HP TouchPad Brings webOS to the Big Screen

Posted in Hardware,News by Ruslan Ulanov on the February 9th, 2011

HP TouchPad

First webOS tablet works the way you do, introduces fun, mobile productivity on larger scale.

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 9, 2011

HP today enlarged the HP webOS world with the first webOS slate – the HP TouchPad – the breakthrough webOS user interface fully realized in the tablet experience.(1)

With its vibrant 9.7-inch diagonal flush capacitive multitouch display, virtual keyboard, instant-on access, support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 beta in the browser and access to thousands of webOS applications,(2) TouchPad works the way you do and is designed not just for fun but for mobile productivity. It’s ideal for anyone who wants the benefits of the amazing webOS platform on a much bigger scale.

TouchPad is one of the products HP announced today to introduce a unique experience for customers around connected mobility, offering a unified experience for the first time across a variety of devices. It’s one of the building blocks in HP’s vision to seamlessly connect all your worlds through the power of HP webOS.

“Today we’re embarking on a new era of webOS with the goal of linking a wide family of HP products through the best mobile experience available,” said Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP. “The flexibility of the webOS platform makes it ideal for creating a range of innovative devices that work together to keep you better connected to your world.”

Designed to be used alone or as a digital companion to your webOS phone, TouchPad connects you and your devices through the elegant webOS experience. Never miss an important call or SMS message – they can be answered and viewed right on your TouchPad.(3,4) Plus, HP’s exclusive new touch-to-share feature will let you simply touch an enabled webOS phone to your TouchPad to share web URLs.(1,5)

With the HP Synergy feature, you simply have to sign in to your Facebook®, Google, Microsoft® Exchange, LinkedIn and Yahoo!® accounts and your contacts, calendar and email automatically populate your TouchPad.(6)

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Electronic House 2011 Products of the Year Winners Announced

Posted in News by Ruslan Ulanov on the January 6th, 2011

January 6, 2011 – Framingham, MA – EH Publishing today announced the winners of Electronic House magazine’s 2011 Product of the Year Awards, recognizing technologies of manufacturers and service providers that cater to the connected home. Awards will be presented at the CE Pro HQ Booth #21767 at CES, LVCC, at 4:00 p.m. today.

Covering 35 different categories, the winning entries were chosen by a panel of industry experts, integrators and the editors of Electronic House. Judging criteria for the Electronic House 2011 Product of the Year Awards include creativity, innovation, incorporated equiment, obstacles overcome, aesthetics, and lifestyle benefits.  View all winning Electronic House 2011 Products of the Year at http://www.electronichouse.com/product/potywinners.

“There’s a lot that goes into the “electronic house” these days,” states Lisa Montgomery, editor of Electronic House.  “We’ve come up with nearly 40 categories – everything from the usual projectors, loudspeakers and home automation systems to newer technologies like home health and energy monitoring devices.”  Adds Montgomery,  “We scoured through hundreds of submissions from some of the top manufacturers in the business to pick the crème de la crème in the industry.”

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Panasonic to Add Skype Software to VIERA HDTVs

Posted in M@H,News by Ruslan Ulanov on the January 6th, 2010

Skype and Panasonic Announce Collaboration to Add Skype Software to VIERA® HDTVs

Collaboration takes VIERA CAST™ -enabled HDTV connectivity to new level, offering voice and video communications via HDTV.

Osaka, Japan – Panasonic Corporation, a worldwide leader in High Definition technology and built-in TV web entertainment, and Skype, a leader in internet communications, today announced a collaboration that will enable consumers to make voice and video calls over Skype™ on Panasonic’s line of 2010 VIERA CAST-enabled HDTVs planned for launch in spring 2010.

This collaboration takes Skype to another platform, in addition to the computer and the mobile phone, which is the technology heart of the home, the television. Skype on your VIERA® delivers many familiar Skype features including:

  • Free Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls
  • Calls to landline or mobile phone at Skype’s low rates
  • The option to receive inbound calls via a user’s online Skype number
  • Skype voicemail, if you have it set up
  • Being invited to participate in voice conference calls with up to 24 other parties

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PR: Logitech Wins Seven CES Innovations Awards

Posted in M@H by Ruslan Ulanov on the November 13th, 2009

FREMONT, Calif. — Nov. 11, 2009 — Today, Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) announced that it has won seven 2010 CES Innovations awards for excellence in design and engineering.

“Logitech is thrilled to be honored again with the prestigious CES Innovations award,” said Gerald P. Quindlen, Logitech’s president and chief executive officer. “We are delighted that our products will be celebrated alongside other groundbreaking products from around the world. These products represent Logitech’s commitment to driving innovation, persistently striving to discover new ways to get people immersed in the digital world.”

Logitech’s award-winning products for 2010 include:

Honoree in Computer Peripherals: Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX
The Logitech® Anywhere Mouse MX™ goes where no mouse has gone before – on glass. With Logitech® Darkfield Laser Tracking™, you can use this mouse virtually anywhere you want including glass and high-gloss surfaces that challenge the capabilities of standard mice. The Anywhere Mouse MX uses dark field microscopy to detect microscopic particles and micro-scratches on these surfaces, rather than tracking the smooth surface itself. Thanks to its compact size, the Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX works wherever you do and offers a contoured shape that fits naturally into most hands, with back and forward buttons placed within reach of your thumb to help you surf the Web efficiently.

Honoree in Home Theater Accessories: Logitech Harmony 900 Remote
The rechargeable Logitech Harmony® 900 remote makes it easy to enjoy and control your TV, movies, games and music, even when your components are neatly hidden behind cabinet doors. The Harmony 900 features a full-color touch screen and intuitive button layout and its completely redesigned RF system allows you to easily control a cabinet full of devices from up to 100 feet away, without taping emitters to each of your devices. As with all Logitech Harmony remotes, the Harmony 900 can have you watching your favorite movie or show with one press of a button thanks to the unique activity-based control. The whole family can simply select what they want to do by choosing the appropriate on-screen icon – such as “Watch TV” – and the Harmony 900 remote does the rest. – turning on the TV, the cable box, the A/V receiver and any other necessary devices – which the touch of one button. (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)

Meet Myka ION

Posted in M@H by Ruslan Ulanov on the November 6th, 2009
Myka Ion

Myka ION

Want Boxee and Hulu to play in high-def on your TV? Meet Myka ION

For Immediate Release

LINCOLN, Mass., Nov. 5, 2009 — Myka, makers of the magic box that downloads and streams high-definition videos onto your TV, is introducing the Myka ION — the first consumer Web-to-TV product that can easily run Boxee, Hulu and other leading Internet video services.

Myka ION is powered by the Intel Atom Processor 330 and NVIDIA ION Graphics Processor, giving the Myka ION fast media-player performance at a low cost.

Myka ION lets you browse to any Web site and play video content directly onto your TV — bypassing your PC entirely. No messing with conversion software, no tinkering with anything. Plug it in and it starts working right away.

“Technology has finally caught up with what consumers want out of Internet video services,” said Myka President Dan Lovy. “They want to be freed from their computers and watch the growing variety of Web video content on their large-screen, high-definition living room TVs. And they want to do it without a lot of hassle and without video quality suffering.

“We’ve heard them loud and clear and we’re proud to present the Myka ION, the first product to take advantage of the latest processor technology and finally give Web video consumers what they want.” (continue reading this article and leave comments here…)

Sonos ZonePlayer S5

Posted in M@H by Ruslan Ulanov on the October 19th, 2009

SonosSonos, the premier manufacturer of easy to use and set-up multi-room music system, has announced a new product called Sonos S5 ZonePlayer.

It features 5 speakers (two tweeters, two 3″ mid-range drivers and a 3.5″ woofer), each powered by a dedicated Class-D digital amplifier, auto-detecting 3.5mm audio line-in and a headphone connection that mutes speakers when headphones are plugged in.

Sonos controllers

Sonos controllers

There’s no manual controls on the box other than Volume and Mute buttons, but ZonePlayer S5 could be controlled by the standard $350 Sonos LCD touch screen remote, by iPhone Controller application (available for free from Apple AppStore) or from the desktop software.

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YouTube XL is for big screen

Posted in M@H by Ruslan Ulanov on the June 4th, 2009

YouTube has released a Flash-based video player called YouTube XL “optimized for watching YouTube videos on any large screen”.

In addition to an all new design offering large text and simplified navigation, YouTube XL offers a continuous play feature, which lets you search for a topic on YouTube and then press “play” once to watch all of the videos sequentially on that topic. Also, getting from one video to the next takes just a few clicks, and you can control the action with a blue tooth enabled remote control, or even some mobile phones.

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SpeakerCraft Launches iPhone Interface for MODE Multiroom A/V

Posted in M@H by Ruslan Ulanov on the April 9th, 2008

SpeakerCraft’s iPhone Interface SpeakerCraft was one of the first companies way back when to introduce a multiroom audio system that incorporated metadata from an iPod.

Now the company is taking its ties to Apple one step further with an iPhone interface for the MODE distributed-audio system. The interface is generated through an embedded Web server residing inside SpeakerCraft’s ERS 1.0 Ethernet-to-serial adapter. Since the interface is accessed through the iPhone’s Safari browser, there’s no software to install on the phone (or iTouch).

The ERS also dishes up an interface for standard PC/Mac Web browsers, allowing users to control the system from any iPhone/iTouch on the network.

Multiple interface devices can be used simultaneously to control different zones of the house.

“I hate to say it, but this is the beginning of the end for keypads,” says SpeakerCraft president Jeremy Burkhardt. “Soon any keypad that isn’t emulated on a device like the iPhone will be obsolete.”

The ERS 1.0 with the embedded software has an MSRP of $1,000.

Source: CE Pro

CWave – Home Networking with UWB Chipset

Posted in M@H by Ruslan Ulanov on the March 3rd, 2008

CWave logoPulse~LINK introduced its CWave® wireless HDMI system that enables the placement of an HDTV anywhere in the room, reducing wire clutter and simplifying connectivity between your media devices.

CWave is using an approach similar to German’s WiMAC only instead of the slower WiFi wireless using UWB (ultra wide band) chipset which enables simultaneous operation of Ethernet over Coax, 1394 over Coax and Wireless connections to your HDTV. This chipset backed with power grid support allows for several simultaneous HD streams on the network.

Devices enabled with the CWave® UWB PL3100 chipset allow HD/Multimedia content located anywhere in the home to be shared across the existing coax backbone with wireless networking connections in each room for Set-Top-Boxes (STBs), HDTVs, DVRs, DVD players, Media Center PCs, and other multimedia equipment. Unequaled data carrying capacity also enables interactive “Trick Play” capabilities (pause, fast-forward, fast-rewind) and menu navigation throughout the home.

Pulse~LINK has a nice intro video of CWave technology on their website.