One of the world's largest trade fair for consumer electronics and household appliances not only generated business of more than 3.7 billion euros but over 1,441 exhibitors exhibited their latest products in a display area covering 140,200 square metres. Chandragupta Amritkar profiles some of the latest products and technologies
Philips 3D TVs
With 3D content becoming more widely available across a range of media platforms – including Blu-ray movies, games, broadcast TV channels and even streaming internet TV – Philips is giving you more options to bring 3D entertainment out of the cinema and into your home. 3D Max is the pinnacle of home-3D technology and is included in Philips’ 9000 series Smart LED TVs, 8000 series Smart LED TVs, and Cinema 21:9 Platinum series Smart LED TV. Easy 3D offers a comfortable 3D experience for long hours of 3D entertainment. Easy 3D is available in the 7000 series Smart LED TV, the DesignLine Edge Smart LED TV and the new Cinema 21:9 Gold series Smart LED TV.
With its gorgeous Full HD resolution, 180-degree viewing angle and minimal crosstalk, 3D Max is the last word in 3D technology. Available in the Philips 8000 and 9000 series Smart LED TVs and Cinema 21:9 Platinum series, 3D Max builds on the first 3D introduction by Philips and delivers 3D TVs which are fully equipped and ready to display premium 3D movie releases in high-definition 3D. Philips is also introducing real-time 2D-to-3D conversion on all 3D Max TVs. This means that you can watch your entire movie collection – even old black-and-white classics – in vivid and flawless 3D. Philips has developed a full range of eye-wear to accompany your 3D viewing experience.
Finally Sony too enters the Tablet market
Sony announced the launch of its first two ‘Sony Tablet’ models. Sony Tablet S is optimised for rich media entertainment on its 23.8cm (9.4”) touchscreen display. Weighing just 598g this Wi-Fi tablet uses the powerful NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor. (A Wi-Fi/3G version of Tablet S is in the process). The Sony Tablet P is geared for mobile communication entertainment, with an innovative folding design and dual screens for maximum portability. Weighing 372g and featuring the same NIVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor it offers connectivity via Wi-Fi and 3G mobile networks. Dual 13.9cm (5.5") touchscreen displays can be folded to achieve dimensions of just 79x180x26mm to fit in a pocket. The dual touchscreens can be used for different functions. Watch video on one screen while using the other to control it, or check email while using the other screen as a keyboard. The two displays can be combined into a large, single screen for web browsing and more.
Both the models are equipped with Android 3.2. Both models feature front and rear facing cameras for still and video image capture. USB 2.0 port and SD card slot simplify direct file transfers from other devices such as PCs, digital cameras or camcorders. “Video Unlimited” and “Music Unlimited” offers a huge range of movies and TV episodes for download and an access to over 10 million songs. Also the tablets are the first tablet devices that let you enjoy games for PlayStation certified devices including original PlayStation games. Tablet S will go on sale from $479 and the Tablet P from $599.
Walkman goes wireless
Walkman is dead. Walkman rises again. That’s true. Sony gave a new lease to its brand walkman by launching a series of walkman that are wireless. The new Walkman A860, S760 and E460 series share a sleek, curvaceous new design and feature generous battery life for longer listening. All three new models come supplied with MediaGo software for easy drag-and-drop transfer of music, videos and photos from Windows Explorer or iTunes.4. A860 and S760models introduce streaming via Bluetooth to wireless headphones, compatible speaker docks, car audio head units and other devices. Bluetooth connectivity on Walkman A860 and S760 also lets you wirelessly share stored personal photos5 with compatible mobile phones. Furthermore “Music Unlimited” will be available on Walkman NWZ-A860, S760 and E460 soon giving access to a global catalogue of over 10 million unique songs.
Optimus 3D, world’s first tri-dual smartphone
The LG Optimus 3D offers a full 3D experience – recording, viewing, sharing – in a smartphone form factor. Its Tri-Dual configuration – dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory – allows for improved performance when multi-tasking, enjoying a movie or playing graphics intensive games. This LG smartphone is also a major step forward in the utilization of full 3D functionality in everyday life – users can record and immediately view content in 3D without the need for special glasses. The 4.3-inch WVGA display offers bright and flicker-free images in HD, up to 1080p in 2D and up to 720p in 3D. Special software allows for real-time conversion of 2D photo and video content into 3D. Free software for converting OpenGL-based 2D games will be available for download soon, letting users enjoy a variety of multimedia content in 3D. In addition, users can upload and stream 3D content on YouTube’s dedicated 3D channel.