We are back with another list of the latest Newegg deals, and this time the list is heavily skewed towards digital cameras and photo frames. If you are in the market for one of those, be sure to check out the list below:
- Hitachi DZ-BD70A Blu-ray Disc/DVD HD Camcorder - $410.99 - Expires 3/31
- Bravo DPF-104 10.4” Digital Photo Frame - $79.99 - Expires 3/31
- Samsung Home Video Product Sale - Expires 3/31
Nintendo has teamed with Panasonic Medical Solution, Hitachi and NEC to create an extra feature to Wii Fit. The add-on allows users to forward personal health data to a professional who will advise a better way to keep in shape and improve your BMI. The service is planned for April of this year in Japan. We figure that if you have Wii Fit and play with it every day, you are already halfway there.
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Hitachi is planning to release a 5TB 3.5-inch hard drive within the next two years. They will accomplish this with Current-Perpendicular-to-Plane Giant Magnetoresistance (CPP-GMR) magnetic read heads. The company’s Dr. Yoshihiro Shiroishi says that two of them will “provide the same storage capacity as the human brain.”
The way we figure it, if we only use one of them, we would still have plenty of space left. We know we lost a few cells back there somewhere in the last decade or so.
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Hitachi has released a new toddler-sized bot, the 31.5-inch tall, 29 lb. EMIEW 2. Designed to be a gofer, he can understand human speech, find his way through obstacles with the help of a gyrosensor, and move from two wheels to four. This second generation of EMIEW (which stands for “excellent mobility and interactive existence as workmate”) is about 20 inches shorter and quite a bit lighter than his predecessor. Hitachi has yet to say just when the bot will be available for commercial use. We are glad to welcome him to the family of robotics, whenever the due date.
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At last someone has understood that we love our old VHS tapes and are reticent to give them up. Hitachi has three new 3-in-1 recorders that play both VHS tapes and HDD/DVDs. The DV-DH250VH has a digital and analog tuner, HDMI, and holds 250GB. There are also two models which hold 500GB, the DV-DH500VH and the DV-DH500H. Expect a late October or early November release. We think this is a fine idea if we can just figure out how to use the multi-button remotes.
Hitachi has unveiled its wireless LCD CP-X608 Projector in Korea, which features a brightness of 4,000 ANSI lumen, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, built-in memory, and auto-slide show, all without the aid of a computer. The multimedia device comes with a bayonet lens mount that will support up to four optional lenses. The projector is compatible with MPEG4, JPEG, PNG, and other files that can be uploaded via USB storage or SD Cards. The company’s newest addition will be available early next month.
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Hitachi has announced the formal unveiling of the word’s first Blu-ray (BDs) camcorders. The DZ-BD70 is a single drive cam that can record approximately an hour of 1920 x 1080 of full high-def video (two hours of 1440 x 1080) on an a single side, single layer 8 cm BD. The DZ-BD7H (shown here) is a hybrid with a 30 GB built-in HDD which can record up to four hours of 1920 x 1080 high-def video (4 hours of 1440 x 1080) and can also copy its contents from HDD to BD within the camera itself. Both models will be available in Japan at the end of August and will come across the seas in October, just in time for the Christmas Disc War to heat up.
Hitachi is working on packing an insanely large amount of storage into an incredibly tiny space by way of their iVDR technology. We speak with Hitatchi about iVDR in this clip, where they mention squeezing 760 GB into a 2.5-inch sized drive. iVDR is expected to launch in April over in Japan, and a 160 GB module will likely cost around $300 USD. We get a look at a couple of prototype ideas as well, all in this clip.
According to reports from the Xbox-Scene forums, Microsoft has started shipping Xbox 360 consoles in the UK and Australia regions with an updated Hitachi DVD-ROM drive. The new version of the drive has implemented changes to the hardware designed to make hacking the firmware much harder than before, including changing the firmware chip type, removing debug mode, and encasing the chip with black hard glue to make it harder to access the chip and controller pins. Consoles with a manufacture date of August 2006 in the two affected territories have been shown to have the updated drive, but it is certainly possible that consoles manufactured on earlier dates have the changes as well. Microsoft has made its first counter-move against the hackers looking to open up the Xbox 360, and this will probably only be the first salvo in an ongoing battle.
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