11/03/2004, Epson wants to revolutionize the way chips are being manufactured. By using its Inkjet technology and 2 types of inks (conductive and insulator), Epson can “print” circuits that would have been otherwise created using a silicon “wafer”. This won’t replace traditional silicon chips, but it could lead to improvement in the way the electronics is laid out in our gadgets, Making them smaller.
11/03/2004, In the 80s The MSX was a really advanced computer. It was hugely popular in Japan and Europe. This computer might be re-introduced under the form of the MSX1 chip. It will not serve any entertainment purposes like its ancestor. Instead, it will be an ultra low cost web-access computer in developed countries. Similar initiatives like the AMD Geode NX1250 have a similar goal.
10/28/2004, The Japanese Government has given permission to Mazda to test a Hydrogen-Powered version of their RX-8 sports car. The three months of testing will be used to gather data for further development. Hydrogen is seen by many as the only practical replacement of oil. [via japan today]
10/27/2004, It took Dell more than a year to offer a 17″ Laptop. This is the right size for looking at the (optional) 1600 x 1200 screen. It can be configured in a pretty standard way. The Inspiron 9200 is powered by a Pentium-M up to 2Ghz. As usual, the basic configuration is pretty weak. I tried to customize one to fit my needs, and the price quickly went up to […]
10/26/2004, Are fingerprints better than password to protect your data? It’s a pretty controversial subject, but what we know for sure is that fingerprint technology just got cheaper. Fujitsu just reduced the cost of its fingerprint reader by using a 1-dimensional (1D) array of sensors (sweep sensor). Previous technology was using a 2D array that contained much more sensors, and was therefore much more expensive. With Microsoft pushing it you may […]
10/25/2004, For a decade, the PC cases were manufactured using the ATX format. The format basically dictates were components such as power supply and connectors go. BTX is the new evolution of PC-Cases. What’s better? The thermal design is better, and that means less noise and better cooling.
10/23/2004, I found this funny looking gizmo while browsing on the Toshiba Japanese website. I did a quick search but did not find it in the products. So if you have a clue, let me know. [toshiba website]
10/22/2004, The Sharp Muramasa CV-50F is in fact an ultra-small sub-notebook. It’s only twice the size of a Sharp Zaurus PDA. For a full featured PC, it’s just fantastic. It is powered by a Transmetta Efficeon TM8600 1Ghz Processor and runs Windows XP. Check out more photos & specs of this superb machine that features an innovative Direct-HD connection.
10/20/2004, “The Prodigies”, a team of two young boys (15 & 20) has built this “robot” and plan to participate to the DARPA grand challenge. There’s a $2 million prize for the winner. The robot is controlled by a Via EPIA mini-ITX motherboard that’s 120x120mm big.
10/19/2004, Having a “digital paper” is not a new concept, but HP seems to have the edge on the research & development off this type of paper-thin screen that displays the image even when it is not powered!In the future, this could lead to the production of advertising or information boards that would update themselves. What I really want is to make wallpaper out of it.
10/18/2004, Liquid cooling for PCs is not really a new thing, but I really like the elegance of the Aquabox. I could imagine a tower like this on my desk (if the fan is not too noisy). It looks a bit like the Reserator 1 from Zalman. [via sorobangeeks]
10/17/2004, SBC, the largest phone operator in California is going to offer an unlimited Wifi hotspot access for $1.99 a month. During the last months, SBC has built up a large number of Hotspots. Today, they run 3900 Hotspots, from 70 seven months ago. The service will be available in locations such as Mc Donald’s or Barnes & Nobles… (continued in Full Post)
10/17/2004, The Navigation systems are getting capable to the point where they can also be used as entertainment systems. The Panasonic-Matsushita Navigation System CN-HDS930MD is also capable of playing Mp3 Audio files, Mpeg-4 video files and Jpeg pictures. It is equipped with a wide, sharp, 6.5″ LCD screen (800×480). There is 30GB of storage with about 12GB of “user space” to store your multi-media files. The rest is probably taken by […]
10/16/2004, The Dell Photo Printer 540 wants to be your “photo lab on the go”. It does not need to be connected to a computer in order to print: Just connect your memory flash card or your USB camera and you are ready to print.