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Samsung have just announced that they have inked a deal with streaming music and discovery service Spotify, where they'll see the launch of a new application for Samsung's Smart TV, Blu-ray player and home theater systems later on this year.
Getting Spotify onto the Samsung Smart TV, Blu-ray player or HT system will be quite simple, as all you'll need to do is have your device connected to the Internet and then just download the Spotify app and log-in. Premium Spotify subscribers will get the extra benefits of being able to see all of their playlists and more, and Spotify have also adjusted the application to work on the big screen.
Dan Saunders, Director of Content Services, Samsung Electronics Europe says:
Great music demands great sound quality. With the new Spotify app, people no longer need to fuss about connecting cables from their laptop or tablet to Hi-Fi equipment. Spotify for Samsung Smart TVs and home theatre systems brings Spotify's huge music library directly into your living room.
I still haven't had the pleasure of trying out Sony's head-mounted 3D visor, the HMZ-T1, but the Japanese company has just announced the second-gen followup, HMZ-T2. HMZ-T2 will feature most of the same specs as its predecessor, save for a few changes.
HMZ-T2 will include a lighter total weight, redesigned head strap for improved comfort - one of things complained about in the first-gen model, ear buds instead of headphones, plus 24p support as well as a "Clear" panel drive mode for fast-moving content such as games, and action movies.
The original HMZ-T1 cost $799 in the US, but the HMZ-T1 is launching in Japan with a price of 70,000 yen, or around US$894. It was unveiled at IFA in Berlin, and will be teased again at the Tokyo Game Show. I'm really keen to check it out, but the 720p feels really restrictive to me. It would be nice if they sported 120Hz displays inside - but I'm clearly dreaming here, aren't I?
Sony unveiled their 84-inch 4K-capable Bravia TV last week at the IFA trade show in Berlin, dubbed Bravia KD-84X900. At the time of reporting, there was no pricing on the 4K set, nor was there a release date mentioned, but things have changed since then.
Sony have unveiled the pricing on the beast of a TV, set at $25,000. It sounds expensive, but consider two things: it's 84 inches, and it's 4K-capable. Sony won't be pushing this thing out in the coming weeks, rather it will be released sometime in November. Key features on the set:
- 84-inch, 4K LCD Panel
- Dynamic edge lit, LED backlighting
- Three-chip, 4K X-Reality Pro picture engine
- 4K upscaling
- 10 Unit Live Speaker System
- Passive Full HD 3D Capable
- Network connectivity, including the full Sony Entertainment Network suite of services
Hot on the heels of competitor LG and the announcement of their 84-inch 4K-capable TV, Sony have just unveiled their own 4K beast. Sony's offering has been dubbed the Bravia KD-84x9005.
Quite the strange model number, and it should be a long time before we see disc- or streaming-based 4K services. This means doshing out the kind of money on this TV is going to be mainly bragging rights, or if your PC can handle pushing out the 3,840x2,160 resolution, in playable frame rates. We should expect Sony's Bravia KD-84x9005 in Q4 2012.
I'm more than happy for LG or Sony to send me out one of these TVs, and I'll test out as much high-res stuff as they want. Can you imagine three of these in Eyefinity or Surround Vision? I'm pretty sure I just heard my GPU smash out of the side window of my 800D and run for the hills, rightfully so.
Ahead of the IFA, LG are out of the gate showing off two new IPS-based monitors. The first of which is the EA93, which is a 29-inch, 21:9 radio, ultrawidescreen monitor, with a resolution of 2560x1080. It features a thin bezel that is designed to immerse the viewer in the content.
LG's EA93 is capable of 4-way split screen and has a multitude of connections with dual-link DVI, DisplayPort, as well as HDMI with MHL support. LG also unveiled the 27-inch EA83, which features a 2560x1440 WQHD resolution which features 99% Adobe RGB accuracy.
At the moment, LG haven't unveiled the pricing of these two screens, but we should hopefully hear more at IFA next week. You can expect the monitors to begin shipping this November in Korea, and shortly afterwards across the pond.
Head to your nearest mall and you're sure to see some sort of video wall that is made up of smaller screens showing a portion of the overall picture. Samsung has shown off a 21.6-inch square display, which features a 1:1 aspect ratio and more importantly a 5.5mm bezel so that they can be stacked and installed next to each other to make up a bigger surface.
It's also reportedly much more efficient than slamming a TV onto your wall as they automatically adjust brightness and can save up to 30 percent in power. Along with this innovation, Samsung is unveiling the NL22B, which is a transparent screen in the shape of a case. This builds on the see-through tech presented at CES.
The idea here is that the case can show facts and figures while the merchandise is still visible behind. It would likely be used at that high class jeweler you like to shop so much. Imagine the screen enticing you to buy that $6,000 watch with its cool interactivity and other features.
Both will be shown at IFA, but don't expect them to be for sale, not just yet, anyway.
LG have just unveiled their latest beast of a TV, measuring in at 84 inches, and sporting the wonderful 4K resolution, four times higher than the current standard Full HD resolution of 1920x1080. Sharp still have a 90-inch model, but it doesn't match LG's 4K res.
LG's 4K TV sports an insane eight million pixels per frame, which definitely lets LG use the term "ultra-definition". LG's CEO, Havis Kwon, has said "it was important for LG to claim a stake in this space". LG's competitors, Toshiba and Panasonic, have both got 4K-capable displays out, but they're only available in 20- and 55-inch models.
This 84-inch screen from LG blows those sizes out of the water, and thanks to its 4K resolution, it's plenty future proof. How much does LG's 84-inch 4K-capable cost? Not so bad, at $22,010. Hopefully my wife reads this and orders me one for Christmas.
Those digital picture frames were all the rage a few years ago. Instead of having just one picture displayed 24 hours a day, you could insert a memory card and it would automatically cycle through the pictures. D2M has taken that idea just a bit further with a new product they are pitching on Kickstarter called Instacube.
It's an Android-powered picture frame that shows Instagram pictures at their full 600x600 native resolution. It's operated by a touchscreen and three buttons along the top. Measuring in at 7.5-inches, with a 6.5-inch screen, it will fit most places. Better yet, the cube is themed as the Instagram app icon.
While you will usually have it hooked up to an A/C adapter and located on a shelf, the company is packing in a battery so that it can be taken on the move with you. Only problem is that it needs your help to get into production. As it sits, we only have a proposed spec list and some renders of what it would look like.
You can support it, and find out more, at the Kickstarter page.
Dell have just replaced their UltraSharp U2711 monitor with some seriously slick looking screens, with specs to match their looks. Dell's latest display is the UltraSharp U2713HM and is Dell's first monitor to sport the AH-IPS (Advanced High-Performance IPS) panel, which is meant to feature improved color and clarity over other IPS-based technologies.
Dell's UltraSharp U2713HM sports a resolution of 2560x1440, with the company claiming that the U2713HM offers a color gamut of more than 99% sRGB, maximum brightness of 350 cd/m2, grey-to-grey response time of 8ms, a 178/178-degree wide viewing angle, as well as an anti-glare coating.
The U2713HM has a plethora of connectivity, featuring four USB 3.0 ports, dual-link DVI, DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI and VGA. All of the connections are on the back of the display, keeping those nasty cables out of sight. Dell also mentions that their U2713HM is environmentally friendly, with the U2713HM's chassis made out of 25% post-consumer recycled plastics, as well as providing a 37% reduction in energy consumption when compared to its predecessor, the U2711.
Oculus Rift VR headsets arrives on Kickstarter, over $1 million in funding, backed by Epic Games, Valve and more
I don't get excited for technology that often anymore, but it looks like I'm going to have to put that aside for now because Oculus' latest project Rift, currently on Kickstarer, will supposedly deliver "truly immersive virtual reality". Oculus Rift, according to the guys and girls behind it "is a new virtual reality (VR) headset designed specifically for video games that will change the way you think about gaming forever."
Rift sports a wide field of view, high resolution display and ultra-low latency head tracking. The team is raising money on Kickstarter where they can build development kits for the unit, meaning that they can get the Rift into developer's hands, quicker. The team note that VR has been stagnant for quite a while, and in order to provide believable immersion, you'd be looking at $20,000 or more. Oculus want to change that up with Rift, which is designed to "maximise immersion, comfort and pure, uninhibited fun", all while sitting at a price that is affordable to everyone.
Oculus have raised just over $1.2 million from 5,113 backers, and have 26 days to go. I'll be making a pledge in the next few days, this project is looking to be great for the gaming community.