Has Nikon gone into the portable entertainment space? Come December 12, the camera manufacturer will be unleashing two multimedia playback headsets that mark its entry into a brand new genre.
The Media Port UP 300 (4GB) and the higher-performance 300X (8GB) work in tandem with Apple iPods and come with built-in Wi-Fi capability. Demo corners have apparently been set up in Tokyo for passersby to try out the headgear, which comes with a built-in screen for video playback/streaming and Web surfing. If this smacks of the Apple-friendly Myvu Crystal video playback glasses, you're not far wrong.
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For those of you who want to play your multimedia files on a TV without the need to hook up it up to a PC, Iomega has a solution for you.
The ScreenPlay TV Link is a small Post-it-sized box that connects to your TV via a composite, component, or HDMI connection. You can plug any USB (FAT32 or NTFS format) drive into the device and access all of its content through an easy-to-use on-screen interface.
We were also very impressed with the various file types the TV Link is compatible with. On the audio side, you can play MP3, … Read more
If you have a lot of media to browse through, no matter what viewer you use, it's bound to take some time. Whatever the project may be--from picking the best shots from a pro photo shoot to getting the most action-packed movie clips from a birthday party--you need a good way to browse, compare, and sort through your media quickly. The obvious choices on your Mac are iPhoto or iMovie, but if you're looking for a different way to sort through several media file-types with added unique features, check out AtomicView.
AtomicView offers a sparse, but intuitive interface … Read more
Streaming HD videos from a media server may sound like a brilliant idea, but getting the 1080p bandwidth-intensive footages across the network will almost certainly halt most wireless setups to a crawl. If you're one of the early adopters facing this problem, it might be worth considering Aztech's WL850MS wireless multimedia streamers. They come in a receiver/transmitter pair and are designed to sit between your modem/router and HDTV set-top box, console, or media player.
The WL850MS differs from most media-streaming solutions by offering three key propositions. First of all, it guarantees smooth 1080p transmission via the … Read more
There have been other multimedia loungers that hang screens precariously overhead, but usually they try to pack in as many functions as possible for entertainment or even (gasp) work. The "Surf Chair," however, keeps things simple: It just lets you lie back and immerse yourself in the Web.
That simplicity contributes to the classically clean lines of Danish design. And don't worry about all those cords tethering the peripherals in the photo; it actually won the "Internet Collection" competition of the Scandinavian Furniture Fair a few years ago, according to BornRich, so the gear should … Read more
I can't claim to be any sort of expert when it comes to computer/PC speakers, but if my recent CNET reviews of Bose, Creative, and M-Audio speakers are any indication of what's out there, the Audioengine 2 is a truly awesome design. I auditioned the Audioengine 2s at home where my desktop workspace is pretty crowded, but the speaker's tiny 4 by 5.25-inch footprint was easy to accommodate. It's 6 inches high.
Judged as a speaker, and I've reviewed well over 500, the Audioengine 2 is terrific. It's so good you don'… Read more
If there's any company that's in dire need of international marketing help, it's Digital Cowboy (need we say more?). As if the Japanese manufacturer's name weren't bad enough, it instantly casts doubt over seemingly decent products like the unfortunately christened "Movie Cowboy."
Moniker aside, this portable multimedia storage device will work with any 2.5-inch hard drive, then provide a dock that can transmit the video for viewing through its USB port, according to Engadget. It claims to have all the outputs needed for the full HD experience, including stereo, coaxial digital, and … Read more