WOW-POW = World Of Wonderful POWer: August 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

MIUTech HDPC gets redesigned and upgraded... Again!

MIUTech HDPC gets redesigned and upgraded.. Again! According to Pocketables, the Korean Company MIUTech is looking for a retailer / agent to pick up there revived and redesigned MID/Cell Phone concept. (Sounds like this is right up Dynamism's ally) Being a phone and PC it packs 2 of everything: 2 Screens 4.8-inch 1024 x 600 touchscreen for PC and a 2.4-inch AMOLED (320 x 240) for the phone. 2 CPUs: 1.6GHz ATOM & ARM9 core processor taking care of the cell phone. And 2 OS's(!!??): Windows XP as its primary computer OS & Windows CE for its phone OS.

This thing is bigger than a 1980's cell phone at 6.06" x 2.95" x 0.91" and really should not be considered a phone. A hint to MIUTech, just make a smart phone smarter. It is unlikely people would be seen in public putting this pig next to to their ear. While the redesign looks better than the previous concept, the device still looks confused, complicated and the keyboard would probably be a total pain in the butt to use having to reach in to use it.
More at Pocketables.

10 minute video of the Yuneec E430 the world’s first commercially produced ‘Electric Aircraft

10 minute video of the Yuneec E430 the world’s first commercially produced ‘Electric Aircraft. Be warned, the music is terrible. From the companies website:
"The E430 is a twin seat, single engine, LSA class aircraft designed to be simple to use, easy to fly and with virtually zero vibration, it's very smooth.
Low noise, no emissions, no fuel, extremely low maintenance and best of all. . . . . it’s environmentally friendly. Electric flight, once seen as futuristic, has arrived and with E430’s flight times of between 1.5 and 3 hours (depending on configuration) electric flight now becomes a realistic power source for sport aviation. Charging times of 3 hours for as little as $5 make electric a really low cost way to fly and with only 2 main moving parts in the motor (the bearings) the reliability and maintenance are like nothing seen before. Add to that the delight of smooth, quiet powered flight or silent using its 25:1 glide ratio - the E430 is in a class of its own.
Pricing should start at about $85,000 USD.

Watch out Kindle, e-books to get cheaper and better in 2010

Watch out Kindle, e-books to get cheaper and better in 2010. According to Nikkei's Tech-on, the black-and-white ePaper developed by E Ink Corp of the US. E Ink has been the only company to commercialize ePaper suitable for use in eBook readers. Basically a monopoly. This situation will change significantly from 2009 through 2010, because it seems likely there will be a sudden increase in the number of ePapers available. Depending on which specific ePaper a manufacturer of readers chooses, it will be possible to totally change reader characteristics, and finally manufacturers will be able to roll out their own unique product concepts. This will mean an escape from E Ink's monopoly.
Than can someone please make an ebook reader that can read PDFs, Word Files and in general just have an open format. (coping be damned!)
Much more at Tech-on

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Look Ma, No Hands! Amazing story of Jessica Cox makes all your excuses look lame.

AVweb has a great story about Jessica Cox, the first person with no arms to be granted a light sport pilot license by the FAA. Look Ma, No Hands! Amazing story of Jessica Cox makes all your excuses look lame.
More at AVweb

Kohjinsha SK3: new budget models

model : SK3KX06L (black)/SK3WX06L (white)
Windows XP Home
Intel® Atom™ processor Z520 (1.33GHz)
1GB RAM [DDR2-533] no upgrades :(
60GB Hard Disk
Keyboard: Japanese International (84 keys)
GPS / Bluetooth: no
WLAN : IEEE802.11 b/g/n, 100Mbit LAN
7" touch screen (1024x 600)
no TV tuner
3M pixel +300K pixel web camera (two cameras)
analog VGA out (for projector etc)
Mic (mono, internal) and phones (stereo jack)
2x USB, 1x SD (SDHC complaint), 1x ExpressCard/34 slot
100-240V ac adapter (world voltage)
size : 193mm x 132mm x 21.6 - 30mm (H)
700g weight with battery
battery: 7.4V 2300mAh

Price will be from 49,800 yen [$530 USD / 370 Euro]
Ships world-wide from "end of August"

Kohjinsha EX6, 11.6" touch screen netbook

Kohjinsha has released their newest netbook the EX. The EX stands out from the crowed netbook pack with a rotatable touch screen, pointing stick controller on the bezel, 2 web cameras, integrated DVD-RW drive and high resolution 1366x768 LDC. Other standout features for a netbook are the Express/34 slot, Fingerprint reader, 1GB LAN, 801.11 N WiFi and 2GB RAM. The EX weights in at chubby 1.7kg (about 3 pounds) and is said to have a 4.5 hour battery life(?!).
Compare with the Gigabyte T1028X which is a similar device...
Kohjinsha's pricing for the high end model will start at about 69,800 YEN. There is a low end model which starts at 59,800 yen without Bluetooth or fingerprint reader, Available at at the end of August.
Specs below:

Windows XP Home
Atom N270 [1.6GHz]
945GSE Express chipset
DDR2-533MHz RAM [1 or 2GB]
11.6" touchscreen [1366x768]
86 key, 17.5mm pitch JP international keyboard
160GB 2.5" sATA 5400 rpm HDD
DVD multi burner
1Gbit LAN
WiFi b/g/n
Bluetooth ver 2.0+EDR
Express card 34
Dual camera (front+back)
Stick pointer (on side of screen)
Rotation, shutter and multi-rocker buttons
Track pad pointer
2x USB 2.0 ports
1x SDHC, 1x microSDHC
1x analog VGA out
size: 300 x 231.5 x 26-33.8 mm
weight with battery: 1.7Kg
battery: 2600mAh [14.8V]

Price from 59,800 yen
[ $635 USD / 445 EURO]
Ships world-wide from "end of August"

Monday, August 17, 2009

Dell mini 9, end of life, but Touch breathes life BACK!

If the Dell Mini 9 is your idea of the ultimate netbook, then this will wet your whistel !

SaruTek shows us how to install a touch panel into Dell's mini 9

Japan's "Sarutek" Shows us how to Touch Acer Aspire One

Acer Aspire one is a cool little netbook, but a Touch screen makes it even cooler!

SaruTek has them and just posted a video on how easy it is to install...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

7" convertable mini laptop: Kohjinsha SK3 , unboxed for all.

Kohjinsha's latest offering: the SK3

only available in black, the SK has some design changes over the previous model (SC)

skip to the video for more info...

Panasonic Toughbook CF-R8 Jet Black test run

Panasonic have had the R8 out for a while now, but this one is special...
it's all black, and we like it!

Display Size (inches) 10.4 XGA (1024x768)
HDD Size 500GB (as tested) / or SSD
Core 2 Duo SU9400 1.6 GHz
RAM 2-4GB, DDR2 PC2-5300
O S Windows Vista (Business) / XP Pro
Battery (max) 8hrs
Weight 0.93kg
Size (mm) 229 x 42.5 x 187