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Asus Aura: iPhone Clone Plus

Asus Aura: iPhone Clone Plus
This cool phone from Asus channels many of its good looks from Apple’s iPhone. The Asus Aura has a 3.9-inch touchscreen LCD, a 2 megapixel digital camera and a slim 6.9mm thick case design. The Aura does one up the iPhone in a few significant ways by offering UMTS and HSDPA (3G) high-speed connectivity, expandable storage via an SD slot and a slide-out keyboard.

47-Inch LG LCD Set to Get Mega Contrast Ratio

47-Inch LG LCD Set to Get Mega Contrast Ratio
LCD sets just keep getting better and better these days. LG upped the ante today by showing off a new 47-inch screen loaded with features that could put LCD ahead of plasma in picture quality once and for all.
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Runco Vx: the First Ever Thx Certified Projectors

Runco Vx: the First Ever Thx Certified Projectors
Runco, know for producing high-end home theater gear has announced that they have started shipping the first ever projectors to pass THX certification. The Runco VX (Video Extreme) series of DLP front projectors come in a number of models designed to handle a variety of different installation needs, but all require a sizeable investment: VX-2000d: Single Chip DLP / 1280×1080 /220W UHP Lamp ($16,995) VX-6000d: Single Chip DLP / 1920×1080 / 220W UHP Lamp ($35,995) VX-22d: Three Chip DLP / 1920×1080 /300W Lamp ($44,995) VX-44d: Three Chip DLP / 1920×1080 /1000W Xenon Lamp ($79,995) VX-55d: Three Chip DLP / 1920×1080 /1200W Xenon Lamp ($114,995) All of the VX projectors come with Runco’s DHD controller, which now offers HDMI input capability.

Miniature HDTV Camera for Tight Spaces

Miniature HDTV Camera for Tight Spaces
Developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, Germany, this tiny little camera can capture full HDTV 1920×1080 resolution video at up to 60 frames per second. The MicroHDTV camera measures just about 1.5″ x 1.5″ x 3″ and can easily fit in confined spaces like the inside of a race car or even on a helmet.

Technology Goes Down the Toilet

Technology Goes Down the Toilet
You’ll never have to leave the throne again now that Roto Rooter has created the ultimate toilet, which includes a full arsenal of high-tech toys and other gadgets. Designed for the world’s laziest man, the Roto Rooter Pimped Out John includes a 20-inch flat-panel LCD TV, an Xbox 360, DVD player, a laptop, a TiVo DVR, and an iPod docking station (mounted conveniently on a toilet-paper dispenser.)

HD DVD / Blu-ray Combo Players to be the Norm

HD DVD / Blu-ray Combo Players to be the Norm
According to a recent report from ABI Research, the HD DVD vs. Blu-Ray format war will be won not by either format, but by dual-format players, such as the recently released LG BH100 combo player. According to the Steve Wilson, ABI’s principal consumer electronics analyst: “We believe that universal players will come to dominate the high-definition DVD player market.”

Sony Dt1 Digital Tuner: Reinventing the Wheel

Sony Dt1 Digital Tuner: Reinventing the Wheel
A little while back, I told you about Sony’s forthcoming round VAIO TP1 home computer. Now Sony has announced an additional wheel shaped component that lets you receive HDTV broadcasts and pipe them into a media center PC.

Klegg Genesis: Internet Enabled LCD Televisions

Klegg Genesis: Internet Enabled LCD Televisions
Klegg Electronics, known for their home audio gear has unveiled a series of Internet-enabled flat panel televisions in their “Genesis” product line. The new displays come in 40-inch and 46-inch LCD versions, and feature Windows XP (hopefully MCE) embedded chip that enables web surfing, e-mail and digital media file access.

Toshiba Regza 1080p Full HD LCD Displays Announced

Toshiba Regza 1080p Full HD LCD Displays Announced
Earlier this week, Toshiba announced a variety of new models in their REGZA LCD television line for release throughout the Spring and Summer of 2007. Ranging in size from 42-inches to 57-inches, seven of the newly released models will feature full 1080p native resolution.

Samsung 50 and 58-Inch 1080p Plasma Sets Announced

Samsung 50 and 58-Inch 1080p Plasma Sets Announced
Looking for a plasma set, but want true 1080p resolution? Samsung has revealed their first 1080p plasma sets (“the 84 Series”) for release later this year. The Samsung HP-T5084 50-inch plasma television is scheduled for release this May for $4199.

Warner Total Hi Def: Blu-ray / HD DVD Combo Discs Confirmed

Warner Total Hi Def: Blu-ray / HD DVD Combo Discs Confirmed
Even though Blu-ray has already declared victory in the high definition format war, Warner Home Video clearly hasn’t counted out HD DVD as a viable format. At this week’s CES show, the company announced a new format, called the Total Hi Def Disc, which provides both Blu-ray and HD DVD content on opposite sides of a single disc.

Sony OLED Tv Gets 1,000,000 to 1 Contrast Ratio

Sony OLED Tv Gets 1,000,000 to 1 Contrast Ratio
At this week’s CES show, Sony showed off an OLED TV with that claims to have an unbelievable 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio. From the looks of the photo below, (taken by the folks over at Engadget,) the contrast does look pretty darned impressive: The 27-inch prototype’s organic light emitting diode panel also features a wider than NTSC color gamut and full 1080p resolution.

Blu-ray Declares Victory in Format War

Blu-ray Declares Victory in Format War
This is starting to sound like the early days of the war in Iraq… Apparently, while we were off living our lives, Blu-ray became the “overwhelming” victor in the high definition format wars. Here are some excerpts from today’s overly self-congratulatory press release from the Blu-ray Disc Association, titled Consumers Overwhelmingly Choose “Blu”: The Blu-ray Disc Association today declared its victory as the premiere high definition DVD format of choice… The success of Blu-ray Disc is unprecedented… consumers have voted with their wallets for the format that offers the widest array of hardware and content on the market.

Jvc Everio 1080i HD Camcorder Coming Soon

Jvc Everio 1080i HD Camcorder Coming Soon
Coming this April, JVC’s new Everio GZ-HD7 camcorder is the first consumer video camera to feature full 1920x1080i resolution hard disk recording. The camera records up to 5 hours of 1080i MPEG2 content on its internal 60GB hard drive.

Sony 70-Inch Kdl-70xbr3: the $33,000 LCD Tv

Sony 70-Inch Kdl-70xbr3: the $33,000 LCD Tv
I’ve been a big fan of Sony’s BRAVIA LCD flat panel sets for quite some time. Now, so long as your bank account can take it, you can have the cream of the crop with their new 70-inch Bravia television, the KDL-70XBR3.

LG Shows Off Bh100 HD DVD / Blu-ray Combo Player

LG Shows Off Bh100 HD DVD / Blu-ray Combo Player
A couple of days ago, we reported that LG was planning on releasing a disc player that can handle both Blu-ray and HD DVD formats. Details of the player were announced today, so here goes: The LG BH100 Super Multi Blue Player will handle both high definition disc formats, in full 1080p resolution, as well as offering DTS-HD audio support.
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