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Panasonic HC-X900M

Posted by Charbax – January 17, 2012

Panasonic is launching this new camcorder with a new 4K2K sensor but still recording using a 1080p engine. It has many new improved features such as the optics, rendering, colors, clarity and more.

I filmed 3 samples using different bitrate settings using the camera which you can see and download below.

1080i Highest Quality: Download the sample

1080p 60fps Highest Quality: Download the sample

1080i Lowest Bitrate: Download the sample

Status of the Raspberry Pi at CES 2012

Posted by Charbax – January 17, 2012

Raspberry Pi expects to have volume devices on the market by the end of the month. That means $25 and $35 (with ethernet) Broadcom ARM11 ARM Powered Desktops are thus just about to be broadly available.

Caseinity Cord-On-Board iPhone case at CES 2012

Posted by Charbax – January 17, 2012

Here's a new iPhone case company, funded through Kickstarter, it includes the cable and does an ergonomic shape behind your iPhone.

Blue Times shows $50 HiSilicon 3716 and AmLogic 8726 ARM Cortex-A9 Android Set-top-box

Posted by Charbax – January 16, 2012

Blue Times uses the Huawei HiSilicon single-core 1Ghz ARM Cortex-A9 as well as the single-core AmLogic ARM Corte-A9 for their Android Set-top-box.

Emdoor shows $140 9.7″ and $85 7″ Telechips 8803 ARM Cortex-A8 ICS Tablets

Posted by Charbax – January 16, 2012

Emdoor Digital Technology Co Ltd shows Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich working on their Telechips based 7" capacitive and 9.7" IPS capacitive based Android tablets.

Augmented Video-blogging Hangout featuring the Kopin Golden-i at CES 2012

Posted by Charbax – January 16, 2012

Here's a Google+ Hangout recorded while at the Kopin Golden-i reception held at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas during CES 2012. Demonstrating and talking about my Augmented Video-blogging using their device, and other uses of this headmounted display device and other news from the CES. You can fast forward to about 34 minutes 40 seconds in for the demo by Motorola Solutions's Product Lead on the Golden-i, Nicole Tricoukes, explaining how the Golden-i headmounted computer works and what Motorola Solutions plans to target it for when they plan to mass produce it and release it in the second half of the year (you can watch her TEDx presentation)

CES 2012 Monorail Hangout day3

Posted by Charbax – January 16, 2012

On the day3 of CES, I streamed and recorded following hangout where I am joined by +Trey Ratcliff and +Samantha Villenave

E Ink On Every Smart Surface

Posted by Charbax – January 15, 2012

Exclusive 17-minute interview with E Ink's CMO at CES, where they showed me a Triton color display for signage with color so saturated that it looked like an LCD except that it was thinner than OLED, sunlight readable, uses no backlights and uses very little power. I also saw the SURF display used in a hand drill which has not been filmed before. The 11.5" 300DPI eDocument reader made in collaboration with Epson. The Triton color display based Ectaco eReader that had just won the CES innovation award, it is being deployed in Russian schools. New E Ink watches from Phosphor and Seiko. Finally, the Eton Ruckus music player with E Ink display that was launched this week was demonstrated, it is considered to be indestructible.

E Ink has shipped over 25 million E Ink screens for e-readers alone in 2011, that’s up from 10 million screens in 2010 and 4 million screens in 2009. Now E Ink is also working to expand into new markets, signage, appliances, everywhere. The idea is that more and more devices and surfaces may get an E Ink screen on them that thus by being bi-stable can show the informations for a long time without using any battery. While many electronic paper technology companies show samples, E Ink is actually in mass production with monochrome, color and segmented displays and they claim that no technology in the world comes close to the reading experience on E Ink's displays and these displays are easy on the eyes since they don’t have a shiny background or light emitting backlight.

E Ink also provided me with following amazing video featuring the actual E Ink Pearl roll display material used in Nook, Sony, Kindle etc. The video was shot alongside the Charles river in Cambridge/Boston and you can see MIT (E Ink is MIT spin off) and Boston skyline in the background. The display is a few feet wide and can go one kilometer (it was 500 meters in this video):

Zenithink shows Android 4.0 ICS on AmLogic tablets

Posted by Charbax – January 15, 2012

Zenithink shows $90 1Ghz ARM Cortex-A9 capacitive 7" tablet with Ice Cream Sandwich support ($80 for resistive), minimum order is just 50 pieces, the 10.1" is $160, 7" 1024x600 for $120.

Feihong shows $130 ICS on Telechips 8803 1.2Ghz ARM Cortex-A8 and $48 ARM11 VIA based tablet

Posted by Charbax – January 15, 2012

Feihong Industry Co Ltd shows Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich running on their Telechips 8803 based tablet. They also announce that Telechips is working on a dual-core processor to be released in tablets around March already (to be confirmed by Telechips etc).