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Smart TV, Basis band, Thrill 4G and much more

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Over the past year, LG has elevated the user experience of its Smart TV function by adding over 1,200 apps and a range of premium content services. NetCast, LG’s own Smart TV platform, has been upgraded and an integrated search function has been added to allow easier and quicker access to content. In turn, popular search words can be used to search through LG’s expansive Smart TV ecosystem. Another noticeable advancement in user convenience is the new Magic Remote. In addition to the familiar Point control mode, the new Magic Remote allows three additional modes: Voice Recognition, Magic Gesture and Wheel.

Combined, the four control modes facilitate easier, more natural navigation and browsing. For instance, when performing searches, users no longer have to punch in each individual letter through on-screen menus, as Voice Recognition allows users to simply speak into the Magic Remote. LG’s new Smart TVs offer a variety of connectivity features. The newest among them is Intel’s Wireless Display (WiDi) technology, which enables easy and quick connectivity between TVs and PCs, without the need for cables or Internet access. LG’s Smart TV interface experienced enormous growth over the past year. In addition to the increasing number of Smart TV applications, movies and TV programs, users can access social networking services (SNS). Additionally, LG’s new 3D Zone offers virtually limitless 3D content with a growing collection of 3D movies and TV shows.

Belkin Kitchen Cabinet Mount
Wouldn’t it be nice for the housewives to have their tablet to scroll through recipes in the kitchen without cluttering the counter? Well that’s what Belkin has done. It has introduced a new lineup of kitchen accessories for the tablet/iPad 2, including stands and mounts specially designed to protect the tablet from kitchen messes.

Priced at $39.99 Chef Stand + Stylus allows the chef to scroll through recipes without getting the tablet dirty. The product features dual angles for easy viewing and a non-slip rubber base, perfect for combating slippery countertops. The Case-compatible Kitchen Cabinet Mount priced at $49.99 is to help free up valuable counter space as it helps keep your tablet in view and securely suspended on any cabinet or shelf. It can be easily installed, removed, and stored.

Basis band
Basis band is the world’s first connected health and heart rate monitor wearable on the wrist. A multi-sensor band collects data like heart rate, calories burned, physical activity and sleep patterns and links to a personal online dashboard. “With ongoing concerns about health and wellness, combined with rising healthcare costs, people are looking for smart, useful tools to help them make better lifestyle choices,” said Jef Holove, Basis CEO. The Basis B1 band measures heart rate continuously, along with activity and other physiological metrics. The Basis B1 band brings together an array of sensors in a wrist-worn device that is comfortable and convenient to wear day and night. Along with monitoring heart rate, the Basis B1 band uses its sensors to calculate calories burned, amount of physical activity and sleep patterns. The technical centerpiece of the device is the optical engine that tracks heart rate by directing light into the skin to “see” actual blood flow. The advanced technology behind the Basis B1 band sensors provides a rich foundation of data that is uploaded to a cloud-based service, where the user is able to view a personalised dashboard of their results and accomplishments. Estimated price - $199.

LG Thrill 4G
LG Thrill 4G a new kind of smartphone is equipped with a high-speed collusion of dual-core/dual-channel 1 GHz RAM processing 4G speeds, powerful Android platform and next generation multimedia. It is also the first smartphone to feature glasses-free 3D view, shoot and share technology. It features a 4.3 inch capacitive touch screen and 1GHz dual-core/dual-channel RAM for powerful mobile processing, flawless viewing and effortless multitasking. LG Thrill 4G also delivers a revolutionary, glasses-free 3D LCD display that creates a unique opportunity for consumers to capture life-like images, video and experience real 3D gaming. Dual 5MP stereoscopic 3D cameras and included microSD card, allow users to capture crystal-clear 3D images and view 720p HD 3D video playback. The first device to support the YouTube 3D video upload and playback, LG Thrill 4G allows users to share 3D content with anyone anywhere in the world. LG Thrill 4G users will have access to view and upload 3D content directly to YouTube 3D via Thrill’s dedicated “3D Space” user interface. HDMI-out and DLNA features offer wireless content streaming options, making sharing 3D content with the people and networks that matter most, easier than ever.

Siemens miniTek
The Siemens miniTek is a wireless remote streamer for hearing instruments that received both the Best of CES and Fan Favorite Awards in the Bluetooth Special Interest Group at the 7th Annual Best of CES Awards. The miniTek uses Bluetooth technology to stream audio content from multiple devices to the user’s hearing aid. Hearing aid users no longer have to blast their TV or stereo sound just to hear the audio. With Siemens miniTek’s intuitive wireless controls, users can select from multiple audio sources, including their high tech gadgets, and directly stream audio into their hearing aids. For example, hearing aid wearers can connect wirelessly to TVs, smartphones and MP3 players with the push of a button—allowing them to listen in stereo through their hearing aids at their preferred volume, without disturbing others.

While CES had its range of products in India XAGE Communication recently launched their economical entry level handset M144 with Dual sim & Dual Standby. It’s small and handy with a 2.0” color screen and supports Micro Card up to 8GB which helps in storing large amount of data like songs, movies, videos, etc. It comes with a High Definition MP4 Player and a MP3 Audio Player making it great to listen to songs. While the model comes with Camera of 3.2 Mega Pixels with Flash and with video recording, somehow it did not have the required clarity. It has storage for 1000 Phonebook records which is decent enough. Thanks to its Bluetooth and WAP/GPRS its possible to connect with friends on yahoo messenger, twitter, facebook etc. It’s priced at Rs. 2699/-.

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