LG's pocket sized LED projector, the HS200

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Mostly it was new monitors like the W86 at LG’s press event yesterday, but one gadget that did distract me from all the flat screens was this cute looking pocket-sized LED projector. Dubbed the HS200, it’s an 800 x 600 pixel resolution DLP projector that can project an image up to 120inches across. It weighs just 800g and is expected to retail for £499 when it goes on sale later this month.

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Should I buy an OLED TV or stick with LCD and plasma?

Andy Merrett HDTV 4 Comments

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There’s a new display technology in town — OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) — and it could be coming to a large TV near you very soon.

Plenty of big-name manufacturers have already produced OLED TVs, and others are promising to have sets available within the next couple of years.

OLED has a lot of very attractive characteristics meaning it can has the potential to power large, bright, thin, energy-efficient televisions. Then again, LCD and plasma TVs currently rule the roost and are no pushovers when it comes to features.

Should you buy an OLED TV? Let’s take a look…

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LED chairs – for the nu-rave regent

Duncan Geere Furnishings & Furniture 7 Comments

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There’s no accounting for taste, is there? The fruit of designer Philippe Boulet’s loins, these Léon and Max chairs light up in different colours thanks to colour-changing LEDs within the seats.

Though given that it looks like they’re made out of solid plastic, I suspect comfort’s taking a back seat here. Would you buy these? No, not as a joke, for real? Let us know in the comments.

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Super-efficient LED lighting now a real possibility within five years

Andy Merrett Science 1 Comment

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The quest for cheaper, more environmentally-friendly lighting has taken another leap forward with scientists’ new-found ability to produce much cheaper LEDs.

The New Scientist article goes into quite significant detail about how the process was achieved in order to avoid the LEDs cracking during the manufacturing process (due to the high heat required to grow them) so I won’t attempt to look clever here by regurgitating it.

Suffice it to say, the “new” LEDs can be produced for around a tenner per 150,000 units…

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TokyoFlash reveals latest wristwatch creation: Kisai Keisan

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It’s been a while since we’ve marvelled over TokyoFlash’s wristwatches, but the Japanese company has returned with its latest creation — the Kisai Keisan.

The watch combines a raised convex bubble lens with precision-engineered optical technology which diffuses the LEDs for a bright, magnified lighting effect. At least, that’s what TokyoFlash says…

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CES 2009: Samsung reveals huge range of new LCD and plasma HD tellies

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I knew that not long after reeling off LG’s massive line of new HDTVs then along would come someone else with lots of TVs to brag about.

That’s Samsung.

Here we go, then, with the latest high definition TVs from the South Korean technology giant.

First on the list is the new 8000, 7000, and 6000 Series of LED HDTVs which boast better environmental credentials and over 40% less energy usage to LCD TVs of a similar size. Fortunately, Dan’s already done a sterling job reviewing these tellies so I’ll move on to Samsung’s other new displays…

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Apple launches LED Cinema Display designed specifically for MacBook

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Apple wants you to treat your new MacBook, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air to a fantastic display, and so it’s revamped its Cinema Display just for the new family of notebook computers.

The crystal clear 24-inch LED-backlit widescreen monitor has iSight camera and speakers built in, and comes with a three-in-one cable with a MagSafe power connector, Mini DisplayPort, and USB connection…

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Lightbulbs to replace Wi-Fi?

Duncan Geere Wi-Fi, Wireless home Leave a Comment

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Researchers at the University of Boston have managed to come up with a way of transferring data through lightbulbs. It’s not quite as crazy as it sounds – fiberoptics uses light to transmit data, but in a much more focused way. The researchers propose to use LEDs flickering at imperceptible speeds to communicate with network-enabled devices at speeds of between 1 and 10Mbps.

Although that’s not very fast for video streaming or online gaming, it’s more than enough for an internet enabled fridge, photoframe or printer. Those kinds of devices are the target that these researchers are going after – bringing the digital home one step closer to reality…

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