Introducing Supernova “Core” – from DNP

31 05 2007

 

dnp continue to develop new products based around their Supernova high gain screen technology. The following if the latest product press release…..

   
dnp is introducing a new screen in the Supernova product portfolio – the Supernova Core Screen.
By allowing you to assemble the screen yourself, the dnp Supernova Core gives you all the benefits of Supernova Screen technology in an economical frame construction. The screen comes rolled up and is therefore easy transportable.The Supernova Core is available in 4:3 and 16:9 formats up to 120″, complete with a black flock frame and straightforward assembly instructions.

Picture: dnp Supernova Core Screen

 
 
   

Black flock frame

The Supernova Core comes with a black standard flock frame, which is assembled with the screen by the installer. The screen, made of flexible material, is suspended in the frame using tension to keep the screen flat.

Picture: dnp Supernova Core black flock frame

 
 
    Supernova technology
Award winning Supernova Screens are advanced optical front projection screens. Outfitted with high-contrast filters that absorb ambient light, Supernova Screens provide extraordinarily clear images even in brightly lit surroundings.For more information about the Supernova Core, please visit www.supernovascreen.com or download a PDF specification sheet here.




Microsoft Surface – MS are heading further into the hardware feild with interactive touch surface

30 05 2007

Yesterday Microsoft released information on their new “Surface” interactive computing interface……..others have been doing this for some time but maybe with not as much style………so why is this news? Look at the interface and you will understand…..is this a large iPhone……?

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Here’s what Microsoft says…..

Surface is the first commercially available surface computing platform from Microsoft Corporation. It turns an ordinary tabletop into a vibrant, interactive surface. The product provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects. In essence, it’s a surface that comes to life for exploring, learning, sharing, creating, buying and much more. Soon to be available in restaurants, hotels, retail and public entertainment venues, this experience will transform the way people shop, dine, entertain and live.

Surface is a 30-inch display in a table-like form factor that’s easy for individuals or small groups to interact with in a way that feels familiar, just like in the real world. Surface can simultaneously recognize dozens and dozens of movements such as touch, gestures and will be able to recognize actual unique objects that have identification tags similar to bar codes.

Surface will ship to partners with a portfolio of basic applications, including photos, music, virtual concierge and games, which can be customized to provide their customers with unique experiences.

Surface computing breaks down traditional barriers between people and technology, changing the way people interact with all kinds of everyday content, from photos to maps to menus. The intuitive user interface works without a traditional mouse or keyboard, allowing people to interact with content and information by using their hands and natural movements. Users are able to access information either on their own or collaboratively with their friends and families, unlike any experience available today. Surface computing features four key attributes:

Direct interaction. Users can actually “grab” digital information with their hands and interact with content through touch and gesture, without the use of a mouse or keyboard.

Multi-touch contact. Surface computing recognizes many points of contact simultaneously, not just from one finger as with a typical touch screen, but up to dozens and dozens of items at once.

Multi-user experience. The horizontal form factor makes it easy for several people to gather around surface computers together, providing a collaborative, face-to-face computing experience.

Object recognition. Users can place physical objects on the surface to trigger different types of digital responses, including the transfer of digital content.

Beginning at the end of this year (2007), consumers will be able to interact with Surface in hotels, restaurants, retail and public entertainment venues.

As more information beoces avaliable we will advise you here. It will be interesting to see the cost and how it goes to market……

See more information and video’s at http://www.microsoft.com/surface/

via [microsoft]





Telepresence TV

29 05 2007

Published: May 29, 2007

High-end videoconferencing — the magical ability to be two places at once — has had a bumpy past, plagued by jerky gestures, out-of-sync lips and sound and cumbersome equipment. Few executives liked what they saw, including unflattering pictures of themselves, and most thought the business tool was not worth the price.

But now, thanks to new technology, videoconferencing is delivering on its promise as an alternative to traditional business travel. The high-definition TV images are sharp. Broadband fiber-optic cable has replaced tired telephone lines. And the equipment is often installed in studios that are handsome and appropriately corporate.

And as air travel becomes more difficult, virtual meetings provide an alternative. You can sit across a table from a large screen showing someone who looks quite real and life-size, but may be in London or Frankfurt. Only a handshake and exchange of business cards are missing.

Equipment suppliers, led by Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Polycom and Tandberg, have created a new word — “telepresence” — to market the technology.

“It’s a big leap forward,” said Claire Schooley, a teleconferencing expert at Forrester Research, a technology and market research consultancy in Cambridge, Mass. “Can you imagine a sales meeting where you go to one of the new sophisticated video rooms and hear the spiel in one hour, compared to attending a meeting in a remote location? It’s perfect if you want to see the body language.”

Ken Crangle, general manager of Hewlett-Packard’s telepresence unit, known as HP Halo, said, “I just had a four-way meeting today with a C.E.O in London, people in his company’s New York office and in our Alpharetta office outside Atlanta, and several of us here at headquarters in Oregon.”

But telepresence technology comes at a high price: up to $300,000 to $400,000 a studio.

“Customers are paying for a Cadillac service,” said Andrew W. Davis, an analyst at Wainhouse Research, a consultancy in Duxbury, Mass., that tracks voice, video and Web trends. “Walk in a Halo room, and everything is ready to run. There’s a slick user interface. But it eats up a massive amount of bandwidth and costs something like $18,000 a month to keep around.”

The infant telepresence industry may never produce big numbers in dollars or units shipped, Mr. Davis said. So far, Hewlett-Packard has sold a little more than a hundred units (28 for its own use) since Halo’s introduction in 2005. Cisco just began shipping the first of some 110 units it expects to sell within a year.

“I’d guess it will never be more than 1 percent of total videoconferencing sales,” Mr. Davis added.

The mainstream market is dominated by simpler systems that use less advanced equipment and cost from about $10,000 to $50,000, depending on location, room size and other features. Last year 163,000 of the units were sold, Mr. Davis said, adding that the market has been growing around 20 percent a year for the last decade. Part of the reason for the increased interest in telepresence videoconferencing is that air travel is more time-consuming than ever, just when companies are putting a premium on rapid decision-making.

“The endless problems at airports these days — whether it’s bad weather, maintenance delays, crowded cabins or security lines — make alternatives to travel more attractive,” said Gary Foley, the manager of global conferencing and travel services at Xerox who oversees some 19,000 employees who take business trips.

But the trade-off between video and travel can be tricky.

“The reason for actual face time is often subjective — quite difficult to quantify,” said Henry H. Harteveldt, the vice president and principal analyst at Forrester. “There’s the need to build a relationship, a desire to deliver good news — or bad news — in person. The virtual meeting may change the mix with fewer people traveling for sales purposes and more for client work and conventions.”

Teleconferencing veterans with long memories can recall that the AT&T Picturephone, an early video concept introduced at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, was a commercial flop. But that was then.

The new systems, in contrast, are sleek and glamorous. For example, Cisco’s virtual meeting room includes an IP (Internet Protocol) phone, three broadcast-quality cameras, three ultrasensitive mikes, three 60-inch plasma screens, a crescent-shaped table that seats six and soft back-lighting.

“The table is maple to complement faces,” said a Cisco spokeswoman, Jacqueline Pigliucci. The studios are painted in identical colors, to give the impression that the people on the screen are in the same room.

Cisco’s 3000 model sells for $299,000. “Double that to $600,000 when you add a similar system at a remote location,” said Mr. Foley.

But prices for these high-end systems are dropping. “In September of 2005 we were pricing our new Halos at $550,000,” Mr. Crangle said. Now they are $329,000 and $399,000 for the two models.

“Going the video route may seem expensive,” Ms. Schooley of Forrester said. “But if you’re talking about high-level executives moving about in a global company — flying first or business class or in a company jet just to see someone in person — travel adds up and the cost of sophisticated video setups can be a wash.”

Mr. Foley said, “We get our money back in less than 12 months.”

Companies like ABN Amro, AMD, Heinz, General Electric, PepsiCo and Wachovia are using the new virtual meetings for product briefings, training courses, strategy sessions and inspirational chats.

Videoconferencing is taking a bite here and there out of the business-travel pie — but the overall pie keeps getting bigger because of globalization.

“Videoconferencing isn’t growing at the expense of travel,” said Caleb Tiller of the National Business Travel Association. “Some 68 percent of our travel managers predicted there would be more trips at their companies this year than in 2006.”

Drawing on the latest annual study of 1,400 American business travelers, Peter C. Yesawich, president and chief executive of Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown & Russell, , an Orlando-based travel trend tracker, says that about 33 percent agree that they are “actively seeking ways to use new technology — and not just videoconferencing — to reduce business travel. But when you do the arithmetic, only 3 percent of all business travelers are taking fewer trips because of the advances in technology.”

via [new york times]





Phillips release 3 new LED-Backlit Displays

24 05 2007

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The 42-inch 42PFL9832D, 47-inch 47PFL9732D, and 52-inch 52PFL7432D LED-backlit LCDs are looking like they might be the next big thing for Phillips. Sharing the company’s Ambilight tag, the sets offer dynamically changing colored lights behind the display to match the mood in a movie that supports the technology. But as we know all too well, HDTVs are about the specs, and not the lights. For that reason, Phillips has thrown in a 120Hz refresh rate so we can get twice the responsiveness you would find scenes showing quite a bit of motion.

If you’re looking for some differences besides the obvious, look no further than the speakers. The 47-inch and 52-inch sets have standard two-channel embedded speakers, while the 42-inch model will offer full surround sound.

Look for these sets this summer for $2,799 (47 inches), $2,999 (42 inches), and $3,599 (52 inches).

via [akihabaranews]





Worlds’s first line array conference microphone system

24 05 2007

Byerdynamic a leading manufacturer of premium-grade microphones, headphones and wireless microphone systems, will feature the Revoluto – the world’s first line array Microphone Station, at InfoComm 2007. Made for use with the MCS-D 200 conferencing system, the Revoluto provides superior sound reproduction without the use of a gooseneck microphone.
Utilizing patented line array technology, the microphone capsules in the Revoluto create an omnidirectional pattern allowing the speaker to move around without affecting the volume or sound quality. Due to its multi-capsule design, the Revoluto provides additional redundancy with no loss of pick-up. In addition, the Revoluto’s low-profile design provides a clear view of the speaker.

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“What makes the Revoluto a truly unique solution for conference room situations is its line array technology,” explains Bob Lowig, beyerdynamic’s Conferencing & Presentation Business Unit Manager. “No longer does a speaker need to be conscious of the microphone. They can move their heads, sit back, read from notes or even stand and be confident that their message is transmitted clearly and effectively.”
The Revoluto station is available in three versions, Basic, Standard and Graphic. The Basic station comes equipped with one microphone button, function buttons for clear and priority as well as a two-way Extended Base loudspeaker system. In addition to featuring a single microphone button and function buttons, the Standard station has an alphanumeric display with menu, language selection and volume control as well as five buttons for voting. The Graphic Station is offered with the same features as the Standard, but with a graphic display for non-Latin characters and ten multi-function buttons for participants to phone each other as well as vote. All stations are equipped with two LEDs, which alert the speaker when he or she is out of range of the microphone.
As with all stations in the MCS-D 200 conferencing system, the Revoluto comes with the NetRateBus network. NetRateBus operates similarly to the Internet, providing transmission of fully digital audio as well as data management via the conferencing system’s cable run. The NetRateBus network provides 54 multi-functional audio channels, which can be allocated freely for discussions, interpreting applications, phoning from microphone station to microphone station, and conference calls.

more……. http://www.beyerdynamic-usa.com/cms/Revoluto.1547.0.html?&L=1





Dell’s Tiny $350 PC Hits China

24 05 2007

We are always on the lookout for small form factor PC’s for use in our projects…..one compact enough to fit inside the table in a meeting room or behind the display in digital signage applications, and fits the budget…….

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Dell has a deal for you, so long as you live in China. Its new $350 desktop is positively petite, using the tiny Mini-ITX form factor that’s long been a proud home to appliance-makers and modding enthusiasts alike.

The EC280 comes with Intel’s new 205-model CPU, which turns out to be a Santa Rosa-class Celeron clocked at 1.2 GHz. It has 512MB RAM, an 80GB hard drive, a DVD Player and uses only 23 watts of juice. On the downside, the SiS GPU stashed in it is only DirectX 7-capable and might choke on some media codecs at HD resolutions.

Currently only available China, as a starter desktop for bargain-hunting, developing-world buyers, here’s hoping the EC280 hits the rest of the world soon: this little fellow might not go toe-to-toe with the Mac Mini, but at that price, it would make a great home server or cheap, set-top media center. I can think of a dozen things this would do better than anything else that’s easily available in the domestic market.

And, let’s face it, it’s the cutest Dell you ever did see.

via [wired]





‘Nano-projector’ promised for next year

23 05 2007

We’re still waiting built-in projectors to become standard fare for mobile phones but, until then, maybe something like this item will make projectors truly portable. The “Oio,” described as “the first truly mobile and fully operational nano-projector,” is made by Israeli company Explay.

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Specs weren’t disclosed, but the tiny device was displayed at an annual conference of the Society of Information Display in Long Beach, Calif., and is scheduled for release next year. Unless, that is, we all end up getting video glasses that turn us into Borgs first.

via [crave]