Graphic designers, artists, & illustrators, here’s your new pen tablet. But it’s more than that. This 24-inch backlit LED tablet functions as a normal desktop display but also offers multi-positions, an amazing 1-million color chromatic range and the most advanced pen sensitivity technology you can get. Available August 2012.
Ouya is a new kind of gaming platform for TV that throws a curve ball at the gaming industry establishment. First, all their games are free to play. Second, the small console and luxurious controller are only $99, third it’s powered by Android & designed to allow developers to create & build their own games with the system. Ouya delivers in September.
Designers and artists who use Wacom pen tablets in their creative efforts will appreciate the Modbook Pro. Basically, it’s a MacBook Pro modified into tablet form that features all the sensitivity of the best pen tablets but frees you from the confines of your desk. This powerful Mac-driven tablet with a flush-mounted 13.3-inch display creates a perfectly flat drawing surface and comes with a best-in-class digitzer pen. Available fall 2012.
The majority of wireless and dock sound systems are built for portability. Not the case with this specimen. The modus operandi of the NAD VISO 1 is superior sound quality. It’s 19-inches wide and a foot in diameter boasting two full-range drivers that crossover to a single 5.75-inch side-ported woofer to pump out mids and bass. It’s loaded with ports to connect to everything plus it boasts next-gen Bluetooth aptX.
While GoPro and Contour have been busy creating the whole portable, POV DV camera market, the big dogs have stayed on the porch. But now JVC has jumped into the mix. In addition to its focus-group approved extreme moniker, the Adixxion action camera features built-in wi-fi, a superwide angle lens, full HD capture, and is waterproof to 15 feet. Available late summer.
Until the release of their latest point & shoot, the EX2F, Samsung’s wi-fi enabled cameras have suffered from sub-standard image quality. But the new EX2F is a definite step up. It offers a 12.4 MP image from a fast f/1.4-2.7 zoom lens along with dual image stabilization, ISO up to 12,800, and a 3-inch swivel display. Hits stores in August.
The other bomb-piece of hardware Google dropped this week looks more like a cannonball. It’s called Nexus Q; the world’s first streaming social media player. Using Google Play apps through your Android Phone or tablet you can access the massive Google cloud to stream millions of songs, HD movies, TV shows, and the entire YouTube universe into your home. The Q unit also features an audiophile grade amp so you can plug in your speakers and blast it.
Google dove headfirst into the tablet market this week with the launch of their Nexus 7. Apparently other Android-driven tablets on the market weren’t cutting it, so Google got into the hardware game. 8GB & 16GB Nexus tablets feature quad-core processors and 7” displays. Built for Google Play, it offers almost unlimited options for media, music, and apps.
If you lose your keys more often than you lose your phone, the Hone might be a big help. It’s a low energy device that connects to your keys and when signaled by your Hone iPhone app, it makes the fob light up and vibrate so you can find your keys and get going.
If you thought that ‘iPad’ was a ridiculous product name, say hello to the new champion, the Clambook. No, it’s not an adult entertainment device. It’s a sleek aluminum docking device that connects your smart phone to your laptop for a full-size screen experience on your phone. Coming Holiday 2012.