Weekly high-tech product releases: Microsoft Kinect, Nintendo 3DS, Mac mini, Lomography Spinner 360
Wednesday 16 June 2010
High-tech product releases announced the week ending June 16 include a glasses-free 3D gaming console, a controller-free gaming console, a notebook that can play 3D content off Blu-Rays, the world's most energy efficient desktop computer, a quirky panoramic camera, and a portable power supply that is compatible with mobile phones and media players.
A glasses-free portable gaming console that displays games, movies and photos in 3D
Nintendo's handheld gaming console, the Nintendo 3DS, lets gamers view media content in three dimensions without the need for compatible 3D glasses. The next generation device packs in a 3.5 inch 3D widescreen, two front facing cameras for capturing 3D photos, a 3D slider on the side to control the depth of 3D perception, and built-in motion sensors. No release date or pricing information has been provided by Nintendo, but many suspect the device will be released before the end of 2010.
A controller-free gaming device that gets players up and off the couch
Microsoft's project Natal has officially been named "Kinect" for Xbox 360. The "controller-free device designed to bring people together to share gaming and entertainment" was unveiled at the E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles. Kinect converts people's movements into on-screen action, transposing a player's real-life actions into those used by characters within games. Kinect is due to be released in November 2010. Microsoft is mum on prices, however rumors suggest the Kinect for Xbox will be sold for $149.99.
The world's first Notebook PC to support 3D Blu-Ray and 3D games
Toshiba's Dynabook TX/98MBL is the first notebook PC to be able to play back 3D content in the Blu-ray 3D format. The notebook comes equipped with a 15.6 inch LED LCD display, a 640GB HDD, 4GB of memory and an Intel Core i7-740QM 1.73GHz processor. The laptop comes bundled with one set of wireless 3D active shutter glasses. The Dynabook TX/98MBL will be available at the end of July in Japan but Toshiba is yet to announce prices.
World's most energy efficient desktop hides in a tiny aluminum unibody
Apple's diminutive Mac mini has had a redesign to make it smaller and more energy efficient than ever before. The Mac mini consumes a tiny 10W of power at idle and comes with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, iLife, a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a slot-load 8X SuperDrive optical drive for reading and writing DVDs and CDs, a 320GB hard drive, AirPort Extreme wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1, Gigabit Ethernet, four USB 2.0 ports, a SD card slot, a HDMI port, and a Mini DisplayPort. The Mac mini is priced from $699 and is available now.
A unique 35mm film camera that captures your life in 360 degrees
The Lomography Spinner 360 is a unique camera that lets users automatically capture 360 degree panoramic images on 35mm film. Like other Lomography cameras, the 360 Spinner is characterized by the production of over-saturated images. The fully mechanical camera is just as quirky as its Lomography-capturing predecessors too; photos taken with the camera feature the 35mm film sprocket holes and incorporate the usually obscured photographer into the image. The Lomography Spinner 360 is available now for €125.
A portable power supply that will work with any mobile phone
Sony's USB Portable Power Supply provides that extra bit of juice for music players, portable games consoles and mobile phones when you find yourself far from a power supply. The two-part charger can be plugged into the mains (AC) supply to charge or users can detach the Power Supply module and use it as an on-the-go power source. No pricing or release dates were provided.
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