Start-up company ZeeVee has a device that allows high-def web video and other content from your computer to be transmitted to any HDTV. Hook ZvBox to your monitor and it will broadcast to channel ZV, then goes through your cable. The company calls it “localcasting.”
CEO and co-founder Vic Odryna said, “...since ZvBox provides a duplication of what you see on your monitor, anything you can do on your computer you can now do on your HDTVs.”
The privilege doesn’t come inexpensively. Available in June, you can pre-order at Amazon for $499.99. At that price, it should turn any TV into HD.
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It looks like a charger, but hidden inside is a mini-cam to catch someone in the act that is probably innocent to begin with, but you never know. At a size of 2.4 x 1.74 x 1.31-inches, the Charger DVR Aj-DVC01 records 15 F/S in 3GP video format (176 x 144 ,QCIF.) Playback is possible on your PC or cell phone. The digital audio/video recorder can hold up to 66 hours data using a 2GB Micro SDcard (not included) and a lion lithium battery. Contact Ajoka for price.
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Good news for those of you who couldn’t wait to find out if a boomerang bounces back in space. According to astronaut Takao Doi, it does indeed. Chatting to his wife from the ISS, he confided that he was surprised but that it worked the same there as it does on the planet. Although there is no video evidence as yet, NASA says they will release some at a later date. Uh-huh. This reminds us of a “scare” many years back when skeptics of the space race claimed that we never made it to the moon and that it was simply faked on a movie set.
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We just received a tinbot and couldn’t be happier. Designed by artist Christopher Lee, it fit perfectly with our iPod classic. Everything is quite snug inside and we think that it gives our music player quite a bit of class. We figure for all our clumsiness that this case, with tin on the outside and neoprene inside, is perfect for travel and a lot classier than our basic iPod case. We definitely recommend them for the terminally clumsy who have an iPod video 30/60/80GB or a classic 80/160GB at the MSRP of $29.95. Although it is not waterproof, the tinbot is certainly water-resistant to a spring rain. A very kewl gift for others, too, especially if you want to decorate it yourself, as they have one you can customize for $10.00 less.
Check out more shots after the jump.
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Not to be outdone by Panasonic, Korea’s Digix has released a mini-MP3/video player. The IXING M1-TM weighs only 20g and is 5.6mm in thickness. It comes in 1, 2, and 4BG sizes and includes an FM tuner, text and video viewer, and voice recorder. It will handle MP3, MJPEG VIdeo, JPEG , Text, WMA, MPEG1, MPEG2, and MPEG2.5. The 2GB model is available for 75,000 won (~$75.00.) More information is available on Digix’s site if you can wade through a minimal translation.
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It’s Panasonic’s turn to challenge the iPod by coming up with the D-Snap SV-SD870N. The player will run for over 100 hours on a 3 hour charge and features noise canceling technology that they say will get rid of up to 83% ambient noise. It also allows recording with a 2 gig SD card for up to 1,000 tunes and USB 2.0 connectivity. At a size of 35.0 × 90.7 × 11.4 mm and a weight of 40g, manage your music with its SD-Jukebox. The D-Snap will be available in red, white, black, silver, or blue in mid-April in Japan.
It’s official. Toshiba announced today that the end is here. In a public statement, Atsutoshi Nishida, President and CEO said, “While we are disappointed for the company and more importantly, for the consumer, the real mass market opportunity for high definition content remains untapped and Toshiba is both able and determined to use our talent, technology and intellectual property to make digital convergence a reality.”
The company will cease selling their products to retail dealers by the end of March, but promises to continue its product support to those who have already purchased HD products. They will continue to market standard DVD players and DVRs. Toshiba will now concentrate on other tech that supports hi-def, including NAND processing, next gen CPUs, small form factor hard disk drives, and those that utilize wireless and incryption technology.
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Toshiba has announced that it will stop using its HD DVD format. Since this company tried harder than most of the others, this undoubtedly marks the end of the disc war. The official announcement will probably be made in the next several days.
“We have entered the final stage of planning to make our exit from the next generation DVD business,” said a spokesperson from Toshiba who wished to remain anonymous. The company estimates they will lose hundreds of millions of dollars because of the concession.
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Netflix has announced that it will only buy Blu-ray discs and phase out HD by the end of the year. We suspect that is because four of the six major studios have gone the same way. While this looks to be the end of the war, we are just not ready to go out and purchase a new player right away. We hope that Sony finally feels karma for their failed Betamax. We also discovered that Netflix will be only sending out standard DVDs by the end of this month.
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For wannabe spies and nosy neighbors, Sima has introduced an IR video light for shooting at dusk and in darkness. With 36 infrared LEDs, the Night Vision Video Light features a lifespan of over 50,000 hours, is shoe-mount compatible with most video camcorders, works with both standard and HD formats, and charge status. With a range of up to 75 feet, it comes with a video bracket, tripod mounts, and Li-Ion battery and charger. Check with Sima for price.
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