CES 2008 | Sony | Handycam HDR-SR12

The two top-of-the-line models, the SR11 and SR12, both incorporate Sony’s highest-resolution 1/3.15-inch 5-megapixel ClearVid CMOS sensor and the Face Detection capabilities which debut in the 2008 camcorders. Other specs include a 12X zoom lens and 3.2-inch LCD. The two models differ only by hard disk size: 60GB for the $1,199 SR11 and 120GB for the $1,399 SR12. Both are slated to ship in March.

Replacing the SR5 at the $999 price point, the SR10 keeps the same 2-megapixel CMOS sensor and 2.7-inch LCD of its predecessor, but ups the zoom to 15x. It too should ship in March.



CES 2008 | Sony | XAL-1 first OLED TV in US

OLED, short for Organic Light Emitting Diode, promises better picture quality, smaller size (the XEL-1 measures just 3mm thick) and more efficient operation. Sony claims a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, indicating deep black levels. Since OLED can turn the light emitted from the diodes on and off quickly, Sony also claims rapid response times for “smooth, natural reproduction of fast-moving content.”

The XEL-1 is supposedly 40 percent more efficient than traditional LCD panels in terms of power consumption, and unlike other LCDs, its manufacturing process doesn’t require the use of harmful mercury.


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CES 2008 | LG | PG70 Wireless Plasma

It includes the 50-inch 50PG70 and the 60-inch 60PG70. Yes, you’ll still need to connect the power cord, but all those pesky audio-video connections can be moved to a separate AV transceiver box that networks with the panel over the 802.11n wireless standard. Judging from LG’s claims regarding its similar wireless LCDs, the box can be set up to 50 feet from the panel and going wireless doesn’t impact picture or sound quality. Unlike those LCDs and Samsung’s units, however, the box on the PG70 series is optional (price TBD), so you can wait to invest in wireless.

These sets will carry THX Display certification, for what that’s worth, when they ship in the third quarter of 2008–pricing was not disclosed at press time. Other notable improvements include an ISF mode that has a user-accessible color temperature adjustment with 10 separate grayscale points, which should help calibrators improve color accuracy.


CES 2008 | JVC | LT-42SL89 and LT-46SL89 (super slim LCD’s)

The space saving was largely accomplished with a smaller backlight and fan-less power supply, both of which–according to JVC–also cut down on the TV’s weight and power consumption versus similarly sized competing models. In addition to working with standard wall mounts, JVC will offer a similarly slim bracket that promises to get the TV as close to the wall as possible. The company was otherwise mum on details, except to confirm that both models with offer full 1080p resolution. Look for the LT-42SL89 and LT-46SL89 in the summer of 2008.


CES 2008 | Sony | 46″ Bravia V Series LCD Flat Panel HDTV

Another nice thing from Sony at the CES website of theirs.

ModBook ready to go!

mod book now shipping!
So now you can order your ModBooks  for $2,290 (no cheap). And for that price you will be getting:
  • Built-in GPS
  • Wacom-developed digitiser technology on top of the Macbook’s screen
  • Mac OS X Leopard
  • Touch Screen
  • CD+DVD
  • and hey its Ultra portable!

LG.Philips:multi-touch displays, double-sided LCD, and more

Big touch screen LCD

LG.Philips introduced 5 new LCD panels:

  • 52-inch multi-touch LCD – full 1080p, two touch detection
  • 84-inch multi-touch LCD – 2 x 4 array of 42-inch panels, totaling full 1080p resolution, 500cd/m2 brightness
  • 47-inch triple-view LCD – full 1080p, 250cd/m2 brightness, three separate images
  • 47-inch double sided LCD – 70mm thickness, 500cd/m2 brightness, displays images on both sides
  • 42-inch transflective LCD


These may be only for industrial purposes though…. but just imagine a 84 inch TV in your living room!