In a segment that may be slowly dying, LG thinks there may still be room for more. Enter their latest in mobile photo printing devices, the Pocket Photo. LG is claiming their mobile printer is the smallest of its kind measuring just 2.8 x 4.7 x 0.9-inches. Photos from a compatible device are transferred to the Pocket Photo via NFC coupled with an Android app. Filters can be applied to the pictures through said Android app, however it’s unknown at this time just how robust the feature is. This micro-printer will be hitting Korean stores for $169 (USD), although there’s no word on a release outside of Korea.
Earlier this week we reported on a New York fashion show and one of Google’s current projects, their Google Glass experiment to create a wearable computing device in the form of eyeglasses. Google Glass devices are not slated to be available until 2013. However, Google provided an early prototype to designer Diane von Furstenberg to capture video during the DVF Spring 2013 Fashion Show. Along with showing off the video capabilities as part of the DVF show, Google’s Sergey Brin spent some time this week with the Wall Street Journaltalking about the smartphone capabilities.
If you are interested in seeing what Google was able to do with Google Glass, hit the break to view the video. » Read the rest
Are you an avid Android mini-figure collector? DYZPlastic’s series 03 will include a cool-looking new “Nexus” doll that dons a smokey dark translucent body along with the ever popular Nexus logo on his chest. If that’s not enough, the little guy is also holding Google’s Galaxy Nexus device on his right hand.
Interested in more images of this? You can head over to the source link for a 360 degree view of the figure.
The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday on an opportunity they had to try out Google’s new wearable computing device dubbed Google Glass. You may recall the last big show by Google of the device they are working on was back in the summer when the glasses played a major role in the keynote address for Google I/O. Since then, Google’s internal research lab, Google X, has been quietly working on the device. Possibly as a response to Apple’s big announcement this week, Google arranged for the new glasses to show up on some models during a New York fashion show over the weekend and they now gave access to WSJ writer Spencer E. Ante for a quick spin. A video of Google co-founder Sergey Brin demonstrating some features of the glasses with Ante is available after the break. » Read the rest
Ever wish you had a phone that truly portrayed your passion for Hello Kitty? Well Samsung has answered your prayers with the Hello Kitty edition of the Samsung Galaxy Y. The Hello Kitty edition will only be available in Germany and will cost approximately 229 euros.
This phone is full on kitty not only with the logo on the back, but it’s loaded with Hello Kitty ringtones, wallpapers and even a special home button. Other than the obvious customization this is the same Galaxy Y as before. Are any of you interested in this phone? What type of custom phone do you wish Samsung would make?
So you own a brand spanking new Mac… errr— Windows or Linux desktop PC and you need to compliment the new toy with a shiny new monitor? Just like we told you about sometime in May, respected manufacturer ViewSonic has just the monitor for you. Known as the VSD220 “Smart Display”, this monitor has a whopping 22-inch screen and a 1080p resolution as the first obvious features that pop out when looking at the monitor. While those features are nice and all, the real kicker is the VSD220 monitor is more of a “smart monitor” and actually operates through Android 4.0. Yes, you read that right— the ViewSonic VSD220 is an Android-based monitor. Among the additional features are TI-OMAP4 dual-core processor, 8GB of storage and a 1.2MP built-in web camera.
A device of this type surely must cost a king’s ransom, right? Well it’s not as much as you’d think since the device is now listed on ViewSonic’s website for $543, though ViewSonic has already pledged the monitor will be much lower in price (around $400) once it’s released sometime next month.
Similar to some of the aftermath of Google I/O this past summer, as Amazon’s press event last week fades into history we are starting to discover some other changes in their ecosystem that may have been overlooked in the excitement of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD announcement. One of these new features Amazon is implementing is the ability for developers to sell physical goods “in-app.” Initially this appears to only be rolling out in games, but other uses are sure to emerge. This capability will be a point of differentiation compared to Google and Apple.
Amazon has indicated their first partner is Activision, which plans to make toys available in its Skylanders game. The toys will connect to the game using a “portal” plugged into a videogame console. Once plugged in, the toy activates a character inside the game. In order to purchase the characters, players will buy them from within the game using Amazon’s 1-Click Purchasing. Amazon indicates a player’s progression with a character in the console version of the game will carryover to the mobile version. This will likely be achieved using Amazon’s new Whispersync for games capability that was announced last week. An indication of how important games are to Amazon’s overall strategy is the announcement that the new Kindle Fire will have a separate tab to access the games category in the Appstore.
Is the ability to order physical goods something to get excited about? Can you think of any ways this could be used effectively outside of games?
At some point in early 2013, many developers will receive their beta version of Google Glass, but designer Diane von Furstenberg (and others) are already using them to record preparations for the upcoming DVF Spring 2013 Fashion Show. They also plan to use them during the show as well.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin said, “Beauty, style and comfort are as important to Glass as the latest technology. We are delighted to bring Glass to the runway together with DVF.”
Diane von Furstenberg also added, “I am so excited to introduce Glass to the fashion world and use this revolutionary technology to give everyone a unique perspective into fashion.”
The game-changing Wikipad is one step closer to being in the hands of Android gamers everywhere, but one lucky son of a gun was able to see the intriguing tablet in action, courtesy of its creator James Bower. Right off the bat, users are treated to what is a fairly slim and trim profile that is smooth to the touch except for the middle of the back. That section of the device has a square-shaped groove along the back center of the tablet, which is intended to help give it a solid grip. Oh and Bower also touts the groove helps to “keep the tablet cool under stressful gaming power-consumption”.
The big focus of the device is no doubt its performance capabilities and the Wikipad delivers. Powered by a Tegra 3 chip and Jelly Bean, it helps to power games like Cody and a port of famed action-adventure game Max Payne like a true champ. The graphics were fluid as expected, while he controls gave better-than-expected results– thanks to comfortable dual analog sticks and responsive buttons. One minor critique may be the fact the tablet plus controller dock can possibly make the complete unit a little heavier than some would like. Then again, it’s assumed most people won’t be playing on the Wikipad for hours on end.
You can see more pictures and details of the hands-on when you hit the source link below.
The Wikipad is a different kind of Android tablet, made with gamers in mind. Having impressive specs such as a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core processor and a 10.1 inch IPS display, the Wikipad could be the tablet that hardcore gamers have been waiting for.
What separates the Wikipad from the large selection of Android tablets is the dock that makes the tablet a controller. Of course a game system is worthless without entertaining games made for it. Gamestop is working with game publishers to make exclusive content for the Wikipad, and Sony has already left there stamp on the device giving it PlayStation Certification. It will also have the ability to play streaming games with Gaikai.