Promote Your Photography And Video Work With Video On A Card

Printings In Motion is the force behind Spreengs, greeting cards with a built-in screen that you can download a video to by using USB from any computer.

spreengs

While Spreengs is their retail operation, Printings In Motion have their own website and deal with companies to produce customised products, such as interactive brochures and more.

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I can think of any number of uses for these, from an unusual portfolio mailout giveaway to something to offer to your clients if you are a wedding photographer/videographer, for instance.

FodeoFlip – A Flippin’ Great Idea!

Low cost laptop personalizationPatent-pending FodeoFlip is the answer to a focus group of high school students who wanted to decorate the outside of their laptop computers. An 8×10 inch lightweight vinyl with a Post-It type of adhesive backing, the FodeoFlip acts as a frame to hold personal photo prints onto the laptop. Photos can be changed out as often as the user wants.

“Most of our current business comes from corporate promotions, and Honda was looking for 25,000 items for a promotion they were sponsoring for graduating high school seniors,” says Valarie Moody, President of Fodeo. “At the time, we didn’t have anything we could sell at the price point they were looking for. So we did a focus group.”

A lightweight vinyl, FodeoFlips come in several available designs that act as a “frame” for personal photo prints the user wants to show off. Simply place the FodeoFlip on the laptop, flip up one corner to place the photos, then flip the corner back down. Photos can be changed out as often as the user wants.

The repositional adhesive along the perimeter of the FodeoFlip holds the photos and the FodeoFlip in place without damaging the photos or leaving a residue on the laptop.

“We expect the FodeoFlip to have about a 6-month lifespan before needing to be replaced,” Moody adds. “With a low suggested retail cost of $4.99, it’s very cost effective to change styles often.”

Other hybrid products to be launched at PMA ’09 include a mini FodeoFlip designed to hold a 4×6 photo on dorm room or bedroom walls., “College students are limited by what they can do to decorate their dorm rooms. They are fined heavily if they damage walls with nails or tape, so the easily removable mini FodeoFlip is a great solution to making a dorm room seem like home,” Moody says. “Our designer bundle packed with a variety of designs within a color scheme makes it simple and affordable to cover an entire wall with photos of friends and family.”
About Fodeo: Fodeo is a 4-year-old company that began as a retail concept specializing in photo montages for personal use and transfers of old media to DVD. With the growing popularity of each new Fodeo product, however, the focus of the company changed to selling services and products via the promotions industry and retail outlets.

http://www.fodeo.net/

NOW UPGRADING TO A HIGH-RESOLUTION PROJECTOR WITH ADVANCED LCOS TECHNOLOGY IS MORE AFFORDABLE

Canon’s New REALiS SX800 Multimedia Projector Allows Professionals to Upgrade to a High-Resolution SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) LCOS Projector that Supports Widescreen Notebook and Desktop Computers
Responding to the higher resolution and widescreen transition in all forms of visual display, and to the affordability requirements of many professional users, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced the REALiS SX800, the latest advancement in Canon’s acclaimed line of REALiS Multimedia Projectors.

Featuring bright, crisp 3000 lumens display and a contrast ratio of 900:1, the new Canon REALiS SX800 provides an affordable alternative for XGA (1024 x 768) users seeking to upgrade to a higher resolution SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) projector. The benefits of upgrading include:

  •  Larger desktop area (an increase of almost 87 percent more pixels)
  •  Widescreen notebook and desktop computer support (displays WXGA uncompressed)
  •  Displays 720p HD video uncompressed (also supports 1080p HD)

Totally designed and manufactured by Canon, the new REALiS SX800 employs next-generation 0.55-inch LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) reflective LCD panels. These high-resolution SXGA+ panels help deliver detailed, lattice-free motion and still images by virtually eliminating the “screen door effect,” a faint grid pattern often seen in transmissive LCD projection. The panels are an integral component of Canon’s proprietary AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) Optical Engine. This advanced engine is best known for achieving projection with vibrant colors and high contrast and brightness, while maintaining a compact body design. Other benefits of AISYS include crisp display of small text, realistic and seamless photo reproduction, smooth rendition of fine lines, and accurate display of subtle color gradation and tones of black and grey.

“The transition to higher resolution projectors is upon us. Now that presentation professionals are using higher resolution notebook and desktop computers, they are insisting on using higher resolution projectors to accurately display their content.” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “In today’s economy, these professionals are demanding higher resolution projectors at more affordable prices. With the introduction of the new REALiS SX800 Multimedia Projector, Canon is making high-resolution SXGA+ LCOS projection available to the mass market, including those users in price-sensitive sectors.”

In addition, Canon’s new REALiS SX800 Multimedia Projector includes many features found on higher-end REALiS models including a Genuine Canon 1.5x zoom lens that has been designed with special components and coatings to ensure superb image reproduction, while minimizing glare and ghosting. The zoom lens also facilitates projector placement, allowing users to easily change the screen size to accommodate different presentation venues and situations. Keystone correction, which is aided by a 10:0 Lens Offset feature, is provided as part of the Auto Set Up features, as is Auto Input Signal, which can be used to select a notebook computer, DVD player, or other device when connected to the unit. A new Auto Flesh Tone feature processes images to give skin color areas a more natural look.

Additional conveniences of Canon’s new REALiS SX800 Multimedia Projector include: Off and Go, which enables users to pack-up quickly after a presentation by simply unplugging the power cord while internal circuitry continues to run the fan and cool the projector; on-screen menus and guidance functions; 2:3 pull-down for smooth display of video originated from film; 31dB quiet mode operation; remote control sensors from the front or rear of the projector; and an optional ceiling attachment designed to facilitate replacement of the projection lamp and filter.

The Canon REALiS SX800 Multimedia Projector weighs 11 lbs. and is scheduled to be available in January 2009 at a suggested list price of US$2,499.**

For more information about Canon’s full line of REALiS Multimedia Projectors, visit www.usa.canon.com/projectors

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2007†, with global revenues of $39.3 billion, is listed as one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2008 BusinessWeek list of “Top 100 Brands.”

HP and Arizona State University Demo Flexible, Unbreakable Displays

HP and the Flexible Display Center (FDC) at Arizona State University (ASU) today announced the first prototype of affordable, flexible electronic displays.
Flexible displays are paper-like computer displays made almost entirely of plastic. This technology enables displays to become easily portable and consumes less power than today’s computer displays. Popular applications for the technology could include electronic paper and signage.

The production feat is a milestone in the industry’s efforts to create a mass market for high-resolution flexible displays. Plus, from an environmental standpoint, the displays leapfrog conventional display processes by using up to 90 percent less materials by volume.

Mass production of such displays can enable production of notebook computers, smart phones and other electronic devices at much lower costs since the display is one of the more costly components.

Flexible display

The unbreakable displays were created by the FDC and HP using self-aligned imprint lithography (SAIL) technology invented in HP Labs, HP’s central research arm. SAIL is considered “self aligned” because the patterning information is imprinted on the substrate in such a way that perfect alignment is maintained regardless of process-induced distortion.

SAIL technology enables the fabrication of thin film transistor arrays on a flexible plastic material in a low-cost, roll-to-roll manufacturing process. This allows for more cost-effective continuous production, rather than batch sheet-to-sheet production.

“The display HP has created with the FDC proves the technology and demonstrates the remarkable innovation we’re bringing to the rapidly growing display market,” said Carl Taussig, director, Information Surfaces, HP Labs. “In addition to providing a lower-cost process, SAIL technology represents a more sustainable, environmentally sensitive approach to producing electronic displays.”

Production of flexible displays

The first practical demonstration of the flexible displays was achieved through collaborative efforts between the FDC and HP as well as other FDC partners including DuPont Teijin Films and E Ink. To create this display, the FDC produces stacks of semiconductor materials and metals on flexible Teonex® Polyethylene Naphthalate (PEN) substrates from DuPont Teijin Films.

HP then patterns the substrates using the SAIL process and subsequently integrates E Ink’s Vizplex(TM) imaging film to produce an actively addressed flexible display on plastic. E Ink’s Vizplex bi-stable electrophoretic imaging film enables images to persist without applied voltage, thereby greatly reducing power consumption for viewing text.

“Producing a photolithography-free, flexible active-matrix display is an excellent example of the Flexible Display Center’s world-class development and manufacturing infrastructure,” said Shawn O’Rourke, director, Engineering, Flexible Display Center at Arizona State University. “It demonstrates how multiple industry partners can collaborate on innovative solutions, including roll-to-roll compatible technology that addresses the rapidly growing market for flexible electronics.”

“Flexible electronic displays are playing an increasingly important role in the global high-tech industry, serving as the crucial enabling technology for a new generation of portable devices, including e-readers and similar products designed to combine mobility with compelling user interfaces,” said Vinita Jakhanwal, principal analyst, Small and Medium Displays, iSuppli. “We expect the flexible display market to grow from $80 million in 2007 to $2.8 billion by 2013. The Flexible Display Center at Arizona State University is a key participant in helping to develop the technology and manufacturing ecosystem to support this market.”

HP SAIL technology is one example of the technologies available for licensing from the HP Intellectual Property Licensing Group.

Further information about DuPont Teijin Films is available at www.dupontteijinfilms.com.

About ASU Flexible Display Center

The FDC is a government-industry-academia partnership that’s advancing full-color flexible display technology and fostering development of a manufacturing ecosystem to support the rapidly growing market for flexible electronic displays. FDC partners include many of the world’s leading providers of advanced display technology, materials and process equipment. The FDC is unique among the U.S. Army’s University centers, having been formed through a 10-year cooperative agreement with Arizona State University in 2004. This adaptable agreement has enabled the FDC to create and implement a proven collaborative partnership model with more than 20 engaged industry members, and to successfully deploy world-class wafer-scale R&D and GEN-II display-scale pilot production lines for rapid flexible display technology development and manufacturing supply chain commercialization. More information about FDC is available at http://flexdisplay.asu.edu/.

About HP

HP, the world’s largest technology company, simplifies the technology experience for consumers and businesses with a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com/.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements concerning expected development, performance or market share relating to products and services; anticipated operational and financial results; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its customers, suppliers and partners; the achievement of expected results; and other risks that are described in HP’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2008 and HP’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to HP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2007. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

© 2008 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

EDGE Tech Corp Launches a New Line of Stylishly Sleek High-Resolution Digital Picture Frames

EDGE Tech Corp (www.edgetechcorp.com), a leading U.S.-based supplier of DRAM and flash memory upgrades, portable computing products, storage devices, and other experience-enhancing technology solutions, just released its sleek, stylish line of High-Resolution Digital Picture Frames.
EDGE’s new line of Digital Picture Frames offers seven-inch, eight-inch, and 10-inch screen size options, all with MP3 players. All frames display photo slideshows with multiple transition effects and timing. Every model features Auto Power, which enables users to program the frame to power on and off at designated times.

Edge LCD Picture Frame

Standing out among the new line of Digital Picture Frames, the 8-inch Wi-Fi (wireless) model offers a wide array of technical features to enhance your digital life, allowing for the sharing of precious moments between family and friends:

    * Utilizing the included, free service-www.framechannel.com-automatically download photos, personalized content, and RSS feeds directly to your EDGE Digital Photo Frame

Other features of the whole range include:

  • Auto-rotate view, which allows photo viewing in portrait or landscape mode depending on frame stance
  • On-screen calendar that supports clock and alarm functions
  • Displays photos, and plays music and video files in spectacular quality and sound
  • Supports a wide variety of media formats, including CF, MS, MS Pro, MS Pro Duo, MMC, SD, SDHC (except 7″) USB devices, and xD

Examples include:      

Photo-sharing Sites

  • Flickr               
  • Photobucket        
  • Picasa        
  • Webshots        

Personalized Content

  • Sports Scores
  • Horoscopes
  • Weather
  • News

Social Networks

  • Facebook          
  • MSN Live Spaces

RSS Syndicators

  • CNN.com
  • ESPN.com
  • MSN.com
  • 8″ Active Matrix Digital LCD Screen
  • 800 x 600 resolution (4:3 standard)
  • On-board, high-sensitivity touch controls
  • 256MB internal memory
  • Built-in battery-up to 80 minutes of viewing time when not plugged into a power source
  • Supported Media Formats: AVI, BMP, JPEG, MP3, MPEG 1/4, WMA

EDGE Tech Corp president and CEO, Jeff Thompson, said, “We are really excited about offering this new line of Digital Picture Frames at such great prices.”

The High-Resolution Digital Picture Frame line pricing starts at $59.95 (after rebate) for the 7-inch. The 8- and 10-inch Digital Picture Frames are $149.95 (after rebate).

EDGE Digital Picture Frames are located on the Web here:

7-inch: http://www.edgetechcorp.com/accessories/7-digital-picture-frame.asp

8-inch: http://www.edgetechcorp.com/accessories/wireless-digital-frame.asp

10-inch: http://www.edgetechcorp.com/accessories/10-digital-photo-frame.asp

ABOUT EDGE TECH CORP

With $2,500 saved from his neighborhood newspaper route, 14-year-old Jeff Thompson founded EDGE Tech Corp in 1986. EDGE Tech Corp, an ISO 9001:2000-certified company, is a leading supplier of DRAM and flash memory upgrades, portable computing products, storage devices, and other experience-enhancing technology solutions. EDGE products are available through leading U.S. resellers including CDW, Insight, More Direct, PC Connection, PC Mall, Zones, TechDepot (an Office Depot Company), Walmart.com, and Staples.com, and through distribution at Ingram Micro, SYNNEX, and D&H Distributing. EDGE products are also available through its Web site at www.edgetechcorp.com.
 

NEC Display Solutions Introduces the New MultiSync P Series 22-Inch Widescreen Desktop Display

Full-featured P221W Enhances Images, Increases Productivity
 NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading stand-alone provider of
professional LCD displays and projectors, introduced today its new
MultiSync P Series with the 22-inch P221W LCD monitor, the first display
in this new family of desktop monitors. The P221W offers professionals
working in color-critical environments the opportunity to take advantage
of a professional grade desktop display without breaking their budgets.

The P221W display can be seen at the Photo Plus Expo (Booth No. 263)
today through October 24 in New York.

Built upon the success of the 90 Series
displays, the new MultiSync P Series has features specifically designed
for the professional graphics user, said Stan
Swiderski, Product Manager for NEC Display Solutions.

NEC Multisync P221W LCD Monitor

Featuring hardware color calibration using the optional NEC SpectraviewII
kit, the P221W delivers accurate color in a simple to use and affordable
package. The kit includes an optimized calibration sensor based on the
highly acclaimed X-Rite iOne Display v2.

NEC Multisync P221W LCD Monitor

A partial list of features of the MultiSync P221W includes:

  • 1680 x 1050 native resolution
  • Wide color gamut achieves 96 percent coverage of AdobeRGB
  • Internal 10-bit programmable lookup tables (LUTs)
  • S-PVA LCD technology, which provides for the widest viewing angles
    available with minimal off-angle color shift
  • AmbiBright(TM) automatic brightness adjustment
  • 1000:1 typical contrast ratio
  • 16ms response time
  • 300 cd/m2 typical brightness
  • XtraView+(TM) 178° (88°/88°/88°/88°)
    viewing angle
  • ECO Mode(TM) and carbon footprint reduction
  • Analog and digital input signal
  • Four-way ergonomic stand (tilt/swivel/pivot/height-adjust)
  • Optional Soundbar 90

The P221W features a 3-year limited warranty and will be available for
December 2008 shipment with an estimated street price of $636.90.

NEC Multisync P221W LCD Monitor

The SpectraViewII color calibration kit will be
available in December 2008 with a customized sensor and software for
wide gamut LCD displays with an estimated street price of $374.99.

About NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.

Headquartered in Itasca, Ill., NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.,
is a leading designer and provider of innovative desktop LCD displays,
professional-grade large-screen LCD and plasma displays, a diverse line
of projectors, and integrated display solutions. NEC Display Solutions
develops leading-edge visual technology and customer-focused solutions
for a wide variety of markets, including enterprise, professional,
education, medical and digital signage. For additional information about
NEC Display Solutions of America monitors, consumers can call (866)
NEC-MORE, or visit the Web site at www.necdisplay.com.

HP, DreamWorks Preview Breakthrough Color Display Technology

HP and DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (NYSE: DWA) previewed a display technology that helps solve a longstanding obstacle for digital content creators: affordable and consistent color accuracy between devices.
Press Release

The result of an unprecedented collaboration between the two companies, the HP DreamColor Technology computer display provides accurate, predictable color and a simple color management process to assure vision-to-production color consistency in a widescreen liquid crystal display (LCD).

The display generates the industry’s first combination of true 30-bit color – enabling a range of 1 billion colors – in an LED-backlit LCD at a fraction of the cost of most high-end, studio-quality LCD displays.

“For decades, storytellers have struggled to manage color in an accurate and consistent manner,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, chief executive officer and director, DreamWorks Animation. “Quite simply, when we make a movie about a big, green ogre, our concern is that our ogre is the same color of green throughout the film. HP has truly changed the game with its new display, giving DreamWorks Animation full visual fidelity across the board for the first time.”

One hour ago, Katzenberg joined the National Association of Broadcasters show via video feed when Todd Bradley, executive vice president of the Personal Systems Group at HP, and Roger Enrico, chairman of DreamWorks Animation, took the stage in a keynote address to describe how creativity drives technology advances, such as HP DreamColor Technology.

“In the digital world, the media and entertainment industry oftentimes sets the pace for technology innovation,” said Bradley. “The HP DreamColor display is a disruptive technology inspired by users, like DreamWorks Animation, that challenge HP to deliver exciting innovations that truly impact our customers’ businesses.”

Designed for the broadcast, film/video post-production, animation and graphic arts fields, the HP DreamColor Technology display offers richer color and darker blacks than previously available through LCD display technology. The display will include factory presets for all color ranges specified by the NTSC, SMPTE, sRGB, Rec. 709, Adobe RGB and DCI standards.

“HP has delivered a breakthrough technology that will show immediate results,” said Crawford Del Prete, executive vice president, Global Research, IDC. “The HP DreamColor display is an important innovation that represents a significant collaboration between HP and a core partner. This technology will have broad appeal, allowing customers to deliver results never before possible without very high-end systems.”

Today’s demonstration marks the first public preview of a display technology developed under the HP DreamColor Technology initiative, a two-year collaboration between HP and DreamWorks Animation. The HP DreamColor Technology family is a series of displays, printers and technologies that work together to provide accurate, predictable color that makes it easy to manage the proper configuration of color across devices and achieve standout results, every time.

About HP

HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers – from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $107.7 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended Jan. 31, 2008. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements concerning expected development, performance or market share relating to products and services; anticipated operational and financial results; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its customers, suppliers and partners; the achievement of expected results; and other risks that are described in HP’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2008 and HP’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to HP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2007. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

© 2008 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

Wacom® Expands Cintiq® Interactive Pen Display Portfolio

Wacom’s new Cintiq 12WX and Cintiq 20WSX join the flagship 21UX to deliver pen-on-screen choices that fit virtually any professional content creator’s digital workflow and budget.
Press Release

Wacom Technology Corp. announced today the introduction of two new members to the Cintiq family – the Cintiq 12WX and Cintiq 20WSX. The Cintiq 12WX combines all the advantages and power of direct pen-on-screen input with a new low-profile, lightweight and flexible design. The new Cintiq 12WX is aimed at professional creators of digital content looking to improve and streamline their workflow. Storyboarding for 2D or 3D animations, compositing for post production, designing graphics, as well as retouching photos are just a few of the many creative applications where the Cintiq 12WX will excel.
Also joining Wacom’s Cintiq lineup is the Cintiq 20WSX, the world’s first wide-format desktop pen display. Combining the the same design elements and ergonomic enhancements as the Cintiq 21UX, Wacom’s latest wide-format pen display is ideal for those who prefer to work with a 16:10 aspect ratio and may not require the increased resolution of the 21UX.

The Cintiq 12WX
The Cintiq 12WX is suitable in a variety of computer environments, especially those where users wish to work across multiple monitors. It is ideal as a companion monitor for a primary display, alongside other displays in a multi-monitor environment, or even by itself. Additionally, with an estimated street price of $999, the Cintiq 12WX is an affordable and ergonomic solution for creative users seeking an interactive pen display experience.

“Users will appreciate the Cintiq 12WX’s ability to integrate seamlessly into existing workflows,” said Michael Marcum, director of product management for Wacom. “Whether developing content at a work station in conjunction with a large-format display or creating material with a laptop, the Cintiq 12WX provides all the advantages of pen-on-screen usage in an intuitive and functional design.”

Key to the Cintiq 12WX is its attractive size and low-profile design for comfortable and effortless handling. Weighing just 4.4 pounds, its dimensions and thoughtful styling make it an ergonomic product ideal for flexible integration into existing workplaces or use at a remote location such as a collaborative meeting at a client site. Combining the small size and flexibility of a desktop pen tablet with the natural hand-eye coordination of an interactive pen display, the Cintiq 12WX offers slimline dimensions comparable to Wacom’s Intuos®3 6×11 pen tablet.

“Current Intuos3 users who switch to the Cintiq 12WX can gain an even more natural and liberating edge over their current workflow,” said Marcum . “In addition, the Cintiq 12WX works seamlessly with over 100 software applications, providing navigation and creative control freedoms that place an emphasis on ease-of-use, intuitive on-screen input and a welcome jump in productivity.”

Cintiq 12WX Feature Set Highlights
The Cintiq 12WX features a high quality 12.1″ TFT LCD wide-format display for direct pen-on-screen image editing, painting, sketching, navigating and collaborating. Like the Cintiq 20WSX and 21UX, the Cintiq 12WX enables near perfect hand-eye coordination. Users can work with the pressure sensitive pen directly on screen, providing WXGA resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, 24-bit color depth and a wide viewing angle of 170°. The Cintiq 12WX also features ten customizable ExpressKeys(TM), five on each side of the display, which can be set to initiate keyboard shortcuts, modifier keys, and important functions such as Display Toggle. The Display Toggle function is especially beneficial to those using the Cintiq 12WX in a multiple monitor environment, allowing users to easily switch between screens or maximize pen control across different displays. Additionally, a programmable Touch Strip is ergonomically located on each side of the display with presets to allow zooming and scrolling in various applications. These “on board” features significantly improve workflow and productivity by off-loading environmental controls to the non-dominant hand and allowing the user to focus on the pen with the pen hand.
The patented, cordless and battery-free Grip Pen offers precise and advanced tool controls for realistic results due to the 5,080lpi resolution and 1,024 levels of pressure in both the pen tip and eraser. Tilt functionality is supported with angles of up to 60 degrees, allowing natural-looking pen, brush and eraser strokes. Additionally, the Cintiq 12WX supports Wacom’s optional input devices such as the 6D Art Pen and Airbrush. The Cintiq’s robust driver software allows users to define and save application-specific settings for a simple and uninterrupted workflow.

The display comes profiled out of the box and can be calibrated with most color measurement solutions on the market from companies including X-Rite® and Datacolor®. It can also be connected either by VGA or DVI for added convenience.

The Cintiq 12WX comes with an adjustable stand that is conveniently and completely integrated into the Cintiq’s body. The stand is optimized for use in three different orientations – at a 25-degree angle from horizontal, at a 65-degree angle or flat (with stand totally retracted) for use on the desk or lap. Due to its compact size, the Cintiq 12WX can be used in a similar way to a traditional analog sketchpad, meaning that ideas and creative content can be shared in a digital format immediately and spontaneously. When placed flat on a desktop, it also rotates on a pivot point to fit the structure of the human body.
Available now, the Cintiq 12WX is offered through a variety of distribution channels, as well as direct from Wacom’s online www.wacomdirect.com store.

The Cintiq 20WSX

Also now available is the Cintiq 20WSX, the world’s first wide-format desktop interactive pen display. Featuring a 20.1″ widescreen LCD (WSXGA+ 1680×1050 resolution) and the same intuitive design as the 21UX, the Cintiq 20WSX provides creative controls and workflow comfort levels that have made Wacom’s interactive pen display’s the de facto standard among creative professionals. Its estimated street price of $1,999 sets a new benchmark for affordability, allowing a broader audience to experience the freedom and power of working directly on screen with a Wacom pen.

“Wacom’s three-tiered interactive pen display family is made complete with the introduction of the Cintiq 20WSX,” said Michael Marcum. “Now, every professional working with digital content and looking to enhance productivity and creative freedom can find the right Cintiq to match specific workflows and budgets.”

Visit www.wacom.com/cintiq to discover more about Wacom’s latest interactive pen display family.

VIRTUAL REALITY REACHES 100-MILLION PIXELS WITH NVIDIA QUADRO® TECHNOLOGY

NVIDIA Quadro Professional Graphics Improve Visual Computing for Iowa State University’s New Virtual Reality Applications Center
Press Release
 
Iowa State University’s “C6,” the country’s first six-sided virtual reality room, has been redesigned to take cyber battles to new extremes with advanced visual computing. The C6, a 100-million pixel virtual experience engineered by Mechdynes’ Fakespace display division, incorporates NVIDIA Quadro® professional graphics processing units (GPUs) in the improved visualization center, which operates at more than 16 times the resolution of a typical immersive room and more than double the resolution of the five-sided, 43-million pixel room also created by Mechdyne.
 
NVIDIA Quadro GPUs are transforming large-scale graphics at advanced visualization centers throughout the world-the C6 virtual-reality environment at Iowa State University being a spectacular example of how advanced professional graphics technology is playing a key role in research and development across a variety of disciplines.
 
“Highly realistic graphics are a key component to the incredible realism displayed in the new C6 virtual environment,” said James Oliver, director of Iowa State’s Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC) and professor of mechanical engineering at the university. “NVIDIA Quadro graphics deliver a high-resolution experience that is unmatched. The difference between the old solution and the new 100-million-pixel experience is like putting on your glasses in the morning.”
 
According to Matt Szymanski, VP and product manager at Mechdyne, “The NVIDIA Quadro product was the perfect fit for the functionality and performance that a system of this magnitude requires. This is not an off-the-shelf display, and we had to work closely with NVIDIA’s engineers to push the technology to the very limits of what could be delivered.”
 
Iowa State University’s C6 project, which is supported by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, incorporates a Hewlett-Packard computer cluster featuring 96 NVIDIA Quadro GPUs, 24 Sony digital projectors, an eight-channel audio system and ultrasonic motion tracking technology.
 
Iowa State C6
“Graduate student Tom Batkiewicz and visitor Don Norman view a UAV
application in the Iowa State University C6 VRAC. Photo © and courtesy
Brett Schnepf.”

"The Iowa State University "C6" image generator, engineered by Mechdyne, incorporates 96 NVIDIA Quadro professional GPUs in an HP computer cluster."
“The Iowa State University “C6” image generator, engineered by
Mechdyne, incorporates 96 NVIDIA Quadro professional GPUs in an HP
computer cluster.”

For more details about NVIDIA Quadro solutions, please visit www.nvidia.com/quadro.
 
 
NVIDIA Corporation
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A Pair of Epson Data Projectors

We review a couple of Epson’s latest data projectors, the EMP-83 and the EMP-S5.
Data projectors are an indispensable tool, and not only for education and presentations. They are used by wedding and portrait photographers to sell their clients on big images, by artists and by web designers, in fact by everyone who is an image-maker. So here we look at two of the latest from Epson.

EMP-83

The EMP-83 is a 1024 x 768 native resolution data projector with an impressive array of features. The 2.9kg projector has two computer input connectors as well as serial control and an Ethernet connection for control over a network. It has a manual optical zoom and focus and a lamp life rated at 3,000 hours normally or 4,000 hours in reduced brightness mode. Epson seem to consider it aimed at the education market but its features suit it to many other applications.

Epson 83 data projector

Epson 83 data projector

Key features are:

  • Light and Bright – At only 6.4 pounds, the projector can easily be moved from classroom to classroom while offering up to 2200 lumens of output for use in even well-lit rooms
  • 3LCD Technology – Using the latest generation of High Aperture Epson 3LCD technology, the projector’s three-chip engine delivers natural color and more intense, sharper images; it is a solid-state optical engine that works without a moving color wheel, creating exact color reproduction, detailed video and data images that are crisp and rainbow-free with full time color
  • Easy Operation – The projector features five-second Instant On and Epson Instant Off to avoid delays when starting and finishing lectures
  • Versatile Presentation Modes – The projector has seven special color modes, including blackboard mode, for presenting in a variety of environments; in addition, 1.2 manual zoom and +30 degree automatic keystone correction contribute to greater setup flexibility
  • Remote Network Control – Projectors can be controlled and powered down for the night remotely via the network saving time and money since no personal contact is required
  • New EMP Monitor – Allows users to monitor projectors’ status via the network and keep track of temperature conditions and regular maintenance issues, such as air flow monitoring and lamp replacement schedules
  • Sleep Timer – This feature can be set for one-to-30 minutes to turn off the projector to save energy and money when no input is being sent to the projector

Epson 83 data projector

Epson 83 data projector

Epson 83 data projector

Epson 83 data projector

In use it has a bright, crisp display. I found it very effective in quite bright rooms. The menu system is very easy to use and gets you quickly to whatever you need. Fan noise is not load and quite acceptable in a normal environment. It has clean lines and a nice design. The A/V Mute slider both shuts down the projector and covers the lens. This works well to shut off the display during a presentation when you want to drive the viewer’s attention elsewhere, such as to a whiteboard. There is plenty of height adjustment without having to resort to books and setup is easy. The only thing I found lacking was a USB connection to drive a mouse input and thus control the presentation this way, and a laser pointer built into the remote.

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It sells for $899 in the US and $2199 in Australia. Interestingly, whilst it has a three year warrantee in Australia, it only has a two year coverage in the US.

You can view the specifications on the Epson site here.

EMP-S5

Very much an entry-level data projector, the S5 is an 800 x 600 native resolution projector. It is light at 2.6kg and offers manual focus, but only a digital zoom.

Epson S5 data projector

Epson S5 data projector

Epson S5 data projector

Key features are:

  • Instant On and Instant Off – Enables presenters to be up and running in only five seconds between pressing the “Power” button and the appearance of the start-up screen to avoid delays at the beginning of a presentation; powers down in four seconds enabling presenters to unplug and pack up immediately and safely without a cool-down period
  • A/V Mute Slide – Instantly turns off the sound and images to create a quick pause in the
  • presentation; the projector enters A/V Mute mode when the lens cover is closed and returnsto normal mode automatically upon reopening the lens cover
  • Supports HDTV – Enables presenters to show high-definition materials with remarkable
  • clarity and detail to captivate the attention of the audience; supports HDTV (720p, 1080i)
  • Flexible Positioning – Features 1.
    3x digital zoom to project a large and clear image from
  • short and long throw distances for greater positioning flexibi
    lity
  • Energy Efficiency – Features Epson E-TORL(TM) lamp technology which allows the projector to achieve more efficiency by projecting more lumens (brightness) per watt with relatively lower overall power consumption than competitive models; this technology also allows the lamp to last up to 4,000 hours for added cost savings
  • Security Convenience – Includes a convenient anchor bar for added security in any
  • environment

Epson S5 data projector

The S5 is very quiet. Easy to use controls are on both the unit and remote, and the menu is clear. The A/V Mute slider both shuts down the projector and covers the lens. There is plenty of height adjustment without having to resort to books. The lamp is rated for a 3,000 hour normal life and a 4,000 hour life at reduced intensity, with the lamp a fairly low cost (by projector standards) replacement. The image is bright and crisp.

It sells for $649 in the US and $1199 in Australia. A two year warrantee is offered in both the US and Australia.

You can view the S5 specifications here.