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Bang & Olufsen today announced the launch of an all-new surround sound speaker system that combines compact aesthetics and outstanding acoustic innovation to deliver the thrill of high-end surround performance without filling up the home with boxy black speakers. Small in size but big in sound, BeoLab 14 builds on Bang & Olufsen acoustic engineers’ on-going achievements in packing stunning performance into surprisingly small volumes. The satellite speakers are diminutive circles of anodized aluminum with exchangeable fabric covers in a selection of colours, and integrate easily into even the most stringent interior design schemes.
Sony today announced the new Xperia ZR featuring the highest level of water-resistance for capturing photos and Full HD videos underwater. This Android smartphone offers leading technology and content with a 4.6” HD Reality display, 13 megapixel fast capture camera, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S4 Pro quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, and 4G LTE. Enjoy entertainment on the go with the super-sharp 4.6” HD Reality Display powered by Mobile Bravia Engine 2. The beautifully designed OptiContrast panel delivers a beautiful high quality viewing experience. The OptiContrast panel reduces reflections and provides clearer viewing, even in bright sunlight, and creates a seamlessly black surface when the phone is turned off. By eliminating the sensor layer and integrating the sensor on the lens, responsiveness of the screen is increased, so now your touch is both more effective and more intuitive.
Panasonic today announced that it has developed a solar lantern that doubles as a charger for people living without electricity. With a built-in rechargeable battery to store solar energy during the day, the lantern provides light at night and can also be used as a power source to charge small mobile devices like mobile phones. The company plans to bring the lantern to the market in autumn this year after conducting marketing research in off-grid areas in Asia and Africa. About 1.32 billion people or approximately 20% of the world’s population are still living without electricity.
Olympus marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary PEN F with the launch of the new Olympus PEN E-P5, a digital update of a classic film camera designed with breakthrough technology and incredible performance advancements. Designed for photographers looking for superior image quality in a portable body, the PEN E-P5 delivers a stellar shooting experience with 1/8000th of a second shutter speed – a world-first for the Compact System Camera class – built-in Wi-Fi, autofocus advancements, easy-access manual controls and a host of other features.
Sony today introduced the brand new VAIO. Fit laptop built with Sony’s innovative digital imaging, sound and display technologies. For students and business users who are looking for a step up and want more of a premium design but still at an entry-level price point, the new VAIO Fit and Fit E product lines are an excellent portable companion. With a major focus on design, the VAIO Fit 14 and 15 models and the VAIO Fit 14E and Fit 15E models are super thin and light. Crafted in tough, aluminum materials, the VAIO Fit 14 and 15 models feature Sony’s signature sparkling diamond cut VAIO logo.
Intel today took the wraps off its brand new, low-power, high-performance microarchitecture named Silvermont. The technology is aimed squarely at low-power requirements in market segments from smartphones to the data center. Silvermont will be the foundation for a range of innovative products beginning to come to market later this year, and will also be manufactured using Intel’s leading-edge, 22nm Tri-Gate SoC manufacturing process, which brings significant performance increases and improved energy efficiency.
BenQ today announced the debut of the all-new Joybee GP3 mini projector. Designed to enhance the experience of dynamic wireless projection, the BenQ joybee GP3 gives social-savvy, entertainment-hungry users the freedom to put their personality on display anytime, anywhere. With the improved smart device projection, an all-in-one Apple iPhone/iPod dock, and incredible 160” short-throw 3LED projection with HD-ready image quality, multimedia content from videos, music to photos can be shared instantly from any smart device, whether it’s iOS, Android or Windows. Plus, the fun virtually never has to end with up to 30,000 hours of reliable brightness in Eco Mode and an optional detachable battery for purchase.
Murata has installed energy system experimental equipment and a wireless monitoring system targeting next-generation smart houses in smart cells constructed by the Yokohama Smart Community in tvk Housing Plaza Yokohama and commenced verification experiments from April 26. Recent electricity shortages and the rising cost of fossil fuels have resulted in a burgeoning demand for the development of energy systems that provide increased stability and efficiency. In response to this demand, Murata has started verification experiments on a next-generation (autonomous cooperation) energy system with the use of the world’s first model-based development method based on the next-generation smart house concept being advocated by the Yokohama Smart Community.
The new DEV-50V digital recording binocular from Sony give a sensational close-up view of birds and animals in the wild, plus sports and travel scenes. While you’ve viewing (Zoom in smoothly from 0.8x magnification wide-angle view to powerful 25x magnification close-ups), it’s easy to capture that colourful bird, timid otter or distant mountain peak with crisp, steady photos and stunning HD video footage at the touch of a button. With the DEV-50V it’s easy to capture the moment for posterity. Press the shutter button and grab crisp, detail-packed 20.4 megapixel still photos (Autofocus tracks your subject crisply and clearly, even when zooming). Or touch the comfortably-placed record button and immediately start shooting vibrant video footage in Full HD or even in 3D. And since there are two completely separate lenses image sensors and image processors, you can shoot in exciting 3D, too: great for watching on your 3D television.
WD today announced the world’s first ultra-slim 2.5-inch, 5 mm hard drive. WD has pioneered an entirely new way of engineering the hard drive. With the highest possible aerial density inside the thinnest space, the WD Blue ultra-slim hard drive is our most advanced form factor ever at just 5 mm thin. That’s 35 percent thinner than most popular smartphones and 47 percent thinner than a standard mobile hard drive. WD’s exclusive noise reducing technologies make the WD Blue 5 mm ultra-slim hard drive whisper quiet. At merely 15 decibels while idle and 17 decibels during seek operations on average; this drive is over 10 percent quieter than the closest competitor drive in its class.
Pantech, Korea’s upcoming smartphone maker today unveiled a new flagship smartphone to challenge Samsung and LG. The new Pantech smartphone Vega Iron has metallic rims that are seamlessly interconnected and sports a 5-inch display. It supports long-term evolution (LTE) connectivity, like most of its counterparts in the market. According to Pantech CEO Lee Jun-woo the Vega Iron started from that avid desire to make a smartphone that only Pantech could make and believe it is their best phone ever that can compete with any smartphone. The decision to have a metal Endless Rim was to create a unique design and increase the sturdiness of the handset. The bezel is only 2.4 millimeters thick.
MSI today announced the launch of the world’s first 27-inch Gaming All-in-One PC- AG2712. The MSI AG2712 features the Intel Core i7 quad core mobile processor and NVIDIA’s top-of-the-line GeForce GTX 670MX discrete graphics card with up to 3GB GDDR5 in graphics memory to maximize your gaming experience. The MSI AG2712 comes with Windows 8 which supports 10 simultaneous touch points, enabling gamers to play the latest touch control game apps offered on Windows 8 Store for an all-new gaming experience.
Pentax Ricoh today announced the Ricoh GR, an ideal blend of image quality, camera size and price; setting a new benchmark for the advanced compact camera category. Featuring a 16 megapixel, APS-C-sized CMOS sensor, no low-pass filter and a completely redesigned optical path the GR is built for superb image performance. The newly developed and optimized 18.3mm (28mm in 35mm format) F2.8 lens compactly provides high-resolution, wide-angle images with stunning edge-to-edge sharpness all while minimizing chromatic aberration and distortion. The camera’s category-leading, nine-blade aperture diaphragm produces a rounded bokeh effect across a wide range of apertures.
Japanese cinema chain Korona World has announced that it will be opening Japan’s first full-body, immersive 4D movie theater in Nagoya on April 26. The theater will be equipped with 4DX technology, a system developed in South Korea that adds motion, humidity, aromas, strobes, bubbles and other effects to the standard audio and video experience. The first movie scheduled to be screened in the new theater is the upcoming Iron Man 3. With the 4DX system, you can stimulate all five senses, allowing movie-goers a personal connection with the film. This will be a completely new way of enjoying movies.
Fujitsu today announced a practical version of the world’s smallest, slimmest and lightest contact-free vein authentication sensor. There are a multitude of vein authentication devices in the market, including those for the finger or back of the hand, but the newly developed sensor is unique for its compact form factor, being 5.2 mm thinner and 56% lighter than conventional sensors. At approximately 4.0 g, the size has been reduced to a 25.0 mm width, a 25.0 mm depth, and a height of 6.0 mm. This makes it easier to incorporate into a broader range of electronic devices, including the thinnest of today’s notebook PCs and tablets. This, in turn, helps to expand the range of potential applications for palm vein authentication.