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Nintendo 3DS users will be excited to know that several minutes of original 3D television content begins today in Japan. The free service which when translated to English means SpotPass TV is a collaboration between Nintendo and the Fiju TV network. After setting subscription options, the clips will be automatically downloaded to the 3DS.
The clips are from eight shows ranging from reality television to animal shows, there are plans from SpotPass TV to make more shows available. At launch the shows available for the 3DS include: Scheduled Animals' Calendar, an animal infotainment show; Suddenly, View Special Selected Tracks 3D, a train show; 3D Magic Classroom, which teaches magic tricks; Idling! 3D Sumo Place: a challenge format game show; Pop Daily: A short form drama that centers on trivia; Forest of 3D Sculptures, a tour of the Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan's first outdoor museum; and Enjoy! Sport, a sports show.
Acer is proud to announce their new slim and stylish Acer Revo RL100, a digital hub for the den or living room which connects to a flat-screen TV and includes a dual-mode wireless touchpad/keyboard for smooth navigation from the comfort of your couch, bed or bean bag. It also has the option of including Blu-ray.
Highlights from the Revo RL100 are actually quite surprising, it's the size of a game console and has the ability to lay flat or stand upright on a stand and connects to your TV via HDMI. It features the next-gen NVIDIA ION discrete graphics with support for 1080p/720p HD video playback as well as the ability for Web HD Flash acceleration. Sports an AMD Athlon II K325 processor at 1.3GHz, 750GB hard drive and 4GB of DDR3 RAM. Plenty of storage and power for a truly cinematic experience.
It's also enhanced with Dolby Home Theater V3 which allows the Acer Revo RL100 to provide and immersive, crystal-clear audio experience. Also, when Acer say it's thin - they really mean thing. The Revo RL100 measures up at just 1.0 x 11.81 x 7.09 inches! Look how thin it is! The RL100 will have an MSRP of $499.00 with the Blu-ray-equipped RL100 coming in at $569.99.
Computex Taipei 2011 - Computex may well be over for another year, but we still have some great coverage to get online for your viewing pleasure.
During her travels around the Computex halls, our mobile device editor Nicole Scott ran into a company showcasing a Google Android TV device. The device which looks like a standard media player runs a Samsung 1GHz processor which should enable good 1080p playback. It comes with a wireless and HDMI as well as an infrared remote control.
It goes go on sale for around $140 - $150 when it goes on sale later this year.
Computex Taipei 2011 - Apacer was showing its range of memory and SSDs, but one really cool thing we spotted was their AL830 HD media player.
The AL830 is by no means a new product, but what we saw at this year's Computex was a near finished design that adds modular storage to the device. An optional matching device can simply be attached by SATA like connectors. This shouldn't come as too much as a surprise since Apacer is primarily a storage outfit and added additional storage in this fashion makes perfect logical sense.
On the back of the media player to get a fair selection of connectors including YPbPr output, AV output, optical audio output, HDMI output, LAN, USB 2.0 input and of course AC power input.
The AL820 looks rather capable and we look forward to getting in a sample for review soon. I bet Anthony cannot wait to put it through its paces.
COMPUTEX Taipei 2011 - One of our final stops for the day was with Patriot Memory who had a full range of SSDs and memory on display as you would expect, but one of the big products that caught our eye was the upcoming PBO Alpine media player.
This media player uses Google Android 2.2 OS for its interface system and to be honest it was kinda interesting and exciting for once to see Android mentioned outside of a tablet device for once.
The PZBO Alpine looks to be a pretty standard media player, but with the advantage of running Android apps, so it should be quite interesting when it comes out. We were told it should go on sale late August or early September with an estimated street price of around $120.
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COMPUTEX Taipei 2011: NVIDIA today announce an addition to the NVIDIA 3D Vision product family; NVIDIA 3D Vision wired glasses. The 3D Vision glasses that have been out since release have been wireless ones but NVIDIA are aiming toward getting these bad boys on as many heads as possible, wired glasses are now available for only $99.
The new glasses will include a 10-foot USB2.0 cable (with NVIDIA styling of black and green) and will enable anyone with an NVIDIA 3D Vision-capable monitor and system to enjoy NVIDIA's advanced active-shutter technology, which allows gamers and 3D enthusiasts to enjoy some of the best quality 3D content available today.
Phil Eisler, general manager of 3D Vision at NVIDIA says:
3D Vision provides gamers and enthusiasts with the world's largest ecosystem of 3D products and features, 3D fans have been waiting for more affordable glasses, and we're expecting our new 3D Vision wired glasses to hit the sweet spot for them.
Check out the preview trailer for the JJ Abrams/Jonathan Nolan-produced show that's coming soon, Person of Interest. It features LOST alumni Michael Emerson as well as Jim Caviezel in a show where 'numbers' (LOST fans will love this) are a key point to the show. It's definitely looking good and features some strong, charismatic actors as well as some great producers behind the scenes! The preview is below:
This is another good looking show from FOX, JJ Abrams is an Executive Producer on it and it features a Lost alumni Jorge Garcia and the great Sam Neill. The show revolves around the Alcatraz prison where all of the in-mates go missing and turn up in 2011. I don't want to spoil this one too much for you, but take a look at the trailer and I'm sure you'll be impressed:
Looks good, right? I'll be tuning in to watch this, two great actors that I love, JJ Abrams-powered and featuring the great Alcatraz. All we need now is Nicholas Cage and Sean Connery and this would be a party!
Been following this one for a while, the Steven Spielberg-produced dinosaur and time travelling show Terra Nova. Terra Nova will air on FOX on Mondays this Fall, and the show "follows an ordinary family on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race." The shows story line seems a lot better than most science fiction setups, with scientists finding a fracture in time that makes it possible to construct a portal into primeval history. The idea behind this is to rebuild civilisation and 'get it right this time'.
The trailer doesn't look too bad at all with some surprisingly good special FX and features an actor I loved on Life on Mars, Jason O'Mara. The show is out this fall and I'm sure after you watch that trailer it'll be on your list of things to watch for sure.