink e-reader with their own front light technology. They say it's better than Nook Glowlight but they haven't yet been able to compare with the Kindle Paperwhite. It runs Onyx own advanced embedded Linux OS for E In e-readers on the Freescale i.MX508, that Onyx has been developing for years now with multiple generations of touch-screen based e-readers that they have been releasing these past years with advanced features like annotations, highlights, scribbling and more.

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E Ink Android Phone by Onyx International

Posted by – October 16, 2012

This is awesome. Check out this sunlight readable Android phone with a 1-week battery life (not 1-month as said in the video). It's E Ink! E Ink Android smartphone prototype! As you can see in my half-hour long interview with E Ink at IFA last month, E Ink is preparing their smartphone-sized plastics based unbreakable screens to be used on the back of smartphones. Here's an awesome-looking sub-100gr (maybe it's only 70 grams! I'm getting a weight confirmation imminently, check back) E Ink smartphone. Check it out, the UI is usable on this E Ink phone even though the Android UI used is optimized for LCD, it doesn't take much for Google and others to re-optimize Android for E Ink use! Something to do with requiring the least possible UI refreshes to add/change on-screen info. The battery life is roughly ONE WEEK not one month as is said at the end of the video. I guess it depends how much you refresh infos, load data and make phone calls with it, though the screen basically always stays on, potentially always displaying relevant info all the time. It's running on an ARM Cortex-A5 processor, maybe the Qualcomm MSM7227A, to be confirmed.

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Archos Gamepad N64 emulation

Posted by – October 16, 2012

The Nintendo games are the best in the world. That is why I'm most excited about playing those on the Archos Gamepad and it's awesome that most games seem smooth. Although I think the N64 game emulation on Android is still a work in progress. Here I show a bit of Super Mario 64, Wave Race, Wipeout 64, Diddy Kong Racing and also showing that Archos's button mapping works fine for Angry Birds.

Archos Gamepad, gameplay demo including the N64/NES emulator

Posted by – October 14, 2012

Playing videogames is the top activity that consumers do on tablets. So Archos is releasing this awesome thin, light and very well prices $149 Archos Gamepad. It's got a 7" 1024x600 capacitive touch screen but more importantly for gaming, it's got game controller buttons on each side of the screen. This device runs on the Rockchip RK3066 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with the quad-core Mali-400MP4 GPU. Thus gameplay support is quite decent, especially considering the $149 retail price of this device. Archos software engineers implement a very innovative mapping software layer solution on top of Android, to map the hardware controls to touch-screen input. Thus a large portion of existing touch-screen optimized games are thus very well playable like this. As a transition until all Android games become fully optimized for normal gamepad input. Not only as portable Android gameplayers come with buttons, but for the Android home consoles, HDMI sticks, Set-top-boxes, Google TV and more, all suggesting that Android is about to become by far the biggest video games platform in the world. In this video, I showcase one N64 emulator that I could find on the Google Play Store, though N64 and Dreamcast emulation is still a work in progress, as many more consumers start getting access to these types of Android gaming devices, hopefully it'll encourage more game developers to improve emulators and new games support on the platform. There isn't specifically need for game developers to specifically target the RK3066 and this device, since as I understand a lot of the hardware acceleration happens through standards based Open GL ES 2.0, but for sure as more gamers and developers start using these devices, the optimization level of gaming can reach perfection, or at least a very satisfactory and impressive level at that price.

Archos 80 XS and Archos 97 XS

Posted by – 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.

Archos Arnova Familypad

Posted by – October 13, 2012

13.1" 1280x800 Allwinner A10 Tablet from Archos, probably to be released at an attractive price.

Pipo Rockchip Tablets at the HKTDC Electronics Fair

Posted by – October 13, 2012

Pipo present low priced tablets and HDMI sticks on RK3066 Rockchip dual-core.

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Geniatech ATV120, dual-core HDMI Stick

Posted by – October 12, 2012

Geniatech uses the AmLogic AML8726-MX Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 SoC in their new HDMI stick solution, first with support for USB DVB-T tuner. You will be able to buy it for $99 with free (standard) worldwide shipping as a sample in the ARMdevices Members Store: http://armdevices.net/members-store/ (I just need to set it up within the next couple or three of days). Here's Geniatech's press release on the availability of their new ATV120 dual-core HDMI Stick: http://www.geniatech.com/news/dual-core-hdmi-stick-atv120.asp

HSA Foundation Keynote at IFA 2012

Posted by – September 4, 2012

Phil Rogers, President of the HSA Foundation (Heterogeneous System Architecture) comprising members ARM, AMD, Imagination Technologies, MediaTek, Samsung Electronics and Texas Instruments, at IFA is announcing new members Apical, Arteris, MulticoreWare, Sonics, Symbio and Vivante talks about The Next Era of Computing Innovation including the demonstration of a range of use cases for a standard to optimize the use of CPU and GPU to accelerate the performance of applications on devices and in the cloud.

E Ink at IFA 2012

Posted by – September 1, 2012

Sriram Peruvemba of E Ink shows the latest demonstrations for the use of E Ink on devices and signage around the world. The backs of smartphones and tablets can now be an E Ink screen. Basically, consider having your favorite data always displayed on the back of your smartphone, imagine being able to read e-books and any other text comfortably on the back side of your smartphone or tablet.