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Inhabitat’s Week in Green: surfing renewable energy, hexagonal LEDs, and ultra-efficient aerodynamics

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010
The Week in Green is a new item from our friends at Inhabitat, recapping the week′s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us.

This week Inhabitat reported live from the scene of New York Design Week, where we sifted through thousands of new home furnishings and interiors products to bring you the state-of-the-art in green design. Fresh from the floor of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair is this stunning hexagonal crystal LED light, which is composed of glowing geometric blocks that snap together to form a myriad of shapes. We were also impressed by this beautifully finished wood calculator that multiplies its green factor with sustainably-sourced materials.

The past week was also surging with developments from the field of renewable energy – first we were excited to see the unveiling of the Oyster 2, an offshore wave-harvesting energy plant that improves upon its predecessor with a simpler design, fewer moving parts, and a 250% increase in energy generation. Google, HP, and Microsoft are also getting into the green energy game with plans to tap an unexpected energy source to run their data centers – cow dung! Google also led the charge towards cleaner energy this week by funding a new type of jet engine-inspired geothermal drill that uses superheated streams of water to bore through previously impenetrable surfaces.

Speaking of jets, MIT has just unveiled several ultra-efficient airplane designs that are capable of cutting fuel use by a whopping 70%. The auto industry also received a jolt of energy as Toyota announced a partnership with Tesla that will boost California’s flagging economy and likely lead to more affordable iconic electric vehicles.

The field of wearable technology saw several innovative advancements this week as well – safe cyclists rejoice, because a group of Indian students have designed a $22 Solar and Wind Powered Bike Helmet. Meanwhile, a group of Colorado State University seniors have designed a medical incubator backpack unit that they believe can reduce baby deaths in medical emergencies.

Finally, we shined light on several brilliant advancements from the field of solar technology, starting with China′s plans to build the “biggest solar energy production base” in the world. We also looked at the HYDRA, a solar-powered hydrogen fuel cell system that can reportedly generate 20,000 gallons of pure water a day, and green energy got literal with the unveiling of the first leaf-shaped crystalline silicon solar panels.

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Motorola’s MT710 OPhone for China makes us dream of Droids without keyboards

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

While it’s busy trying to rebuild market share on the backs of Android-powered devices in North America and Europe, Motorola′s already got a bustling business in China, so it makes sense that they’d want to contribute some Google juice over there as well. That dovetails nicely with China Mobile’s Android-based Open Mobile System — which runs those so-called OPhones — and Motorola has yet to bring an OPhone to market, so that’s where this little beast appears poised to come into play. The MT710 is said to feature an 854 x 480 display clocking in at 3.7 inches and 3G support (using China Mobile’s up-and-coming TD-SCDMA network), but beyond that, little is known; it’s said that Motorola will intro a total of seven Android models in China over the next year, though, and this is clearly one of them. Shave three or four millimeters off the Droid’s girth with this puppy, and count us in.

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Original post by Chris Ziegler

iriver’s N20 DAP shuffles onto the scene, complete with PMOLED screen

Friday, October 9th, 2009

We first caught sight of an N20 MP3 player from iriver way back in 2006, but it looks like the company is now back with another player that shares the same moniker, and thankfully boasts a few improvements over its predecessor. The biggest of those is a new greyscale PMOLED display, which is just big enough to display four lines of information, but small enough to keep the player for expanding beyond its 26 x 55.5 x 13mm dimensions. Otherwise, it looks like you can expect your choice of 2GB or 4GB capacities, a full range of supported audio formats (including FLAC and OGG), and even a built-in FM tuner despite its diminutive size. Still no official word over here, but it looks like folks in China will be able to pick this one up for 649 yuan or 749 yuan depending on the capacity, or roughly $95 or $110.

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Video: NTT DoCoMo’s eye-controlled music interface evolves at CEATEC

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

NTT DoCoMo’s R&D labs are amongst the busiest in the world, and here at CEATEC the company is showing off a development that it has had in the oven for quite some time. The difference now? Elegance. The eye-controlled music interface that we first spotted in mid-2008 is being showcased yet again here at the Makuhari Messe, but instead of having a short straw-drawing employee stand around with an absurd amount of headgear on, this year′s demonstrator was equipped with little more than a special set of earbuds, a few cables and a swank polo. Put simply, the contraption watched subtle changes in eye movements and altered the music accordingly. A look to the right moved the track forward, while a glance to the left went back a track. The demo seemed buttery smooth, but there’s still no telling when this stuff will go commercial. Still, progress is progress, and there’s a video after the break showing as much.

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NTT DoCoMo’s eye-controlled music interface evolves at CEATEC

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

NTT DoCoMo′s R&D labs are amongst the busiest in the world, and here at CEATEC the company is showing off a development that it has had in the oven for quite some time. The difference now? Elegance. The eye-controlled music interface that we first spotted in mid-2008 is being showcased yet again here at the Makuhari Messe, but instead of having a short straw-drawing employee stand around with an absurd amount of headgear on, this year′s demonstrator was equipped with little more than a special set of earbuds, a few cables and a swank polo. Put simply, the contraption watched subtle changes in eye movements and altered the music accordingly. A look to the right moved the track forward, while a glance to the left went back a track. The demo seemed buttery smooth, but there′s still no telling when this stuff will go commercial. Still, progress is progress, and there′s a video after the break showing as much.

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Original post by Darren Murph

iriver B30 pmp finally on sale in the UK

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Remember this little guy? That’s right, it’s the nearly forgotten iriver B30 which we caught our first glimpses of way back in May. This pmp packs DAB radio with RPG recording for listening later on, a 2.8-inch QVGA display, a microSD expansion slot, and comes in 8 and 16GB varieties with a battery that’s supposed to get you 40 hours of audio and about 6 hours of video time. The B30 is listed now on DAD′s site for £139 — though we assume that’s for the 8GB model, and that the 16GB will run you more.

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Original post by Laura June

Dell curiously announces ST2210 and ST2310 LCD monitors

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Oh, Dell. Oftentimes we wonder if you guys even want consumers to know that you’ve got new kit for them to ogle. Shortly after we discovered that the ST2410 LCD monitor was both a) real and b) on sale, we′re now having to turn to YouTube in order to catch wind that two smaller models have also been announced to accompany it. The ST2210 is a 21.5-inch panel with a 1080p resolution, 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (we know, we know…), 250 nits of brightness, a five millisecond response time and HDMI / VGA / DVI inputs. The 23-inch ST2310 is essentially a larger version of the 2210, with screen size being the only real differentiating factor. We should note, however, that unlike many Dell LCDs of the past, these two go Apple-style and ditch the ability to adjust height up or down; you can angle the LCD forward and back, but that’s it. Both are available now for $259 and $229 in order of mention, and yes, that does mean that you can get more for less.

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Original post by Darren Murph

Dell quietly launches trio of widescreen LCD monitors, waits for you to notice

Friday, August 7th, 2009

As has annoyingly become the norm with Dell LCDs, the outfit has seemingly just thrown three new ones onto the world’s platter tonight with nary a peep from its press line. Up first is the 23-inch S󍩆 (shown above), a slick widescreen panel with a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution, narrow bezels, a curved rear, DVI / VGA / HDMI inputs, 250 nits of brightness, a useless 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, five millisecond response time and audio in /out ports for good measure. The 22-inch E2210H and 20-inch E2010H (shown after the break) both tout an all-business motif, with the former pushing a Full HD native resolution and the latter handling just 1,600 x 900 pixels. The whole trio looks to be available right now, with retail marks set at $229, $259 and $139 in order of mention.

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Original post by Darren Murph

Plethora of new Acer Aspires, eMachines, Gateway laptops and netbooks unveiled in one fell swoop

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

In addition to Timeline and the 11.6-inch Aspire One, Acer decided today to announce new laptops much in the way Nikon and other camera makers roll out their PMA lineup — in groups of eight or more. By our count, we′ve got at least ten different models here.

  • Aspire 5935 and 8935: The 18.4-inch 8935 laptop can output a 1080p resolution, True 5.1 channel surround sound and houses up to two HDDs totaling 1TB capacity. The 5935 meanwhile can hold just one 500GB HDD and doesn’t do full HD. Both support up to 4GB DDR3 memory, biometric fingerprinting, 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, and optional WiMAX.
  • Aspire 3935: A 13.3-inch ultra portable with 1366 x 769 resolution LED-backlit LCD and Intel Core 2 Duo / GM45 express chipset. Features built-in Wi-Fi / WiMAX, up to 4GB DDR3 RAM, biometric fingerprints, and 8 hours of use with a 8-cell battery.
  • eMachines D, E, and G series (pictured): 16 x 9 aspect ratio LCD. Available with Intel Celeron or Pentium processors for all models, plus option for AMD Athlon with E and G series. 14-inch D and 17-inch G have up to 4GB DDR2 RAM, 500GB HDD, while the 15.6-inch E series can feature up to 5GB. All of them boast a wide keyboard, WiFi, webcam, DVD drive, a 5-in-1 card reader, and Windows Vista SP1.
  • Gateway EC series: Lightweight and less than 1-inch thick. The 13-inch netbook has an LED backlit screen with 16 x 9 aspect ratio, Dolby Sound Room, SSD, DDR3 RAM, HDMI out, optional 3G and Bluetooth, webcam, and capacitive hotkeys on top of the keyboard.
  • Gateway 10.1-inch LT20, 11.6-inch LT30: Both are under 2.62 pounds, boast built-in WiFi, Webcam, optional Bluetooth and 3G modules, 5-in-1 card reader, and up to 160GB HDD. The touch pad supports multi-gesture features and reportedly it comes with a “cool protective bag” — yay?
  • Gateway ID series: Available in glossy midnight blue or night sky with a matte interior and silver-colored touchpad. It′s got an 15.6-inch LED backlit screen, slot-in DVD drive, webcam with a curtain (for privacy, obviously), mult-gesture touchpad, and capacitive hotkeys on top of the keyboard.

There′s still got plenty of missing pieces here, such as pricing and availability for anything here, but one thing’s for sure: we are thoroughly overwhelmed by the sheer number of new offerings.

Gallery: Acer laptop roundup

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Original post by Ross Miller

Haiku Review: Blockbuster 2Wire MediaPoint Digital Media Player

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

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Blockbuster’s new box
downloads movies a la carte
it’s easy to use.

–Tim Gideon

For for the full-length, free-verse 2Wire MediaPoint review check out PCmag.com.


Original post by Errol Pierre-Louis

Xbox 360′s new Dashboard game install demoed on video

Monday, August 11th, 2008

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We’ve already seen walkthroughs of the new Xbox 360 Dashboard, but this is the first look we′ve had at a feature we′re sort of stoked on: the ability to install games to the internal hard drive from DVD. From the looks of things, it’s an extremely simple process to get the data moved over (despite the long waits for multiple GB files being copied), though it looks like you’ll still need the DVD on hand to actually play the game. Don’t believe a word we′re saying? Take a look at the video after the break and see for yourself!

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Original post by Joshua Topolsky

Nokia E71 confirmed and oh-so-slim

Monday, June 16th, 2008

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Nokia’s finally fessing up to its latest E series QWERTY phone, but took this one in a seriously surprising direction… for Nokia, anyway: thin. The E71 is one of the thinnest phones we’ve ever seen exit the doors of the Finnish giant, at 10mm thick, but there’s still plenty of room for everything you’d expect out of an E series phone like WiFi, HSDPA, A-GPS and even a 3.2 megapixel camera and a front facing camera for video chat — the main place the E71 differs on specs from its new E66 sibling is the 2.36-inch QVGA screen, just a fraction of an inch smaller. The E71 even manages to squeeze in extra battery, with 20 days of standby, 10.5 hours of GSM talk or 4.5 hours of 3G talk. There’s 110MB of built-in storage and a microSD slot if you grow out of that, and the same business / personal switcher of the E66. Folks accustomed to previous Nokia QWERTY phones in the form factor like the E62 will find the screen noticeably smaller, but with the same number of pixels and an incredibly pocketable form factor there’s plenty to love about this new entry. Unfortunately, the $500-ish pricetag isn’t quite alluring, and like the ᬶ, Nokia doesn’t have any carrier subsidies lined up just yet. The ᬻ should arrive in the States — and yes, with full 3G US bands — sometime ̭ of this year, and will be available in grey steel and white steel.

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Original post by Paul Miller

Nokia E66 S60 slider goes official

Monday, June 16th, 2008

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Nokia’s bringing some new, unsurprising, E series hotness to the States in the form of the new E66 slider. Featuring GSM, EDGE, WCDMA and HSDPA bands galore, the phone is slated for a Q3 release this year. Features include a 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera, along with a front-facing cam for video calls, WiFi, A-GPS, 3.6mbps web browsing and a 2.4-inch QVGA screen. What really sets it apart from its E series forebears is the 13.6mm thickness, and some rather sexy new styling. Nokia’s also worked in a sort of business / pleasure switch to change profile from your work email and documents to your personal accounts and such — you can also swap to landscape mode by turning the device. Battery life is certainly no slouch, with 14 days of standby, and 7.5 hours of talk on GSM, or 3.5 hours of talk on 3G. There’s only 110MB of internal memory, but you can supplement that with an 8GB microSD card. The phone comes in “grey steel” or “white steel” (what, no blue steel?), but brace yourself for the pricepoint: Nokia’s quoting this at “under $500,” and probably won’t have any carriers Stateside subsidizing it in the short term. Quite a hefty price for a QVGA phone with little built-in storage, but some Nokia fanboy is certainly going to get a kick out of it.

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Nokia’s E-series to ship in Q3 alongside N96

Monday, June 9th, 2008

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You already knew Nokia’s evolutionary N96 was all set to be shipped in the fall, but it′s about time Nokia came clean with the release information on its leaked-out-everywhere E-series. While Anssi Vanjoki, senior executive vice president of Nokia Markets, didn’t specify model numbers, it′s widely assumed that the ᬶ and ᬻ handsets are included when he states that “a group of E-series multimedia computers” will be brought to market in ̭. No mention of a price or expected launch regions, but at least you’ve a quarter to circle in your date book, yeah?

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Original post by Darren Murph

Iron Man case mod shows lots of dedication, is still ugly

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

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Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way: we can’t deny that the Iron Man Mark I case mod took some serious work (and skill). That being the case, it’d take a pretty hardcore fan of the character (or the new flick, we guess) to love this one with reckless abandon. Reportedly, the whole shebang was built in just three weeks, and while we’re still waiting for the full work log, feel free to hit the read link for an array of angles.

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