Smartphones Also On Hand
Other attractive devices shown in Berlin definitely include the Nokia N8 smartphone. It will be officially presented next week at the Nokia World 2010 event in London, but we have already tried out this phone, the first which comes with Symbian ^3 OS, and loved its multimedia features, however, we were disappointed by the software. You can read the first look review on Brighthand.
The 3D Trend Continues
Sony launched its notebook prototype Vaio, which comes with a special 3D button and matching glasses that enable 3D imaging. The presented prototype uses frame-sequential technology, which quickly switches the entire screen from left to right eye viewing and also shows a blank screen between images in order to decrease latency, which is known to cause deterioration of 3D imaging quality. This basically means that the notebook has to show 240 images per second to enable 3D imaging with 60 frames per second. Before 3D imaging is turned on, this Vaio is a standard notebook with a 1920 x 1080P HD screen.
Panasonic gave visitors the opportunity to try out the first mass-market 3D camcorder, called HDC-SDT750. Considering this device was launched a month ago, we found it far more interesting to see the 3D converter lens intended for Lumix G cameras, which enables filming 3D video clips with the same series.
Since home entertainment devices were dominant at IFA, especially TV sets, Blu-ray players and home theatres, the 3D trend was quite evident in the pavilions of the Berlin trade show, which is why it is not surprising that it has migrated into the consumer electronics and computer technology segment as well. 3D notebooks and 3D cameras are just the start of this migration, which will, as this year’s IFA hinted, expand to various technology aspects in the near future.
When it comes to this trend, Philips took it farthest, presenting the first 3D display that can be watched without special glasses and that will be primarily used in TV sets, followed by computer screens and notebooks, netbooks – even tablets and smartphones, as Philips officials announced.
For the nearer future, Philips has showed off iPod and iPhone dockings, as well as one for the iPad, called Fidelio. Above all, the Fidelio is intended for sound reproduction, and it did just that, fantastically. With Fidelio, the iPad seems like a professional stereo system. Interestingly enough, Philips has also presented the first MP3 player in the world that runs the Android OS.
According to the number of exhibitors and visitors, along with the amount of interesting premiers, this year’s jubilee 50th IFA was surely the biggest one yet. The next trade show will be held in the same location, in exactly a year’s time, from September 2nd to September 7th, 2011.
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