WOW-POW = World Of Wonderful POWer: May 2010

Monday, May 31, 2010

Panasonic CF-F9 Toughbook unboxing video + overview

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.
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Video overview of Gigabytes upcomming Convertable tablet PC the M1125

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 released a video of a 4" Rollable OLED Display

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

Take That McDonalds - Lotteria Tower Cheese Burger With 10 Patties

Fast food chains in Japan somehow love to create “heart-attack inducing” hambugers as promotion (Windows 7 Whopper and Mega Tamago). Now its Lotteria turn and they are allow customers to stack their Tower Cheese Burger 「タワーチーズバーガー」with 10 pieces of patties for 100 yen each.
Essentially, you’d start off with a 160 yen cheese burger and create a monstrous burger seen above which weighs a little more than half a kilogram (579 grams).
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

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Badass All Metal Rubber Band Gun and Rubber Band Machine Gun!

Bad-ass All Metal Rubber Band Gun and Rubber Band Machine Gun!

“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

New and updated Sony VAIO P will be launched May 22nd

New and updated Sony P will be launched May 22nd. Sony has updated it P series with slightly faster CPU, Accelerometer, and flashy new colors. In addition Sony has added an optical mouse pointer and mouse buttons to the bezel of the screen. The specs remain essentially the same with the fast CPU offered a Atom Z560(2.13GHz) over the 2Ghz model in Japan. It comes with the same 8" 1600x768 screen, SSD options, and dimensions as the previous model.
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

Pictures of the new AU IS01 Android clam shell tablet phone

Pictures of the new AU IS01 Android clam shell tablet phone. AU will introduce a 5" clam shell Android touch phone in June. No word on pricing but this item will only be available in Japan. Here are the specs:
Size: 83 × 149 × 17.9mm
Weight: 227g
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

Inexpensive Metal Catalyst gets Hydrogen from Water

A team of researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California, Berkeley devised a high-valence metal they're calling Mo-oxo for molybdenum-oxo (PY5Me2). The catalyst requires no additional organic additives or solvents, can operate in neutral water (even if it's dirty) and works with sea water -- meaning we could literally be looking at oceans of cheap energy. Best of all: Mo-oxo is about 70 times cheaper than platinum. The research is still preliminary and the Berkeley team is just getting into some of the more exciting chemistry. They're looking for additional similar metals that might generate hydrogen gas at even higher efficiency, so by the time this kind of tech is commercialized we may have found an even better catalyst. Hydrogen would command a key role in future renewable energy technologies, experts agree, if a relatively cheap, efficient and carbon-neutral means of producing it can be developed.
Read all the details at Science Daily

Shorter Space Voyages with new Plasma Rocket

Shorter Space Voyages with new Plasma Rocket. Known as Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR), a new plasma rocket is being developed to one day transport astronauts to Mars in 39 to 45 days -- a fraction of the six to nine months the trip would take with conventional chemical rockets. Shorter travel time greatly reduces astronauts' exposure to potentially deadly cosmic and solar radiation, currently a show-stopper for human missions to Mars.
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, 4x 128GB SSD in RAID 0 test drive!

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.