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Baby jacuzzi launched by BluBleu

The BluBleu MagicBath features a 10 jet air massage system and underwater LEDs
The BluBleu MagicBath features a 10 jet air massage system and underwater LEDs

Babies have a pretty charmed existence, they get food whenever they want, they're pushed around in strollers which resemble arm-chairs on wheels and enjoy relaxing stints in jacuzzis ... wait, what? The MagicBath from Italian design firm BluBleu is a specially designed baby bath featuring an air massage system for your little one's derriere.
While most parents are content with bathing their baby in their own bath or a $30 mini tub from the local kids store (or even the kitchen sink), BluBleu clearly believes there is an untapped luxury market out there. Hence the €1655 (around US$2,185) MagicBath, which also features "relaxing" underwater LEDs.
The MagicBath is designed to stand at waist height for a parent and is supported on four curved and stable legs. The acrylic tub is shaped to support a newborn in the correct position at one end, and allow them to sit at the other end from six months to one-year-old … yes, despite the price-tag, it will only fit a baby for the first 12 months.
The jacuzzi function - controlled from a digital display also showing the water temperature - sees thousands of air bubbles pumped out by 10 air jets to caress your baby in what the makers (and their PR people) insist is an "immersive" and "exclusive" whirlpool which begins "a fabulous journey of sensory experiences." And there we were thinking a baby bath was for cleaning grubby little children.
Completing the spa effect, there are also six underwater LEDs which can be set to beam out blue, green, red or pink light under the bubbles, or cycle through a blue-indigo-violet color sequence in a "magic relax" chromatherapy setting.
On a more practical side, the MagicBath is said to conform with the safety standards on products used for the bathing of infants. There are also wheels positioned under the legs to make it easier to move as well as the ability to connect a flexible hose to drain the tub after the bathing/spa session.
Source: BluBleu via KlatMagazine

Canon details 4K video-capable EOS 1D C DSLR

Canon has revealed the details of its new EOS 1D C digital SLR which is capable of recordi...
Canon has revealed the details of its new EOS 1D C digital SLR which is capable of recording video at 4096 x 2160 pixel (4K) resolution

Canon has just brought 4K video recording to the world of digital SLR cameras in the shape of the EOS 1D C. Developed to support the broadcast quality TV, motion picture high-resolution production industries, the new EOS family member is based on the core specs of the EOS 1D X (which has just been confirmed for a June 2012 release), with some features from last year's C300 cinema camera thrown in for good measure.

The new EOS 1D C is capable of recording Motion JPEG 4K (4096 x 2160 pixel resolution) video at 24 frames per second (fps) with 8-bit 4:2:2 color sampling or 8-bit 4:2:0 Full HD 1920 x 1080 (H.264 format) at frame rates of 24, 25, 30, 50 and 60p. Users can opt to save the 4K or Full HD recordings to the camera's CF memory card or output HD movies to an external recorder via the built-in HDMI terminal using an uncompressed YCbCr 4:2:2 signal.
Videographers choosing the 4K format can expect to capture the action on roughly an APS-H sized portion of the sensor (1.3 crop factor) while those opting for HD can choose between the full 36 mm width of the sensor or a Super 35 crop setting that enables users to match the industry-standard imaging format and angle of view achieved by traditional motion picture cameras.
The EOS 1D C is also said to retain highlight and shadow detail while providing a high level of color grading freedom thanks to the inclusion of Canon's Log Gamma (as seen on the C300). There's a built-in mono microphone or external mic connection via a stereo audio jack for Linear PCM recording quality, and a built-in headphone jack for audio monitoring.

Although optimized for high quality video capture, the EOS 1D C is by no means a slouch in the photography department. It features an 18.1 megapixel full-frame (24 x 36 mm) Canon CMOS sensor and high-performance Canon Dual DIGIC 5+ image processors delivering continuous shooting of up to 12 fps and an ISO sensitivity range that can be notched right up to ISO25600 for low noise low light video capture and up to ISO51200 for photography. Sensitivity can be further expanded from the LO setting of ISO50 to an H2 max of ISO204800.
The DSLR captures stills in RAW or JPEG image format, with simultaneous recording of both formats also possible, benefits from a 61 point AF system and can be powered by an optional AC adapter for long haul sessions or via the same LP-E4N battery pack used with the EOS-1D X. There's a pentaprism viewfinder with 100% frame coverage and 0.76% magnification and users are able to view the camera's 3.2-inch, 1,040,000 dot resolution Clear View II LCD display even while the camera is connected to an external monitor. The new camera is also compatible with over 60 Canon EF and EF Cinema lenses.
The EOS-1D C digital SLR has very portable body-only dimensions of 6.22 x 6.44 x 3.25-inches (158 x 163.6 x 82.7 mm) and will be available later this year for a suggested retail price of US$15,000.
Canon has also announced the development of four new Cinema lenses, two wide-angle cinema zoom lenses - the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S (EF mount) and the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L SP (PL mount) - and two telephoto cinema zoom lenses- the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S (EF) and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L SP (PL).
When all's said and done, it's not a bad answer to RED's Scarlet X, but will it be enough to draw industry professionals back over to the Canon camp?

Source: Canon

ISGLOVES let winter touchscreen-users wear mitts

ISGLOVES are mittens with ends that fold back, to expose conductive inner gloves that can ...
ISGLOVES are mittens with ends that fold back, to expose conductive inner gloves that can be used with capacitive touchscreen devices
People who want to use capacitive touchscreen devices outdoors on chilly days currently have to wear conductive gloves, such as Agloves or Etips – that, or they just have to endure getting cold fingers. As anyone who lives in a truly cold climate knows, however, there are times when gloves just aren’t warm enough. That’s where ISGLOVES come in.

ISGLOVES are a high-tech variation on that favorite of mailmen in cold places around the world, fold-back mittens. When the user isn’t doing any “touchscreening,” the mitts look and operate like regular mittens ... and for those of you lucky enough to not know, mittens are much warmer than gloves, as the wearer’s enclosed fingers are able to share each others’ warmth. Once it’s time to do some screen-poking, however, the ends of the mittens fold back to expose the user’s fingers, which are sheathed in capacitive inner gloves built into the mittens. Those gloves still provide some insulation, so the bare fingers don’t have to be exposed directly to the wintry air.

The outer mitts are made from recycled polyester and recycled heat-trapping 3M Thinsulate microfibers, while the inner gloves are composed of anti-bacterial, hypoallergenic, sweat-absorbent, sustainably-grown bamboo fiber, along with conductive polyester yarn.
National University of Singapore undergrad Charmain Tan first came up with the idea for ISGLOVES when she was on an exchange program in Sweden, where she experienced the challenges of touchscreen use in very cold temperatures. She proceeded to team up with three other students, who now manufacture and sell the mitten/gloves through their company, FiETT (Fun in Ecological Tech Textile).
While ISGLOVES are currently only available in stores in Sweden, the group hope to establish an international network of dealers within the year. The mitts can also, however, be purchased online via the company website. Although regularly priced at US$78, they are currently on sale for $39 a pair.
Source: FiETT via National University of Singapore

New VAIO 14P from Sony offers gestural control

Sony has unveiled a new addition to its E Series VAIO laptops named the 14P which allows c...
Sony has unveiled a new addition to its E Series VAIO laptops named the 14P which allows control of functionality using hand movements in front of the built-in HD webcam

Sony Europe has unveiled a new addition to its E Series VAIO laptop range which allows users to flick through web pages, play music and adjust volume by waving a hand in front of the unit's webcam. The 14-inch VAIO 14P also features a backlit keyboard for twilight hours typing, a USB charging port to keep mobile devices topped up, and both discrete and integrated HD graphics.
The new Sony VAIO E Series 14P is powered by an Intel Core i3-2350M processor running at 2.3GHz on an Intel HM76 Express Chipset, that's supported by 4GB of DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM memory and 500GB of 5400 RPM HDD storage. As the name might suggest, it benefits from a 14-inch VAIO Display at 1366 x 768 resolution and 16:9 aspect, with onscreen action provided by AMD Radeon HD 7670M graphics with 1GB of dedicated VRAM memory and integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000. The system automatically switches between the two, depending on detected need for efficient energy use.
Other power-saving features include a DVD SuperMulti optical drive that powers down completely when not in use, and a backlit chiclet style keyboard that's activated by an ambient light sensor, the latter also dimming the unit's screen in low light conditions to conserve power.
Users can choose to enjoy Dolby Home Theater v4 audio performance via headphones or the included stereo speakers, or switch to the exclusive xLOUD and Clear Phase audio technologies which are said to boost volume without distorting the output.
Connectivity is taken care of by two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports (one of the latter doubling as a charging port), a media card reader slot, HDMI out, 802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth 4.0 plus HS. The touchpad has gesture support and the supplied Li-ion battery can offer up to seven hours of use between charges.
The headline grabber for this Windows 7 machine, however, is the ability to interact with the new E Series VAIO using hand movements picked up by the laptop's 1.31 megapixel HD Web Camera powered by Exmor for PC. Sony says that Gesture Control functionality is currently supported by Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer 9, PowerPoint and PowerDVD.
The 13.4 x 9.64 x 0.8-inch (341 x 245 x 22.4 mm) VAIO E Series 14P is available in white, black or pink but, at the time of writing, we're still waiting on a price.

Source: Sony UK

New Nook eReader adds "glowlight" for reading in the dark

Nook Simple Touch GlowLight for reading in the dark
Nook Simple Touch GlowLight for reading in the dark

Barnes and Noble's (B&N) new Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight solves one of the biggest downsides of e-ink eReaders - reading in the dark. The device, which will be available in May, features a 6-inch touchscreen, which is illuminated by 8 LEDs embedded in the bezel at the top of the display screen. This creates an even, soft glow which enables the user to continue reading in low-light.
The new Nook eReader features much the same specs as its predecessor, the Nook Simple Touch Reader, including a touch sensitive 6-inch display with 800 x 600 resolution and dimensions of 6.5 x 5 x 0.47 inches (165.4 x 126.6 x 12 mm). Despite the introduction of the GlowLight, however, B&N has made the device even lighter, with it tipping the scales at 6.95 ounces (197 g).
The built-in reading light allows you to enjoy a good book without annoying everyone around you by using additional clip-on lights. “GlowLight lets you stay up late reading in total comfort - while your partner stays asleep in the dark,” says B&N. The GlowLight turns on with a push of the button below the display, and can be adjusted through an onscreen slide control to customize the brightness. The anti-glare screen also gives the e-ink display the ability to be read in brighter conditions, including outdoors in the direct sunlight
The e-Reader supports both PDF and ePub formats and JPG, PNG, BMP or GIF graphics. The company also boasts that the new Nook Simple Touch’s long life battery will allow you to use the device for over 1 month, based on half an hour of reading time per day. If the GlowLight stays turned off, this battery life could be extended to 2 months.
The product is priced at US$139 and is available for pre-order with a release date of May 2012.

Source: Barnes & Noble

fresh proxies 13th april

Ubi-Camera uses your fingers as its viewfinder

Ubi-Camera in telephoto mode (Photo: DigInfo)
Ubi-Camera in telephoto mode (Photo: DigInfo)

Framing a shot with one's hands is almost as big a part of photography as having your subject say "cheese," but a camera and its viewfinder have always been a part of the equation, too ... until now, that is. A team at Japan's Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS) in Ogaki are working on an innovative prototype fingertip "Ubi-Camera" (Ubi is Latin for where) that lets the user's fingers set the frame – a development that could literally make composing shots, well, a snap. At the very least, it'll give new meaning to the term "digital" photography when (and if) it hits market.
“When you draw a picture or take a photo, you sometimes form a rectangle with your hands to decide the composition," IAMAS staffer Yoshimasa Furuyama told DigInfo. "With this camera, you can take a photo using the exact same motion. You attach this device to your index finger, and form a rectangle with your fingers. When you push hard with your thumb, the shutter is pressed.”
To determine whether a shot will be wide angle or telephoto, the Ubi-Camera is equipped with an infrared range finder that estimates the distance between the photographer's hands and face – closer equals wider. They still have a few kinks to work out, especially because bright ambient light can sometimes thwart the infrared sensor, but Furuyama mentioned they'd also like to incorporate facial recognition into the system to make it more accurate.
No word on price or estimated availability, but we hope it'll be soon. Knowing the Japanese, we won't be kept waiting for long. Point and shoot, anyone?
Watch the DigInfo video below to see the Ubi-Camera in action.

Source: Akihabara News via DigInfo

Coming to an e-book near you - LG's flexible e-paper display

Coming to an e-book near you - LG's flexible e-paper display
Coming to an e-book near you - LG's flexible e-paper display

Like most display manufacturers, LG has kept a finger in the flexible e-paper pie. Now, however, the company has announced that its six-inch XGA resolution Electronic Paper Display (EPD) is now in full production, and should be in devices bound for Europe within the next month.

LG's new plastic EPD, claimed to be the world's first in mass production, takes the form of a plastic substrate that is 0.7 millimeters (0.027 in) thick, about 2/3 the thickness of glass EPD devices. At 14 grams (0.49 oz) in weight, the new display comes in at less than half the weight of glass-based alternatives. However, the flexibility is what causes the plastic EPD to step up as a game changer. The rugged device will bend as much as 40 degrees from the plane of the display, will survive blows from a small urethane hammer and repeated drops from a height of 1.5 meters (4.92 ft).

"With the world's first plastic EPD, LG Display has once again proven its reputation for leadership and innovation with a product we believe will help greatly popularize the E-Book market," said Mr. Sang Duck Yeo, Head of Operations for LG Display's Mobile/OLED division. "Based on our success in mass-producing plastic EPD, we are excited as we look toward applying concepts from this experience to future developments like plastic OLED and flexible displays."

LG says it was able to adapt conventional LCD manufacturing technology to the production of the new product by reducing the process temperature of the LCD process to a level that the polymer structures of the plastic EPD could tolerate. The new display is to be shipped to Chinese ODMs, who hope to supply product to Europe by, according to the March 29 press release, "the beginning of next month."

Source: LG via Engadget

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