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Sony PS3 Slim : Playing a brave front in Gaming console-War

With rival Microsoft’s Xbox outselling the Playstation 3, Sony has unveiled the overhauled Playstation 3. Dubbed the PS3 Slim, the unit features a revised cell processor, 120GB hard drive and is smaller, lighter and cheaper than its predecessor.
Sony have put up several changes in a bid to close the gap and return to their glory days as leader in the gaming console domain.
The new console is around a third smaller and lighter, and is also quieter – thanks largely to a Cell processor using the 45 nanometer manufacturing process (as opposed to the previous 65nm Cell). The smaller Cell is said to generate around 15% less fan noise, and is cooler, with around 30% less energy consumption.
The PS3 Slim’s integrated 120GB storage capacity virtually ensures relevance for years to come even if downloadable high definition content becomes available. The console continues to feature Wi-Fi connectivity as well as a Blu-ray player, with Bravia television owners sure to appreciate the Bravia Sync feature, whereby their existing remotes can be used to navigate the system in place of the expensive and awkward PS3 Blu-ray version. An additional system “standby function” will shut down the PS3 Slim when the Bravia TV is switched off.
While removing the option to install an alternative operating system like Linux may disappoint some, Sony looks to be focusing on increasing the PS3’s accessibility to the wider population of gamers. With a reported Wii-esque motion sensitive wand in the works, the emphasis looks to be on appealing to the casual gamer as well as the fanatic.
Sony have simplified the branding, doing away with the Spiderman-type logo of the Playstation 3, opting instead to emboss a simple “PS3” on the console front. The casing has also reverted from glossy to the more traditional black matte finish.
Lower production costs have seen the price for the PS3 Slim, on sale September 1st, reduced to US$299. With this lower price point potentially making the unit a viable option to those previously deterred by higher cost, and with Micrsoft’s Xbox expected to make a similar move, will it be “game on” once more?
Check out the Playstation website for a closer look.

With rival Microsoft’s Xbox outselling the Playstation 3, Sony has unveiled the overhauled Playstation 3. Dubbed the PS3 Slim, the unit features a revised cell processor, 120GB hard drive and is smaller, lighter and cheaper than its predecessor.

Sony have put up several changes in a bid to close the gap and return to their glory days as leader in the gaming console domain.

The new console is around a third smaller and lighter, and is also quieter – thanks largely to a Cell processor using the 45 nanometer manufacturing process (as opposed to the previous 65nm Cell). The smaller Cell is said to generate around 15% less fan noise, and is cooler, with around 30% less energy consumption.

The PS3 Slim’s integrated 120GB storage capacity virtually ensures relevance for years to come even if downloadable high definition content becomes available. The console continues to feature Wi-Fi connectivity as well as a Blu-ray player, with Bravia television owners sure to appreciate the Bravia Sync feature, whereby their existing remotes can be used to navigate the system in place of the expensive and awkward PS3 Blu-ray version. An additional system “standby function” will shut down the PS3 Slim when the Bravia TV is switched off.

Sony have simplified the branding, doing away with the Spiderman-type logo of the Playstation 3, opting instead to emboss a simple “PS3” on the console front. The casing has also reverted from glossy to the more traditional black matte finish.

Lower production costs have seen the price for the PS3 Slim, on sale September 1st, reduced to US$299. With this lower price point potentially making the unit a viable option to those previously deterred by higher cost, and with Micrsoft’s Xbox expected to make a similar move, will it be “game on” once more?

Check out the Playstation website for a closer look.

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Now Screen movies using your phone….!!

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A new mini projector prototype could see mobile phone users hosting impromptu movie screenings on makeshift screens such as white towels or walls… without killing the battery. Unlike conventional projectors the prototype doesn’t need an additional illumination system. Instead it relies on a lens system to project images produced by an OLED onto a wall or other flat surface.

Operating without an extra light source offers the dual benefits of reduced size and energy requirements. The prototype is 2.5 cm long, has a diameter of 1.8 cm and needs very little energy. This means the projector could be easily integrated into a mobile phone or PDA without overtaxing the devices’ battery.

Currently the prototype’s OLED display produces a monochrome image with a brightness of 10,000 candelas per square meter, and color images about half that level. By way of comparison, a computer monitor generates about 150-300 candelas per square meter.

The lenses used in the prototype are made of glass, but the development team is working on an optical system that uses plastic lenses. This is because plastic lenses can be embossed, so they can be produced in larger quantities more simply and cheaply than glass lenses.

The mini projector was developed by research scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF in Jena in cooperation with their partners in the EU project HYPOLED.

Source: Fraunhofer Institute

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Pocket Cellphone Charger

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Product: Fuel-cell recharger

Cost: Initially between $100 and $200; cartridges will cost between $1 and $3.

Company: Lilliputian Systems

Solid-oxide fuel cells can generate electricity using a range of readily available fuels. But because they run very hot–often above 1,000 ºC–they typically require insulation that makes them bulky. A new version employs an insulation technique that keeps the finished device as small as a pack of playing cards. The gadget, which could help keep electronic devices humming on long flights or hikes, runs on cheap butane cartridges; one cartridge packs enough power to recharge a smart phone 20 times. Swap out the cartridge, and it’s ready for 20 more charges. The device is scheduled to go on sale next year.

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Violet RFID Mirror…..adds life to the Objects…!!

What do you think is common between these pictures: The rabbit-dolls or perhaps something that looks like a fancy kitchen ware – a dish?

I am sure you are still wondering what is it that you are looking at? But it definitely looks interesting enough to find out, doesn’t it? It is interesting, impressive and great fun!

These are magical Violet Mirrors based on the RFID technology. RFID – stands for Radio-frequency identification. RFID can be applied to any object to use it as a tag, to be incorporated into any products to make them come alive. The RFID tag enables tracking the product through radio waves. In case you are wondering where this technology can be applied, then you should think of tracking and managing inventories at supermarkets, or any application of supply chain management in several enterprises.

If you understand the identification part of it, you would also immediately relate it to tracking, timing, scoring and implantation kind of usage. For example, an electronic toll collection booth would have an RFID tag put to its best use to improve efficiency in logging and tracking.

Other amusing uses that have been referred to is to use it as a learning package for youngsters, who can wave things in front of these RFID mirrors and understand the relation or usage of the same. For example, if you wave an umbrella in front of this magic mirror it would give you a weather forecast, or let you know when you took your last medication if you place your pills on it. It has to be connected to a computer to perform all these functions though.

The colorful RFID tags and stamps are slowly making place for their applications in our surroundings to make life more convenient, if it isn’t enough already. For now, inventory systems and identification are probably the best usage of this technology.

Main functions and features

Diameter 10 cm (4″). Height 1.4 cm (.55″)
Weight: 90g (3.2 oz)
USB 2.0 plug
ISO14443 Types A&B compliant RFID tag reader
Three dynamic color LEDs for feedback and information display
Speaker (buzzer)
Sleep mode sensor
Latest version of computer software downloaded from the website
Region free: works anywhere in the world, regardless of place of purchase
Requires permanent broadband Internet connection
Compatible with Mac OS X, Windows XP or Vista computer with USB port
Mirror can interact with other Violet objects such as Nabaztag:tag
Detects objects from a few centimeters
Detects up to four objects at the same time
Flipping Mir:ror puts it in sleep mode
When sitting idle on the desk Mir:ror displays light coded information for weather, stock quotes etc.
Works with Ztamps – the first consumer-oriented blank RFID tags that individuals can purchase and program to suit their own needs
Ztamps can be affixed to all kinds of everyday objects (mugs, keys, books, toys)
Ztamps can be re-used and reprogrammed by the user
Ztamps are not washable
Comes with: 1 Mir:ror (USB cable included), 3 blank user-programmable RFID Ztamps, 2 Nano:ztags programmable micro Rabbits, 1 Mirror:skin, 1 Quick start guide
  • Diameter 10 cm (4″). Height 1.4 cm (.55″)
  • Weight: 90g (3.2 oz)
  • USB 2.0 plug
  • ISO14443 Types A&B compliant RFID tag reader
  • Three dynamic color LEDs for feedback and information display
  • Speaker (buzzer)
  • Sleep mode sensor
  • Latest version of computer software downloaded from the website
  • Region free: works anywhere in the world, regardless of place of purchase
  • Requires permanent broadband Internet connection
  • Compatible with Mac OS X, Windows XP or Vista computer with USB port
  • Mirror can interact with other Violet objects such as Nabaztag:tag
  • Detects objects from a few centimeters
  • Detects up to four objects at the same time
  • Flipping Mir:ror puts it in sleep mode
  • When sitting idle on the desk Mir:ror displays light coded information for weather, stock quotes etc.
  • Works with Ztamps – the first consumer-oriented blank RFID tags that individuals can purchase and program to suit their own needs
  • Ztamps can be affixed to all kinds of everyday objects (mugs, keys, books, toys)
  • Ztamps can be re-used and reprogrammed by the user
  • Ztamps are not washable
  • Comes with: 1 Mir:ror (USB cable included), 3 blank user-programmable RFID Ztamps, 2 Nano:ztags programmable micro Rabbits, 1 Mirror:skin, 1 Quick start guide

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