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Archive for 2010

 

USB 3.0 Flash Drives, Thanksgiving and the Kinect

USB 3.0 Flash Drives have started to appear, and more importantly below the $20 mark.  This makes it a no-brainer purchase for enthusiasts.  The first SuperTalent drives performed well, but had price points up to $600.  The recent generation sells for under $20 for 8 Gbyte and 16 Gbyte capacities.

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Kinect Teardown from EE Times, Second USB 3.0 Host Certified

Sony and Microsoft have added Motion Control to their game systems.  Specifically, Sony has wireless motions sensing remotes (called the Move) similar to the Wii controller (WiMote).  Microsoft has the Kinect.

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SmartPhone sales increase in the U.S., LightPeak

 

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USB 3.0 in Chipsets

Digitimes reports that USB 3.0 will appear in chipsets by January 2012.

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AppleOS only on USB

Apple announced the MacBook Air and the only way to install programs is either via the Internet or USB.  Of course, if the OS fails, and you have no internet, you have to use USB.

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I'm buying a 3D TV

Next Year I’m buying a 3D TV.  Assuming I make it to next year.  I’m hoping to pick one up for less than $1500 just so I can watch Toy Story 3 in 3D.  Really.

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XBox 360 Kinect – Not just for games

In 3 weeks, Microsoft will ship out Kinect for the XBox 360.  Kinect is a 3D Video Camera and Software. The Camera connects to your XBox through the XBox USB port.  It allows you to play games without a controller.  The early reviews indicate that this is the most precise motion control system ever, where the system uses “1 million points” on your body for greater precision.

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First USB 3.0 Consumer Product & FreeBSD gets USB 3.0

3D drives 3.0

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RIM BlackBerry Playbook, Smartphone Market, the end of Humanity

RIM announced the 7 inch BlackBerry Playbook.  At 7 inches, it’s smaller than the iPad and larger than the Dell Streak.

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USB Biometrics

My gym, 24 hour fitness, started installing fingerprint recognition in their clubs. “24 Hour Fitness is excited to introduce this new service that allows members to access our health clubs without a membership card. No more fumbling through your gym bag or purse… just enter your 10-digit check-in code, scan your finger, and you’re on your way. “ The fingerprint reader will almost certainly use USB Fingerprint scanner like this.

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