An 0.5mm thick keyboard, who will need one?!

We all love geeky stuff, but who can tell me why one would need a 0.5mm thick printed keyboard. Mentioned by the company (at IFA) are tablets, but weren't these the devices that had a touchscreen with on-screen keyboard? Pretty awesome technology though. Everyone should have one on their kitchen table, just to show off...


Sony launches serious GoPro competition

After ParaShoot's wearable cameras competing with GoPro, Sony now introduces a serious competitor for the over-marketed GoPro cameras. Specs seem quite similar, but Sony also added a GPS sensor (data logged alongside the video) and NFC for communication with a smartphone. What GoPro still has NOT added (although it is possible from the firmware of the used video board inside the tiny package), is video stabilization, something that is stronly desired! The new Sony HDR-AS30V comes with the amazing SteadyShot features, which is seriously the only thing I miss in the latest GoPro package. Even cooler, the new Sony beast has the option to control recording and monitor the live feed from the optional RMLVR1 wrist-watch, YES, indeed, a wrist watch! Unfortunately, for the divers among us, it only operates up to 5m of depth... Video is recorded at the very pleasurable 1080p@60, still images at 12 MPixel and camera angle is about 170 degrees. Prices should be around $300.

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Flutter: cheap long-range wireless communication

The new "Flutter" Kickstarter project targets a cheap wireless board that outperforms Xbee or Zigbee, with a larger range of about 1000m+ (3200ft) and transmitting 0.6MBit/sec at lower frequencies (915 MHz) than the WiFi 2.4 GHz. Based on an Arduino system, the system embeds 256-bit AES hardware encryption and for $20 you get two boards to quickly construct your own wireless project. Unfortunately, European-based geeks still have to wait, because the 915MHz band is only open in North America...

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Sony camera comparison

Ever since Sony released the NEX series of cameras, I have been considering to buy one of these babies. However, their relatively large size related to the HX9V compact has stopped me. Basically, these cameras do not fit in your pocket, which means for me that I will not take it on every journey and not have it with at that unexpected moment. Then Sony surprised me again with their RX-100 camera. A truly amazing piece of hardware, packing a massive 1 inch sensor with a light-strong Carl Zeiss lens in a compact package. At 35.9mm thick, it less than 2 mm bulkier than the 34mm of the HX9V, which stilll fits any pocket (although it is slightly stressing your jeans pockets). At 1 inch (13.2 x 8.8mm), the RX-100 sensor is more than 4 times larger in surface than the 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor of the HX9V. Obviously, this results in a much higher light sensitivity, larger dynamic range and better contrast. However, the image stabilization performs less than its smaller brother and the zoom range is strictly limited (the 3.5 times zoom from 28-100mm vs. the 24–384 mm, 16x).
Watch a very nice comparison between the HX9V, the RX100 and the NEX-5 camera: