Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Each powered by Atom CPU with 1GB RAM and a 10.1" or 11.6" wide multi-touch screen.
We should get some for review soon, until then here are the press release photos:
Onkyo TW117A4 Windows 7 Tablet PC 10.1"
with 160GB HDD, Atom N450, 1GB RAM
Price from approx. $620 USD at Conics.Net
with English Windows 7
Onkyo TW217A5 Windows 7 Tablet PC 10.1" touch screen, 32GB SSD , HDMI out
Atom Z530 1.6GHz US15W chipset, 1GB RAM
Price from approx. $740 USD at Conics.Net
with English Windows 7
Onkyo TW317A5 Windows 7 Tablet PC 11.6" multi-touch screen, 32GB SSD ,
Atom N450 1.66GHz 82801HBM chipset,
Broadcom HD graphics accelerator chip for 1080p playback. HDMI out
Priced from approx. $870 USD at Conics.Net
with English Windows 7
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Prices will start at around 1.59 million yen (approx. $18,500 US). With the government rebates applied I assume... this is only 300,000 yen ($4650 US) more than the gasoline model.
From what they posted on JapanToday, the new model will get approx 30Km/L (up from the current 24Km/L). Japan sales date should be October 2010, US sales later in 2011.
Toyota has also announced a compact hybrid for the Japan market in 2011, price also around 1.5 million yen.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
NZ company Enerv8's PowerTread creates energy from cars driving over it.
The PowerTread is to be installed in series, in place of current speed bumps (aka "judder bar" in NZ speak!).
Like speed bumps, the device slow cars down, but transfers the kinetic energy to electricity - enough to power 18 homes or a small shopping mall - so they say.
With the help of investors in Singapore, the NZ company hopes to deploy PowerTread soon in a few shopping mall car parks in Singapore.
3NZ TV news video here (warning: they have NZ accents :) )
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
PC Watch Japan has a hands one with the new Panasonic C1 Tough Book Tablet. This is probably one of the best convertible tablet PC now available as it has a fast Core i5 2.4Ghz Intel CPU, up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM with the MyLets model, 250GB HDD, and most importantly, Panasonic's Tough Book construction.
This 12.1" inch 1280x800 LCD tablet come with a unique hot swappable 2 battery setup that allows over 12 hour battery life. Along with all the usual connectivity features, Bluetooth, Wifi a/b/g/n, gigabit Ethernet, the C1 can be configured with both WiMax and 3G.
We loved the touchscreen and digitizer pen setup giving the best of both worlds. It comes bundled with Windows 7 64bit with the tablet features enabled. Panasonic also have included its own software that allows you to do your own notations to web pages, etc.
The C1 is not cheap coming in at over $2000 USD but these are designed for business, and offer the best quality, still made in Japan construction.
Lots more pictures at PCwatch
Available at Concis.net
Monday, June 21, 2010
Toshiba's NEW Dual Screen UMPC libretto W100 coming to Japan this August. Toshiba has resurrected there Libertto series in a big way with the new dual screen W100 which looks a lot like the recently canceled Microsoft Courier.
While sporting two 7" capacitive touch screen displays (1024x600) one of the displays also doubles as a keyboard and mouse pad. Thankfully Toshiba passed on the anemic Atom CPU for a dual core CULV 1.2GHz Intel Pentium U5400 processor, as well as 2GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD and Windows 7 Home Premium. Prices in Japan is set at about 120,00 YEN (about $1300 USD). Other features are an accelerometer, 1x USB 2.0 port, 802.11abgn wifi, WiMax, Bluetooth, Webcam, and a microSD card slot. It sizes up at 202×123×25.4mm and weighs in at 699grams. While we are happy that they are using the CULV CPU the battery life is reported to be only about 2 hours with the standard battery and 4 hours with the large.
More pictures below and more info at PC Watch
Conics.net is taking pre-orders now.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Study author Xiaoyang Zhu at University of Texas at Austin said the group used nanoscale crystals of a compound called lead selenide which is a semiconductor, meaning it absorbs light energy within a certain range of energies. But semiconducting nanocrystals, also known as quantum dots, exhibit very different properties than their larger silicon counterparts. Most importantly they can hold on to a hot electron for a longer period of time, stretching out the amount of time it takes for the electron to cool instead of losing them to heat.
Once a hot electron is confined within a quantum dot the researchers chose titanium oxide, a well-studied compound known for its ability to accept new electrons to pull the electron out from the dot. Then the team arranging the lead selenide quantum dots and titanium dioxide in such a way that their chemical interactions would induce electron transfer.
Not only was the transfer successful, it was also very fast. However, the process is very difficult to accomplish meaning a long road for commercialization.
More details at Popular Mechanics.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Flightstrap review #1 : using on the train (media player holder)
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
Panasonic CF-F9 Toughbook unboxing video + overview. The F9 comes with an Intel i5 2.4 Ghz M520 CPU, 250GB HDD, and up to 8GB RAM. Unique handle and Optical drive make this notebook get noticed. It is remarkably light weight at 3 pounds for a 14" and offers a 9 hour battery life.
Available at Conics.net
Video overview of Gigabytes upcoming Convertible tablet PC the M1125 at the Computex Taipei 2010 trade show. Expected for release in August, the 1125 will ditch the ATOM for the much more powerful Intel ULV Calpella Processor. No word on whether its an i5 or i7 core. Stand out features are a capacitive 11.6 1366 x 768 screen touch screen supporting multi-touch, two USB 3.0 ports, Easily upgradeable with a single door access, 3G antennas built in for connectivity, and a brushed aluminum finish. Tried to nail down a price point but all we could get was between $500-$1000.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Sony has demonstrated a 4" Rollable OLED Display at the at the SID 2010 International Symposium. While only a prototype the 432 x 240 pixel resolution display supports 16M colors while exceeding 100nits brightness and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio.
No word if or when this will ever come to market but pencil sized cell phones can't be too far in the future.
More at PC Watch (in Japanese)
Friday, May 21, 2010
Actually it’d be cool if you had a large family, then you can just order one really large burger and share it together for a satisfying meal.
More at alafista.com
Thursday, May 20, 2010
“Mezamashi TV” did this short feature on a guy who makes fancy rubber band guns out of metal. It is all in Japanese but you get the idea of these bad ass rubber band guns just by watching the video. Some background:
His day job involves metal working, so he has the knowledge needed to make some pretty bad-ass rubber band guns. His most advanced weapon is a rubber band machine gun, which fires off 30 rounds in about 2 seconds (it takes much longer to load).
He says that his hobby sometimes causes trouble at home, since his wife doesn’t like finding rubber bands strewn about the house in random places.
More video at JapanProbe
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sony has designed software that uses the new accelerometer as a way to navigate the browser by tipping the the computer to the right you can go forward a page and tipping the computer to the left you can go back a page. The accelerometer also adds more precise GPS functions and the addition of a software compass.
Pricing is the same as the previous model. Sadly, Sony has changed the colors to retro 1980 Neon with shocking pink, Neon Orange, and Neon Green colors. There is also a real Alligator skin model available directly from Sony style.
Much more at PC Watch but grab your translator as its in Japanese.And videos by PC Watch Here
Friday, May 7, 2010
Size: 83 × 149 × 17.9mm
Communication Systems: CDMA 1xEV-DO Rev.A (CDMA 1X WIN)
Talk time (3G/CDMA): 310 minutes
Standby time (3G/CDMA): 200 hours
Charging time: 210 minutes (AC),230 minutes (DC)Display About 5.0 inches, 960 × 480, New Mobile ASV LCD touch-screenOS: Android OS 1.6
CPU: 1GHz Snapdragon
Memory card: microSD / microSDHC Card
Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11b / g)
GPSBluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Lots more pictures at Impress Watch
Read all the details at Science Daily
VASIMR technology, which uses radio waves to ionize propellant, such as argon, xenon or hydrogen, and heat the resulting plasma to temperatures 20 times hotter than the surface of the sun creating thrust. In place of metal nozzles to control the direction of the exhaust, VASIMR uses magnetic fields.
Houston-based Ad Astra Rocket Co., which has raised millions of dollars from private investors, reached a significant milestone last year when it successfully operated a demonstrator VASIMR at full power in a vacuum chamber.
Ad Astra plans to launch its flight version VASIMR to the space station in 2014. As a backup, they intend to manufacture two engines in case a launch accident or other major problem prevents the first from reaching the outpost.
Once the engine is safely installed outside the station, the spare could be tapped for a new missions.
Much more at DiscoveryNews
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Sony Z11 with Core i7 2.66GHz CPU and upto 4x 128GB SSD in RAID 0 (Quad RAID)... we took some for a test drive.
unboxing video and some "testing" / playing Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2 (COD MW2)
as you'll see from our videos, this is a very impressive Sony Laptop.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
South Korea has the answer!
CJ Corporation's sausages have similar electrostatic properties to human fingers - allowing them to be used as a stylus with the iPhone's capacitive touch screen.
GScreen will start at about $2895 USD, the company reports it will be shipping from March 2010.
more at engadget
Monday, February 1, 2010
Max read speed is quoted as 260MB/sec, but the most interesting point is the random write speed of " upto 75MB/sec " !
At the heart of the new G-Monster is the SandForce SF-1500 controller, so as you'd expect this is not a budget SSD... price for 100GB starting at 74,800 YEN ($830 USD!!) . We can't imagine what they'll ask for the 400GB... [you'll have to wait till March for that one]
for more, over to Photofast
a few benchmarks there