Sony Vaio TX3

Sony have released information on their new ultra portable Vaio range of laptops know as the TX3 series.

They will be priced around the $2000 price range, sport many goodies packed in like BlueTooth, Wifi, TV Tuner and more and all that packs in to just a 1 inch think case. Not bad!! Sony have always impressed me with how small they can make things.

The Laptop comes with an 11.1″ wide screen display which I assume will be the nice x-black type.

One other great piece of news is that the battery now lasts around 7.5 hours which in the past has been a downfall of Sony. 10 hours is excellent though and will cover some serious travel between charges.

Flexible Screens? Epson have one

Epson have created a 7.1-inch, QXGA e-paper which is just 0.47mm thick and A6 size (7.1″).

The device can stay active once the power has been removed and uses just 6 Volts to keep it going. I see great advancements with flexible screens over the next few years. I am just curious how flexible this thing is. Can it roll up? Who knows?

Walkie Talkie Watches

Walkie Talkie Watches.jpgSported by the Norwegian Winter Olympics team are this pair of walkie talkie watches which have a nice range of 3km as well as having 300 channels to talk over meaning you shouldn’t get interference. The good thing about these watches is that no licence is required which means you can talk for free to the other watch owner.

Similar items available from Amazon.

  • A pair of professional PMR watches.
  • A funky, chunky wrist watch design with an antenna that tucks into the watch.
  • A range of up to 3km.
  • 8 selectable channels and 38 sub codes to filter out unwanted signals.
  • A headset with PTT button attached.
  • Voice activation for hands free use (VOX).
  • Auto channel scan and squelch control.
  • Five melody call tones.
  • Compatible with all Walkie Talkies at 446 MHZ.
  • A backlit LCD display.
  • The digital watch has a stopwatch and alarm function.
  • The watches are splash proof.
  • A battery low indicator.
  • No registration or fees required.
  • After the initial 24 hour charge, a full 6 hour charge will provide 40 hours of standby power and 2 hours of continuous talk time.
  • Suitable for ages 8 years+.
  • Requires a rechargeable lithium battery (included) and a mains adaptor (UK adaptor included).
  • Size: – Each watch: 10 x 7 x 5cm.
  • Circumference: up to 7cm.
  • Worlds Smallest wifi router – Asus WL-530g

    Wifi.jpgThe Asus WL-530g is the smallest wifi router at the moment that I know of. I came across it today although it has been out for over a year. I still think it’s worth a mention though.

    The cost of the device is £44.95 inc VAT in the UK and available from Expansys.

    A similar upgraded router is available here.

    The router is great for those travellers who like to have wifi as an option such as in a hotel room where the wireless connection may be slower and less reliable then the Ethernet port in the wall. Just plug it in and go!

    The technical specs…

    * WAN Ethernet Port:
    Support: Both Ethernet and 802.3 with Max. Bit Rate 10/100 Mbps with auto crossover function (MDIX)
    Connector: RJ45 for 10/100 BaseT¼br

    * LAN Ethernet Port:
    Support: Both Ethernet and 802.3 with Max. Bit Rate 10/100Mbps with Auto crossover function (MDIX), 4 port switch
    Connector: 4 x RJ45 for 10/100BaseT

    * Protocol Support:
    Network: TCP/IP, DHCP server and client, PPPoE, PPTP, NAT, ICMP, UDP Routing: Static Routes, NAT(onetomany)

    * Management:
    Remote management Save/Restore Configuration files and upgrades via web browser
    Device discovery: Discover all Asus Routers in network and help users to enter webpages
    Firmware Restoration: after firmware upgrade failure, this utility can help save your device

    * Network Protocol:
    DHCP Server, WAN DHCP Client
    Enable/Disable WAN Ping
    DNS Proxy, PPPoE login client support, Big Pond login client support
    NTP support

    * Reset Button: Press for 5 seconds to restore factory setting

    * Applications: UPnP, Exposed Host (DMZ), Port Range Forwarding

    * Firewall: NAT and SPI

    * Operating Frequency: 2.42.5 GHz

    * Data Rate:
    802.11g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54Mbps
    802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps

    * Range:
    Indoor 30 ft (40 m), outdoor (LOS, LightOfSight) 300 ft (100 m) at 11Mbps
    Indoor 80 ft (25 m), outdoor (LOS, LightOfSight) 200 ft (60 m) at 54Mbps

    * Wireless Security:
    64/128bit WEP, WPAPSK

    * Size: 1.75″ L x 5.25″ W x 1.2″ H

    iFire 2CM Thick HD LCD TV

    Electronics company iFire based in Toronto have introduced a super thin (just 2cm) High Def LCD TV. (Image below). The TV is 37″ and weight a light 2.2 pounds which is very impressive!

    Thin TV.JPG

    iFire use a new technology called “thick-film dialectric electroluminescent” (TDEL) and uses fewer materials, thinner glass and fewer electronics then the Plasma screens. The screen uses energy from a Blue light source (a sheet of phosphor) which energise Red and Green pigments and the combination mixing with the Blue displays the picture.

    The unit only costs $300 to make at the moment which gives competition to the other types of screens available. Mass production is planned for 2007.

    100 inch LCD HDTV Display

    Well… look at the size of this huge HDTV. This is the 100 inch display from LG.Philips and looks to be massive! I am sure it has a massive price tag stuck to it also. Currently this is the largest LCD screen at the moment.

    Details can be fonud at The Korea Times

    Sony Vaio UX50

    This amaxing looking Sony Vaio UX50 is looking like an excellent mobile device. The UX50 runs Windows XP and currently in Japan has a 30Gb drive and powered by a 1.2Ghz processor. The device also includes 512Mb RAM.

    More information can be found at MicroPCTalk

    Casio’s Latest Portable Projector – XJ-S35

    Casio are launching the XJ-S35 projector. The device is has a rating of 2000 lumins and a 1800:1 contrast ratio. Also included is a USB 1.1 port for playing back images or MPEG 4’s or connecting a wifi adapter to steam video over.

    What makes this ultra portable is that it weighs just 4lbs and is no more then 43mm thick! Not bad at all!

    64Gb 2.5″ Flash Drive

    Selling for a hefty $2000 dollars is the new 64Gb SATS flash drive. This is a big step forwards in the storage world and transfers around 32MBs which is not bad at all.

    Other good news is that it’s due out in August this year! No doubt it will be 1/8th of the price by this time next year… Me thinks I will be waiting a while before splashing out any cash on this.


    Mobile Phone Cameras becoming more popular then Cameras?

    A recent study shows that 44% of people use their mobile phone as their main camera. I can see with the introduction of even higher mega pixel cameras that they will one day totally take over.

    The mobile phone is becoming a main point in most of our lives. They are used to time keep, as alarm clocks, more recently as MP3 players (especially with the launch of the Sony Walkman Phone).

    This survey was performed by Nokia as the number of mobile phones across the world is aproaching 2.5 billion handsets. A crazy amount of phones in my opinion.

    If mobile phone makers can add all the tools in to 1 device then I am all for this. On my phone I can watch TV, listen to MP3’s, send and receive emails, browse the internet at high speed and more. There is no doubt that mobiles are just going to continue pressing forwards heavily. Also I see wifi being integrated with the latest Nokia N range of phones as well as small hard drives in there also. A whole mine field of information will be available in your pocket from anywhere in the world.

    I look forwards to what the future brings in the mobile phone industry!

    World Cup and Mobile TV

    The World Cup is set to be a testing ground for TV on mobile phones. I already see links on my Three phone offering to send me video clips of each goal right after it happens live.
    I can see video on the move being very popluar with 3G services now being around.

    Amongst the World Cup there are other shows being prepared for broadcast and the phone companies are expecting millions of users (more then 210 million even) will be watching TV on their mobiles by 2011. Not sure how they worked out that number and year but it shows that this could be big… in a small mobile kind of way 🙂

    Wireless Camera Hunter

    The wireless camera hunter is a video signal detector which can detect wireless video signals from 500ft away.
    If there is a hidden wireless camera spying on you close by then switch this on and you can see on the 2.5″ LCD screen what the camera is looking at!

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    Available from