Sharp rolls out 46-, 52-inch LCD TVs with built-in web browser

31 05 2008

Sharp has just let loose a pair of new sizable and feature-packed LCD TVs, although you’re more likely to find one of ’em in a kiosk or a conference room than a home theater. Intended primarily for commercial use, the 46-inch TL-M4600 and 52-inch TL-M5200 each boast a full 1920 x 1080 resolution, along with a “sub-6ms” response time, a full range of ports (including DVI-D and HDCP-compatible HDMI), optional speakers, and a 1,500:1 contrast ratio on TL-M4600 and 2,000:1 on the TL-M5200. Both also boast fanless internal cooling systems to keep the noise down and, perhaps most notably, LAN connectivity complete with a built-in web browser. Of course, just because Sharp’s targeting businesses and the like doesn’t mean it won’t sell you one, although you’ll have to drop a hefty $4,000 for the 46-incher or $5,000 for the 52-inch model.
via [engadget]
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Microsoft intros the TouchWall — maps will never be the same again

31 05 2008


If you’ve been watching CNN’s election coverage lately (and we think you have), then you’ve probably seen anchor John King tripping the light fantastic on the channel’s Magic Wall touchscreen. Apparently, Microsoft has come up with its own version of the board — essentially a Surface flipped on its side and mounted. The device, known as the TouchWall, joins a handful of finger-friendly prototypes that Microsoft Research is working on (including a spherical unit we assume will be used strictly for world domination campaigns). The 4-foot-by-6-foot “wall” uses inexpensive infrared sensors and a rear-mounted camera — which can be added to a variety of surfaces — in order to create the hands-on experience. The company appears to be targeting this as a low cost “intelligent whiteboard” solution, so hopefully they’ll be turning up in schools, small businesses, and the Techlogique offices soon.

via [engadget]





Earth Trek touts “world’s smallest” projector

31 05 2008

While it likely won’t hold onto the (slightly dubious) title for long at the rate mini-projectors are cropping up these days, Hong Kong-based Earth Trek has nonetheless gone out and proclaimed its new 90-805R projector to be the “world’s smallest” and, indeed, it is small. Measuring about 4 by 2 inches, the projector can apparently pump out a 22-inch diagonal image (no word from what distance), with an SD card slot and an A/V input provided via a 3.5 mm jack, not to mention a built-in speaker. No word on a price or release date just yet, but we’d assume they’d want to get it out relatively soon in order to beat the inevitable cellphone projector rush.
via [engadget]




N-trig shows off pen input-capable DuoSense multi-touch display

22 05 2008

It seems like there isn’t a week that goes by these days that we don’t see another multi-touch display (homebrew or otherwise), and you can now add one more contender to the growing ranks, with N-trig set to debut its new DuoSense system at the SID International Symposium in Los Angeles this week. This one adds pen input capabilities to the usual array of multi-touch features, as well as the somewhat unique ability for multiple people to use the display simultaneously, which N-trig says makes the system ideal for gaming applications. N-trig also boasts that the technology works on “large format displays,” but that apparently maxes out at a not-exceptionally-large 22-inches at the moment.
via [engadet]




Panasonic VIERACast internet-enabled plasmas due this summer

22 05 2008

After slipping past their original spring release date, Panasonic’s PZ850 series of plasmas are no longer the only ones with YouTube support, but those desiring internet features, high contrast ratios and easy-access calibration settings can expect them on shelves this summer. The 46-, 50- and 58-inch versions should all be available in mid-June, with the 65-incher rolling out in August. Other than the IP features (Picasa access is also part of the package) the THX-certified PZ850s support h.264 playback from the SD card slot, RS-232C, 24p native playback, and a variety of display modes and settings to get the picture just the way the director intended, the way you like it, or anywhere in between.

 

via [engadet]