Buffalo's latest compact 8x DVD Burner lets you watch videos and even burn discs. It is nicely powered via an integrated USB cable and the company promises simple set up (including an LED to let you know that it is functioning and/or low on power.) The sleek design doesn't hurt nor does its pre-loaded CyberLink PowerDVD 9 media suite. The drive is compatible with Windows Vista/XP/7, and Mac OS X.
D-Link has a new small surveillance cam that can be used in your home or office. The DCS-930L practically works right out of the box. Connect the cables, plug in and you're done. Log into mydlink.com and start watching without the need of a router. Included with the D-ViewCam is software that features recording to your PC, trigger motion detection and support for up to 32 cameras.
MyndPlay is a new video player by NeuroSky and Triete Labs that monitors your mental activity so that you control the outcome of the film. Focus and relaxation are measured by the system via a Neurosky's Mindwave headset. While the idea is still in the early stage of development, it would certainly make watching a video more like playing an interactive video game that can have several different outcomes.
Samsung is hoping to expand your AV equipment by offering new peripherals that are compatible with their HDTVs and Blu-ray players with Internet capability. Their CY-SWR1100 router works by plugging into a USB wireless adaptor, a CY-STC1100 Smart TV camera hooks you up with Skype and the RMC-QTD1 contains both a full QWERTY keyboard and standard control for inputting text.
Roku keeps taking steps forward, this time in conjunction with Amazon. Their Amazon Prime is now available on the set top box for a mere $79.00 a year. We say mere because for that approximately $6.00 a month you get streaming of over 5,000 movies and TV shows.
Head to the Soho district in London to partake in the pairing of technology and Asian-inspired atmosphere that is Inamo. E-tables provide food and drink menus and Canon projectors offer preview screens that are plate-shaped. Just as sometimes seeing your food before you order it can sometimes be not such a good thing, so might the kitchen webcam. During your meal you can watch movie trailers, web surf, play games and order a cab if you overly imbibed.
At last week's CES 2011, Pioneer announced that it is integrating social media to cars. Nine models of in-dash products will provide Pandora streaming through a connected iPhone. Aha Radio will provide interactive and personalized radio. Look for 2 CD players, 3 audio/video devices like the AVH-P3300BT shown here, 2 DMPs and 2 GPS systems to have the ability at prices starting at $150.00.
Each will also have app access to Facebook and Twitter as well as YouTube. While Pioneer sees it as a way of connecting in your vehicle, we think it may turn out to be another source of accidents when drivers do something other than simply watching the road.
AT&T has been on an "It Can Wait" campaign to warn teens on the dangers of texting while driving since March. They made this video to further their case and, although it is difficult to watch, should be made mandatory for driver's ed classes in schools or for those who are applying for a license.
We are not sure that those in cars should be the only target. Adults do it too as well as those who are trying to contact the drivers in the first place. Perhaps if it was treated like the "open alcohol in car" mandate and made illegal nationally, the statistics would change. In the meantime, with the New Year coming up, show the video to those you love.
The aTV Flash is clever software from Firecore designed for the latest Apple TV and Windows. Their new beta version (black) 4.1 can play AVI, MP4, WMV and other files, lets you net surf, has simplified DVD viewing, can create play lists and access Last.fm. A free upgrade is available to those who already own aTV Flash and new users can now pre-order for the low price of $19.95 ($39.95 when it is out of beta.)
Acer's Revo 100 is a Windows 7 HTPC powered by an AMD Athlon II Neo dual-core processor and includes 4GB RAM, Blu-ray drive, NVIDIA ION graphics, a multi-card reader and wireless keyboard controller. At a price of £599.99 (~$947.00,) it will handle any disc you toss into it, including 3D.