Meet Blob VB3 - An Egg Shaped Mobile Living Space
A bit of an "oddball" news item for sure but nevertheless quite interesting, I think. Architectural firm dmvA built an extravagant, egg-shaped, mobile living space called "blob VB3".
It took about 18 months to complete the 20 m2 blob which is mainly made out of polyester but it does hold all necessary items one could possibly need: "bathroom, kitchen, lighting, sleeping space and several niches for storage. Moreover, the nose can be opened automatically and functions as a porch. While being closed, it blends into a complete smooth blob."
Airnergy Charger Gets Its Electricity From WiFi Signals
RCA, formerly known as Radio Corporation of America, presented a truly amazing gadget on the CES in Las Vegas, last week. Simply by transforming WLAN signals into energy the device, called "Airnergy", was "able to charge a BlackBerry from 30% to full in about 90 minutes, using nothing but ambient WiFi signals as a power source."
"This has been done before, but the Airnergy is able to harvest electricity with a high enough efficiency to make it practically useful.
The Airnergy has a battery inside it, so you can just carry it around and as long as you
Infinity Ward Working on MMO?
We here at Guru3D usually don't help spreading rumors floating around on the Internet but this one seems to be too juciy to let just slip by.
According to Destructoid (and its industry sources), Infinity Ward is working on a secret project and can't commit to Modern Warfare 3 since it is working on a new game which according to the rumor will be an MMO.
"We've gotten word that IW is hiring people from Sony Online Entertainment, one of which may be the lead designer of EverQuest II, and that a member of Blizzard employees may also be involved to help Infinity Ward get this new title off the ground. Our Intel seems to indicate that Call of Duty will continue as an annual franchise while IW runs this MMO alongside it."
Microsoft Makes Office and Windows Rentals Legal
Despite people already renting, leasing, or outsourcing PCs with Microsoft Office or Windows installed (think Internet Cafes, hotels, for example), only since January 1, 2010 Microsoft changed its licensing terms for Windows and Microsoft Office in order to make this common practice legal. So far, "Microsoft license requirements for Windows and Office do not permit renting, leasing, or outsourcing the software to a third party.
As of January 1, 2010, Rental Rights license SKUs were added to the worldwide Microsoft Product List for Volume Licensing, Microsoft Product Use Rights (PUR) document, and Microsoft Volume Licensing price lists as additive licenses through the Microsoft Open License, Microsoft Select License, and Microsoft Select Plus agreements for the following products: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows."
By paying a one-time only fee (for each Windows PC or Office copy that is being rented out) you get a waiver of these licensing restrictions valid for the term of the underlying software license or the life of the PC.
Vuzix Wrap 920 Video Eyewear Released
Touted "the most advanced wearable display available today" Vuzix now offers the Wrap 920 with an MSRP of $349.95 (USD) on its web site.
This sunglass-style eyewear, with a virtual 67-inch screen as seen from 10 feet, can display 2D and 3D video and supports standard 2D movies as well as virtually all common 3D video formats.
Audi Teams Up With Nvidia
Already a very nice car by itself, the Audi A8 might get an interesting feature in 2011 we geeks here at Guru3D might appreciate: how about having "Google Earth, news, weather and travel information on your car dashboard?
Powered by Nvidia's EMP1 graphics processor, using a track pad on the dashboard used for sliding around Google Earth and literally drawing letters with your finger for text input, and a clickable dial that zooms in and out of the map and scrolls through menu options, the display nicely renders land topography in Google Earth, and can even show individual 3D buildings in map view."
There seem to be a few downsides as well, though:
"Audi isn't allowing for streaming media, such as Pandora, and likely won't until 4G networks come around. And the system won't read news and weather to you. Those features are locked out to the driver when the car's in motion."
So, in the end it boils down to this question: "Would you pay $10 to $25 per month for Google Earth, news, weather and travel information on your car dashboard?"
Microsoft Presents Arc Keyboard
This year's CES at Las Vegas sure had a plethora of new and interesting trends, gadgets and technology to present. One of Microsoft's new products is the wireless Arc Keyboard.
Measuring 12.2 by 6.1 inches this curvy keyboard connects to your PC or MAC via 2.4GHz wireless technology and will be available towards the end of February for under $60 USD.
Some of its features are:
- Clean lines and eye catching shape
- Battery Life Indicator
- Lightweight and Compact (under one pound)
- Stowable Nano Transceiver
- 2.4 GHz Wireless
- 3-Year Limited Warranty
Light Touch Turns Any Surface Into A Touch Screen
A few days ago the Cambridge based company Light Blue Optics (LBO) revealed its first product called Light Touch at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Light Touch - an interactive projector - turns any flat surface into a 10'' touch screen, using a proprietary holographic laser projection technology (HLP), "creating bright, high-quality WVGA resolution video images that are always in focus. HLP enables extremely wide throw angles, resulting in large images being created at close proximity to the projector?fs aperture. HLP can also correct for distortion and optical aberrations in software, enabling novel table-top projection.
Light Touch includes an infra-red touch sensing system that transforms the projected image into a virtual 10 touch screen. The user can control the projector and interact with multimedia content and applications simply by touching the projected image. Light Touch runs Adobe Flash Lite 3.1, leveraging a large existing developer community and enabling the rapid development of innovative applications. WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity enable device to device communication and applications that connect directly to the internet such as social networking, multimedia sharing and electronic point of sale. Light Touch is equipped with 2GB of onboard Flash memory and has a Micro SD card slot that supports up to 32GB. Light Touch can be wall powered or battery operated, with a run-time of 2 hours before recharging is required."
HIS Radeon HD 5750 ICEQ+ review
HIS Radeon HD 5750 ICEQ+ review
One of the cheapest mainstream Radeon series you money can get you is the Radeon HD 5750. It oozes with bang for buck really. HIS took the Radeon HD 5750 and decided to make a more exclusive deal for you out of it. They launched an ICEQ+ version that comes with customized silent cooling, they have thrown in DiRT 2 (the full PC game) for free and added a little more bringing value to what is supposed to be a mainstream product.
The result is a really affordable, silent graphics card upgrade with plenty of kick and punch for modern age gaming.
Check out our review right here.
CES: Low power LED TVs on the rise
One of the new trends on television land that is picking up real fast is the rise of LED TV's. We've seen huge numbers of them here at CES and the Full HD / Full 3D screens absolutely look amazing. What is interesting though is that manufactures absolute start to think about power consumption. Lowe power consumption now is a good selling point. For example in one of the photo's below you can see an LG screen that was 55" I believe, yet peaks at only a power consumption of roughly 150 Watt maximum (TDP). Now when yours truly bought his first HD Ready Pioneer 42" HD screen that was already drawing like 300 Watts with a bright broadcast.
It really is absolutely amazing to see the crisp image quality, rich detail and sharpness of these new generation screens that are so thing yet average only at 100 ~ 150 Watt power consumption. Nice ... very nice. If you look at the photo with the LG screen (most left photo) you can actually see the power consumption displayed below on the photo's. That's an LE8500 with Full LED slim design, a THX certified screen (yeah it's a new THX screening procedure), comes with netcast, HD wireless and has a 55" screen size.
CES: ATI brings Eyefinity to laptops
Of course ATI has a booth at CES as well. Not much going on there really, but one thing certainly caught my attention. Do you guys remember the XGP laptop, which stands for eXternal Graphics Platform we recently reviewed ? Well, based on that very same concept (Amilo GraphicsBooster).
Right here on CES ATI is demonstrating a new laptop from Acer with an XGP connector. The Acer Ferrari One is something in-between a netbook and a notebook. With an XGP connector, this laptop is connected to a Broadway XGP box. The box has one DVI port, three DisplayPorts, an HDMI port, and two USB ports. Inside the box is an ATI Mobility Radeon 5870 graphics card form which we do not know the precise specs. But based on the series 5000 technology you can have a lot of fun as it supports three high-resolution monitors. Agreed, a little extreme .. but nice for a professional presentation on multiple monitors alright. Check out the photo's we took.
CES: Vegas literally is electrifying
CES certainly can be a bit of a strange place. And sure, writing as a Dutch / EU journalist we understand the differences in opinion and culture in regards to weapons and protection (they are not allowed in the EU). Tasers -- to see a company demonstrating and testing their tasers live on CES with people from the audienc, is that considered normal ? Surely that must raise some eye browses right ? Anyway, check this marine out. Getting some juice from a taser .. ooh and look at the way too smug look on the presenters face, apparantly that's sheriff John Bunnell from COPs and World's Wildest Police Videos. Hehe, classic.
Electronics Electrics Show .. .
CES: PowerColor LCS 5970
Power Color did not have an extensive amount of products on display. One of the products that always catches my eyes is of course already available in retail (I think), but none the less definitely with a picture. Check out this water-cooled dual-GPU based Radeon HD 5970. The cards is in fact the LCS (Liquid Cooling System) card and that block used is the Koolance VID-AR5970.
Users will find the GPU clocked from a stock 850MHz to 875MHz, whilst the 1GB of GDDR5 memory jumps from 4,800MHz to an effective 5,000MHz and it comes with a 400 EUR to 550~600 USD pricetag.
CES: MSI P55 GD85 motherboard
Over at the Wynn suites MSI had a private section for some members of the press showing some items you could not find on the convention center grounds. Check it out, below is yet another motherboard based on the P55-GD80, the photo you see below is in fact the GD85. The cool thing about it is that is has the exact same features but now come with SATA3 (6gbps) and USB 3.0. This board will be making retail quite soon already, it's nice to see SATA3 and USB 3.0 finally getting some attention from the manufacturers.
Other than that all the standard features including a lot of overclocker-friendly features, such as on-board controls for clock-speeds, clear-CMOS, OC-Genie, a DIP switch to control voltages, and voltage-sensing points that make measuring voltages convenient.
Not exactly a brilliant photo -- but it'll have to do.
CES: New Zalman graphics card coolers
Zalman has a suite in the Palazzo hotel here in Vegas. And imagine getting into the suite and seeing all Zalman staff pack up the gear. Kinda weird, apparently Zalman rented a suit where they did not have permission to display products to guests. If they wanted to do that, they have to rent and even more expensive presidential suite. Crazy stuff is going on here in Vegas alright. We did get to see a thing or two though, zalman was displaying a new 3D Monitor that have in the works. In combo with stereoscopic glasses and the upcoming 120Hz FullHD screen the new series should be launched in Q3.
Next to that Zalman was showing a new chassis, the Z7 series. It is the first Zalman chassis series designed for general gamers that presents Zalman quality with a reasonable price. The Z7 features a 120mm back fan, front HDD fan with Blue LED and a side fan with a controller connected to a LED light that changes from bright to light depending on the fan speed. Few of many other features include front side steel mesh bays with anti-dust filters, option for additional side fan and support for CPU Coolers up to 162mm.
Next to that the 10X series coolers flashed by and of course Zalman is also working on two new VGA coolers, one for the NVIDIA and one for the ATI segment of the market. It is the VF3000 series VGA cooler. The VF3000 series will come in two different versions; one for the ATI graphics card and the other for the NVIDIA graphics card. The high-capacity 92mm dual fan will keep the graphics card cool and the switch noise-free will keep the cooler to a minimum noise level. Have a peek.
CES: Razer entering console controller market
Though the product we are showing here will work fine on a PC as well, Razer has entered the console market. One of the products that stood out is this new controller, the other is a headset.
The controller is a wired controller, this controller is said to use
CES: ECS AMD 890 motherboard spotted
At CES the good people from ECS also had a suite available. Of course there are many H55/57 motherboard on display everywhere, but for some reason every now and then an upcoming AMD 890 chipset based motherboard (that is still under NDA) pops out of nowhere. I can tell you this, the AMD 890 chipsets based motherboards seem to ooze with value and features.
Below you can see the upcoming A890GXM-A. This board comes with a PCI slot, 3 PCIe full length slots for Crossfire. There are 4 DIMM slots supporting DDR3-1800 (OC). There are 5 SATA II ports with the 6th as eSATA at the back panel. The board also features Hybrid CrossFire, so the chipset on board is a AMD 890GX thus comes with integrated graphics.
The design looks very nice, check it out.
CES: MSI starts Hawx series graphics cards
I have one more MSI post for you guys. MSI as you know has the high-end series Lightning graphics cards. For the more mainstream products they however are going to introduce the HAWX series. It boils down to a high quality custom build graphics card with the best components and good overclockability.
The first HAWX series product will be ATI Radeon 5770 based, which is a lovely product for money. The card will come with the 'Military class' component selection that MSI markets so well and also you'll spot a custom PCB and the Twin Frozr thermal design cooling. This card will also have voltage checkpoints so you can check GPU and memory voltages with the help of a multi-meter.
I was able to snag a photo of the prototype. So keep in mind that this is not the finished product. Click on the thumbnail.