IKEA is coming to the rescue of wives everywhere who are fed up with the endless mess of tangled wires in the living room with its Uppleva HDTV. Yes, IKEA is making it's own HDTV, and it's pretty wonderful. First, the tech: 1080p LED display, Wi-Fi-ready, 400Hz, FM radio, DIVX HD, with three USB inputs and four HDMI inputs as well. So, what makes this television so special? It's the fact that the actual display part is just that - a display. All of the goods are built into the surrounding furniture, which is also part of Uppleva. For example, the television also has a Blu-ray player built-in - but it's located beneath the monitor, in the console area. All the wiring is built into the furnite, so it's not visible.
You can add in your own components, of course, and the wiring is handled the same way, allowing everything to be neat and tidy. Also cool? There is a vast array of colors and designs. Uppleva is modular, so you can build it out in any way you see fit. Expect it to launch in the fall for 6,500 Swedish crowns (that's $960 to those of us in the USA.) Wanna get a peek at how it works? Check out the video after the break.
We give you a look at Apple's new Thunderbolt Display in this episode. The Thunderbolt Display allows you to connect a host of peripherals to it, and then run them all to your MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, or Mac mini using a single Thunderbolt cable. We show all the Thunderbolt I/O inputs and explain how the monitor works in this episode. You can pick up the Thunderbolt Display for $999 from Apple.
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There are rarely any real differentiating features when it comes to digital picture frames, other than cost and screen quality. Sony looks to change that perception with the DPP-F700, which can print 4x6 photos using “one touch printing” alongside TruFast technology for its 300x300 dpi end result.
As for the other usual features, this 7-inch frame has 1GB of memory, time/date display, and support for Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, SD card, SDH Card, CF Card, and xD-Picture Card. The Sony DPP-F700 should be out sometime in November for about $290.
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It’s good to know that major electronics makers have realized that it makes more sense to “go green” than to avoid it. BenQ, for example, has recently created two new V Series monitors that are meant to be eco-friendly. The 24-inch V2400 Eco and 21.5-inch V2200 Eco have dynamic contrast ratios of 5,000,000:1, and are LED-backlit 1080p panels. The monitors are made from 28 percent recycled plastic. They also reduce power by 30 percent in eco mode, and 36 percent overall. These displays are available in China in a week, but we expect them to arrive stateside soon enough.
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Just as TVs get thinner all the time, so do digital frames. Samsung has a perfect example with their SPF-87H Photo Frame. The 8-inch display with 800x480 resolution is only .91-inches thick. It holds 1GB memory equal to about 3,000 photos, a 5001:1 contrast ratio and runs via USB cable. Available in red, blue or charcoal, the smart frame will be available for ~$129.00, depending on where you shop.
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Tonium has released an updated version of their Pacemaker. The V2 DJ System, at a size of 164 × 69.6 × 22.8mm and weight of 200g, has 60GB of built-in memory and supports MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, FLAC, WAV and SND files. The device has a new interface that makes blending tracks and crossfading simpler, and you can save your work for later upload. A display tells you when are out of sync with the beat, although if that happens often, it may be time to find another line of work/hobby. The Pacemaker V2 comes with desktop editor software and is available for $499.99.
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Bella has released a wireless HD mouse that is a multimedia person’s dream. Using their software, define mouse movements (X and Y axis) to turn it into a jog/shutter controller. Program keystrokes by the button, scroll wheel or movement. Switch between standard and HD with a click of the wheel and use included presets for Windows or Mac applications. The HD Mouse has a 26 ft. range and a handy onscreen display. Get yours for $69.95.
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LG’s new W53 Monitors certainly have earned the distinction of being named SMART. Each features Auto Brightness which automatically optimizes that and other picture settings, Cinema Mode, which blacks out everything except the video clip, and even a timer that reminds the user to take a break. A proximity sensor knows when a hand is near and activates lights to make it easier to find the buttons and turns them off when it is gone. The displays will be available from 18.5 to 27-inches, with those larger than 21.5 in HD. Look for them to come out this month.
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Mitsubishi debuted their 3D Touch Panel at the recent Tokyo Interaction 2009. Based on a 5.7-inch 640x480 touchscreen, the panel recognizes both direct contact and finger proximity up to 20mm from the screen, in case you like to snack while you play. The company believes that their device would be great for mobile devices, with the proximity used for bringing up a menu or to control a mouse pointer. They also say that their modifications should not cost a bundle for manufacturers who want to use it.
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Asus debuted a series of LCD monitors at the recent CeBit 2009. The VH192C and VH196 are energy-saving and have an advanced optical film for better images. The Aspect Control switches between full screen and 4:3 aspect ratio. The Asus VH192C LCD monitor also features a Color Shine panel for better clarity, image color, density and saturation, and best of all can be connected via WHCI or wireless USB host wireless adapter.
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