Hot off the heels of a new DS rumor, here we are with the possible new displays for the said DS Part Deux. Could it just be the larger screens that are the only upgraded feature, or will we see this make an assault on the iPhone with cellular capability? Would be interesting to see Nintendo up the ante in this department by throwing in as many goodies as possible (including the much needed graphics capability upgrade) so that Sony PSP fanboys can be silenced once and for all. Will Santa come early this year for Nintendo? Only time will tell.
Aigo has begun to ship its Atom-powered P8860 MID for $699, making it available for the first time via official channels although the P8860 has been around on eBay for some time already. Word has it that Aigo has already inked a deal with both Intel and Microsoft, which means Windows XP drivers will be made available from the first of October onwards - an early Christmas present for people who have incomplete, touch screen-less XP installs.
Don't go around with that smug look on your face if your TV has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio - Carl Zeiss' powerdomeVELVET Planetarium Projector clearly outshines your TV thanks to its phenomenal 2,500,000:1 contrast ratio. The main reason behind that is, this device is meant to be used in planetariums and not your living room. Inside you will find Texas Instruments' BrilliantColor DLP technology that helps you achieve a perfect black backdrop. No idea on how much it costs, but it will arrive next year at a probably astronomical (pun intended) sum.
Solar-powered cars, yes. Solar-powered bikes? I don't think that's such a good idea, since the entire bike would be too large for many people to wield. Just check out this monster of a bike - the Prometheus solar-powered motorcycle that has four huge solar panels to soak up the sun's energy, translating it into electricity to propel yourself forward. Lithium-ion phosphate batteries with a 4.6kWh capacity are connected to a 10 HP Perm PMG 132 motor, making it capable of hitting a top speed of 70 mph within a 50 mile range. Folks who are interested won't be able to pick up this bike since it is not for sale, but there is an interest for such a bike, although I would be inclined to say that something smaller is more desirable.
Nissan has taken a leaf out of nature's book with their new Biometric Car Robot Drive, featuring 300-degree vision via compound eyes and instantaneous reflexes just like bees. This allows the robot to navigate around obstacles, and will eventually translate this technology into a new generation of crash-avoidance systems in its cars, helping make roads a much safer place. The technology won't make it into next year's Nissan models, that's for sure, but it is encouraging to see efforts being stepped up to reduce the number of fatalities on the road due to human error and carelessness.
Could this be it? The fastest Vaio UX490 in the world? Just take a look at the figures and see for yourself. The UX490 has not been overclocked, although its Intel Core 2 Solo 1.2GHz processor has been replaced by the Core 2 Duo U7600 ULV 1.2GHz processor instead, making the unit hit a whopping 45,999 in Crystal Mark. Another reason for the high points scored in benchmark tests is the inclusion of a 32GB SSD compared to units using hard drives. Do you happen to have a UMPC that's faster?
Fujifilm has expanded its line of flash memory products with a plethora of SDHC memory cards that boast Class 6 data transfer speeds, capable of hitting 6MB/s in theory although real world applications differ from device to device. These new SDHC cards will come in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB capacities, although there is no word on pricing yet as at press time. Expect them to retail for market price with other comparable brands as they ship out this October.
Here's a tablet PC from Fujitsu - the Stylistic ST6012, and it boasts some pretty souped up specfiications that ought to get fanboys and passers-by interested as well. Features on the ST6012 include :-
Toshiba has plans to enhance its SSD line with a new 256GB model that targets both netbooks as well as UMPCs. Hmm, with Microsoft restricting netbooks running Windows XP to a 160GB hard drive cap, does this limitation apply to SSDs as well? Something worth pondering over. Anyhows, I digress. The new Toshiba 256GB SSD will feature a maximum read and write speed of 120MB/s and 70MB/s respectively, thanks to a SATA interface. No idea if this is able to survive a 3-story fall though.
I wonder whether the Samsung A637, also known as the Milky, is made in China. If so, does that mean it is tainted as well? Bad jokes aside, the Samsung Milky will come with the following specifications :-