Microsoft's Windows Phone unveiling this morning was all about variety. Nine different phones, just in the U.S., built by four of the top hardware makers in the game. All kinds of different hardware shapes, including some we've never seen before. And they'll be available on 60 different carriers worldwide--none of which is the U.S.'s biggest and best, Verizon. But even so, Windows Phone 7 is tremendously exciting, a worthy competitor to Android and iPhone that bests them both in some ways. Here's what's coming.
The five best 3DTVs, decided by the staff of 3DTV Buying Guide
By 3DTV Buying Guide Staff
Posted 08.01.2010 at 12:29 pm 1 Comment
Below are the best 3D TVs as recommended by our editors at CEAG. We have reviewed the picture quality, features offerings, and value to price comparison and come up with this list. This list does not take into account best sellers in the marketplace but instead is made up of our top-reviewed models, taking as many variable qualities into account as possible. We even consider how well the accompanying 3D glasses work, how much they cost, and whether they come with the TV. This list changes frequently, so check back regularly!
Wondering about when to pounce on the latest tech? Ask a geek
By Richard Baguley
Posted 07.11.2010 at 11:57 am 0 Comments
Unless you absolutely must be the first person on your block to have one, I'd suggest waiting awhile. The few 3-D TV models available now aren't cheap -- the Samsung UN55C7000, for example, costs $3,300. Plus, you'll have to lay out more cash for a new Blu-ray player, since the one you have is probably incompatible with the new 3-D Blu-ray format. Prices may drop over the coming year, but even that won't be enough if there isn't anything to watch; at press time, no 3-D Blu-ray discs were available for purchase (although some Samsung TV packages come with a copy of Monsters vs.
In the future, you may be able to play Simon Says with a robot. The Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) and Samsung Electronics have unveiled Mahru, a bipedal machine that uses motion-capture technology to mimic human movements in real time. When you wave your arms, he waves his arms. If you do the moonwalk, he'll do his best — at the moment, Mahru's legs lag a little.
By Darren Murph
Posted 03.14.2010 at 3:37 pm 0 Comments
Samsung’s IceTouch media player—the first gadget with a see-through color video screen to hit stores—is a window into the future. At rest, it’s a gray-tinted pane of glass, but it can instantly display full color across all or parts of its surface. Although the feature may be just a novelty in an MP3 player, it heralds practical applications to come: a windshield that shows a speedometer, or a living-room window that doubles as a TV.
More than a year after the first consumer 3-D-ready HDTVs were demoed at CES, the next generation of sets are going on sale this week. But, aside from the new TVs, glasses, and Blu-ray players, the question of content remains. While there are already brand partnerships with networks like Discovery and ESPN, that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Tapping a principle of quantum mechanics and a medieval-looking nanoparticle, a UK firm has created a composite material that may soon deliver efficient, pressure-sensitive touchscreens to numerous devices. Yorkshire-based Peratech has already licensed the technology to a division of Samsung that provides mobile components to other handset manufacturers, but it's in the growing realm of touchscreen tech where the potential for Quantum Tunneling Composite (QTC) is most exciting.
Phileas Fogg may have hopped aboard hot air balloons, trains, and elephants in his race around the world in 80 days, but future airship passengers need only step aboard the Aircruise for a far shorter and more luxurious travel experience. The 2015 concept for a sky hotel comes courtesy of London designers Seymourpowell, and a commission from Samsung Construction and Trading to make the vision come to life before our eyes in a series of stunning visuals.
Just like that, Abu Dhabi's Masdar City has some competition. On Monday, South Korean officials announced a $14.6 billion plan for a new self-sufficient city, high-tech hub of education and commerce that will be home to some of Korea's biggest corporate names and centers of higher learning.
It's tough to make sense of the maelstrom of gear released at CES. So thick is the swarm of new HDTVs, PMPs and other acronym-bearing curios, that the handful of truly interesting things on display is, well, easy to miss.
Here, we've selected the gadgets that truly impressed us this year. And as is the PopSci way, our picks are not only impressive here in January 2010; they represent a glimpse at what we can expect from the future of consumer electronics.
I still can't decide if this is genius or stupid, but creativity points are definitely due: Samsung's high-end LED 9000 TV will come with a touchscreen remote that enables you to watch TV on the remote while playing a Blu-ray disc on the screen.
The 3-D thrill that swept movie theaters last year is now headed for your living room. In the wake of a new Blu-ray standard for high-definition 3-D, Panasonic, Sony and Samsung are all releasing home-theater setups that can display 3-D movies in full high-def glory. Using a combo of 3-D-capable Blu-ray players, TVs and, yes, glasses, the systems are able to deliver separate, full-screen, 1080p pictures to each eye. The technique they use creates a picture as vivid as in a movie theater without requiring a major overhaul of TV technology.
Samsung also rolled out an interesting pair of E-readers today--the E6 and E101 readers feature e-ink screens that refresh fast enough to accommodate on-screen writing with a stylus--a first for the category.
Samsung is going whole hog into 3-D with their newly announced TV lineup, but at the top is the 9000 series: an LED-backlit panel that's just 0.3 inches thin. And on its remote. a color touchscreen that can carry broadcast TV while you watch a Blu-ray disc.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.