At the recent IFA event, one of the largest consumer electronics trade shows in the world, held every year in Berlin Germany, 3D TV captured a lot of the buzz. Look for this year to be big for 3D starting with James Cameron’s much anticipated 3D movie, "Avatar" which opens in December. 3D should continue getting attention through the year with lots of 3D consumer products presented (we predict) at the 2010 CES.
At IFA, Panasonic announced plans for a 50 inch 3D Plasma TV that uses active shutter glasses. It remains to be seen which glasses technology (shutter, circular polarization, etc.) will become the standard and knowing how much the TV manufacturers love to engage in standards wars we don’t expect to see a common standard emerge anytime soon. Sony was also talking 3D at IDF revealing plans for a BRAVIA LCD 3D compatible TVs and Blu-ray players.
Light Peak, the New USB?
From the same company that brought you Firewire (Apple) comes a new high speed data transfer standard called Light Peak and Intel has indicated it has big plans for it. The optical-based, high speed data transfer technology can reach speeds in excess of 10 Gbps which means you could transfer a 30 GB Blu-ray movie in about 30 seconds. Reports also indicate that Apple could have this technology in Macs as soon as next year. Here’s a video from Intel about the technology
ATI Turning Up the Heat on NVDIA
The new ATI Radeon HD 5870 has got the PC gamers buzzing. Reviewers are saying it offers a lot of performance for the $259 price tag. The GPU has over 2 billion transistors and uses a 40nm process.
Novelty Gadget of the Week
Steve Jobs who has steadfastly refused to provide users with more than a one button mouse would cringe at this mouse but you have to admit it’s a clever idea. The idea is simple, the Adesso 19 Key Optical Mouse can function as a numeric keypad. It costs $27.99.
Fast Blu-ray Burner
If you thought it took a long time to burn an 8GB dual layered DVD (like 30 minutes) at 16x, imagine how long it would take to burn a 30 or 50GB Blu-ray disc. On the other hand think of the number of photos you could backup and store offsite. If Blu-ray manages to hang on and persevere we could start seeing Blu-ray burners in desktop or laptop configurations. Pioneer has announced they will be releasing a 12x Blu-ray drive named the BDR-205. Word has it that the drive may cost in the $250 range.
Rumors or a 36MP Canon SLR
Rumors have it there will be an announcement from Canon of a 36MP 1D4 this month. Stay tuned…