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When I am not up to my ears in netbooks to review, I like to peruse YouTube looking for video of morons hurting themselves in embarrassing ways. I am particularly fond of the videos where someone gets their gonads smashed whilst showing off in one way or another. That's quality entertainment in my book. If you are the sort who likes to film yourself doing extreme sports or generally questionable behavior Tachyon has the camcorder for you.
The thing is called the Tachyon XC Micro and it claims to be the world's smallest helmet camera. The thing has a wide-angle lens and can connect to a helmet, dashboard, or goggles for recording. The camera is water and shock resistant and weighs only 3.7 ounces.
It measures in at 3.8" x 1.4" x 1.8" and records at a resolution of 640 x 480. The pair of AAA batteries that powers the camera is good for four hours of continuous shooting. Video is stored to microSDHC cards up to 32GB in capacity. The little camcorder is available now until the end of the month for $99.99 and will ship mid-December.
IPEVO has announced a new webcam called the P2V that has one feature you don't see that often on a webcam -- an articulating stand. The stand can pivot at three different locations allowing the user to adjust it to just right height.
The average webcam can only be as tall or short as your computer screen making getting a nice shot a task in adjusting your LCD. Other than the adjusting stand, the pen-style webcam also sports 2MP resolution and it connects to your computer via USB.
The cam is compatible with your favorite IM apps like Skype, iChat, Yahoo and more. The little gadget also has a macro mode that lets it focus on things as close as 2-inches from the lens. Autofocus is also featured and can be turned off if the user desires. The P2V is available now for $69.
Although the Intel 32nm, Six-Core Westmere is still a long way away, there have been a few new sightings of the coveted piece of silicon.
The latest is over at PCGames Hardware. Although it is hard to tell exactly what this is, as there are no markings visible on it. It is easy to tell that it is not a Bloomfield by the layout of the underside of the CPU.
Also absent from the sighting are any type of performance testing but we have a feeling that some form of benchmark will be coming out soon. The Gulftown CPU will be the nest evolution of the Nehalem Architecture and will add an extra two cores (4 threads) to the already formidable processing power found in the current Core i7 9xx CPUs.
AMD has plans to counter this with a desktop version of the Istanbul 6-core CPU later in 2010. Time (and testing) will see who have the better 6-core part next year. Until then we can only eagerly read the scribbling's of the luck few who have them already.
720p HD video is coming to a Microsoft webcam near you. The Redmond based giant is planning the release of their LifeCam Cinema. The new product should be able to capture video at 1280x720 @ 30 fps.
The device also has a noise canceling microphone on top of the camera. The camera uses a now traditional USB 2.0 connection. It will be out-of-the-box compatible with Windows 7, Vista and XP. The new camera will integrate with Live Messenger, Live Movie Maker and Photo Gallery.
The system requirements are quite high with a Dual Core 1.6GHz CPU just to run the camera while MS recommends a 3GHz Dual Core and 2GB of memory for best performance.
The new LifeCam Cinema is made from Aluminum and has a universal stand for desktop and monitor/laptop mounting.
Here is something for that special person in your life that has eyes for only one, themselves.
Samsung has found a way to make sure all the Facebook and MySpace (and a few other less respectable sites) junkies can get plenty of self portraits for posing up on their pages. They have put a front facing LCD.
The new cameras with this new feature are called the TL220 and TL225. They have some pretty impressive specifications including a 3.5-inch LCD on the back, 12.2 MP resolution, 720p recording 4.6x optical zoom.
Pricing right in the ballpark at around $300 for the TL220 and $350 for the TL225.
These will be a source of joy for those determined to show themselves in public. I will miss the blurry mirror pics on MySpace and Facebook though.
Digitimes says that OnmiVision has landed a deal with Apple concering CMOS image sensors.
Apple has started placing orders for the 3.2MP CIS chips which are going to be making their debut in the next-generation iPhone.
It seems that Apple has something else in the work utilizing a camera. OmniVision is also said to have secured a deal with Apple concerning their 5MP chips for something that is expected to be launched later this year.
A teacher and a group of students from the IES La Bisbal school in Catalonia, Spain managed to get a pair of latex balloons and an $80 Nikon CoolPix camera to an altitude of 100,000 Feet and actually managed to capture images from Space with it.
The balloon was intended to take images from 30,000 feet but before it was all done had exceeded its design by reaching the outer edges of the atmosphere.
The rig had some custom built electronics to control the camera and also to radio its position so it could be tracked on Google Earth.
After reaching 100,000 feet the balloons deflated and the rig fell back to earth where it was recovered 10KM from the starting point still broadcasting its position.
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Who needs the Hubble? Not Gerard Marull Paretas, Sergi Saballs Vila, Marta¬ Gasull Morcillo and Jaume Puigmiquel Casamort, that's for sure.
The four Spanish teenagers, working with their teacher Jordi Fanals Oriol as the Meteotek team at the IES La Bisbal school in Catalonia, started with a fairly lofty goal: They wanted to launch a balloon with a digital camera and some custom-built electronic sensors to 30,000 feet. Much to their surprise, they ended up considerably exceeding their expectations. Their $60 heavy duty latex balloon and $80 Nikon digital camera soared to 100,000 feet, right to the edge of space. Describing the team's homegrown approach, Gerard Marull Paretas told the Telegraph, "We took readings as the balloon rose and mapped its progress using Google Earth and the onboard radio receiver."
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Fudzilla has delivered the goods, by capturing an AMD Shanghai wafer on camera, within this report.
Whilst a 45nm Deneb wafer will look the same, apparently, the report also shares some images of the upper-echelons of AMD's hierarchy, welcoming in their 45nm foray.
A covert shot of NVIDIA's upcoming 55nm GT206 GPU, has shown up on HARDSPELL, courtesy of INPAI.COM.CN.
The 55nm refresh of NVIDIA's GT200 GPU shall power the company's forthcoming GTX 270 and GTX 290 SKUs and it is claimed, that the GTX 290 shall feature 240SP, just like its 65nm counterpart.
Expected to launch before the turn of the year, NVIDIA is obviously on a mission to pile pressure on arch-rival AMD and, in turn, counteract the Sunnyvale, CA based company's gains.