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NEC Sweeeetness – 43 Curved Wide Screen

NEC uses the term of “unmatched viewing experience” for their new 43 inch curved wide screen monitor.  Lets forget about the $7,000 price tage for a moment.

curved monitor USb

It’s a seamless curved design which is the most impressive feature, and includes connectivity as a single DVI-D input, HDMI 1.3, or USB 2.0.  NEC doesn’t clearly spec if the USB connection is for the monitor or an internal hub that just gives you access points for promotional flash drives, cameras and camcorders. Some notable features which I didn’t think about, but NEC did the convenience of reminding me are the lack of bezels of multiple monitors side-by-side, and auto extended taskbar that spreads natively across the screen.

NEC curved monitor

NEC Curved Wide Screen product page. Continue Reading

Mimo USB Monitor – Now Slider Slim Sweetness

Mimo has made a fairly good name for itself with the 710 series USB monitor…a compact 7″ add-on monitor.  Well, these guys have one-upped themselves with the new 710-S.  This is a USB monitor which is now slider slim sweetness.

Mimo 710-S

Just check out this picture and you’ll understand why.

Mimo 710-S slider

Mimo better dump all their old 710 inventory because everyone will want this new version. The 7″ display has a display resolution of 800 x 400, contrast ratio of 400:1, and brightness around 350 cd/m2.  Of course, the only connection needed, including power, is a USB connection. The 710-S pivots 90 degrees and
“The integrated stand protects the screen from scratches when closed.”
Mimo doesn’t have stock, but willing to take your money.  For those who pre-book, you’ll get product by late August.  Price is $149. Mimo 710-S product page. Continue Reading

Forget The Flip – Check Out The Samson Q3

We all know the MinoHD Flip is a great hand held video recorder and is probably the most popular one, but there is a new star on the horizon, the Samson Q3. Where the Samson Q3 differs from the Mino Flip is the great ability to capture audio.  Just look at the thing…there is a towering microphone perched.  Ready to capture the best of moments.

Samson Q3

I would like to see what Jake & Amir can do with this thing? In addition to the well positioned microphone, the Samson Q3 also has an expansion slot via SD card for additional memory capacity.  Up to 32GBs to be exact. The Samson Q3 also has VGA output so you can easily connect the device to your TV for instant viewing.  Continue Reading

Happy 4th of July 2009

Happy 4th of July for those of you located in the USA.  I found this themed USA Flagged Flip MinoHD which you should consider if you don’t have one.  I just recently made the switch from MiniDV video tape to a solid state memory video recorder like this MinoHD.  It’s so much nicer because there is no more transfer of analog to digital process.

USB USA

With the USB Flip MinoHD you just connect via USB and start downloading your video.  This translates into doing Continue Reading

Truly First USB Monitor For Laptops

Typically we see a USB monitor in the form of a screen with some sort of VGA converter with a USB port, like the one from USB Fever, but today we see a different version.  Samsung has introduced a monitor which runs by simply plugging in the USB cable to any laptop.  There is no adapter or converter required.

Samsung USB monitor

The conversion from an analog signal to digital signal is made within the monitor itself, thus eliminating the need for external VGA converter. The Samsung model reports an impressive 30,000:1 contrast with speedy 5ms response time. Samsung did not comment on availability within the states or the pricing, but it’s nice to see the trend of external monitors go the route of USB.  After all, what other connectivity is as simple and convenient? Continue Reading

Ultra HD from Pure Digital USB Flip Camcorder

Pure Digital announced the second gen Flip camcorder.  The Flip Ultra is now available in HD.  It now includes a transflective display so it’s easier to see playback in the bright light.  The FlipHD still has the embedded FlipShare software to quickly and easily share files and of course includes support for both Mac and PC.

fliphd

Here is a quick run-down of the FlipHD: Available in black or white.  Cost is just around $200.  8GB of flash memory.  2 hours of record time.  TV output with widescreen support and 2X digital zoom lens.  HDMI output as well.  2AA recharable batteries included. Continue Reading

USB Snake Video Borescope – View What You’ve Never Wanted to View

The new USB video borescope from USBFever gives you the chance to check things out that you’ve never wanted to see.  Ok maybe that’s a bit odious [and suggestive], but the option is available considering the water resistant camera head and tube.

usb borescope

The USB borescope has a 300k digital camera on the front end, plus a nice accessory magnetic kit for the tip.  Now it’s easier than ever to find your keys lost behind the couch. Two white LED lights are positioned at the apex to illuminate those dark holes or areas.

usb video snake

What is especially cool about the USB borescope is the ability for taking pictures or live video.  With the video option you can take those YouTube clips to the next level. The USB snake scope retails for $64 + a couple bucks shipping. Product Page here. Continue Reading

How To: TV Spy Remote To Wreak Havoc

So lets clarify exactly what I’m talking about here…a TV spy remote is a device that allows you to control someone else’s TV without being around, thus wreak havoc in their life.  After all, what could be more upsetting then turning off the TV at your neighbors house during American Idol or watching Jack Bower kick a$$ in 24?  I don’t think there is a greater pleasure. Since you can’t buy a TV spy remote at buy.com or Amazon, or anywhere else, check out this TV Spy Remote tutorial I found at Instructables.

tv spy remote

The tools and materials you need could be found anywhere, as this hack was done at a college dorm room and you know those kids have not $$ or resources. Required materials include: Continue Reading

Ion 35mm Photo Negative Scanner – Not a Single Negative

Ion Audio, the guys known for their vinyl record ripper, expands their analog conversion product line, with the Ion 35mm Photo Negative and Slide Converter. Quickly and easily transfer slide film or 35mm film into beautiful, high resolution, digital images with the Ion unit.  USB 2.0 connection and USB 2.0 port. There is fixed focus range and auto exposure/color balance with high-quality 4 glass optical element to bring you the best quailty of digital copies.

35mm photo negative scanner

Although you wont get the very best image quality the Ion 35mm converter is definitely an economical solution for small jobs or home transfer projects. The product is available at Amazon for well under Continue Reading

USB Powered Mini Monitor from D-Link

usb monitor d-linkD-Link introduced a sweet little 7 inch LCD display powered by USB.  The SideStage, which I think is a great name, is a 800×400 resolution monitor which extends your primary screen.  It’s great to stream stock quotes, or run IM applications or other small utilities you don’t want to use on the main monitor.  Yet not the first one we’ve seen. The SideStage would also be ideal for Photoshop users and such who want to move the toolbar out of the main screen. The SideStage from D-Link is expected to sell for about $100, although no price point has yet been announced.  The other piece of info we didn’t get is launch date.  Set to be summer time, which isn’t soon enough. According to D-Link’s representative Les Goldberg, the SideStage is compatible with virtually all CRT and flat-panel monitors, has standard and wide-screen aspect ratios, 32-bit True Color depth for high-quality images, and ultra-low power consumption, which is consistent with the D-Link Green initiative. Continue Reading

BenQ Palm Top Projector is Easy USB Connect

What is more simple than connecting via USB?  Especially for projectors.  Sure the VGA isn’t hard, but who wants to screw in the anchors.  That’ why the BenQ projector is so appealing.

benq projector

Once more, BenQ turns the USB connection into an easy way to upload images, video and slide shows to the portable projector.  So not only is the USB an easy way to connect a laptop, it’s also an easy way to data load for a standalone projector. The GP1 USB projector from BenQ offers a throw of 100 lumens, which is nearly twice of some other brands of the same size.  It’s 1.4 pound unit with a distance of 80-inch diagonal for imaging. The GP1 from BenQ is offered at the MSRP of $599. Continue Reading

Little Is Better Says Mini USB LCD Monitor

Nanovision is aptly named because their product line is compiled of mini LCD monitors which connect via USB.  The monitors are designed to be a single use screen for dedicated applications such as IM windows, stock quote streamers, toolbars for programs like Photoshop and calendars.

usb lcd monitor

Nanovision is introducing 4 models of the mini LCD size with their technology backed by DisplayLink.  The MIMO USB Monitor starts at a 7″ display with a 800×400 resolution, with higher end models including webcams, speakers and even touch screen capability. Nanovision didn’t comment on availability in the states but the currency conversion gives the MIMO USB Monitors a price tag of just under $130. Source:  EverythingUSB. Continue Reading

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