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Tablet computers are going to be a big deal this year thanks to the iPad as other companies try and launch a similar device. We will also see a number of new notebooks and netbooks that support multi-touch screens this year.
Not all multi-touch screens are created equal though. Many of the screens only support input from two fingers accurately before things don't work well. A new screen being shown off by Cypress Semiconductor can accept input accurately from an unlimited number of fingers.
The screen the company is showing off is 14-inches in size, but the tech can scale from 7 to 17-inches for different product types. The screen is designed to work with Windows 7 and will find its way into netbooks, notebooks, PMPs and other devices.
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Apple has been making all-in-one computers for a lot longer than most companies. It unveiled the iMac line years ago and they have been successful. The new line of iMac computers includes a 27-inch and a 21.5-inch version.
The 27-inch version of the iMac has been plagued with screen issues. The screens have been arriving at their destinations with cracks and many users report issues with screen flickering. Reports are surfacing from owners who have called AppleCare techs about the screen flicker issue that a new fix is coming.
The new fix is reportedly going to be offered in about three weeks. It will be the second fix to attempt to remedy the flicker issue. The three-week estimate on the fix goes along with the three week delay in shipping the 27-inch unit, but Apple claims the two are not related.
Pico projectors have been on the market for a while now and one of the universal issues is that they are not very bright. The lack of brightness means they work well in a dark room, but in a room with light, they are not very good.
HP is rumored to be working on a new line of notebooks and tablets set for launch this year that will sport built-in pico projectors. The projectors would reportedly be where the webcam is on the notebooks now.
I would think on the lid facing away from the user would be where the projector would need to go. I wonder if notebooks with these projectors would have a hump to hide all the gear, presumably they would. No other details are available.
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CES 2010 - Touch screen technology has grown rapidly since the iPhone launched. The tech was relatively unknown until the iPhone made touch the feature to have. Today touch technology has made its way into all sorts of devices from phones to computers.
3M has announced its latest multi touch LCD at CES called the M2256PW. The screen uses new 3M technology allowing it to accept input from ten fingers at one. More than one user can input to the screen at once too.
The LCD is Windows 7 compatible so it needs no drivers to operate. The screen resolution is 1680 x 1050 and it supports 720p video. Inputs include DVI and VGA with audio and USB ports included as well. Pricing and availability are unknown.
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I am a big fan of projectors for several uses. I like to watch movies with a really big image size and I like to play games on a giant screen. I have some fond gaming memories of playing Need for Speed Most Wanted with a 70-inch projected image on the wall.
If you like projectors, but your room is small, NEC has a couple new short throw options for you. The projectors are the NP510WS and the NP610S. Both offer the same short throw design and similar specs. They feature virtual remote control directly from a computer, closed captioning, vertical keystone, Auto Power ON, and 7-watt speakers.
Both projectors have an ECO mode that extends lamp life to 5000 hours while reducing noise and power consumption. Connectivity options include VGA, DVI, and an RJ45 connector is built-in. Both are set to ship in January with the 510 going for $949 and the 610 selling for $999.
I am a big fan of projectors for many uses. I like to watch my favorite movies on a big screen and I like to play video games on a big screen too. And by big I don't mean 50-inches; I want 100-inches or more. NEC has announced a couple new projectors aimed at businesses and educations that would be used at home too, if your room is big enough.
The projectors are the NP2200 and the NP1200. They share many of the same features including a 1024 x 768 resolution, 600:1 contrast ratio, optional lenses, closed captioning, and 5-watt speakers. The things can throw an image up to 500-inches. That's what I am talking about.
The two differ in brightness with the NP2200 boasting 4200 ANSI lumens and the NP1200 offering 3700 lumens. Both also have an ECO Mode that uses only 0.4W at idle. The NP2200 sells for $2399 and the NP1200 sells for $1999. Those prices are presumably with no lens.
I bought myself one of Dell's 30-inch LCDs with the WQXGA 2560 x 1600 resolution years ago. The screen is fantastic for working and when it comes time for gaming the high resolution of the screen is awesome. 30-inch LCDs have long been the only items supporting the high resolution.
Projectiondesign has announced a new projector called the F35 that boasts a resolution of 2560 x 1600. The projector is the first to use the new Texas Instruments WQXGA DLP chip. The F35 has a brightness of 6500 ANSI lumens.
The contrast ratio is 8000:1 and the screen can throw an image up to 20 meters. Man would I like to play Modern Warfare 2 on a 50-foot screen, that would rock. Pricing is unknown and the projector will debut in the second half of 2010.