High-tech product releases: iPad 2, full HD 3D camcorder, 'boomtastic' phone

High-tech product releases announced the week ending March 9 include the iPad 2, the world's first HD 3D consumer camcorder, a mobile phone that offers lots of boom for your buck, a camera with 'makeup' and wireless headphones for no-strings-attached travelers.

An updated tablet that's lighter yet more powerful
Apple's second-generation tablet, the iPad 2, is 33 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter than its predecessor. The device features front- and back-facing cameras, a faster dual-core A5 processor and a 10-hour battery life. Apple also introduced the Smart Cover, colorful polyurethane or leather covers that "snap on" to your iPad 2 with magnets. The iPad 2 will be available from March 11 starting from $499. Apple Smart Covers are priced from $39.

The world's first full HD 3D consumer camcorder
While Panasonic released the first 3D camcorder for consumers back in 2010, JVC is claiming its GS-TD1 is the first 3D camcorder to offer full HD recording to consumers. The camcorder has two camera lenses and two 3.32 megapixel imaging sensors so it can capture 3D images at a resolution of 1920 x 1080i "in the same way that human eyes work." The camcorder also comes with 64GB of built-in memory, an SDXC card slot, a 5x optical zoom, a 3.5" glasses-free 3D touch panel and 3D software for your Windows PC so you can edit your videos. The JVC GS-TD1 is available now for $1,699.95.

A mobile phone that's loud, cheap and can be shared with the whole family
Nokia's X1-00 is a low-cost device built for the millions of mobile phone users in developing countries that want the maximum "boom-per-buck." At under €35 (unsubsidized), the handset packs in some nifty features. It has a powerful speaker on the back that cuts through the ambient street noise and lets people use the device as their main music player, FM radio, built-in torch, five different phone books so the whole family can share the one handset and a huge 61 days of standby battery life. The X1-00 will hit selected markets in April and should cost around €34.

A camera with its own portable makeup studio
Panasonic is differentiating its Lumix FX77 (also known as the DMC-FX78) point-and-shoot digital camera from the rest of the crowded market with a "Beauty Retouch" mode that lets women (and men) enhance their natural beauty with skin clearing, face lifting, teeth whitening and makeup features. The 12.1 megapixel Lumix FX77 camera also offers 1920 x 1080 Full HD video recording, a 3.5" LCD display with touch to focus and zoom features, 3D photo mode, and a 5x optical zoom. The Lumix FX77 is available now in Japan, in April in Australia, in late March in the US for $349.99, and "soon" in the UK for £269.99 (€315).

Wireless headphones that stream music without the cord
Harman's AKG K840 KL headphones utilize Kleer wireless technology to provide listeners with cord-free music. Kleer technology enables users to stream lossless CD-quality audio over the air from their iPod, iPhone or other portable music players. The K 840 KL mini on-ear headphones feature ear cup volume and phone controls, passive noise reduction, 3D-Axis folding headbands for portability, and up to two weeks battery life. The headphones are available now for $299.95.

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