LAS VEGAS--Samsung announced three lines of plasma TVs at CES 2010, and the most expensive, dubbed the PNC8000, is also the most intriguing from a picture quality standpoint. In a CES flooded by 3D, interactive gizmos, and wireless doo-dads, it's refreshing to see good-old black level performance used as a selling point. We don't expect the PNC8000 to rival the vaunted Kuro for black level bragging rights, but given Samsung's improvement in that area over the last couple of years, it may come close.
LAS VEGAS--Panasonic isn't the only plasma TV maker to include 3D compatibility among its 2010 CES announcements. While none of LG's plasmas offer the capability to interface with 3D glasses to create that stereoscopic illusion, two series of Samsung plasma TVs do: the flagship PNC8000 and this series, the step-down PNC7000.
The set is compatible with multiple 3D standards including both half- and full-resolution 3D, as well as the Blu-ray Disc Association's "Blu-ray 3D" standard. But such content is destined to be rare during the nascent launch of the new format, so Samsung also added … Read more
Update February 25, 2010: The UNC7000 series is now available for sale at select online retailers, making it the first of the new 3D compatible TVs. It is available in 40-inch ($1999), 46-inch ($$2599) and 55-inch ($3299) sizes. More info.
Samsung has endowed three LCD lines and one plasma line of its 2010 models with 3D compatibility, and the least expensive of the bunch is the UNC7000 series of LED-based LCDs. The company says the series, which should be among the first on the market to feature 3D-readiness, can work with optional 3D glasses to create the 3D effect. An … Read more
LAS VEGAS--We knew 3D was coming, but we didn't expect it to be integrated into a home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB) system this quickly. Sony announced the BDV-HZ970W, a home theater system that features an integrated 3D Blu-ray player and a 5.1 speaker system with wireless rear speakers.
Key features of the Sony BDV-HZ970W:Integrated Blu-ray 3D player 5.1 speaker system with wireless rear speakers Multiroom functionality utilizing Sony's proprietary S-Air wireless audio products HDMI 1.4 output Access to the Bravia Internet Video platform, which includes Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube, Pandora, Slacker, and NPR streaming capability … Read more
LAS VEGAS--3D Blu-ray is one of the big stories at CES 2010, and it's no surprise that Sony is a major player in Blu-ray's next incarnation. Sony announced its first standalone 3D Blu-ray player, the BDP-S770, which also manages to integrate the best features of its current Blu-ray players.
Key features of the Sony BDP-S770:3D Blu-ray player HDMI 1.4 output Access to the Bravia Internet Video platform, which includes Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube, Pandora, Slacker, and NPR streaming capability Built-in Wi-Fi; Ethernet also available DLNA compliant; capable of sharing photos, music, and videos from … Read more
Not content to wait for Apple to OK a TV-to-iPhone pairing, Samsung went ahead and developed its own multimedia-friendly touch screen that also happens to control its highest-end TV announced at CES this year, the UNC9000 series. The newfangled clicker has a color touch screen said to ease use of the TV's many features, and can even display broadcast TV content while a Blu-ray (for example) plays on the big screen. Integrated Wi-Fi and infrared enables the remote to command both the TV's interactive features--a QWERTY keyboard is a big help here--and other AV devices. It also allows you to browse content (video, music, photos) on connected computers and other DLNA devices in the home.
Aside from the remote, the UNC9000 distinguishes itself from less-expensive Samsung HDTVs by virtue of its amazing thinness. The company won't specify exactly how thin, but it's the thinnest TV we've seen announced at the show (LG showed a TV that's as thin as a quarter at its press conference, but that model was a concept piece without a model number or release date). It achieves its thin depth by virtue of placing all of the associated electronics, like the TV tuner and circuit boards, inside the pedestal stand. The stand can also be converted to a wall-mount bracket. … Read more
LAS VEGAS--Gunnar Optiks, which makes a line of "digital" glasses that are designed to reduce eyestrain, has announced that it will be offering a collection of 3D glasses enabled with components of its i-AMP lens technology. The company says it will make versions available for the most widely used 3D platforms in gaming and video.
"There have been amazing advances in the delivery of the media, but we see a massive need for someone to address the optics of the eyewear," said Rob Aarnes, Gunnar's president. "Currently most eyewear used in 3D systems is … Read more
LAS VEGAS--As we predicted, 3D is coming to Blu-ray and Samsung has announced its first 3D Blu-ray player, the BD-C6900. Details on the player are scarce, but here's what Samsung has announced so far:
Key features of the Samsung BD-C6900:3D Blu-ray player Slim design with a transparent cover Supports Internet@TV/Samsung Apps, which will provide content from Netflix, Pandora, Vudu, Blockbuster, Picasa, and Twitter 15 second disc load; 15 second boot up Built-in Wi-Fi No release date or pricing announced
3D is obviously a big story at CES 2010 and the BD-C6900 will be part of … Read more
Today Toshiba announced the U.S. release of a new line of TVs based on the Cell processor that first appeared in the Sony PlayStation 3. The specifics differ somewhat from the Cell TV shown at Ceatac last October, but the gist is the same: more extras and options than any TV we've ever seen.
Toshiba claims the processor operates up to 10 times faster than an Intel Core 2 Duo chip found in desktop PCs, and the television itself shares lots of characteristics with a high-powered computer. The Cell TV has a built-in 1TB hard drive and 802.11n built-in wireless, enabling it to serve media files like video, music, and pictures to other devices on a home network, as well as display and play them back itself. There's also an integrated BD player that not only obviates the need to connect an external BD unit, but can rip unprotected files from BD and DVD discs (like home videos) to the hard drive. The TV can also stream content from PCs in the home via DLNA.
Navteq has begun collecting data to construct detailed 3D models and maps of the United States, the digital-mapping specialist said Wednesday.
The Nokia subsidiary has begun outfitting its data collection vehicles with a system called Navteq True. One big part is a lidar (light detection and ranging) system that uses lasers to construct 3D maps of the world out of a sea of data points. The company boasts that its True system uses 64 rotating lidar lasers, captures 1.5 million 3D data points per second from features as far as 150 meters away and works even when the data … Read more