WXGA projectors for large venues

There are so many uses for projectors from boring presentations at school or the office to the much more fun like big screen gaming or football games. No matter what you are using a projector for, it has to be appropriate for the environment it will be used in. Big venues are especially demanding on projectors with the need for a very bright device.



NEC has announced a new projector for large venues called the NP4100W. The projector has a massive 5500 ANSI lumens making it bright enough for large venues and rooms with poor light control. The projector uses DLP technology for improved contrast and response time.

The projector can be fitted with optional lenses supporting screen sizes of 40 to 500-inches at distances from 2.8 feet to 304 feet. The projector can also be used with single or dual lamps depending on the implementation. NEC also offers an optional six-segment color wheel for rich colors. The contrast ratio is 2100:1 and the native screen resolution is 1280 x 800. Connectivity features include DVI-D with HDCP, RCA, s-video component, and 15-pin BNC.


Three new wireless headphones announced by Sennheiser

We have already talked about the new PC VOIP headsets that Sennheiser has announced this morning and now we are going to talk a bit about some new wireless headphones from the firm. Sennheiser has announced the new RS 160, RS 170, and RS 180 headphones.


All three sets of headphones are wireless and designed to connect to TVs, stereos, and DVD players. They all sport padded ear cups for long wear comfort as well. The RS 160 has a 20 meter wireless range, the RS 170 goes for 80 meters, and the RS 180 is good for 100 meters, all within line of sight from the transmitter.

The frequency response from the headphones is 18 to 21.00 Hz and all three have a sound pressure level of 110 decibels. The entry-level RS 160 uses a closed design and offers good bass. The RS 170 also has a closed design, but ups the ante with switchable surround sound. The high-end RS 180 is an open design that promises a natural listening experience. The headphones will all ship in October at unknown prices


Connect Your Monitor to the USB to DVI Full HD Adapter

Don’t you just hate it that manufacturers haven’t thought about adding a DVI port to the netbook trend? Most probably because you won’t use it often enough to matter. Even so, for those moments when you are near a big screen with DVI input, it would be nice to watch a movie.

If you’re the type of person that works their notebook until it can’t take it anymore and like to also use it for other stuff than surfing the Internet, then cheer up a little. You can always pre-order the USB to DVI Full HD and QWXGA dongle, or just buy it when it comes out by the end of August.

What’s revolutionary about this is its offering an amazing quality, effectively turning your USB port into a true DVI-I port, hence being the first external video card that performs like an internal one. Besides DVI, which is directly supported, using the provided adapter, you can add another VGA (to your existing VGA port).
Fully compatible with USB 2.0 High-Speed to offer an outstanding (and not stop motion) fluid video output, the USB to DVI and QWXGA works on a frequency range between 56 and 85Hz. It has a video resolution support for 640 x 480, while outputting resolutions up to 2048 x 1152. I should mention that the maximum resolution on Mac OS X will be the WUXGA 1920 x 1200.


Samsung offers 24x super zoom point-and-shoot HZ25W

I purchased a DSLR camera a long time ago because I was tired of my point-and-shoot not being fast enough with shutter speed to actually take a picture of my kids. My Nikon D80 is plenty fast, but I often miss the high zoom range I gave up for the D80 compared to the old camera I had.


Sure, you can get high levels of zoom on my D80, but those lenses can cost as much as I paid for the camera. Samsung unveiled a new point-and-shoot camera called the HZ25W that gives me zoom envy. The little camera offers a whopping 24x zoom lens with a 26mm wide-angle focal length.

The camera can also record 720p HD video, something else my D80 isn’t capable of doing. Video recorded with the HZ25W is in H.264 format. Other features of the camera include full manual controls and support for RAW images. Samsung uses both optical and digital image stabilization to reduce image blur. Samsung expects to ship the camera in October for $399.99.


larger-screen OLED TVs at IFA


We’ve been waiting for what seems like ages for the next iteration of the XEL-1 to dash in and swoop us off of our feet, but frankly, we’re growing anxious. As the world waits for a commercial-ready OLED TV that’s larger than a standard sheet of paper, industry insiders down at the IFA briefings in Malta this past week believe that Sony could be gearing up to make all sorts of hopes and dreams come true this September. Jens Heithecker, executive director of Messe Berlin, which organizes the IFA trade fair, noted that “IFA is a trade show which is focused more on market-ready technologies,” hinting that anything we see in just a few short months will be prepared for release into the wild. We’re also told that more “ultra-widescreen” 21:9 sets — like Philips’ masterpiece — could be on display, not to mention scores of internet-ready HDTVs and a Samsung set with refresh rates of 400Hz. Needless to say, IFA’s shaping up to be quite a show for the television sector, so you may want to think twice (or thrice, if necessary) about snagging a new panel on August 31st.


Adesso offers slim AKB-440 keyboard with touchpad

I have a large desk so I tend to spread out and use whatever keyboard and mouse I want to. Some people don’t have that luxury and work in such tight confines that they have to use cramped keyboards and end up picking their mouse up and down trying to scroll around the screen.



Android 1080p set-top box

It might not mean much to the Android smartphone lurking in your pocket (or that you’d like to have there), but MIPS and Sigma Designs have been demonstrating an Android-based set-top box capable of 1080p high-definition video.  The STB prototype is being positioned as “a major milestone toward the creation of a reference platform” for Android-powered home entertainment devices, with the two companies adding support for Sigma’s hardware graphics acceleration and decoding.


They also made enhancements to Android libraries and the MIPS architecture so that the OS could run on a full-sized display at HD resolutions, rather than the more compact handset displays on Android smartphones.  While the specific Sigma SoC (system-on-chip) used for the prototype was not named, it’s possible that it’s their SMP8640-series chip already in use in Blu-ray players, STBs and other video devices.

Meanwhile MIPs also suggest that their enhancements to Android could make it useful for mobile internet devices (MIDs) and digital picture frames too; they’ll be releasing the changes at an unspecified point in the future, as part of their “MIPS32 architecture for Android” project.  There’s still no timescale for Android-based set-top boxes based on the new technology.


Garmin shows off Edge 500 GPS for cyclists

I have never ridden so far or so long on a bicycle that I needed a GPS. I barely need a GPS in my car most of the time. If you are an avid bicyclist that wants to keep track of how far and how fast you ride (among other things) Garmin has a new cycling GPS called the Edge 500.



The device is very small at about two ounces and is designed to attach to the handlebars of a bike. Inside the small Edge 500 case is a high-sensitivity GPS receiver that needs no calibration. The GPS device also interfaces with ANT+ compatible third-party power meters.

The GPS device tracks the riders speed, distance, time, GPS position, elevation, calories burned, climb, and decent. The climb and decent functions utilize an internal barometric altimeter. The Edge 500 is also compatible with Garmin’s line of wireless speed/cadence sensors. Battery life is rated at 18 hours. The Edge 500 sells for $249.99 and when bundled with a heart rate monitor and speed/cadence sensor it sells for $349.99.


SST Communications Intros New WLAN Power Amplifier

Aren’t 2.4 GHz WLAN Power Amplifiers with extremely high linear output power just fascinating? Well, not to me but I am pretty sure that for everything that exists in the world, there’s a person finding it fascinating. And because there will be no discrimination to be had while I’m around, here’s a nice 2.4 GHz WLAN Power Amplifier from SST Communications.

“As a premier high-volume supplier of PAs to the WiFi industry, we are continuously improving our product offering to meet the evolving demands of wireless users,” said Daniel Chow, president, SST Communications. “With our new SST12CP11, we are delivering an ultra-high power, robust linear PA that will help increase the broadcast range of wireless AP/routers to better support broadband applications, such as streaming video and other multimedia-rich content.”
With the new SST2CP11, SST Communications has nearly doubled the output power of its 2.4 GHz WLAN power amplifier. It features a compact 3 x 3mm QFN package, achieves a power gain of 34dB, 26 dBm and 25dBm linear output power at 3.5% and 2.5% EVM, at a 5.0V bias with less than 470 mA current consumption, helping increase the data rate and transmission range of 802.11 b/g/n routers and wireless access points.

In the manufacture of the SST12CP11, SST Communications has used what it calls “the reliable” InGaP/GaAs HBT technology. Those who wish to purchase the latest WLAN Amplifier from SST Communications will have to wait a bit since it is currently available only in samples with mass production due to begin in September 2009. It is priced at 0.67 USD for 10,000-unit quantities.


Its all about the money, we reveal the 10 dirty tricks of tech saleman

trotters-150x150It may not be as bad a minefield as second hand cars, but the tech market still has its fair share of Del Boy type practices. Here’s our top ten list of thing to look out for before parting with you hard earned for a brand new tech toy.


Shed a lot of light on the subject
If you’ve ever wondered why that brand new tellybox looked super bright instore but a little lack lustre in your lounge, ambient light levels could be the culprit. Unscrupulous store owners boost the in shop lighting so they can then whack up the brightness levels and hide imperfections like poor black performance.

Disk space swindle
The box says it’s a 400GB hard drive but boot it up and there’s only 372GB to play with – where did the other 28GB go? Sales maths. Manufacturers count 1GB as 1,000,000,000 bytes (1000 x 1000 x 1000). Computers are binary, so instead see 1GB as 1,073,741,824 (1024 x 1024 x 1024). The difference is the phantom GBs.

Space to spare
Even once you’ve accounted for the different mathematical approaches to calculating disk space, the remainder isn’t all useable. You may be paying for a 16GB iPhone, but the OS and apps will wipe a good 700MB off that total before you’ve even hooked it up to iTunes and put a single track on it.

Cables not included
It used to be printers that came with everything you needed bar an actual cable to hook them up to your PC. Shop for a Blu-ray player nowadays and it’s more than likely that you won’t find an HDMI cable in the box.

Better wires
A digital connection is a digital connection, right? Not if you talk to your local store sales rep. Instead of spending a fiver on an HDMI cable, they’ll invariably try an steer you towards the premium ones they stock, usually at around ten times the price.

Even higher definition
There’s no disputing there’s more data in a 1080p high def signal than a 1080i one, but unless you’re shopping for a telly as big as your wall, only plan to sit within touching distance or have the peepers of a fighter pilot, chances are you won’t see the benefit of the extra pixels on offer.

Fix up, look sharp
A faster mind and a fitter body are the vague promises of brain enhancers and fitness workout games. But remember, they’re games first and foremost. Until there are men in white coats to certify their effectiveness, you’re better off just treating them as entertainment.

HD camcorder pixel counts
Manufacturers wouldn’t dare try and sell a camcorder these days without an HD sticker on the box. But dig deeper and you’ll find some are squishing down a 1,920×1,080 image into just 1,440x,1080 pixels which is short of a Full HD claim. You can only shoot family memories once so the higher the res, the better.

Mapless GPS
Sticking GPS in a device is only half the solution – without maps you’ll still get lost. Manufacturers like to tout satnav capabilities on the box, but if you only get a 14 day trial before the maps run out you’ll have to splash out more later down the line.

Extended warranty
Shop owners clearly don’t think much of the products they sell, as they’re only too happy to sell you an extended warranty once the standard one year is up. If the salesman is so sure it’ll break, you should probably ask if you should be buying it in the first place.

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