For those of you who need to update your Facebook status while snorkeling or check out YouTube vids in the shower, the Japanese company TuneWear has the accessory to allow your iPad help you do just that. The WaterWear is the latest waterproof iPad case, made of a plastic housing that also does not hinder your use of the iPad's touchscreen display.
The WaterWear even comes with an adjustable strap for transport or hanging up in a wet environment such as a shower. This product is set to cost around $38, which isn't really out of line considering it's an iPad accessory. Check it out soon for the iPad addict in your family!
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - While the Android OS is making a big splash on smartphones, it's no secret that tablets are where it's at; just ask just about everyone at Computex. The Google OS developers are said to be on top of this, and NVIDIA chief Jen-Sun Huang gave a few tidbits on this exact point in an interview with reporters.
"It's not lost on [Google] that the tablet is going to be very important and that the Android operating system has to evolve, and be enhanced in certain capabilities, in order to be a good tablet operating system," Huang said. "The good news is that we finally have an operating system to unite behind. Android is an operating system that has gained a tremendous amount of momentum all over the world."
NVIDIA's has its own stake in the tablet market taking off with their new Tegra 2 hardware hoping to be released by the fall. While they hope to trade blows with the big boys at Apple, delays keep pushing the platform back.
With the success of the iPad, lots of platforms are looking to take advantage of some of the technology offered. One of these is the bright and clear IPS display panel. With these panels only available on the iPad and rumored to be coming to the next-gen iPhone, it seems only the most expensive of devices can sport these displays.
Hitachi has different ideas, and is looking to IPS screens to the masses by making the technology viable for less expensive handsets and tablets in the future. The company is tweaking the elements inside the panel, trying to simplify things and make them cheaper to produce without sacrificing quality. A simple rearrangement of how the parts are layered seems to be the key, allowing less pieces needing replacement in case of damage and thereby cutting costs.
No word yet on when or where we may see this new tech, but anything that keeps prices down and brings good quality to our mobile tech is definitely worth keeping an eye on.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - It looks like those looking for an affordable SandForce SF-1500 enterprise class SSD with low(er) cost MLC memory will have the opportunity to purchase the OCZ Technology Vertex 2 Pro after all.
The Vertex 2 Pro will ship with the famed Super Capacitor, enterprise SandForce SF-1500 controller that is able to achieve an amazing 60K IOPS and MLC flash that will allow the drive to cost much less than the a SandForce SF-1500 / SLC flash drive AKA Vertex 2 EX.
I didn't get pricing information or when these will be hitting the market but we will be trying to get a final version in for testing as soon as possible. Maybe one of these days Seagate will release their Pulsar and the Vertex 2 Pro can go head to head with it.
Yesterday we talked a bit about the new gear and future parts that Intel is talking up at Computex. One of the coolest things that Intel showed off was the new Canoe Lake netbooks with scant 14mm thick profiles.
That makes the machines among the thinnest netbooks in the world. Exactly when the netbooks based on Canoe Trail will hit the retail, market is unknown. What we do know is that they are seriously thin.
I am glad to see USB 3.0 ports finally coming to market in more and more notebooks, desktops, and mainboards. The increase in the number of USB ports making it to the market means that we are seeing more and more USB 3.0 gadgets land as well.
Pretec has announced what it claims to be the world's first USB 3.0 memory card reader called the P240. The official name for the device is the P240 USB 3.0 High-Speed Multi-Card Reader. The card reader supports SDHC, SDXC, CF and other memory card formats.
Way back in 2008 Sony got a lot of us excited when it started to talk about the PlayTV add on for the PS3. The device let you turn the PS3 in to a DVR and watch over the air programs. The big catch was that the device landed in Europe but never came to the US.
Kotaku reports that Sony is now at work on the PlayTV and is working on a new PlayTV 2 according to a Sony producer at Cambridge Studio. There are no details on the PlayTV 2 system to share at this time.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Qualcomm today were also showing one of its prototype development platforms that uses one of the newest chipsets in its range called the 7x30. Qualcomm call it a powerful integrated single chip design that includes standard processing capabilities along with modem and multimedia functions.
The 7x30 chipset also embeds 3D graphics processing abilities that allows for drawing of over twenty million triangles per second, something along the lines of what a standalone gaming console can do. Using the Google Android operating system, a game was displayed that looked really good on the small form factor device and also looked to be running very smoothly.
The other demonstration was a 3D UI that was attached on top of the standard Android install that was designed to show what Qualcomm's graphics hardware is capable of producing.
Keep in mind that what you are seeing in the video above is purely a development platform and you'll never be able to buy these devices. But it does provide a good indication of the type of experience you'll see from one of the handset providers that Qualcomm works with such as HTC.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2010 - Walking around the show floor today we spotted a company that we hadn't heard of until now called ADOMAX Technology and this Taiwanese company specializes in producing unique mice and keyboards as well as HD web cameras.
During our stop at their booth we got an introduction firstly to their touch keyboard prototype. It's a product unlike many others that doesn't use keys like on a normal keyboard, but instead relies on touch. It also comes with a touch sensitive mouse area meaning it would be rather suitable say in the lounge room for instance where you only want one device to handle input on your TV. ADOMAX mentioned that its target audience will be for consumers with PS3 gaming consoles and those who watch TV on their computers. Unfortunately the sample we saw today was only a mockup as the product is still in the development stage, but we will be interested to try it out when it goes on sale later this year.
Similarly we were also introduced to another touch input product, this time the ADOMAX touch mouse. This sort of technology is similar to the Apple Magic Mouse for Mac computers, but this difference with this one is that it not only works on Macs, but also Windows 7 and Vista machines.
Get an early look at both products above in the video.
Panasonic has added a new digital camera to its vast Lumix line today called the DMC-FX75. The new camera is a point and shoot digital camera with a 14.1MP resolution that also records video.
The camera has a 3-inch LCD on the rear that is used for aligning still shots and video. The lens is a 5x optical zoom lens with a 24mm to 120mm equivalent range. The camera has an aperture ranging from f/2.2 to f/5.9.