Monday, February 27, 2012
Sony 4k Video Projector, Black Diamond, unveiled on video.
I'm sure it looks even better in person, but Sony and Screen Innovations have a video of the impressive quality of this 4k projector:
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Put Google on your face... really?
Word on the street (and Google declines comment) is that Google plans to come out with a heads up display built into a glasses frame. It's the future, and we're finally going to stop looking at real life... errr, I guess that's cool.
"Smart" appliances slightly closer to reality.
The idea of cool appliances that tell you when you're out of milk or that it has expired, or save you energy by working with the power company's smart meters to use the cheapest electricity is a really cool idea...
but it's been a slow-to-start idea.
Experts suggest that things should be picking up soon, with companies like LG, Samsung, BSH (Bosch and Thermador), Electrolux and Whirlpool planning for higher sales in the future on smart refrigerators, washers, dryers, dishwashers and other appliances.
Concept washing machine floats in mid air and cleans with dry ice... buhwhaaaa?
The Orbit, a concept washing machine, uses no water to clean clothes... but that's not nearly the coolest thing about it.
Google TV may have Siri-like voice interface
It will work with Google's cloud services to provide remote control for your television, from wherever you are.
Samsung going OLED, spinning off LCD production
Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and Sharp have all experienced losses in the LCD production market.
With LCD sales dramatically flagging, and stiff competition from Chinese manufacturers, Samsung plans to concentrate on the newest TV technology, OLED.
Read more here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/20/us-samsung-idUSTRE81J05L20120220?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FtechnologyNews+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Technology%29
Friday, February 17, 2012
Philips coming out with 19 new "Smart TVs" in 2012
A lot of cool features, might be a comeback for Philips?
Inspector at Apple's Foxconn factory comments on working conditions
The inspector seems to think the problems with the factory are not with working conditions, but with cultural shock and lack of emotional support...
Also, many people are shocked that a impartial third-party inspector would grant an interview so quickly in the middle of an investigation...
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Voice and gesture controlled televisions?
I'm not sure about this, as I really enjoy the ease of channel surfing, but who knows... maybe it will be nice to say "34" when you want channel 34, or "mute" to turn off the sound.
I'm definitely not sure about the idea of changing the channel by flinging a hand about in the air.
Sharp and Samsung not worried about Apple HDTV... but is that wise?
We're certainly not technologists, or economists, or anything of the sort. We're just TV and Appliance repair.
But Apple has a strong record for surprising, as long as they stick to the formula of design and ease of interface that Steve Jobs and company made work for so long with so many happy customers.
But Samsung and Sharp have strong arguments as to why they aren't at all concerned... are they right?
Samsung and Sony pondering the future of LCD production
In the face of high costs and lower profitability, both Samsung and Sony are considering their options in regards to the future of LCD production for the television business.
LG Electronics' high expectations indicate U.S. economic improvement?
LG Electronics, the third largest mobile phone maker, is experiencing an 8 month high in trading and profitability expectations. Some indicators show that this could be a reflection of improvements in the outlook of U.S. and other "advanced markets".
Here's hoping it's getting better.
Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-14/lg-electronics-climbs-on-outlook-for-earnings.html
Monday, February 13, 2012
Apple seeks to ban Samsung Galaxy sales in U.S.
Apple alleges that the Samsung Galaxy violates four of Apple's patents. I don't now what those patents are, and I really like my iPhone 4s, but this smacks of anti-competion in the face of Samsung's strong advertising campaign for their new phone.
Read more here:
Panasonic, Toshiba sponsoring Capitol Learning Institute Expo in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Capital, a distributor of electronics, home theater, commercial A/V, etc, has a learning expo about products and technologies in the home and light commercial arena, and Panasonic and Toshiba have committed to participating as sponsors.
More info here:
Friday, February 10, 2012
Millions protest ACTA worldwide for internet freedom
Apparently more protests are taking place over legal moves to make the internet a far less free place. More info here:
KillActa.org website - If you're interested in learning more.
Win a free AudioSource S3D60 Soundbar
TechnologyTell and AudioSource are giving away two S3D60 Soundbars. A Soundbar is basically a long speaker you can attach to your TV to give you dramatically better sound with easy hookup (so they say).
It looks like it's free to sign up, hope you win!
This Valentine's Day, skip the roses and buy her electronics?
It looks like the ladies have been equally as gadget conscious as the fellas, at least according to a recent study of men and women in relation to electronics desirability.
Interesting... such much for candy and flowers.
Thursday, February 09, 2012
The "people costs" of cheap electronics
An interesting article, really makes you think, about how we enjoy our electronics at relatively low prices through the horrible working conditions of Chinese electronics factories.
Seems like we could find a nice middle ground:
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Samsung TV sales up, lower end models
Samsung says TV sales are shaping up for the year, and they plan to introduce a line of lower-end TV models for people looking to save money (and give up some quality and features, I suppose)...
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Apple iTV - Apple HDTV - Just a rumor?
Does Apple plan to enter the struggling HDTV market just as sales are on the decline? Good idea or bad?
Very few consumer electronics advertisements on Super Bowl XLVI
The big boom of new TV buying may be slowing down a bit. It was noticable how few advertisements were played during Super Bowl XLVI were from electronics marketers (i.e. televisions).
Of course, we're hopeful that we'll see a trend of people fixing their televisions rather than throwing them onto the ever-growing gigantic landfill of dead TVs that is growing and growing. But then... we do have a bias for repairing TVs :)