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Mitsubishi Home Theater 3D TV With USB

Mitsubishi is paving the way for hi-end 3D TVs with their recent announcement of a 40, 46 and 55 inch HD set.  The specifications are impressive but it seems there might be a disconnect on what they are making verse what people want.

Mitsubishi 3D TV

Lets start with the specifications.  Given the sizes above, you also have an internal 1TB hard drive, ten Diatone system speakers, a USB slot, a SD slot and HDMI connectivity and a pair of 3D glasses. The following might be just my take on the situation, but I’ve found most folks like their DVR [hard drive] to be separate than their TV so that if something goes wrong, you don’t need to ship the entire thing back.  It also seems that with a USB port on the HD TV, you can now just attached storage. I also find it funny that you spend  between $3K and $6K for the above, and they supply you with 1 pair of 3D glasses.  I’ll chalk this up to bad reporting from the original article and assume at least a 4 pack comes with the set. Finally – is it just me, or does it seem Continue Reading

Wireless USB Dock Station For Laptops

Warpia is a wireless docking station for your laptop to easily connect your keyboard, mouse, monitor and just about anything else without using cables.  Using just a wireless USB dongle to your laptop it will then connect with the base dock station where you’ve connected the keyboard & mouse dongle, the monitor, hard drive and other peripherals.

wireless USB dock station

The wireless connection of the Warpia supports resolution up to 1400 x 1050, 32-bit True Color Depth.  The dock station includes the following ports to support your peripherals – DVI connection, two USB ports and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Warpia wireless usb

The wireless USB dock station does support Mac and Windows operating systems and after a quick scan of some blogs/forums we cannot conclude if the Warpia supports Linux. We found the Warpia as low as $140 here. Continue Reading

New: USB Powered Blu-ray Plextor Drive

Earlier in the week I pointed out a great mini USB monitor for your Netbook which was under $100, and today I bring you a Blu-ray DVD player to imporve your netbook’s multimedia capabilities…and again for under $100.

USB Blu-ray Plextor

Plextor announced it’s all new PX-B120U Blu-ray DVD player yesterday which is expected to hit retail stores any day for just $99.  Powered by USB 2.0 the player is just that, a player for Blu-ray…although you do have the ability to burn DVD-R and CD-R through the device. Plextor did a nice job with design because this player will also dock with Plextor’s up-and-coming PlexMedia dock station which allows you to connect right to your HDTV in your family room. To learn more about the USB Blu-ray drive visit Plextor here. Continue Reading

Mini USB Monitor – Expand Your Netbook

Netbooks are great portable PCs and I would switch from my full sized Fujitsu laptop to my Acer Netbook if it wasn’t for the limited monitor space.

mini USB monitor

I understand there are trade-offs for ultra portable Netbooks verse size, speed and performance.  But with this new Lilliput USB monitor for only $99 it’s really got me thinking.  A switch might be eminent. So for just $99 you get a 7 inch display with resolution of 800 x 480 dpi.  The contrast ratio is nice at 400:1 and connects only through a USB port.

mini USB monitor

I understand there are trade-offs for ultra portable Netbooks verse size, speed and performance.  But with this new Lilliput USB monitor for only $99 it’s really got me thinking.  A switch might be eminent. So for just $99 you get a 7 inch display with resolution of 800 x 480 dpi.  The contrast ratio is nice at 400:1 and connects only through a USB port.

USB monitor

So with the combination of my Netbook [we have 7 at work] along with the USB mini monitor, I’m still packing less weight and space then my full blown laptop. Since there are no drivers needed for the Mac or PC it’s truly plug-n-play and ready to work with any PC, work or home. So for $99 it’s worth a shot.  What do you think? Continue Reading

Wireless USB Media Stick

wireless usb media

It’s very common these days to see a media player with a USB port.  Whether it be a Blu-ray player or a set-top box, chances are, a USB port is somewhere in the front or back. At first glance you say to yourself, “sweet, a USB port so I can play content off my flash drive” but then you think a bit more and wonder if you can hang a wireless dongle off the media player and stream content to your media box from a source computer? stream via USBWell, Home Server Technologies Inc is one step ahead of you.  Their new Wireless Media Stick will do exactly that; stream digital content to your media player. Whether it’s a laptop, TV, DVD player, Stereo or game console the Wireless Media Stick can stream the content and your media player will play it.  There is no limit to the type of format, music, audio or video. Currently the USB Wireless Media Stick will only stream saved content from the source computer, but future updates will include the ability to stream internet content to your wireless setup, so now you’ll have the best of both worlds. The Wireless USB Media Stick is $99 USD. Continue Reading

USB Hack: Nexus One Turns Into Full Blown Portable Workstation

The love for Linux is that with a bit of tweaking you can do just about anything. Case in point: Sven Killig took the Nexus One, loaded up some code to control the USB host controller and is now running a full work station. Now this sounds awesome. Sven can run a digital camera off his phone, stream video from a USB stick to his screen or even run a printer off the USB port. Check out the screen-shot of his work station…

USB Hack Nexus One

So if you’re like me, this project would be in the advanced level of Instructables for DIY mods, but thanks to Sven’s recording skills, we have a video to tell us how. The best part of all this? He’s got the whole thing demonstrated for you on video, but not only that, you can hit up the down-loadable binaries from his website. And while he tried all of this on Android 2.2, which means its the only version of Android it’s been successfully tested on (at the moment), Sven believes that it will work on Android 2.1, too. Source: SlashGear.com. Continue Reading

USB Powered Monitor By Samsung

GetUSB has reported on monitors which connect via USB, but now Samsung has fine tuned this product to include connection AND power to be exclusively through USB.  The Korean electronics giant made this possible by including two USB connections to the host so that one transmits data and some power and the 2nd USB connection is designated to power only.  We’ve seen this before in USB hard drives, so it’s nothing new.

USB powered monitor

In addition, Samsung says that this was made possible by improving the transmittance of the panel and the luminance efficiency of the back-light used in the monitor, which ultimately reduced the power consumption to as low as 6.3-watts. The new USB monitor by Samsung has a shorter life span than a traditional monitor [30,000 verse 50,000] but hey, it’s just growing pains and, as with everything, expect it to get better. Source:  TechnaBob. Continue Reading

Underwater Video Recorder With Spot Light

Now this is a great USB gadget which you could have a ton of fun with, especially with summer coming up.  USBFever released a new underwater video camera which is compact in size and good with resolution.

usb underwater

The underwater video recorder is small enough it can strap to your wrist or versatile enough to mount on your bike helmet, skateboard bottom, mountain bike, you name it! The video recorder includes a powerful LED spot light to increase visibility under water or ideal for low light situations [cruising through the brush or forest on your mountain bike].

USB video recorder

If you can blow the $190 then it would be a great gift for the kids to use while at the pool all summer. Here are the bullet points worth considering: Continue Reading

USB Camscanner Replaces Overhead Projector

Hovercam X500 is great name for the function it performs, hovering over documents to project via camera.  The Hovercam is meant to replace the age old overhead projector we are most familiar with from grade school.

hovercam x500

The X500 USB imaging device has a 5 megapixel sensor mounted on a swing arm that can either scan and recognize or monitor and project anything on the surface underneath. As a scanner, the HoverCam performs as a 600dpi equivalent scanner. Scans are snapped as photos would be, in an instant. No more waiting for the slow trudging of the scan sensor to run up and down the page.
The free software that is included with the X500 is called HoverCam Flex. The Flex is not surprisingly built on the Adobe Air platform, and is a desktop based application that connects directly to their web services. Images can be uploaded, saved, published, shared and OCR’d with a quick drag and drop. The HoverCam Flex service also provides quick integration with other cloud services like Google OCR, Picassa, DropBox and e-Fax. The benefits of the software alone might be worth the $199 asking price of the HoverCam X500.
To get the Hovercam X500 just visit Amazon and you’ll get a better price than the MSRP. Continue Reading

USB Projector The Size of Your Hand, Really

Fuchi View is making our life very portable with their new Pico Projector Plus USB projector.  As you can see from the picture the Pico Projector is literally the size of your hand.  The dimensions are a tiny 11.5 x 6 x 2.6cm.

fuchi view usb projector

Although the built in memory is only 1GB making it ideal for shorter presentations, to take full advantage of the multimedia functions you can use the SD memory slot to project even the largest of multimedia files. If you are serious about this product there here are a couple more bullet points to consider:  Display formats include JPG, BMP, AVI, MOV, DivX, XviD, 3GP and MP4.  Runs off AA batteries or AC adapter.  Connects via mini USB cable.  Screen size from a small 5 inches to a large 65 inches.  Contrast ratio 260:1.  Aspect ratio 4:3 and the key element of resolution being 640 x 480 RGB. Continue Reading

IO Gear Wireless USB Audio Video Kit [Video]

Check out the latest on-line commercial from IOGear.  The commercial concept is a question about your monitor shrinking in size when viewing content on-line…now you can stream from your PC to your flat screen or project from the IOGear wireless USB audio video kit.  The only thing they forgot to mention is the critical step of clean streaming content during viewing from your cable modem…ya right. Interested, check out the latest prices from Amazon. Continue Reading

USB 3.0 Webcam With Streaming 1080p

2010 will be a fun year of USB reporting and blogging with USB 3.0 just starting to break with new products.  Today we have the first USB  3.0 WebCam from Point Grey.  The webcam has the bandwidth and capability to push a full 1080p video stream without compression.

Since USB host controllers are not yet available, Point Grey has teamed with Fresco Logic to include a USB 3.0 PCI interface card.

USB 3.0 webcam

EverythingUSB brings up a good point with these new USB 3.0 devices, they will actually become cheaper than their slower, 2.0 predecessors.  The reason being:  less logic and hardware is required inside the device to do processing such as compression and decompression, USB 3.0 now simply push the data through the pipe.

The Point Grey Webcamera is slatted to display at the IDF 2009 conference in San Fransicso in a couple weeks.

Point Grey USB webcam product page [here].

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