Here's a rarety. Grace has designed a Speaker/Dock especially for the Kindle Fire. The Digital MatchStick delivers 16W power while charging and works in portrait and landscape mode with viewing angles of 38 or 50º. It comes with a remote that can turn on/off, adjust volumes and equalize sound, while an aux jack can bring in alternate audio. An optional rechargeable battery pack is also available.
It's nice to see that Polaroid is still among us and branching out. After partnering with ASDA, they are now making a 42" LCD 3D TV. It has 3 HDMI sockets, a SCART socket and PC input. Because it is a passive HDTV, it can be connected to Blu-ray or DVD player. The price includes 4 sets of 3D glasses. It carries a MSRP of £399.00 (~$628.00.) The co-companies have also teamed with a wooden DAB radio dock for iPhone/iPad, a portable DVD player and Bluetooth Speaker.
We dig that this iPhone case not only looks sweet but can attach to your refrigerator with a magnetic cover. The Magnetic Smart Cover for iPhone 4/4S comes in two parts, a plastic shell and triple folding stand. With the stand it can be used in both landscape and portrait mode and will accommodate earbuds as well.
Japan's Crescent Inc. has been working on a holodeck! Their Immersive Digital Entertainment uses super hi-definition cameras, Virtools (real-time rendering technology) and image analysis software. Takahiko Akiyama of 4D Brain, who assisted on content development, says that the user can see changing images based on their thinking. Created for industry and medicine, it can also be used for entertainment. After checking out the video, we say, "Sign us up, Scotty!"
Pioneer has a new line of affordable home theater and music speakers redesigned by their head engineer Andrew Jones. In addition to a center and floor-standing speaker, they have released the SP-BS22-LR 80 watt Bookshelf Speakers. Features include a 6 component cross over, a new structured surface to their 4" woofer and a custom wave guide to upgrade the efficiency of their Soft Dome tweeter. The speakers are an affordable $129.99.
iHome has gone glitzy with its speaker tower. Bluetooth connectivity eradicates annoying cords and the iP76 has 16 multi-color LED clusters to treat users to a light show with variable colors. Color fade, pulse to music, strobe and favorite color selection makes it even more adaptable. The 36" tall speaker system will hook up to your iPhone/touch, has video outputs for additional connection and comes with remote.
From a top of the line $1,700, 65" home theater display to their L4200U, Toshiba has redesigned much of its HDTV line. The budget friendly 19, 24 and 32" have Audyssey sound, dynamic picture control, auto-brightness and game mode. And, as a special gift, automatic volume adjustment means no more overly loud commercials.There are two HDMI inputs as well as USB and VGA ports for simplified connection. Prices start at $349.99.
We spend most of our time behind our computers, so when the work is done, more often than not we catch up with our movie and TV watching there as well. Now there is a new freeware tool that makes it even easier to listen to/watch streaming media. Install Flutter and it turns your webcam into a controller for ITunes, Spotify, QuickTime and VLC video players. The software recognizes the shape of your hand and will pause or play your audio or video. Available for Windows 7 or Mac, look for future usage with YouTube and Netflix.
iGills Smart Diving System turns your iPhone into a diving computer with automatic logbook that can handle a depth of up to 130 feet. It gives the water temperature and 6 buttons manage in-app navigation. A glass camera port provides taking of stills and 1080p HD video. Other features include a tagged photo album, digital compass and backup flashlight. Compatible with iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S, it comes with a MSRP of $329.99.