Shortlisted at the 2010 Australian International Design Awards, you can probably guess the special feature of the LG Time Machine Plasma TV concept. It can record TV shows – even while you’re watching something else – and pause and rewind live TV.
I have no problems with HDMI technology – it transfers uncompressed digital audio and video smoothly while using just one cable. Isn’t that great? But LG, Samsung and Sony think we could do better. The three companies and the rest of the founders of the HDBaseT Alliance will be pushing for HDBaseT technology, the specifications of which have already been finalized last June 29.
Nearly all HDTVs have black frames, and I think that’s just fine – any other color and it would be distracting. But that’s just me. If you want your HDTV to be unique, or have it match the color of your walls or blend in with your furniture, you might want to call up the folks at ColorWare.
It seems like Roundtable Concept’s Official Marvel HDTVs were a big hit, because now they’ve partnered with CAPCOM to release official Street Fighter IV LED HDTVs. The TVs will be available in four sizes – 32″, 40″, 42″ and 46″.
The designers – or is it just one person? – at Mintpass have come up with a stylish design for a media player. It’s called the Mint Sputnik, and it was inspired by the similarly named Russian satellite.
An increasing number of home theater appliances and media player devices have at least one USB port built-in, which makes it easy to share content from an external storage device, but not directly from a computer.
One of the awesome things about technology is that as the years go by, we get to have increasingly powerful computers in small form-factors. Not only does that lead to more versatile portable gadgets like the iPhone and the PSP, it also leads to awesome mods, like this home theater PC that’s been stuffed into a NES case.
While there are already several ways of streaming media throughout your home network, you might want to check out Netgear’s upcoming Wireless-N HD Home Theater Kit, which promises high quality streaming – even multiple Blu-ray streams – with plug and play ease.
Optoma is back with more budget-friendly projectors, and this time it’s focusing on gamers with its Game Time series. The GT720 is the most expensive model in the series, and its meant for PS3 and Xbox 360 owners.
How slim? The Mythos XTR-50 by Definitive Technology wowed folks at CES 2010 with it’s 1.5-inch thick body. The secret? Aluminum. The Mythos XTR-50 wall-mounted speaker has an “aircraft-grade” extruded aluminum enclosure, two 3.5″ anodized aluminum drivers with their patent-pending “XTDD technology”, four 3.5″ aluminum dome bass radiators and a 1″ pure aluminum dome tweeter.
I have seen a bunch of weird speakers in the home theater world before. Typically, the really weird speakers also carry a very high price tag. I guess the makers figure they are more like sculpture than plain old speakers are.
This home theater system transforms from a display case to a full-on entertainment center. That’s cool, but don’t get your hopes up. It’s way too expensive. Plus, it’s way too ugly.
This home theater system is by Boxetti and it’s like having a Transformer in your house.
Even though the Mac Mini is slowly becoming less relevant, since the new iMacs are blending HDTVs and computers together in a great way, there is still a place for the HTPC (home theater PC). The main reason is that most homes now have HDTVs and need a way to play their media.
This egg-shaped chair may look like a serious throwback to the 1970s, but it’s actually a brand new home entertainment plaything designed to be integrated with modern media rooms. The Sound Egg chair is a completely self-contained 5.1 listening booth, perfect for a private home theater watching experience.
Back in 2007 Optoma released the HD80 1080p projector. It’s initial price was a whopping $3,000 (USD), but actually it was one of the cheapest in its class. Think about that for a moment. Now think of the quality and size of a $1,000 HDTV nowadays.