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World’s lightest eReader launched

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Here are some of the latest techno gadgets brought to you by Philips and Sony. Chandragupta Amritkar gives us a lowdown on the amazing products and technologies.

3D touchscreen multimedia PC
The new VAIO L series 3D multimedia PC from Sony is accented by a 61cm (24”) Full HD VAIO Display Plus screen with LED backlight. Its a multi-touch LCD screen and supported 3D content includes movies on Blu-ray Disc, games and videos. You can also enjoy 3D panoramic still images captured with Cyber-shot digital cameras and DSLR digital camera by Sony. There’s also a dedicated button on the bezel that instantly converts 2D content like Blu-ray Disc movies to simulated 3D at a single touch. Latest graphics by NVIDIA assure an even more satisfying HD video experience with the new generation of PC games designed for multi-core processors.

Depending on configuration, the integrated Blu-ray Disc writer lets you create, edit and store Full HD content with up to 50GB of storage on a single Blu-ray Disc. And whether you’re playing games or watching HD movies in 3D, S-Force Front Surround 3D complements your HD entertainment experience with powerful, ultra-realistic audio.

World’s Lightest 15.2cm eReader by Sony
Sony launched the world’s lightest 15.2cm (6”) eReader that also features an enhanced touchscreen. The Wi-Fi Reader gives you the additional freedom to buy, borrow or get eBooks for free wherever there’s a wireless connection available. You will also be able to purchase and download eBooks and periodicals via Wi-Fi from the rapidly-expanding catalogue available at the Reader Store. What’s more, Reader Wi-Fi is the worlds’ first  eReader that will allow you to borrow eBooks wirelessly from public libraries thanks to simple, seamless access on the device via an on-screen ‘Public Library’ icon.

E Ink Pearl electronic paper displays a clear, glare-free, high contrast image that’s easy to read for hours, even in direct sunlight. Touch the screen to choose a book. Swipe a finger to turn the page, or zoom in and out by pinching your fingers together or apart. Tap on a word and hold to find its meaning from two built-in English language dictionaries. Words can also be translated to and from English using ten built-in translation dictionaries. You can even write notes on the page or highlight text with a finger or the supplied stylus – just like a real book.

Its long battery life lets you read for over one month without needing a recharge (3 weeks with wireless on). With a capacity of 2GB – enough to hold around 1,200 eBooks – internal memory space is easily expanded with an optional microSD card to hold tens of thousands more. Being 8.9mm thin and weighing just 168 grams it’s an ideal companion.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE is similar to the Galaxy Tab 8.9. The 8.9-inch screen puts the tablet squarely between the existing Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the 7.7-inch Galaxy Tab. It will support LTE networks, as well, while inside you'll find a rear-facing 3-megapixel camera, a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video calls, a dual-core processor, 1080p HD video playback, Wi-Fi, and Android 3.2 Honeycomb.

It is incredibly portable, measuring just 8.6mm thin while weighing only 455g. LTE capabilities enable video conferences to be held without need to worry about failing connections, while the 8.9” screen enables easy rendering of business content such as presentations. The TouchWiz interface enables an intuitive user experience, enhanced by the space and freedom provided by the large display.

Philips expands Smart TV range

Built on the four pillars of SimplyShare, Control, Net TV and Program, Philips Smart TV is available on all 2011 Philips 6000, 7000, 8000, 9000 and Cinema 21:9 Platinum and Gold series TVs. With Smart TV you can easily access a rich gallery of online apps. These will connect you to online Video on Demand stores for instant movie-nights, enable you to share your experiences with family and friends via Facebook and Twitter, let you control your TV using the Philips MyRemote app on your smartphone or tablet, and help you manage your content as you see fit.

All Philips Smart TVs have Net TV, an interactive on-screen platform for selecting programs and accessing apps available in Europe, Russia and Latin America. Philips Net TV will include YouTube Leanback and Acetrax Video on Demand as premium apps. Philips Smart TVs will also start offering 3D content. Philips’ Smart TV enables your Philips TV to communicate with all of your Wi-Fi enabled gadgets, including smartphones, laptops, tablets and home computers. It can play your favourite content from any device in your home network using DLNA technology. By using the Philips MyRemote smart phone and tablet apps you can share and control your content easily. Also, thanks to Smart USB Recording, you can pause live TV and record shows to watch later.

Sony Personal 3D Viewer
The world’s first 3D compatible Head Mounted Display equipped with high definition OLED panel is a wearable headset with twin OLED displays and simulated 5.1 surround sound. Organic panels have a super fast response time of just 0.01 milliseconds, creating a smooth, natural video, even for fast-moving images in such as sports or games. Striving for the clearest, most immersive 3D picture the two independent OLED screens display HD video independently, largely eliminating cross-talk and blurring for more comfortable 3D viewing. To really replicate the cinema experience the horizontal viewing angle of the “Personal 3D Viewer” has been extended to 45 degrees. This simulates a real 750-inch movie theatre screen at a virtual viewing distance of 20 metres.

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