Top new tech products: highlights from IFA
High-tech product releases announced the week ending September 7 include the hottest products from this year’s IFA expo.
The world’s first personal, 3D movie experience that's built for your eyes only
Sony’s Personal 3D Viewer HMZ-T1 comes straight out of the sci-fi genre. The all-in-one High Definition 3D and 5.1 virtual surround sound headset lets you experience films as if you were in the theater. The Head Mounted Display is fitted with twin OLED displays which let you watch movies or games on your own simulated 750-inch movie theater screen at a virtual viewing distance of 20 metres. The device is expected to be available in Japan from November 11 for around 60,000 yen ($780).
A mirror that shows the future of home entertainment
Loewe’s "magic mirror" is a concept design that looks to the future of home entertainment. One of three futuristic Loewe design studies showed at IFA, the Loewe Mirror does a lot more than just show you your reflection; it shows you your appointments for the day, plays the latest TV news, notifies you of an incoming video call and has attractive animations that flutter across the surface. Users can interact with the device with a simple hand movement or simply use it as an ordinary-looking glass. The product is currently in a prototype phase so no release dates or prices have been announced.
An all-in-one 3D PC with a touchscreen
Sony’s VAIO L Series is a 24" all-in-one 3D touchscreen multimedia PC that can convert 2D movies into 3D with just a touch. It's the first all-in-one PC to offer a 3D HDMI input, meaning that users can connect their PlayStation 3 and display 3D video on the PC screen. The PC runs Windows 7 Home Premium and features a Blu-ray Disc drive, an integrated webcam, and a wireless keyboard and mouse. The 24" VAIO L Series 3D multimedia PC will be available in Europe from October for $1799.99.
A compact camera that gives you a view of the screen from any angle
Samsung's MultiView MV800 compact camera has a unique, full-sized swivelling touch screen that lets you see what you are photographing even if you're in the center of the photo. It’s the first premium compact camera to ship with a 3" Wide Flip-out MultiView Touch Display. The camera also features 16.1MP, a 5x optical zoom lens, fun on-board photo editing tools and filters, and HD video recording. The camera is available now for $279.99.
A prototype for a smartphone-tablet hybrid
Samsung’s Galaxy Note is a device that fits in between the smartphone and tablet categories. It sports the industry’s first and largest 5.3" HD Super AMOLED display but still manages to fit into a (large) pocket. The Galaxy Note can be used with your finger or with an "advanced pen-input called the S Pen." It has a profile of 9.65mm, a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, HSPA+ and 4G LTE connectivity, an 8MP camera, full HD recording and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The device is currently in a prototype stage so pricing and release dates have not been revealed.
A smartphone with the largest screen ever seen on a Windows Phone
HTC's Titan is, as its name suggests, a huge smartphone with a 4.7” display and a slim 9.9mm body. The Titan ships with a rear-facing 8MP 28mm wide-angle lens camera capable of recording HD (720p) video and a 1.3MP front-facing camera for video chats. It has a 1.5GHz processor, 3G and WiFi connectivity, and runs Windows Phone OS 7.5. The HTC Titan will be available from October. Pricing has not been announced.
An Android tablet with a unique 'folded magazine' asymmetric design
Sony says it is pulling out all the stops for the release of its first two Android-powered tablets, the Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P. Its Sony Tablet S is designed for media consumption with a 9.4-inch touchscreen display, two cameras and a curved-top, "off-center design" that is conducive to extended viewing sessions. The Tablet S will go on sale in the US in September. The European launch will see the Tablet S released in September for €479 ($499).
An Android smartphone that's made for entertainment
Sony Ericsson's Xperia arc S is the company's fastest entertainment smartphone yet. It comes with a large 4.2" touchscreen Reality display, an 8.7mm profile and runs on a 1.4 GHz processor. Additional features include the ability to take 3D and 2D sweep panorama photographs with the 8.1MP camera, access to Sony’s Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited services and Google’s Android Gingerbread 2.3 OS. The Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S will be available from Q4 2011. No price has been announced.
An ultra-thin, ultra-light tablet
Toshiba's AT200 tablet went on a slimming diet before its unveiling at IFA. It has a profile of just 7.7mm thin and weighs just 558g. The 10.1" tablet runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb and offers a multitude of connectivity options including a micro-USB port, a micro-SD card slot, a micro-HDMI port, WiFi, and front- and rear-facing cameras. The Toshiba AT200 will be available in the fourth quarter of 2011 in Europe. Pricing has not been announced.
World's lightest 13.3" Ultrabook
Toshiba is coming to the Ultrabook party with an ultraportable, slim and light laptop range called the Portégé Z830 Series. The company’s first attempt at designing for the Ultrabook category has resulted in a suave-looking device that weighs 1.13kg and has a 15.9mm profile. The Portégé Z830 Series Ultrabook systems will be available in November 2011 for less than $1,000.
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