You’d be forgiven if you weren’t entirely on the same page with Panasonic regarding its micro color splitter sensor: it’s a big break from the traditional Bayer filter approach on digital cameras, and the deluge of text doesn’t do much to simplify the concept. Much to our relief, DigInfo TV has grilled Panasonic in a video that provides a more easily digestible (if still deep) interpretation. As the technology’s creator says, it’s all about the math. To let in so much light through the splitters requires processing the light in four mixed colors, and that processing requires studying the light’s behavior in 3D. Panasonic’s new method (Babinet-BPM) makes that feasible by finishing tasks 325 times faster than usual, all while chewing up just a 16th of the memory. The company isn’t much closer to having production examples, but it’s clarifying that future development will be specialized — it wants to fine-tune the splitter behavior for everything from smartphone cameras through to security systems. Catch the full outline after the break.
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We haven’t exactly been lacking for leaks of Samsung’s new Galaxy S IV ahead of its launch later today, but those looking for yet more can now get their fix courtesy of an extensive preview/review of the still-unofficial phone published by IT168. That’s the same site that’s been the source of a number of those aforementioned leaks in recent days. While it’s still not clear if the phone in their possession is identical to the Samsung’s final retail device, it certainly appears to be a well-polished version, and decidedly familiar for anyone accustomed to the Galaxy S III. The preview goes particularly in-depth on the phone’s screen, even going so far as to put it under a microscope to compare it to the Galaxy S3 and Note II. Hit the source link below for a closer look yourself.
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Samsung started pushing a new Jelly Bean update to its Galaxy S III phones yesterday, and it’s posted a video breaking down some of the features. Many of the “Premium Suite” upgrades are cribbed from the Galaxy Note II, but we’re sure users will still enjoy multi-window, a customizable notification panel, smart rotation and more. The video shows off the new multitasking, NFC and reader features, plus contextual awareness tweaks that adjust the phone around your actions. Some of the other new features are apparently being saved for part two of the video, but if you need something to keep busy until 4.2 eventually arrives you can check it out after the break.
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With all the hullaballoo surrounding the new iPad Mini, it’s worth remembering that some actual Windows-flavored competition is ready to roll. We learned last week that Microsoft spent quite some time in a self-described Willy Wonka type studio, carefully crafting the clicky, compact Windows 8 tablet. And one of its most special, and most important, features is the Touch Cover, which doubles as a tablet cover and a keyboard all in one 3mm package.
Microsoft today released a video that goes into more detail about the Touch Cover’s creation. As you may remember from the original tour through Studio B, a lot of attention went into the noises of the tablet, namely the soft clicking sound when the touch cover attaches.
Microsoft also showed off the Type Cover, which is essentially a 6mm cover with a scissor key keyboard. It has all the same “smart” functionality as the Touch Cover, but with a bit more familiarity when typing.
However, an engineer in the video explains that, with the Touch Cover, “there isn’t a huge learning curve with respect to muscle memory of where your fingers are striking the keys.” We’ll have to wait until full reviews are released to find out.
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In case you hadn’t heard yet, next week is going to be a busy one for gadget fiends — Amazon’s got something brewing on the 6th, while Nokia and Motorola will be duking it for eyeballs since both have launch events scheduled for the 5th.
Rumor has it that both of them will also be unveiling a pair of new smartphones — Nokia has the Phi and the Arrow, and Motorola is expected to pull back the curtains on the RAZR HD and the newly-leaked Droid RAZR M 4G LTE.
Yeah, so the name isn’t very inspired. What else is new?
Engadget got their collective hands on some tantalizing images of the familiar-looking Ice Cream Sandwich-powered handset, and while it doesn’t quite ooze style the same way the original Droid RAZR did, I suspect more than a few potential customers won’t mind. It doesn’t hurt that Motorola managed to squeeze a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED advanced display, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon MSM8960 chipset, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and a pair of eight and three megapixel camera (on the back and front, respectively) into a 4.4 ounce package. And as always, Motorola put (device) safety first by wrapping the display in Gorilla Glass 2 and the back in its now-standard Kevlar trim.
As slick and as understated as this thing looks, its mid-range specs mean it shouldn’t steal too much limelight away from the long-awaited RAZR HD. Now that I think about it, the RAZR M’s spec sheet bears a strong resemblance to that of the Atrix HD, a device that I found myself really enjoying in spite of my misgivings. Sure, there are some trade-offs — the RAZR M’s display isn’t quite as large, and its resolution isn’t as high, but it crams a solid spec sheet into a body that doesn’t make me slump when I look at it. All Verizon needs to do is slap a reasonable price tag on this little guy and it should have a real contender on its hands when holiday buying frenzy soon makes animals of us all.Related Posts:
Taking the term home theater in a box to a new level, Ikea made waves a few weeks back when it announced plans to start selling a self-branded HDTV and home theater system with a starting price under $ 1000. However, the company didn’t out all the tantalizing details at the time. Gigaom managed to get a bit more info on the system including the type of apps included on the rather impressive HDTV.
The Uppleva system, as it’s called in traditional Ikea fashion, allows buyers to customize their whole entertainment system starting with the screen size but also including the type and size of cabinet and so on. The approach takes the focus away from the TV and instead on the owners space. Each Uppleva system will ship with a Blu-ray player, 2.1 audio system with a wireless sub, and some sort of media cabinet.
As detailed in the original announcement, the HDTV isn’t a slouch. The 1080p display has a 400Hz response time and built-in apps. GigaOm learned that the system will launch will at least 15 apps including YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, TuneIn Radio, and a browser (possibly Opera for TV). That puts this Ikea set on the same level as sets from Sony, Samsung and LG.
The original plan is to systemically roll the HDTV system out starting in select European stores this year followed by a broad launch in 2013 that includes the US. If this system lives up to its potential, it could be the most disruptive force in home theater since the advent of buying from Internet vendors. Best Buy better have an answer in place.
From the Holoflector virtual mirror to the Illumishare, Microsoft Research never fails to impress us with new product concepts. One area of focus that the group has been working on is home automation, with additional details about its HomeOS project coming to light in a recently-posted paper. While the HomeOS name itself isn’t new — as CNET points out, the name surfaced back in 2010 — the paper notes that Microsoft has had the platform running in 12 different homes over the last four to eight months. The idea is to move away from a series of single devices that may or not be connected in favor of a desktop computer metaphor, where “all devices in the home appear as peripherals connected to a single logical PC.” To handle the issue of…
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When the Windows 8 public beta launches later this month, Microsoft will be introducing improvements to two of the OS’s key accessibility features, the Narrator and Magnifier. The Narrator — which reads on-screen content for the visually impaired — is said to be more responsive, support more languages and voices, and be able to read additional UI components. It has also been optimized for touch screens, with a feature called “exploring” that will read out what it is you’re touching as you move a single finger across the screen. In order to active something, you simply tap it with a second finger.
The magnification tool has also been upgraded for touch screens in an attempt to make navigation easier. When the feature is turned on, a…
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