Sharp has two new AQUOS devices, the HN-PP100 and HN-PP150. Each is a cross between a 300 x 300 dpi photo printer and memory card reader. Display your images on your TV in one of their slideshow options or print them. The Photo Player also has an IR receiver for sending those photos to the player as well as an HDMI output. Unfortunately, the player does not have HD capability and can only store the photos if you have a NAS and the HN-PP150 model.
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If you think that CDs are passe, you are not alone. That’s why Hammacher Schlemmer is offering a Digital Photo to DVD Converter. It will take images from your camera’s memory card and turn them into MPEGs, then when you put in a CD-RW or CD-R for DVD, you get playback without a PC. It can also burn in JPEG for computer viewing and has both S-video and RCA inputs for TV as well as USB connection. The device includes an index to keep track of your shots. The converter happily accepts Compact Flash, Smart Media, Memory Stick, Secure Digital, Multi-Media Card, and Microdrive memory cards, and comes at a price of $199.95.
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We’re not sure if this item is the ultimate in geekiness…or usefulness. It’s the USB Badge Drive: a job ID holder/necklace on one side, but turn it over and BAM! there’s a drive for various sized memory cards. Just attach the included USB port, plug it into your computer and transfer important files from your PC to the drive and vice versa. Supports SDHC, MMC, Mini SD, RS MMC and MicroSD/T-Flash cards (an adapter is required for the latter). Super cool? Or Super Geeky? You make the call. Available for $14 USD.
As we reported last week the Xbox 360 will be seeing a price drop for each of its three SKUs. The Core model will drop $20 from $299.99 to $279.99, the Premium will drop $50 from $399.99 to $349.99, and the Elite will drop $30 from $479.99 to $449.99. I stand by my statement that this price drop makes little to no sense, because the cost of a Core system plus a 512MB memory card is only $20 less than the Premium now costs.
In related news, the Halo 3 edition Xbox 360’s pricing has finally been revealed to be $399.99. Keep in mind it has a 20GB hard drive, which is what comes with the Premium SKU. The Elite has a 120GB hard drive, which can also be purchased a standalone drive for the steep price of $179.99.
Bear in mind, these price drops don’t go into effect until tomorrow, Wednesday, August 8, and only in the US.