The days of rummaging for your cellphone may be over. Bluetooth-enabled timepieces now pull all your phone alerts right to your wrist. Eventually, these watches will communicate directly with the Web and serve as mobile hotspots on their own.
Phones have done a number on watches--all too many people have ditched the wristwatch in favor of just whipping out their phones to check the time. But Casio's new watch uses Bluetooth to work with phones (in particular, Android smartphones), delivering crucial information and offering some pretty sweet new features, including a "find my phone" feature and caller ID.
Camera makers are reimagining the boxy point-and-shoot. Shrunken sensors allow for crafty designs, while faster processors create shots old models can’t match. Casio’s slim TRYX is the first of this new breed.
The TRYX is nimble, turning 180 degrees on two axes. Its three-inch LCD spins to show you what’s in the shot, be it around a corner or over a crowd. A frame rotates around the lens to support the camera as a stand, handle or hook.
Apple boasts that the "Retina Display" on its new iPhone 4 packs in more pixels per inch than the human eye can identify, at 326 ppi. This new screen, from Casio and Toppan Printing, crushes it with a whopping 458 ppi. The real loser here: our suddenly inadequate-seeming eyes.
Just a year ago, Casio introduced its first high-speed camera, the Best of What’s New-winning EX-F1. The size of a small SLR, that camera captures up to 60 full-res photos per second. The rate is cut to 30 per second in Casio’s two newest high-speed models, but the size is also cut as low as 0.64 inches thick for the model EX-FS10 (and just an inch for the companion EX-FC100). They also capture high-speed video at up to 1000 fps at low resolution, or up to 720p high-def at a standard 30fps.
Our own Theodore Gray (the man behind Gray Matter's mad science) is currently in China, and he's taken the opportunity to put his new Casio EX-F1 high-speed camera to excellent use at the Beijing Zoo. And when we say excellent we mean the majestic hawk at the Beijing zoo defecating and flapping its wings at 300 frames per second kind of excellent. And if that's not enough, he's got a dolphin leaping from beneath the water and a sparrow taking flight to boot.
By Sean CaptainPosted 01.07.2008 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
A few years ago, most digital cameras took a second or more to snap a single picture. In the same amount of time, Casio's new Exilim EX-F1 takes 60 six-megapixel photos or up to 1,200 frames of video-stretching that single tick into a 40-second movie. At that rate, you could pick out the feathers on a hummingbird's wings. It wallops even the fastest professional still camera, which takes 11 photos per second, and rivals industrial-grade, high-speed video rigs that cost tens of thousands of dollars.
By Sean CaptainPosted 01.06.2008 at 6:01 pm 1 Comment
Back in October, we told you about Casios prototype supercamera that shoots 60 six-megapixel still photos per second (better than even pro SLRs) and standard-def video at up to 300 frames per second to make some pretty impressive slow-mo movies.
Well today Casio took the wraps off the EXILIM Pro EX-F1 the real version of the camera that youll be able to by in a few months for $1,000. And theyve added even more power.
Specs: Casio EX S600BE What: Thinnest 6-megapixel camera available
Size: 2.32 in. (h) x 3.54 in. (w) x 0.63 in. (d)
Weight: 4 ounces
Sensor: 0.4-inch-square primary-color CCD containing 6.18 million pixels