The buy local movement has plenty of appeal, but the philosophy often extends more readily to tomatoes than tablets. Not so in Romania, where Evolio has served up its share of slates and laptops for the home crowd. Now, the company is back with its first quad-core tablet offering, the 10.1-inch Evolio Quadra. The slab of aluminum and glass weighs in at 1.18 pounds (535 grams), and is outfitted with a 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex A9 CPU and the Vivante GC1000 GPU, which sits on the lower end of Vivante’s offerings. Other specs are largely standard fare, such as a 1,280 x 800 IPS LCD, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage and Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). The Quadra’s 5,000mAh battery is on the weaker side, and its connectivity is limited to WiFi (outside of an external 3G adapter), but that’s what you’ll get for 999 Romanian leu (roughly $ 296). This slab of Eastern European engineering is available for pre-order now on Evolio’s website, and it’s said to hit store shelves in mid-June.
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Google I/O 2013 is entering day two in San Francisco and a Google Glass developer session is happening right now. The focus is on the current Mirror API, which allows for online, web services-based apps that push simple content to the headset. This enables current apps like the New York Times. But, the Mirror API is quite limited, allowing only online apps and not providing any direct access to the Glass hardware. That’s changing, though, with Google announcing the Glass Developer Kit, or GDK. This will allow for Android apps that run directly on the Glass hardware, providing much greater functionality and offline access. When is it coming? “Sometime in the future” is the best we’re able to get.
We have a feeling graphics artists are going to be begging their studios for Fusion-io‘s latest ioFX super-SSD. After receiving critical acclaim for its 460GB version, the company has today introduced a massively-speced 1.6TB variant at NAB. Despite the space increase, the new unit is not bigger than its older sibling. In related news, HP has also signed on to integrate ioFX into its HP Z 420, 620 and 820 all-in-ones, and it’ll also give current workstation owners the option to simply add the card to their existing machines. Fusion won’t be releasing any details about pricing for the 1.6TB ioFX just yet — that’ll remain under wraps until its released this summer. For now, movie makers can net the 460GB one for $ 2K (about $ 500 less that its release price). Full press release after the break.
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NASA’s got some of the sharpest minds in the world (actual, you know, rocket scientists), sure, but they’ll be the first to tell you that sometimes you’ve got to look outside for the best solution to a complicated problem. In recent years, that’s meant the organization has partnered with the likes of SpaceX to help transfer materials to the International Space Station. The desire to look outside has also taken the form of competitions, which, in the past, have sought to improve the efficiency of solar arrays and help better understand the massive amounts of data collected from various missions over a 30-year period.
This latest competition, a partnership with TopCoder, deals with the unspeakably appealing category of space robots, aiming to improve the vision of NASA’s head of menial space station tasks, Robonaut. At present, the ‘bot’s got the sort of sight problems that would have no doubt barred its fleshier counterparts from making their way through the training program.
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Ready to hear about some mid-range Fujifilm point-and-shoots? Let’s do this. The FinePix XP200 looks like the more exciting model of the bunch, so we’ll start there. Available with red, purple, yellow, green, blue and orange glossy finishes, this ruggedized camera packs a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor with image stabilization, a 28-140mm lens, 3-inch, 920k-dot LCD, a 10-frames-per-second continuous shooting mode, 1080/60i video and built-in WiFi for pushing pics to a companion app. It’s a ruggedized cam, so that means it’s waterproof to 50 feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10°C) and shockproof to 6.6-foot drops.
The other flavor is a superzoom model, or a “bridge camera,” as manufacturers are calling them these days. The lens is the focus here, and this one’s got a 24-1,056mm, 44x optic with a maximum aperture range of f/2.9 to f/6.5. There’s also optical image stabilization and a Super Macro mode that lets you shoot subjects that are just 0.39 inch from the lens. There’s a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, sensitivity through ISO 12,800, 1080/60i video capture, a 10 fps continuous shooting mode and WiFi. You can preview images on the 3-inch, 460k-dot LCD or the 201k-dot electronic viewfinder. This model, the FinePix S8400W, comes in black and ships in May for $ 350. The XP200 will also ship in May, priced at $ 300. Read up on both in the PR after the break.
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Nokia today announced Nokia Music+, a premium upgrade to its free Mix Radio service that’s being offered for $ 3.99 monthly in the United States and €3.99 internationally. Buying into Music+ gets customers benefits like unlimited skips, access to higher quality streams, lyrics, and a desktop web app. Unlimited downloads are also an exclusive for paying subscribers. Nokia says this lets you save “a massive supply of offline music” though it’s unclear whether users will be able to selectively pick tracks to download or remain limited to mixes that the app automatically puts together. We’ve reached out for clarification. Music+ will be available sometime “in the next few weeks” according to the company, and while it says overseas pricing…
If you’ve ever found yourself on a lone road in the middle of nowhere with zero bars of reception on your phone, it’s quite likely that you’ve entertained the idea of grabbing a signal booster. Wilson Electronics, one of the best known manufacturers of such devices, is introducing its latest Sleek 4G booster at CES. What makes this version different from the models launched just a few months ago? Instead of needing separate boosters for AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, it’s now capable of supporting phones, tablets and hotspots on all three, as well as legacy signals for all other US carriers. Head to the press release for more details.
For those not in the know, the forthcoming 802.11ac standard is so fast that it makes Speedy Gonzales look like, well, Regular Gonzales. Amped Wireless is launching a flotilla of new WiFi units capable of taking advantage of that additional power that’ll cover your house in the company’s trademark 10,000 square feet of wireless internet. The RTA 15 is the company’s latest flagship dual-band router, the REA 20 range extender will double your wireless footprint and the ACA 1 connects to your laptop’s USB 3.0 port, helping you stay connected in areas of weak signal. The trio will be available at the start of 2013, so we’ll probably get our first peek at the new gear at CES.
Kubi means “neck” in Japanese and that’s just what this new telepresence product is supposed to reproduce. This rig, designed to work with any tablet, essentially creates a user-controlled pivoting system that allows the person you are video-calling to control the position, angle, and rotation of the tablet camera.
It’s not amazingly complex nor is it completely mobile, facts that make Kubi far more interesting for, say, a small office or conference room. Controlling Kubi’s neck, the caller can look around the room, tilt the camera up and down, and keep the camera and tablet a safe distance from the proceedings. As a parent, I’d see Kubi being useful when talking with the family. Rather than one kid hogging the iPad, I could control my position remotely and see everyone in the room from a slight distance.
I talked with Kubi’s creators, Marcus Rosenthal and Ilya Polyakov, both of whom have extensive experience in robotics. They said that they didn’t want Kubi to be mobile “because motors are expensive” and the batteries used to power an upright robot would be prohibitively costly. In short, it was far simpler to create a cool telepresence system than a sub-par roaming robot.
As we tested the Kubi it became clear that this pair was onto something. By giving each party control over their view, the Kubi becomes a sort of surrogate head rather than a stationary webcam. Being able to move from person to person and look each participant in the eye is a cool feeling.
They’re selling pre-orders on the device for $ 200 on Indiegogo and are looking for funding of $ 200,000. I doubt it will be difficult.