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Israel 2011 – Day 5

Posted: June 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

Photos from Israel

Posted: June 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

Enjoy – took these over the past few days. You can download the Windows 7 Theme here.

Feel free to share the theme or the photos, as long as you give me credit. You may not sell them or use them for profit in any way.

After installing Windows 7 SP1 and attempting to play a DVD in Windows Media Center, I received an error that the disc was not formatted for my current region. This obviously wasn’t true, since I was playing a Region 1 disc (United States) and before my upgrade, all discs played fine. So, here’s how I fixed it:

  1. Close Windows Media Center
  2. Attempt to play the disc with another DVD playback app, such as Cyberlink PowerDVD
  3. Close the other playback app, which should play the disc successfully.
  4. Relaunch Windows Media Center.
  5. Done!

Please let me know if this works for you Smile

Best,

-Auri

The team did a great job with the design and development of DuoChart, a bilingual medical translation app for iPhone and Android. Read all about it on Inside Indiana Business! w00t!

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It was an honor working with Michael, Josh, Tom, Scott, Keyko, Mark, Takaku-san and Tak-san once again. We had a great time, learned a lot, and geeked out. What more could you want?

Want to see some of the cool tech that was shown at CEATEC, Japan’s largest technology trade show? Here are photos from Day 2. I have a lot of photos from Day 1 and I’m still captioning and categorizing them, so sorry about the out of order upload Smile BTW, if you’re not using Windows Live Photo Gallery or Microsoft ICE to create panoramas on the fly (both are free), you’re really missing out.

This year’s CEATEC consumer electronics floor is all about 3D. You want 3D without glasses, you got it! Want to play Gran Turismo in 3D? You’re set! Want 3D on your laptop, as long as you stand four feet away? Go! Below are the 3D displays I found today, along with some great innovations. Will Consumer 3D will die again, just like it did in the 80s? Anybody remember Swamp Thing and Amityville Horror 3D? Good luck finding those in your VHS collection.

Panasonic 3D HD Wall

It’s the simple things that are way cool. Panasonic had a wall of all their 3D sets, from 40” to 152”, all perfectly synchronized, displaying 3D promotional fluff. I may not want 3D, but I do want that display, and somebody else paying the electricity bill.

Panasonic's 3D display wall

Panasonic also showed off their 3D camcorder and 3D LUMIX digital still camera (more info from Gizmodo here).

There was a cool flyer showing all the 3D tech in Panasonic’s booth. Enjoy below:

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Sony’s 3D Optimized LED Displays

Ok, 240Hz is more evolutionary than revolutionary, so most analysts didn’t give Sony’s 240Hz sets much space last year. With 3D, however, Sony has come up with a real-world reason for 240Hz.

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Figure: What’s the deal with children under six and 3D?

Sony Booth Display

Figure: Sony’s booth and the very cool 3D LED display board.

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3D televisions running at 120Hz tend to look blurry. This is usually due to too little data being pushed to your brain – in this case, 60 frames per second per eye – to build the 3D image. By using 240Hz sets, 120 frames per second are sent to each eye – thus supplying a much more “solid” image.

Sony has also taken into account the dimming effect 3D glasses have on the video feed. Take a look at a pair of polarized 3D glasses and you’ll see they appear tinted. This can lead to a loss of brightness in the 3D image. Sony’s solution is to brighten all or part of the displayed image to compensate for the loss of luminance.

Toshiba’s Glasses-less 3D 20” Display

Toshiba’s glasses-less display works well if you’re the exact distance away and viewing at the right angle. Move back too far (they had a red dot designating where to stand), or move/look to the sides, and the typical 3D artifacts appear. It will still very cool.

The display sports an 8.29 million pixel resolution with vertical pixels and a vertical lenticular sheet. A Cell Regza (Cell Broadband Engine) processing unit and a custom multi-parallel conversion LSI are utilized to generate the time parallax images in realtime.

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Toshiba 3D Display Line

Figure: People standing in line to see Toshiba’s 3D displays.

Toshiba’s Glasses-less 3D Display for Laptops

Toshiba also showcased a laptop with partial 3D window technology. Basically, the system can show 3D anywhere on the screen that marks itself as a 3D image/feed. Details were thin, but I was able to snap a few photos as to how it worked. Oh yeah, the display appeared to be six inches deep, you couldn’t touch the machine, and you had to stand four feet back (again, on a red dot). Hey, it’s a prototype!

P.S.: Glasses-less 3D would be way cool for PC gaming. Then again, 3D gaming with glasses is cool, too. Just check out Sony’s Gran Turismo 5 in 3D if you want proof.

Mitsubishi’s 3D “Laser” Television

Sony appears to have given up on the laser television set concept since they last showed a prototype at CES 2008 (maybe it was CES 2007). Mitsubishi is now shipping a solution, in 2D and 3D flavors, in the form of its LaserVue line. Lasers provide an amazing viewing angle and better color fidelity, although they do tend to appear dimmer. I’m curious how long the diodes last, and how expensive they are to replace. Either way, it’s very cool. Anyone know if staring at a laser set is bad for your eyes?

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On a side note, Mitsubishi also showed off their contributions to [I believe] Japan’s space program. You can view a synth of what they were showing here. It was very cool, especially the space probe.

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More information on CEATEC can be found at www.ceatec.com.

Auri’s Notebook: CEATEC Day 1

Posted: October 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

The first day of Japan’s CEATEC show is behind us and boy do I have things to share. Info + Photos + Video are below. Enjoy!

Panasonic

As usual, Panasonic showed its vision of a technological utopia, where all the devices talk with each other, and the consumer is aware of how much energy they are using, as well as how to use all these interconnected devices. I keep thinking they could make this happen if they opened up an API (application programming interface) and basically allowed apps on these “white box” devices. Let app developers innovate, save Panasonic development dollars, and get great solutions out there to make this vision happen. Otherwise ya just ain’t got the dollars, Panasonic – no matter how many awesome demos you do.

Another note to Panasonic: It is pure delusion if you think consumers will actively check energy usage, traffic routes, and so forth. Intelligent systems should push notifications to consumers, not the other way around.

This just in: Panasonic apparently announced a handheld gaming system, the Jungle. Nobody at Panasonic Japan appeared to know about it.

Rohm

Rohm displayed a prototype “BP35xx series” single chip solution with 802.11 n/b/g Wireless+USB+SDIO+SPI all in a single chip less than a centimeter square. Good news for mobile component manufacturers.

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OKI (Okidata)

Oki’s Perception LSI requires no DSP, so it can be used for low-cost realtime 3D with a webcam. This may make its way down to consumers someday soon, but they were mum on pricing.

720P Laser Pico Projector from Microvision

Claiming to be the “smallest pico projector capable of 720p",” Microvision showed off a pretty wicked solution for business professionals and those who need a low-power, super portable OEM-ready product. 15 lumens and 720p, and it’s smaller than 8 postage stamps.

PicoP also showed off a laser-based in-car heads-up display, with a full 120 degree field of view.

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Heads-up Display for vehicles using laser projection

Fujikura – Getting Wireless Around The Home + Office More Easily

Fujikura Wireless showcased their extend-wireless-anywhere “broadband leaky coaxial cable,” or WBLCX. Basically, this is a coaxial cable that plugs into your WiFi router’s antenna output and builds up to a 100 meter extension, capable of “leaking” wireless up to 5 meters away from the line at any point. So, no need to buy multiple routers to get wireless around your home. Just run this cable through the carpet, walls, and so forth, and have a single access point. Well, in theory. This wired wireless extender (funny) is only in Japan for now. No word on Stateside availability.

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Mitsumi – Wireless 8-Channel Audio 96KHz Uncompressed Audio

Not much else to say. They’re looking for manufacturers to use their technology. Sounds way cool, so check ‘em out.

Fostex – Design Your Own Earphones

Audio company Fostex’s Kotori service lets you design your own headphones online, More info at http://kotori.fostex.jp.

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Apple’s Impact on Manufacturers

3M announced a new version of their ScotchWeld® adhesive product. So what’s new? Well, it only under 900 and 1500 ppm (parts per million) of choline and bromine, respectively, per Apple’s standards. Amazing – they actually updated their product so it followed Apple’s guidelines, and are marketing it as such. I didn’t see a logo or certification for photo joyfulness, but rest assured 3M wants to be in all those fruity devices.

Alps – Turning Your Mobile Phone’s Keyboard into a Touch Pad

Alps showed off their GlideSensor™ for smartphones… Instead of requiring a touch screen on your device, and instead of adding a pointing device, Alps’ solution turns the entire keyboard into a touchpad area. It’s apparently smart enough to detect when you’re typing vs. when you’re gesturing.

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Sony Open Energy System

Sony showed off an “open energy” system for third-world nations, with African countries in the spotlight. The premise is an electric company holds consumers hostage with high prices, but consumers sharing energy amongst homes, much like a P2P network of electricity, breaks the electric company’s hold on the [likely very, very poor] consumer’s pocketbook.

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DoCoMo – Augmented Reality Hounds

DoCoMo’s research arm was showing all kinds of augmented reality (AR). AR glasses, AR cell phones, AR PCs – you name the device, they want you experiencing AR on it. I didn’t have time for the demo before I wrote this, but rest assured I’ll play with it while I’m here.

And KTT had a social media “watching” technology, more info coming when I get to see it, lol.

Make sure you also look up DoCoMo’s “3D type of force feedback,” which I still need to look at. The force feedback helps you determine where you are in relation to a 3D object. (thanks to Josh for the heads up)

Pegscope on Android

The Ultra-realistic Experience Consortium (ever heard of it?) showed off an Android-based mobile Pegscope viewer, allegedly also with capture ability, enabling you to use 16 mobile Android devices to capture video from different angles (ala The Matrix) and change your viewing angle right on the phone. Well, at least that’s how they explained it in broken English.

Another side note: Why don’t we have glasses-less 3D for smaller devices? Depth infused panels? Too much power? Chime in if you have a comment Smile

Toshiba – Thou Shall Have Apps

Toshiba showed off its Regza Apps initiative, basically providing Toshiba apps across its televisions, including Cell Regza, mobile devices, and PCs. All of these apps can share content with each other, enable social aspects such as tagging video and sending clips to friends, and more. The demos were somewhat thin, but it’s a good idea. Of course, there’s nothing stopping Microsoft or Apple from doing this on their much more widespread XBox and iOS devices. Oh, and isn’t this HD-DVD’s tagging and clip sharing moved to other devices? I guess the technology didn’t die completely.

A Revolution in Math Formula Entry

With simple, yet incredibly powerful formula entry, a built-in programming language that can integrate mathematical formulas, and integration with any Windows app using OLE, Simplex’s Calcing Professional application is ready to trump Mathematica and other stalwarts in the formula entry industry. It’s basically a mathematical word processor. It’s smart enough to perform calculations inline, automatically. Go to their Web site and check it out – if you’re a math dude, or just a geek at heart, you’ll be impressed. http://www.simplex-soft.com

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Access Twonky Content on your Android Phone

Twonky was showing off its Android client for streaming media from any device to any device. Now your robot can do that cool “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi” if it has a pico projector built-in Laughing out loud

Sony Pushing 3D Through PS3?

Sony’s been screaming about 3D support on the PS3, and going all out with 3D everything in its devices. To help move it along, Gran Turismo, the racing game five-quell (what is the term, anyway) is going to be in full, glorious 3D… if your set can support it. Oh well, it’ll still be fun on my 65” incher anyway. I somewhat doubt GT5 will push 3D into the mainstream, but it’s still cool.

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Hitachi – 3D Wonder

I hate 3D that requires glasses. Hopefully most of the industry will soon, too. Hitachi showed a WVGA depth-fused 3d television. It was way cool. Photos don’t do it justice, but if they can thin it out, maybe it will make it onto a tablet. Who knows what the point would be, but still.

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External HD Recording – Me Too!

Many of the television set and set top manufacturers are including the ability to plug in an external hard drive for recording shows and extending time-shift capacity. I want to learn more about this.

Sharp – Remote Control Everything

Sharp had remote control apps for many of their CE devices. Basically, install their app and you can control their devices. Cool – no more worrying about losing your remote. Of course, now you’ll have to worry [more] about losing your smartphone.

Sharp announced an exclusive deal with Yahoo! Japan for streaming 3D content, such as photos and maps, to their 3D televisions. You can also share 3D with your friends who also have Aquos 3D sets. Why not open this up and help the industry out?

Oh, and if you like Karaoke, Sharp has a library of 15,000 songs ready for you to karaoke your heart out anytime.

Sharp also displayed a 4 color LCD panel, can show more vivid colors, even gold!

Sharp's 4-color LCDs can reproduce the color gold. Instead of the standard RGB, they are RGBY!

Last, but not least: A Mickey Mouse Satellite Dish!

A picture is worth a thousand words. Or a thousand iterations of “it’s a small world after all.”

Mickey Mouse satellite dish

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CEATEC (Consumer Electronics and Technology Conference, www.ceatec.com), Japan’s largest trade show is here again and the press, analysts, consumers, and inventors of great new technologies are again excited and congregated together in Makuhari Messe! Yes, I’m a judge on the Innovation Awards panel this year – looking forward to recognizing so many companies’ hard work!!!

Here are my expectations for this year’s show:

I would certainly expect to see innovation in the display and battery technology categories. Supporting smart devices, such as the increasingly popular smartphone and tablet categories, is going to be a full time contest. Consumers want their info, entertainment, and connectivity on the go. Whoever brings them that the best and fastest way possible may win.

Except for Apple it seems, there is little loyalty amongst brands. Hopefully we’ll see a push into securing some sort of consumer loyalty. HTC and Samsung sure appear to be working towards this, but they don’t own the software like Apple does. Samsung is trying to do so with Bada, and HTC less-so with Sense, which "skins" a device’s OS, providing an almost identical experience from device to device.

You’ll probably see a bunch of me-too 3D items in the form of televisions, mobile 3D devices, and cameras. You will probably see some glasses-less 3D, and hopefully somebody will do it well! I still think glasses for 3D just plain dumb. Anyone who has kids knows you don’t want to need $70+ glasses around children.

Don’t forget about the car tech. You’ll probably see some great things from Nissan, Toyota and others.

Keep an eye on components as well. Just like last year, not all these manufacturers have their own fabs, so they need green components, 3D components, video encoding/decoding components, power management components, and the like. Expect some cool component solutions to get more of these emerging and maturing technologies into more, cheaper devices.

There may also be a push on data services for syncing information across all the various media devices. Only Microsoft and Apple have really been successful in this regard so far, so it will be interesting to see if HTC, Samsung, Sony, (Nintendo?) and others can make a play. Windows Phone 7 will be one to watch, with Microsoft’s underrated "three screens" approach to content and data syncing. Seriously, has anyone noticed all the sync capability Microsoft’s been building? All the social media connectivity services built into Windows Live? Their Sync framework? Zune on XBox and Windows Phone 7 and PC? C’mon people! 🙂