Top new tech products: MacBook Airs, underwater heart rate monitor, Lenovo tablets
Wednesday 27 July 2011
High-tech product releases announced the week ending July 27 include three new tablets from Lenovo, a range of new products from Apple, the Sony Cyber-shot TX55 camera, an underwater heart rate monitor, and three new digital photo frames.
A family of Android tablets
Lenovo has unleashed three new Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablets into the wild. The IdeaPad Tablet K1 is built for consumers, the IdeaPad Tablet P1 is for home and office use and the ThinkPad Tablet is designed for business use. They are the first Android-powered tablets to offer Netflix video streaming and provide access to more than 250,000 apps in Google’s Android Market. The 32GB IdeaPad Tablet K1 is priced at $499 and the 16GB ThinkPad Tablet is priced at $509 with a digitizer pen. Both are available in the US in August, worldwide in the third quarter of 2011. The IdeaPad Tablet P1 will be available in the fourth quarter of 2011 but pricing has not been announced.
HD digital camera in a smartphone-sized body
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55 lays claim to being the world's thinnest camera with full HD video at a skinny 12.2mm thin. It ships with a 16.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, a 10x zoom, and the ability to create super-detailed panoramas with a 42.9 megapixel resolution. It has a large 3.3" OLED wide touchscreen, 3D image capture, built-in picture effects, anti-shaking system, and a battery life of 125 minutes (250 shots) with the LCD turned on. The Sony Cyber-shot TX55 will be available in September along with Sony's more curvaceous sibling, the Cyber-shot DSC-WX30. Pricing has not been announced.
An underwater heart rate monitor that doesn’t need to be strapped on
The Finis AquaPulse is a strapless heart rate monitor that fits onto your goggles. It has an infrared sensor that attaches to your ear lobe to monitor capillary blood flow and uses Bone Conduction Technology to audibly communicate your heart rate to you in real time. The AquaPulse Heart Rate Monitor is priced at $149.99 and is available now.
Ultraportables that make other laptops look fat, clunky and obsolete
The newest MacBook Airs retain the same slim, light and portable form factor of Apple's previous "ultimate everyday notebooks" while giving users a significant boost in power. The laptops are equipped with next-generation processors, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a backlit keyboard. The svelte laptops measure just 0.3 centimeters at the thinnest point and are available now in both 11" and 13" editions. Prices start from $999.
A powerful computer that fits into a tiny box
The most recent iteration of Apple's diminutive Mac mini has lost its optical drive but gained new features like a high-speed Thunderbolt I/O port and dual-core Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processors. The tiny box-like computer measures just 19.7 centimeters square and 3.6 centimeters tall. It is available now and priced from $599.
The world's first Thunderbolt Display
Apple's Thunderbolt Display is the world’s first display to integrate high-speed transfers using Thunderbolt technology. Designed as the "ultimate docking station" for Thunderbolt-equipped Macs, the Thunderbolt Display features a huge 27” screen and has a built-in HD video camera, 2.1 speaker system, integrated MagSafe charger, three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, one Gigabit Ethernet port and a Thunderbolt port. The Thunderbolt Display is priced at $999 and will be available "within the next 60 days."
Digital photo frames that will play Full HD movies
Sony Electronics has introduced a new line up of HD Series S-Frame Digital Photo Frames in a range of 10" (DPF-HD1000), 8" (DPF-HD800) and 7" (DPF-HD700) sizes. All are capable of displaying Full HD 1080p videos and can display content up to 192 megapixels. The frames are available from September and are priced from $119.99.
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