We've arrived at our third episode of the Crave vodcast, and it was tough picking through all the cool stuff on the blog this week! Let me tell you, there aren't a lot of gadgets that shock and surprise me these days, but James came through with a phone that left me speechless (and making me speechless is even harder than shocking me). So let's get to the links!A new kind of family plan: fertility phone The most expensive TV on earth A mouse for sweaty palms Wii commercial airs south of the border An MP3 knob. Yeah, that's right, a knob … Read more
With flat screens getting bigger all the time, the idea of mounting them on the wall may start to lose its appeal. After all, where would you hang all your art? Panasonic apparently has figured that out, which may be one reason it's offering this limited-edition 58-inch plasma TV with a custom-fitted stand in matching piano black.
The Panasonic Viera TH-58PZ600K, as reported by I4U News, will be available next month on the Japanese market. It has the same 1080p resolution as its 50-inch cousin, but its $16,000 price is more than twice that of the smaller model'… Read more
Call it the battle of the big screens. Earlier this year, 50-inch plasma TVs crossed into a new realm of clarity when Pioneer introduced its Pro-FHD1 with 1080p native resolution. That model garnered good reviews from industry mags--and CNET is expecting to review one soon as well, whenever they decide to finally send it our way--but unfortunately, it brandished a price point reminiscent of plasma TVs circa 2001: $10,000 list.
Now primary plasma purveyor Panasonic has answered the challenge with the first 50-inch model of its own in that resolution, the TH-50PF9UK, for November release at $5,995. It … Read more
Depending on what kind of TV is in your living room, it's either something you want to show off on a wall or hide in a faux armoire. The CuboGlass from Italy's Brionvega gives the best of both worlds: It can be displayed for all to see because, when it's turned off, you won't even know it's a television set.
If you don't have kids, this might seem like a waste of money. But many of us at Crave are the bearers of rug rats who, like most others of their ilk, would like nothing better than to watch TV or play video games until their eyeballs melt.
So we'll be giving serious consideration to purchasing the Bob, a time management device designed to help keep your offspring from contributing to the swelling ranks of childhood obesity. Many TV sets already have a sleep timer that will shut it off at a designated hour, but it's usually … Read more
This Christmas, Sharp Electronics is going to hunt down its enemies.
Last year, the Japanese electronics giant lost some footing in the LCD TV market, in part because its rivals had moved to a different standard of manufacturing that allowed them to come out with cheaper, bigger sets.
Those days are over, one Sharp employee told me. The company is already making TVs out of glass from its eight-generation Kameyama plant. The sheets of glass from this plant measure 2.16 meters by 2.46 meters. Six 52-inch LCDs can be popped out of a single sheet. The smaller glass … Read more
Gotta hand it to Sony on this one. The once-dominant company in practically all consumer electronics has fallen far from grace, but it still has some life left in the style department.
Sony hired Hollywood director Jonathan Glazer to create a showstopper commercial for its Bravia flat-panel TVs. By many accounts in the blogosphere and elsewhere, he succeeded at least in getting people's attention.
The ad, which features a series of outrageous paint explosions, took 10 days and 250 people to film, according to Sony. The cleanup was almost as bad, requiring the services of 60 people over 5 … Read more
Commence drooling, Apple fanboys and girls.
In a matter of weeks, the SlingPlayer icon could be bouncing in a toolbar near you. SlingCommunity.com has a video demo of the original place-shifting technology on a white MacBook and an interview with SlingMedia's head of PR, Brian Jaquet, at last week's Digital Life Show in New York.
Jaquet said the SlingPlayer Mac will be available in public beta for both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs at the end of October or early November. Sling Media told CNET News.com last month it would be ready in 30 to 45 days, … Read more
If you can't decide what kind of HDTV set to buy--or whether you even want one--here's a way to experiment without shelling out thousands of bucks to find out.
Start-up AutumnWave makes a tuner that can plug into a laptop's USB port and pick up high-definition broadcast signals, effectively turning a computer into an HDTV. All you need besides the device, which is about twice the size of an iPod, are the right kind of monitor and AutumnWave's software to make it work.
A News.com reporter tried it out and said he would buy it … Read more
We like to call it "pocket home theater," but the truth is, Toshiba's just-announced TDP-FF1AU "palm-size" mobile projector ($699 list price) is probably more suited for mobile business use than for home or mobile entertainment. Still, Toshiba is marketing this "long-awaited" one-pound projector with both a business and digital-entertainment tag.
Here's the press release, distilled:
--The Toshiba TDP-FF1AU is a DLP projector built around an "energy-efficient" LED (light-emitting diode) light source that'll last about 10,000 hours and projects an image as large as a 68-inches.
--Specs include 400 … Read more