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Marvell presents OLPC XO-4 Touch and $30 Smile Plug Server for Schools

Posted by Charbax – January 24, 2013

Marvell shows off the new OLPC XO-4 powered by the Marvell PXA2128 dual-core 1.2Ghz, Marvell 8787, and uses Neonode IR touch screen technology to thus add touch functionality to the One Laptop Per Child XO-4 laptop. Performance is thus increased and battery life further improved by using this latest 40nm process node Marvell ARM Processor in the upgrade.

The XO 4.0 is powered by the Marvell ARMADA PXA2128. Optimized by ARM v7 high-performance mobile processors with Hybrid-SMP technology at up to 1.2GHz, the PXA2128 reduces power consumption by roughly half and enables an extended battery life thanks to a low-power mobile (LPM) processor.

Features of the Marvell ARMADA PXA2128 include:

Marvell optimized ARM®v7 dual High-Performance Mobile (HPM) processors with Hybrid-SMP technology at up 1.2GHz
Architecturally matched ARMv7 Low-Power Mobile (LPM) processor optimized with Hybrid-SMP technology for extended battery life
Dual-channel independent memory controllers (LPDDR2 or DDR3/DDR3L)
Multiple power islands, dynamic voltage/frequency scaling, clock and power gating and standby modes
Powerful hardware accelerators for 2D/3D graphics, 1080p video, HiFi audio codecs and camera ISP
Dedicated security engine with hardware keys, secure memory and ARM® TrustZone® for secure boot and cryptography

Marvell’s Avastar 88W8787 delivers the wireless performance and range that will make the XO 4.0 a connected learning experience. Designed for both simultaneous and independent operation of the following:

IEEE 802.11a/g/b and 802.11n payload data rates for Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)
Bluetooth 3.0 + High Speed (HS) (also compliant with Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR)
FM transmit and receive (digital encoder/decoder FM radio with RDS/RBDS)
The device supports the 802.11i security standard through implementation of the AES/CCMP, WEP with TKIP, AES/CMAC, and WLAN WAPI security mechanisms

Panasonic 4K Camcorder, 20.4″ 4K and 47″ 4K IPSa Displays

Posted by Charbax – January 24, 2013

Pansonic is showing off their 4K Camcorder prototype, displaying real-time 4K 30fps video to their 20.4" prototype 4K IPS alpha LCD display, they are also showing playback of recorded 4K video to their 47" 4K prototype IPS alpha LCD display.

$99 WiMe Smart Watch NanoSmart NanoPhone NanoWatch

Posted by Charbax – January 24, 2013

Check out the $99 (retail MSRP) NanoPhone that can be used as the NanoWatch wrist watch. It connects to your Smartphone using Bluetooth and it can also use its own built-in GPRS SIM card modem. The Wime NanoWatch does not run Android, but its embedded Linux OS synchronizes with Android: "Smart advisor that will remind you the new SMS, miss call, Gmail of your android smart phone". They gave me a review sample, I'll try to post a video review in the days/weeks to come. I'll try to figure out exactly what kind of features work yet in sychronization with my Bluetooth Android devices. Let me know in the comments what I should try to test on it.

Cubify 3D Printing ecosystem by 3D Systems, create and share 3D mockups

Posted by Charbax – January 22, 2013

3D Printing is being hyped by some bloggers as possibly enabling some type of peer-to-peer device printing revolution. I'm not totally sure about that. But as all the worlds consumer electronics and pretty much everything that we use in our lives most likely has been 3D printed while the industrial designers, architects and all creative creators think up, design, improve upon all the devices that we use. Upcoming new more affordable 3D Printers such as Cubify's $1299 Cube 3D printer, printing in PLA or ABS plastics, allows more people to take part in the process of thinking up, 3D printing all types of mockup, molds, 3D print basic forms that possibly also can be used in certain basic circumstance.

MHL at CES 2013

Posted by Charbax – January 22, 2013

The MHL Consortium (Mobile High-Definition Link) shows some of the latest uses for the MHL connector, using Micro-USB to output to HDMI and charge at the same time. Providing up to 7.1 audio and 1080p video. HDMI sticks like the Roku Streaming Stick can charge through the MHL connector.

Eken shows $148 Allwinner A31 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 Tablet

Posted by Charbax – January 22, 2013

MOQ 1000 is $148 with a 1280x800 screen, they show 11.6" prototype, $140 Remote controlled quad-copter drone with camera and self balancing (similar to Parrot) with support for WiFi and Bluetooth Android and iOS remote control, $122 9.7" RK3066, $102 10.1" 1280x800 VIA8850, $76 7" 1024x600 IPS RK3066, A31 9.7" and more. Eken sells about 150 thousand tablets per month. They also sell 600-700 thousand tablet PCBs per month to other small to medium sized Chinese tablet manufacturers.

World Wide Touch Technology (Holdings) Limited shows FingerQ PrivacQ Biometric Fingerprint platform for encrypted chatting

Posted by Charbax – January 22, 2013

World Wide Touch Technology (Holdings) Limited shows their Biometric Fingerprint platform for encrypted chatting. Including an Android smartphone cover case that includes such biometric fingerprint reader.

MultiTaction Cell 55 RadarTable by CAVI and Ultrathin bezel 6 times 55″ touch screen user interface

Posted by Charbax – January 22, 2013

You can stack up to 24 55" thin bezel touch screen displays, featuring Multi Taction's 24 infrared camera touch screen technology, each display starts at $26 thousand, used by museums, corporations, restaurants, bars, retail and more.

Lucien Elements, swarovski crystals in iPhone case

Posted by Charbax – January 22, 2013

iPhone cases using swarovski crystals and crocodile skin. Retail pricing from $150 to $700.

Solowheel, gyroscopic electric unicycle

Posted by Charbax – January 22, 2013

It goes at 10 miles an hour for about an hour, it takes about an hour to recharge. It also captures kinetic energy when you go downhill.