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Update on my wishlist for my next HD camcorder

Posted by Charbax – January 31, 2010

Here's an update on my August 2nd 2008 wish-list for features of my next HD Camcorder:

Since the beginning of 2008, I have been using my Sanyo HD1000 camcorder to post about 1000 videos in 9mbit/s 720p HD quality (h264 baseline Sanyo recordings) to Youtube and before mid-2008 using 3.5mbit/s DivX 720p HD to my server when I posted all my technology videos at http://techvideoblog.com. In 2005-2007, I was using my old Sony HDR-HC1 for my 1080i HDV recordings to video-blog in 3.5mbit/s DivX 720p and Google Video.

I consider myself to be a professional video-blogger, thus I really would like to see the HD camcorder industry to include video-blogger features in next generation camcorders.

I would like to see Sanyo release a compact pocketable HD3000 model in the next couple of months, with following features:

- built-in WiFi upload to Youtube HD, like the Eye-Fi but WiFi uploads should be fast at full WiFi speed with resume of uploads supported and very easy to use user interface in the camera to manage uploads and automatic-uploads.
- built-in Android touch screen interface (for editing titles/descriptions), with USB-host or Bluetooth for keyboard text input to edit titles/descriptions
- faster/better H264 encoding quality per bitrate with more lower bitrate options such as 4mbit/s 720p (which should be at least as good quality as 9mbit/s encoding on the older Sanyo HD1000) for quicker upload to Youtube.
- Wireless microphone using Bluetooth or RF built-in would be nice as well.
- Live WiFi streaming with overlay chat API for Qik/Ustream would be nice as well while it also records HD versions.
- If possible, it should record both 4mbit/s 720p or 1080p 8mbit/s for Youtube and 20mbit/s 1080p for archiving.
- It should support automatic editing of intro/outros in all videos. Thus I could record a new intro/outro for each new event and it should just automatically edit that in.
- Let me pause recordings to thus edit videos while I film and let me join/cut videos within the camcorder faster than on HD1000
- It should let me point to a transparent PNG file to use as Watermark in all videos by default, the Watermark should be applied while filming thus not loosing any quality in re-encoding later.
- Version with built-in SIM card slot for HSDPA features would be nice, constant overlay live IRC chat would be nice to receive live questions and suggestions from live viewers
- 4.3" or 4.8" screen would be nice as viewfinder compared to the 2.7" of the HD1000.
- Built-in 2.5" or 1.8" hard drive compartment would be nice for adding built-in storage upwards 500GB.
- Otherwise a second built-in SDHC card slot would be nice.
- Some clever system to swap battery while filming without having to interrupt the filming would be impressive.
- Built-in wide-angle, I film everything in wide-angle so I'd rather not have to buy an add-on wide-angle lense. Yet it's ok if Sanyo make the lense look wide an cool by default (small lenses don't look as professional).

Dear Camcorder industry, if you want to differentiate your HD Camcorder with good optics (better than a basic Flip camcorder), and not let Smartphones get HD camcorder functions built-in before we see some of these things. These features are it! Once you have got these features integrated, you can start aiming towards Quad-HD resolution recording for cheap if the HDTV LCD industry can follow as well, instead of making those ridiculous 3D HDTV.

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Android Laptop Review: Hivision PWS700CA

Posted by Charbax – January 29, 2010

This is the world's first video-review of the Hivision PWS700CA ARM9 Powered Android Laptop, find more info at Hivision's website. (Hivision, which I previously video-Interviewed about cheap Laptops from the trade shows at CES 2010 and IFA 2008)

Hivision Android Laptop

The Hivision PWS700CA is based on a Rockchip RK2808 600mhz ARM926 processor, 128SDRAM, 7" 800x480 screen, 720p Video playback support, WiFi, Ethernet, audio input/output and weights only 650grams.

The price has not yet been announced officially because Hivision is looking for worldwide distributors who will then decide how much it will be sold for to end consumers. But you can understand that if Hivision was able to sell those types of laptops for $98 to distributors more than a year ago (when I filmed my popular video from IFA 2008), then surely the mass manufacturing price has not gone up since then. My expectation is that if a giant consumer electronics reseller such as Walmart or Best Buy approaches Hivision today to order huge quantities of this laptop, it could be sold below $100 to end users.

I've seen those kinds of cheap laptops running Windows CE or some less optimized Linux distribution at Buy.com (2), at Amazon.com, at Kmart.com and plenty other places for even cheaper. The point of this video is to show that Android can make all these cheap laptops much more usable when it comes to browsing the web. The Android browser is much better than the one in Windows CE or the Mozilla-based ones used in other Linux distributions. More usable web browsing means more people will want to buy it, which means even cheaper prices.

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Archos 5 Internet Tablet competition from Dell in Dell Mini 5

Posted by Charbax – January 29, 2010

I provided Michael Arrington founder of TechCrunch with the Archos 5 Internet Tablet at the LeWeb conference in Paris last December, when I convinced Paris-based Archos to provide review units to some of the most influential bloggers at that conference.

Yet, so far it doesn't seem Michael Arrington has wanted to post any review or any of his impressions of the product on any of his sites.

He did make a video of Michael Dell using a Dell Mini 5 competitor at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland:

It would be interesting to hear if it uses a capacitative 4.8" touch screen, what the price might be, which version of Android it might use and if Google allows for the full Google Marketplace to be included.

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Apple A4 may be an ARM Cortex A9 processor

Posted by Charbax – January 28, 2010

Engadget.com is speculating that the new processor in the new Apple iPad is an ARM Cortex A9 processor at 1ghz. Which could explain how Apple can claim it to have very fast web browsing, Youtube HD playback and games support.

How soon until we see Apple iPhones, iPod Touches and Laptop form factors using this new faster ARM Powered processor? Will Apple also support Flash 10.1 contents on its new processor? Did Apple customize the Youtube HD application?

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Tim Sweeney talks about Unreal Engine on ARM Powered devices

Posted by Charbax – January 25, 2010

Tim Sweeney is the founder of Epic Games, he is in charge of the Unreal Tournament, Gears of War and plenty more very famous game franchises. But not only does his company make games, Epic makes the most famous and most popular 3D game engines on which hundreds of other games all over the industry are based on.

Now the Unreal engine is being launched for the Nvidia Tegra2 processor and has been showcased to run on other OpenGL ES based ARM Powered devices like the ipod touch.

In this interview, I ask when we will see Android devices with support for the Unreal Engine, and how many games does he think will work on all these ARM Powered devices that have the advanced 3D acceleration built-in.

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When will Nokia release Android devices?

Posted by Charbax – January 23, 2010

Hackers have installed Android as a dual-boot on a Maemo Linux based Nokia N900. Although Maemo Linux for sure is better than Symbian, I think Nokia might soon just as well release Android based devices. Android is free and open-source, it doesn't really make sense for Nokia to stubbornly stay with their own OS even if their own LiMo stuff also is open-source. My guess is Nokia engineers are working on Android and that it's only a political matter until Nokia officially would announce Android based products.

source: engadget.com

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Qualcomm’s next Snapdragon generations

Posted by Charbax – January 23, 2010
Qualcomm Inc.
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In an interview at hexus.net, Luis Pineda, SVP of product management for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies talks about the next generation of Qualcomm Snapdragon processors:

- Qualcomm 8X50A is 1.3ghz 45nm processor is being offered to manufacturers starting this month. Should arrive in products before the end of the year.

- Qualcomm 8X72 is a dual-core 1.5ghz processor will be released before the end of the year with products featuring it to come later. Could the 8X72 be Qualcomm's first ARM Cortex A9 based processor?

We are already seeing the ARM Cortex A8 based 1ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon doing very impressive things in the HP Compaq Airlife 100, the Lenovo Skylight, LG Expo with add-on projector, Lenovo LePhone, Lenovo Ideapad U1, the Quanta Smartbook, the Google Nexus One phone and many more such really smooth and powerful devices. It will be interesting to see Qualcomm's next generation ARM processors that use 45nm process instead of 65nm and that use the ARM Cortex A9 architechture for even more powerful products that consume even less power.

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Bebook Neo to be released for 299€

Posted by Charbax – January 22, 2010

Bebook are now going to distribute the awesome looking e-reader for 299€ from their website. It is manufactured by Onyx International which I interviewed the Chairman, CTO and Marketing representatives at CES 2010 in my previously posted video:

Source: engadget.com

xataca.com's video review (in Spanish): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_VheXVNT_w

lesen.net's video review (in German): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8HO3FC3Xak

e-book-news.de's video review (in German): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8p1YxveYXQ

Official introduction video from Bebook: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9XUdkw3Yn4

HP Compaq Airlife 100 hit the FCC

Posted by Charbax – January 21, 2010

Wow, so HP is likely going to be pushing the awesome looking Qualcomm Snapdragon powered Android laptop on 3G networks! See my previously posted video of it:

Source: engadget.com

See more videos of this product from CES:

Netbooknews.com's video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIm5BQhvhgk

JKKmobile.com's video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5RdVAEXqCc

Liliputing.com's video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o3T5w9NDvA

HP's official CES video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXMl0XISYnY

Andy Clipsham, Product Manager on the HP Android Smartbook, unveils it at the Qualcomm keynote at CES 2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSvGhXa6RdY

Google Marketplace on Archos 5 Internet Tablet with Android using hack on Firmware 1.7.33 (and all newer ones)

Posted by Charbax – January 21, 2010

Here is a video that shows you how easy it now is to install the full Google Marketplace experience on a Archos 5 Internet Tablet with Android with the new firmware 1.7.33 that integrates a whole bunch of the Android 1.6 software features from Google that optimize everything better for Archos's larger screen:

Discuss this video in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=29833&p=195177#p195177

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