Our imagined future is getting closer everyday with VR and 3D audio
Electronista has had the opportunity to go hands-on with the Oculus Rift VR headset, courtesy of AMD in order to the capabilities of AMD's new TrueAudio digital signal processing that comes built-in on some of its newest GPU and APU cores. What is particularly special about the demo we experienced with AMD at Computex Taipei is they way it has worked with partner GenAudio AstoundSound, using its 3D sound localization cue technology, to make the Oculus Rift experience even more incredible and immersive. We have also embedded a video below to give you a sense of this amazing technology works.
Magnet-based keyboard could be used to make notebooks thinner
A keyboard manufacturer has demonstrated a new type of keyboard at Computex that could result in thinner notebooks in the future. The Darfon maglev keyboard uses magnets to keep the keys raised and in position, instead of a membrane, scissor switches or other mechanical means, with the producer also claiming it to have a longer product life.
Asus demonstrates prototype 14-inch USB 3.0 display at Computex
Asus has quietly put a small touchscreen display on show at Computex, one that runs off a USB cable. The unnamed 14-inch USB touch monitor is powered-by and connects solely over USB 3.0, with Engadget noting it to have a resolution of 1,366x768 and ten-finger multitouch support. There are no launch details for the monitor, due to it being a prototype, with no suggestion made of a possible release date nor price.
Qosmio X75, C, L, P, S models all updated
Following Intel's official Haswell release and AMD's similar announcement, Toshiba has renovated nearly its entire line of laptop computers at Taiwan's Computex. Newly updated today are the Qosmio X75 gaming laptop, entry-level Satellite C series, the midrange Satellite L series, the Satellite P series premium laptop line, and all the Satellite S models.
Four new Android 4.0 phones with dual-SIM standby shown by Gigabyte
At the Computex show in Taipei, Gigabyte showed off four smartphones that run on Android 4.0 and offer dual SIM card slots. The company is no stranger to such creations, with the G1355 introduced back in February, though it had Android 2.3 onboard. The range-topper from the newly-introduced phones is the GSmart M1420.
First Android 4.0-based Google TV box shows up at Computex
An ARM chip-based Google TV box from Taiwan's Honeywld Technology running on Android 4.0 has the ability to stream media files from portable Android 4.0 devices. In this regard, it's similar to Apple's AirPlay technology that can stream videos and music from iPhones and iPads through the Apple TV to HDTVs. What's more, the box will have the ability to synchronize photos, IDG reported from the Computex trade show in Taipei.
Toshiba shows slider PC and Transformer-clone tablet
Toshiba demonstrated concept devices for Windows 8 at Computex. The prototypes shown off included a tablet and keyboard dock combination, a slider PC and a Windows RT laptop, writes The Verge. Although three devices were shown, the computer maker did not reveal what the potential specifications were, if they were currently making any of the devices, nor when anything similar would be released in the future.
ASUS to detail cloud service at Computex?
ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih recently spoke at Business Next in Taiwan about the future of computers and technology. The talk, embedded as a video below thanks to NetbookNews, included talk of the social, location, and mobile experience in future products, though it especially contained an announcement about a cloud service due from the company. Shih said ASUS will unveil its "total solution for the ubiquitous cloud computing at Computex this year."
Android tablets running the NVidia Tegra 2 chipset have a substantial performance edge over Atom-based tablets, according to a series of benchmark tests performed for Tweakers. Researchers tested four tablets running Android 3.0.1 (Honeycomb). The lone Atom tablet tested, a prototype from Compal Electronics with a dual core 1.5GHz Oak Trail CPU, posted a Caffeinemarks score that was barely one-fourth that of the slowest Nvidia tablet. Caffeinemarks is a synthetic test that gauges the speed at which Android apps will run on a given system.
Features Intel Atom processor, custom UI
At Computex 2011 today Acer showed the the Iconia Tab M500, the 10-inch Iconia Tab M500. The M500 is the first Meego-based tablet by a major manufacturer. Acer Vice President David Lee presented the tablet (see video below), which had a customized circular interface that makes extensive use of widgets. Lee called the interface "snackable," and is designed to keep important content easily accessible.
ASUS trademarks Padfone for next tablet
The recently teased ASUS tablet that promises to "break the rules," may be called Padfone. ASUS has applied for a trademark for the unusual name with the US Patent and Trademark Office, though it may be too late for this particular tablet/smartphone hybrid. The device, which could be the Eee Pad MeMo or Eee Pad Slider, is to be unveiled at Computex on May 29.
Asus teases netbook with “a twist”
Asus has teased another product ahead of Computex 2011. The latest is what it describes as “The next evolution of the Eee PC.” Asus’ Facebook page also hints that there might be something special that sets this netbook apart from other in its class. It is said to be “no ordinary netbook”, but packs a “twist.”
Intel to show off 10 tablets at Computex
Intel announced plans to bring more than 10 new tablet PCs powered by its chips to the upcoming Computex show in Taiwan, the Wall Street Journal said. It will thus attempt to break into a market thus far dominated by ARM and follows up on a similar announcement on Tuesday that had the chipmaker committing to low-power Atom chips for smartphones. The show opens on May 31 and is expected to host a number of new tablet PC debuts, including from local company ASUS.
Set to debut at CES 2011
The uniquely designed ASUS Eee Tablet, first unveiled at Computex this year is set to be renamed and launched at CES 2011 according to a report. A couple of names have been mooted as possibilities with Eee Note being the most likely, although Digital Note has also been raised as a possibility. The device, which will not directly compete with e-readers, the iPad or Galaxy Tab can be used for reading text, but is also designed for highly accurate drawing and note-taking.
ASUS Eee PC 1015PN shows on Amazon site
The ASUS Eee PC 1015PN netbook introduced at Computex back in June is now listed on Amazon's website, revealing its pricing, but no ship date as of yet. It lists for $430, and sports the 1.5GHz dual-core Atom N550 chip that's tied to the second-generation NVIDIA Ion GPU that have been shown in preliminary tests to outperform some of Intel's CULV chips.
Atom N550 outruns CULV, Atom D510 in benchmarks
At Computex, the first netbook with the new dual-core Intel Atom N550 was shown off and proved to be much faster than anticipated. The ASUS Eee PC 1015PN at the show also sported the next-generation NVIDIA Ion GPU and played a 1080p HD movie without hiccups. While the movie was playing, the system showed the processor resources were only at 20 percent of use.
WHDI to get 3D support this year, Wi-Fi link next
The WHDI organization on Monday said it will release a new specification that will back all 3D formats supported the HDMI 1.4a. WHDI 2.0 is due, with full 3D support that includes the next-generation 1080p 60Hz x2 3D format. This will also bring with 4K HD format support that has four times the resolution of 1080p, at 4096x2160. WHDI and Wi-Fi can be integrated and exist on the same channel, along with reduced power requirements for integration with mobile devices will also be included in WHDI 2.0.
Gateway shows notebooks with light-up touchpads
Gateway at Computex is showing off 13.3-inch EC339C and 14-inch ID49C08u notebooks that are unique in offering glowing touchpads. The pads light up only when touched, and are an integrated button, Engadget reported. There is otherwise a chiclet-style keyboard complete with a dedicated social networking shortcut key; pressing the key launches an app that can house Facebook, YouTube and FlickR feeds to a timeline.
Plextor shows new home media products at Computex
Plextor brought two new products to Computex, with its PlexMedia networked media player and an attachable external Blu-ray drive. The former is the first to allow connecting the Blu-ray drive, allowing users to view content on Blu-ray discs and watch movies. The drive can also be carried and connected to desktop or notebook PCs.
AMD Fusion CPU, GPU hybrid shown at Computex
AMD for the first time demonstrated its Fusion hybrid processor at Computex on Wednesday. The Fusion processor combines high-performance serial computing and parallel graphics processing cores onto a single die. This includes an x86 CPU, DirectX 11 graphics, a video processor and other components. Senior VP and GM of AMD Products Group Rick Bergman said there would be two versions of the Fusion, with the Llano meant for mainstream notebooks and desktops and the low-power Ontario for smaller notebooks, netbooks and other devices.
Acer shows Ferrari edition Liquied e handset
At Computex on Tuesday, Acer UK showed off a Ferrari edition of its Liquid e smartphone. The phone sports a signature Ferrari Red paint and Scuderia Ferrari crest, along with chrome trim and carbon fiber accents. The phone also gets Ferrari wallpaper for each of its five home pages, a special set of ringtones that includes a Ferrari engine and F1-related images and videos.
SanDisk intros fourth-generation SSDs for OEMs
At Computex on Tuesday, SanDisk showed off its latest solid state drives. The SSD G4 is meant to replace notebook hard drives, with the SSD P4 an OEM offering that will help notebook and tablet makers build thinner hardware. These fourth-generation SanDisk SSDs also offer twice the capacity of their predecessors, at up to 256GB and 128GB, respectively.
MSI to show Sketchbook concept at Computex
Taiwanese PC maker MSI is showing off a unique concept netbook at a pre-Computex event. Called Sketchbook, it has a touchscreen display and a detachable QWERTY keyboard that flips over to reveal a large tablet input area with a stylus that can be alternatively attached to the screen. There is no specific technical information on the device, which is meant for graphics artists.
Tablets based on Tegra, Atom, Freescale CPUs
Amtek has prepared several of its iTablet- and T23-series tablets to show off at the upcoming Computex conference in Taiwan. The iTablet Speed-Lite offers a 10.1-inch display with a choice between 1024x600 or 1024x768 resolutions and Windows CE, Windows 7, Android 2.0 or Linux operating systems. The tablet integrates a 10,800mAh battery and 1GB of DDR2 RAM.
ASUS Tegra-based tablet to see Computex
An apparent leak ASUS has narrowed down the launch of its rumored tablet, the Eee Pad, down to June. Industry contacts now claim the company hopes to launch the device at Taiwan's Computex, which this year starts June 1st. It would also be aimed at netbook pricing and would cost somewhere below $500 after being made by ASUS' manufacturing side, Pegatron.
AMD Tigris at Computex
AMD is allegedly preparing a new notebook platform, codenamed "Tigris", for a formal launch at the Computex 2009 conference, according to a Commercial Times report. The system will integrate a 45nm dual-core Caspian processor, 55nm or 40nm M9x GPUs and the company's RS880M chipsets. The specs appear to match a leaked roadmap, which suggests the platform will support DDR2 800MHz memory and HD video decoding, along with DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connections.
MSI Android netbook coming
MSI is planning on introducing an Android-based netbook at the Computex 2009 show in Taiwan at the start of June, according to a Thursday DigiTimes report. The Taiwanese hardware maker will take the opportunity offered by the show to secure orders from computer retailers. While MSI wouldn't comment on the report, the development of the netbook was done together with Taiwan's Institute for Information Industry (III).
ARM-based netbooks coming
Qualcomm and Freescale, who build ARM-based platforms, are expected to demonstrate netbooks using their products at the Computex Taipei expo in June, DigiTimes reported on Thursday, citing sources at netbook makers. The show will reportedly see the debut of a Pegatron netbook running on Freescale's i.MX51 CPU on ARM's Coretex A8 mainboard as well as a Wistron model with a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU.