Acer Presents Award Winning Products at Computex

Acer logoAcer has won a number of awards at the ongoing Computex conference in Taipei. Acer’s Revo One RL85 Mini PC has won the Best Choice of the Year award and Best Choice Gold award in the Computer & System category. This product was also recognized for the Red Dot and Computex d&i design award.

Acer’s S277HK monitor won a Best Choice award in the Touch & Display category along with Acer’s Chromebook 11, which earned an accolade in the Cloud Computing category.

The Revo One RL85 Mini PC is a desktop computer that sports a sleek and stylish design. Engineered as an entertainment center, the Revo One has a lot of features but fits into a small form factor, thanks to the thin design and high capacity of its Samsung Spinpoint M9T hard drive. The Revo One also supports up to 6TB of storage and can accommodate up to two 4K displays as well as 7.1 channel audio output.

The 27-inch Acer S277HK monitor is ideal for a premium A/V experience. It features 4K2K Ultra HD (3840×2160) visuals on a frameless screen, a super-fast HDMI 2.0 connection and speakers with DTS sound. Placed side by side, two S277HK monitors offer a nearly seamless viewing experience with their frameless screens. Leveraging IPS technology, the S277HK’s screen delivers exceptional color saturation and stability with 178-degree wide vertical and horizontal viewing angles. The Acer S277HK was designed with beauty in mind, from the sleek aluminum bezel, asymmetric metallic stand and glossy white back panel to the dynamically styled speakers and vents.

The Acer Chromebook 11 features fast connectivity and long-lasting battery life that extends from day to night on a single charge. The Chromebook 11 is great for students, families, and anyone on a budget. It’s also a good option as a secondary device, especially for anyone who uses a lot of the services offered by Google.

No information yet on pricing and availability for these new products from Acer.

Monoprice Action Cam and Drawing Display

Monoprice LogoStarting out with cables and then moving into consumer electronics, Monoprice is well-known for its competitively priced products. This year sees Monoprice come to CES with two new products, the MHD 2.0 Action Camera and a new drawing display, the 22″ HD SmartTouch Interactive Pen Drawing Display. Jamie sits down with Monprice President Bernard Luthi and Product Manager Chris Apland to find out more.

The new MHD 2.0 action cam records full HD at 1920 x 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second with an ultra-wide 170° field of view. It can be mounted using a range of mounts and is waterproof to 10m without any additional casing. Cleverly, the cam uses gyros to make sure that footage is filmed the right way up. Available now, priced at $89.99.

The 22″ drawing display is a 1080p HD display which supports ten point multitouch and 5000 level of sensitivity, and comes with a rechargeable pen stylus. It’s Mac, Windows 8.1 and Linux ready, and is available now for $799.

Interview by Jamie Davis of Health Tech Weekly for the TechPodcast Network.

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Smart Diabekit by Reunion

DiabekitDid you know that diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in US. and cost $174 Billion US dollars in health care cost. There are 25 million diabetics and 79 million pre diabetics in the US. People with diabetes have to estimate the amount of sugar they eat and monitor the level of glucose in their blood. This can mean carrying around a large kit and sticking yourself with a needle to draw blood. It is messy and painful. Many people will just try to estimate their sugar intake which can lead to life threatening situations. Runware the maker of the Runalyzer a heart rate monitor is coming out with an all in one solutions for the diabetics called the Smart Diabekit System. It has a smart glucometer for measuring blood sugar and  sensors that communicates with the included scale and an activity tracker. Now the diabetic can easily keep track  the food they are eating, how active they are and of their glucose level.

The Smart DiabelKit System will be available in September 2014 at the Runware website, price is not available at this time. If you are attending CES 2014 Runware a company based out of the The Reunion Island will be in the Venetian Ballroom Hall D, level 2 Booth 7269.

Canon Showing Off 30-inch 4K Industrial Video Display at NAB

Canon has announced that from April 16-19 they will be at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show that is taking place next week in Las Vegas.  One of the big new items they are bringing with them is a 30 inch industrial video display that handles the next-generation 4K video standard.

“Canon is currently developing a 30-inch 4K resolution industrial display as a 4K video output device realizing faithful color reproduction and high-resolution, high-contrast performance. Canon will exhibit a prototype of the video display from April 16 to 19 at NAB Show 2012, the world’s largest international digital event for audio, video, film, broadcast and communications, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.”

This is strictly a prototype of a monitor that is still under development, so don’t expect to see it on the market any time soon.  However, there has been talk of the movie industry moving to 4K in the future and Canon plans to be prepared for that possible inevitability.  Canon does specify that, while they don’t have pricing or specifications available at this time, they have every intention of having this new display on the market before the end of 2012.

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Wacom Computer in a Tablet

The latest from Wacom is a monitor that can be attached to a PC or Mac and become an interactive monitor for either operating system.  It allows any user to interact with the screen through a highly touch-sensitive pen, for drawing or writing on the screen.  This device turns a simple computer into a whiteboard, which is something used almost daily in the business world.

The new screens are 1920 x 1200, so they can display full high-def graphics and also display up to 92 percent of the Adobe color gamet.  This makes the screen, not only good for business, but also ideal for artists.

This technology doesn’t come cheap, but for the business user the price may not seem too steep at $2,599.  After all, it can replace several other devices and functions in an office.  You can see it in action in the video below and also visit their web site for more info.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine.

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Remote Monitoring/Home Automation

For several years, there has been a small but dedicated group of people experimenting in the world of what has been dubbed home automation. Until now, this field has been fragmented with clunky, often expensive products that don’t integrate well and often make the consumer jump through multiple hoops to even get them to work.

In a recent article I talked about installing a Nest remote-controlled thermostat in my house. The Nest thermostat has so far proven to MORE than live up to the promises made by its manufacturer. The Nest thermostat was remarkably easy to install and makes it amazingly easy to remotely monitor and control my home heating/air conditioning system via iOS or my Android smartphone. Once installed, the Nest simply works. The Nest is worth every penny of its $249 dollar price tag.

Now that I’ve lived with the Nest a while, I’m more excited than ever about the possibilities of remote monitoring, remote control, and home automation.

What I want next is a remote camera system that works with the absolute ease of the Nest thermostat and Nest app combination. The ideal remote camera system would offer at least 4 network-connected weatherproof cameras along with a controller/app system that could be set up with the no-muss, no-fuss ease that the Nest thermostat offers. I want to be able to open an app on an iOS or Android device/smartphone and have my remote camera views simply show up, perhaps with the ability to pan, zoom and tilt individual cameras if I wished right from within the app. Furthermore I don’t want to have to worry about firewalls or port-forwarding to try to get past my home router or ISP firewall

I would also like to be able to use my iOS device or Android smartphone to be able to remotely monitor my refrigerator.

Now that most of us are equipped with smartphones, I see a huge opportunity for a company or companies to step into the home automation/remote monitoring arena and fill the void. The standard to meet revolves around ease-of-use.

Samsung Acquires Sony’s Stake in S-LCD for $939 million

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Back in 2004, Samsung and Sony joined together to produce Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD). More than TV’s and computer monitors, these LCD’s were also in phones, cars, appliances and other items needing a display. Two months after Sony announced it was reorganizing due to a 1.2 billion dollar loss, Sony has sold their part in the LCD venture for $939 million (1.08 trillion Korean won).

In the agreement, Samsung will acquire all of Sony’s shares (329,999,999) of the S-LCD Corporation. They will still cooperate in engineering efforts on LCD panel technology.

Transaction close date is expected on 1/19/2012

Sony Press Release

Samsung Press Release

Samsung 950 Series 3D Displays

The upcoming Samsung 950 is not only 3D capable, but is also being billed by Samsung as their top-of-the-line 2D display as well.  This set will even do 2D to 3D conversion.  It has an ultra thin chassis and no bulge in the back because all of the electronic are built into the base.  It’s LED display that has the thinness of an OLED panel.  It will be available in two versions – a monitor and a combination HDTV and Monitor.

There’s no word yet about when the 950’s will hit the market, but they are saying that will likely be the first half of this year.  Of course there is also no price as of yet, but you can almost always expect to pay a handsome price when you buy top-of-the-line gear.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central

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iDevices Presents the iGrill Bluetooth-enabled Wireless Meat Temperature Cooking Monitor

Jonathan Conelias of iDevices, Inc. (www.idevicesinc.com) presents the iGrill Bluetooth-enabled wireless temperature probe device that is designed to synch up with an iPod, iPhone or iPad and remotely display temperatures of cooking meats. It is able to monitor two temperatures at once and runs on four “AA” batteries. The iOS application features alarms that can be set to notify the user that the desired cooking temperature has been reached. The app also includes recipes and an Internet browser. The app is currently available for Apple’s iOS devices but will be available for Google Android by the end of the first quarter of 2011. It sells for $99.99 and comes with one temperature probe. A second temperature probe can be purchased for $19.99. The probes have 48″ inch cords and can measure 40 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit inside cooking meat products.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast and Tom Newman of The Fogview Podcast.

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MobileMonitor Presents Monitor2Go & Field Monitor Pro With Keypad Portable 15″ USB Monitors

Lawrence Pensack presents two portable 15.4″ inch USB monitors that are designed to extend the desktop real estate of laptop computers. Monitor²Go, which is available in May, is a USB monitor that sells for $279 dollars.

The Field Monitor Pro With Keypad is available now and sells for $289, includes an integrated numeric keypad. Both monitors are DisplayLink Certified.

It is possible to daisy-chain up to 6 of these monitors for maximum high-performance portable screen real estate. Both units fold up into the shape of standard laptop computers to go into standard laptop bags and weigh about 4 pounds. They are powered with their own power adapters.

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