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Ceatec's coolest gadgets

  • Samsung music phones
    The top-of-the-range SGH-i450 has as its top feature an amplifier developed by high-end audio specialists Bang & Olufsen. The smartphone runs the Symbian S60 software platform and is a dual-slider design: slide up and the smartphone features are activated, slide down and the music player functions appear on the 2.4-inch display.
    One weak point of the handset is the amount of built-in memory, which is just 35MB. That's only enough for seven to 10 songs, which is disappointing for a music phone. Memory can be expanded to 4GB with a Micro SD memory card.
  • Sony OLED TV
    Without a doubt the coolest thing at Ceatec this year was Sony's OLED (organic light emitting diode) television. This is something we've been promised all year and the first commercial product doesn't disappoint -- except perhaps on price. The set has an 11-inch OLED panel and is 3mm thick. OLEDs offer other advantages over LCD and PDP technology, including wider viewing angles, faster response time, and better contrast and colours. However, the technology is difficult to manufacture and the OLED material degrades over time. Sony said the XEL-1 has a viewing life of 30,000 hours, which allows a user to watch eight hours of television each day for 10 years. The television goes on sale in Japan on Dec. 1, and will cost ¥200,000 (US$1,740.50). Currently, there are no plans to sell the television outside Japan, as Sony plans to manufacture just 2,000 sets each month.
  • Four core engine
    The SpursEngine has four cores and is made using a 65-nanometer process.
  • Toshiba SpursEngine laptops
    One of the cool gadgets being demonstrated by Toshiba was a prototype Qosmio laptop that includes a multimedia co-processor, called SpursEngine, based on the Cell Broadband Engine processor core. It's based on the same processor core found in the PlayStation 3 and aims to provide better video-processing capabilities for computers. One laptop offered facial-recognition capabilities that find a user's face, and then allow virtual makeup and different hairstyles to be applied and viewed in three dimensions. A second demonstration used the SpursEngine to search a video, and then break the video clip into scenes based on facial expressions, allowing a user to find a particular scene more easily. Toshiba has yet to finalise plans to commercialise SpursEngine.
  • Panasonic Blu-ray Disc recorders Panasonic kicked off Ceatec by unveiling three new Blu-ray Disc recorders. The recorders can cram up to 18 hours of high-definition video onto a 50G-byte Blu-ray Disc -- something that hasn't been possible until now. Previous recorders took the MPEG2 digital TV stream as it was transmitted and recorded it directly to disc resulting in a recording capacity of about 4 hours on the 50GB discs. However the new Panasonic recorders can convert this into the more efficient MPEG4 AVC compression system and thus the greater storage capacity on each disc. They also have built-in hard-disk drives. All three recorders will go on sale in Japan on Nov. 1 with the top-of-the-range BW900 costing ¥300,000 (US$2,600). There are no immediate plans to sell them overseas but Panasonic said it is examining the possibility.
  • Samsung swivels
    The SGH-F210, has a swivel design where the top half of the handset swivels around to reveal a keypad on the bottom half. There's an FM radio built-in with RDS (radio data system) support. The handset is just 31mm wide and 21mm thick. It packs 1GB of memory and like the others can be expanded with a Micro SD memory card. It is about to be launched in Germany.
  • Sharp LCD with optical scanner If you think the iPhone screen's two-finger touch is cool then Sharp has something for you! The company showed a prototype 3.5-inch screen which integrates an optical scanner pixel alongside each LCD pixel. This means the screen can scan objects such as name cards placed on its surface and recognise fingers or other objects. Because it's determining the position of fingers from a scanner input and not a touch screen, it's possible to touch the screen in more than two places and have all fingers recognised. The panel is still a prototype but commercialisation is expected in the first half of next year. Samples are already in the hands of potential customers but Sharp wouldn't name those companies. Whoever they are, you can be sure some are trying to outdo Apple's iPhone!
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