Lenovo Reveals 4-Inch, 480p Pocket Projector

Following its strong showing at CES 2015 back in January, Lenovo has revealed its new Pocket Projector at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The device is 4 inches squared, with a height of about an inch, and the 50 lumen projector can project 480p video up to a width of 110 inches, with a rotation angle of 90o. Content can be streamed wirelessly to the device, and it also supports microSD cards with a capacity of up to 32GB. It is powered by microUSB, has a 2.5 hour battery life, and built-in stereo speakers, though it also features a 3.5mm audio output.

The Pocket Projector supports DLNA and Miracast, so works with Android, Windows, and iOS devices. It goes on sale later this month, priced $249.

Source: Android Authority

HTC to Release Virtual Reality Headset in March

Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC is to launch its first virtual reality headset this March, according to Chinese newspaper Commercial Times.

VR headsets are certainly en vogue. Prompted by the impressive Oculus Rift, we’ve since seen the Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard, and Microsoft HoloLens. Like those, HTC’s offering will be a head-mounted display.

HTC announced a move into smart home and IoT (Internet of Things) technology at CES2015 back in January, and the VR headset will be the first product from the company’s new Connected Entertainment project, guided by co-founder and CEO Peter Chou.

Source: Want China Times

Android Console Obox Slated for 2016 Launch in the UK

Obox, the Chinese Android-powered gaming console, is coming to the UK in 2016, its creator Snail has announced. Snail is better known as the developer of free-to-play MMO Age of Wushu, but has risen to become the fifth-largest mobile network provider in China.

Despite its reveal at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, Obox is one of the best-kept secrets in gaming at present. Unlike fellow Android gaming platforms Ouya and Gamestick, the size of the Obox console is comparable to the Xbox One.

The Obox also boasts some impressive hardware, packing in an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, 4GB RAM, three HDMI ports, WiFi and LAN connectivity, and a whopping 4TB on-board storage. Obox can output 5.1 surround sound, plus 4K and 3D picture. Its Xbox-esque controller doubles up as an air-mouse, while Snail’s W3D phone/console hybrid can be used as an additional gamepad.

Though the price of the console is yet to be announced, the Obox is expected on UK shores early next year.

Source: Wired

Latest Roccat Peripherals @ CES 2015

Roccat always impress us with their new products and here at CES 2015, they certainly didn’t disapoint. Their new mechanical keyboards still feature the same features and style that we’ve come to know and love from thier product range, but keeping with the market trend, they now also feature gorgeous and fully customisable RGB lighting.

The Nyth gaming mouse is crazy, not only does it have 12 buttons down the left side, but you can remove each one and block them off, replace them with larger buttons or even 3D print your own! If you need a very specific button combination, this is the mouse for you.

Turtle Beach Booth @ CES 2015

Turtle Beach are one of the biggest names in the peripheral business and their booth at CES 2015 really goes a long way to highlighting that. They’ve turned up with dozens of new and exsisting products for the headset ranges for PC, mobile, Xbox, PlayStation and just about any other gaming platform you can think of. They’ve pushed the limits of features, performance, style, price and more to the limits and they’re all pretty much what you would expect from a premium gaming brand. However, one thing really stood out from the crowd in a big way, their directional sound technology.

The flat speakers you can see in the pictures above and below are crazy. Stand outside of where they’re point and you literally cannot hear a thing, sit in front of them and you’re treated to sound. There’s technology at work, but I’m fairly certain it’s witch craft.

This is something else I’m really excited about, Turtle Beach are pushing into the peripherals market! Keyboards and mice will soon accompany their range of headsets.

We’ve got a big box of Turtle Beach products already on the way to eTeknix HQ, so we’ll update you with in-depth reviews of their latest products in the coming weeks!

Crucial Memory Products @ CES 2015

There’s little innovation in the SSD market these days, no doubt someting that will change in the near future when we see new chips his the market. However, Crucial has been pushing hard to innvate as much as possible and offer better value for their customers. Their new MX200 and their BX100 offer up all the latest features you would expect, with a price point that Crucial promise will excite.

We’re really looking forward to testing out these two drives, the MX200 is sounding especially good and offers high-end performance. However, it’s the BX100 that I’m interested in, as it’s designed to be the perfect entry-level drive for SSD newcomers; we’re eager to see what Crucial can do with this drive.

In Win Unveil Stunning New Chassis Designs @ CES 2015

In Win have transformed their brand in the last few years. They’ve gone from making fairly standard day-to-day chassis, to the most incredible chassis’ on the market today. Their latest models are proof of their design genius and while I’m sure they’re not to everyone’s taste, they’re certainly unique. Their new 503 takes the current K1 design and gives it a sleek front panel overhaul. The S-BOX takes many of the design points of their incredible, and expensive S-Frame and turns it into something more suitable for consumers who aren’t as rich as Scrooge Mc Duck.

The two chassis that really caught my personal attention had to be the 904 PLUS, which is bigger and better than ever, expanding on the design already laid out by their popular 901 and 904 chassis last year. Then of course we have the B.O.S.S. Cube, which is reminiscent of the dual chassis designs from Lian-Li, but still everything bit as awesome as you would expect.

We really can’t wait to put these new products through their paces later in the year, so stay tuned for featured reviews as soon as samples are available.

Cooler Master and CoolChip @ CES 2015

CES 2015 is a strange one for Cooler Master this year. The company normally launches or at least shows off, a huge range of new products for the year at the show, but this year they’ve got no new products at all! This isn’t that surprising however, as the company is making a bigger push to focus on the Computex event mid-year. They’ve used CES 2015 to educate their new branding structure, which aims to simplify product catagories into low, mid and high-end components, so that consumers better understand what they need. This reshuffle of products is to lay the groundwork for their soon to be revealed products and we really can’t wait to show you what these will be.

What did catch our attention is their collaboration with CoolChip, who have designed an innovative new cooling design that you’ll soon be seeing in the Cooler Master range. Why spin a fan on the cooler, when you can spin the entire cooler. This doesn’t look like much, but the cooling performance it displayed was impressive, almost as impressive as the fact it was incredibly quiet compared to its fan equivilent.

Captherm Systems Incredible New Cooler @ CES 2015

We absolutely loved this cooler at CES 2014 and we’re extremely happy to see it make a return. It’s design is completely insane, featuring a block that is made from explosion welded materials and now finished with a high-powered laser welding system. It’s a water cooling unit, that can run without a pump and even run passive, but its performance is still incredible.

The tricky and somewhat awesome manufacturing process allows them to keep the coolant in a low pressure environment, creating a low boiling point and allowing heat to transfer much quicker. You can actually see the liquid boiling behind the glass cover of the CPU block.

All their new models will be hitting the market this year and while prices are going to be around $249.99 and upwards, there really is no way you can put a price on hardware that’s just so cool! We’ll have one in for review soon enough and we look forward to showing you exactly what it can do.

Latest Patriot Memory and Mobile Products @ CES 2015

We’re big fans of Patriot products here at eTeknix, so we couldn’t wait to stop by their suite at CES 2015 and see what new products they had to show the world. First up we’ve got their latest Ignite SSD, which features the Phison S10 processor and comes in sizes up to 960GB. This is followed by their Blaze, which features NAND Flash for improved price vs performance and finally their Pyro, which features the more common Sandforce controller and comes in sizes of up to 240GB. Keeping with the trend, Patriot also offer a wide range of storage products such as their 240GB mSATA PYRO M3, high performance Viper memory in low-profile, standard and xtreme formats and their new Signature Line DDR4.

One of the biggest markets for Patriot is easily their mobile devision. Their Fuel products offer some of the best mobile charging equipment on the market, from magnetic charging docks, innovative car mounts, wireless charging, battery extender cases and a whole lot more. They may not seem like the most exciting products in the world, but they’re incredibly functional and well worth checking out if you’re on the market for mobile accessories.

New Deep Cool Chassis @ CES 2015

Another new mini-ITX chassis, this time with bold and somewhat understated looks, room for a long graphics card, a full ATX PSU and as you can see, a large CPU cooler. DeepCool have installed their Lucifer, which can be run in passive mode.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen a vertical mini-ITX chassis like this, but this is certainly a cool one. It looks like a tiny version of the In Win 901/904 and that really is no bad thing.

I love that it has a mixture of sleek looks on the sides, but also a somewhat industrial/practical design; either way, it looks like it has great cooling potential.

White Deep Cool Captain CPU Water Cooler Revealed @ CES 2015

We’re back at the Deep Cool suite at CES 2015 and on display is a gorgeous white edition of their lovely Captain CPU cooler, great for the new range of black and white themed motherboards that are hitting the market. The Captain is one of the coolest looking AIO’s on the market right now and we expect this new monotone version to be a big hit.

It looks like 2015 is marking a switch from the common black and red gaming hardware, in favour of black and white, but which colour scheme do you think looks best?

World’s First Smart Bed Auto-Adjusts as You Move During the Night

Responsive Surface Technology has unveiled the world’s first smart bed at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Fair in Las Vegas. The ReST bed boasts a proprietary smart fabric with in-built sensors that track the user’s sleep habits, including their body posture, during the night.

18 air sensors inflate and deflate around the user while they move around the bed to provide superior support to the body during sleep. The air sensors can even be programmed to provide different levels of support depending on the user’s preferences, from firm to soft.

A double ReST bed will cost $5,000, while a queen-sized model is priced at £7,000. Both go on sale in March. ReST are also working on a king-sized version, with independent sensing areas for two people.

Source: Engadget

Bang & Olufsen Releases its First Over-Ear Headphones This Month

Bang & Olufsen has announced the latest model in its B&O PLAY product line, the BeoPlay H8 wireless headphones, at CES 2015 on Tuesday. The BeoPlay H8 will be first wireless over-ear headphones released by Bang & Olufsen, and are due on sale later this month.

In addition to the usual high audio quality of Bang & Olufsen gear, the Bluetooth H8 features a touch interface to adjust playback, change tracks, answer calls from a smartphone, and gesture-controlled Active Noise Cancellation. The headset weighs in at 255g and has a 14-hour battery life.

Available in cream or brown, the BeoPlay H8 will cost £399 ($499) when units ship later in January.

Source: The Verge

GP3D Introduces The Simple and Affordable Sprout 3D Printer

GreenProject, or GP3D, will unveil their new Sprout affordable 3D printer at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. GP3D is ready for production but will launch it with a Kickstarter crowd-funding program to get it going. Sprout said that the production will begin immediately after the funding goal is met.

“Our focus is to make an affordable and high quality 3D printer for everyone” said Joseph Wu, president of Green Project

Sprout is small enough to be a desktop printer but can still print objects with a size up to 5.9 x 5.9 x 5.5 inches. The metal body itself measures 11.7 x 8.7 x 15.9 inches and it uses PLA plastic filament, a biodegradable thermoplastic from renewable resources. You can create a lot of fancy details with its print resolution of 0.18mm and you can start printing directly from an SD card or a Windows connected PC.

Sprout looks very solid and with the promise of being ready to ship in a few months, the whole thing gets a little better. The MSRP is set to $549.

thanks to PRweb for providing us with this information

Image and video courtesy of GP3D

Zotac Will Show off New Mini PCs during CES

During CES 2015, Zotac will be presenting their expanded ZBOX pico lineup, new E-series gaming, new passive C-series and quad display ready ZBOX mini-PCs. Looks like Zotac has a new miniPC lined up for every occasion.

“We launched major new ZBOX mini-PCs in 2014 with the passive C-series nano, gaming capable E-series and the pocketable pico series. This year we’re refining the successful formula to add more features and performance while maintaining the award-winning form factors,” says Tony Wong, CEO, ZOTAC International.

The ZBOX CI321 nano is the latest passive cooled nano-PC that comes with a dual-core Intel processor, dual Gigabit LAN, AC WiFi, and dual-channel memory support. The next-generation ZBOX E-series gaming mini-PC will add G-SYNC support, multiple display support for surround view, and 4K @ 60Hz all in one small box. The second generation of Zotac’s pico series of pocket PCs will be showcased as well, including dual display support, Gigabit LAN and USB 3.0.

There will also be a prototype ZOTAC ZBOX mini-PC on display, capable of driving four displays at once and a preview on a ZBOX mini-PC capable of accommodating up to two 2.5-inch SATA and a pair of custom modified ZBOX Sphere OI520s.

Thanks to Zotac for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Zotac

LG’s Executive Might Not Be Allowed to Fly to CES

You might remember the incident around the time of IFA 2014 where several LG employees were accused of purposely damaging competitions washing machines in Berlin’s retail stores, one of them Jo Seong-jun, the head of LG’s Home Appliance and Air Solution Company. What sounded like something out of the schoolyard at first and also seemed settled after the people involved agreed to pay for the damage, might now come back to bite LG in the rear.

Samsung, whose machines were damaged, didn’t think that this was funny and reported it to the South Korean authorities who now apparently banned the executing from traveling to CES in a couple of days. LG is still denying all claims that it was done on purpose and is trying to get the flight ban lifted for the Consumer Electronics Show. On the other hand, Samsung maintains that the flight block indicates the severity of the incident.

Thanks to CNET for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Engadget

BenQ Will Show WiFi Home Theater Projectors at CES

BenQ announced a long-range of monitors they’ll be having with them at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, and we’ve presented you with them over the past couple weeks. But monitors aren’t the only thing BenQ creates, and as such they’ll also be bringing along their new HT1075 and HT1085ST Home Theater Projectors for Big Screen Enjoyment.

The short throw projectors can project an image up to 100 inch from just 5 feet away, and they do that with a native Full HD resolution, Mobile High-definition Link (MHL) and over 1 billion colours as well as 3D readiness. Optionally, they can be upgraded with wireless capabilities with a range of up to 100 feet. The projectors come with built-in speakers for even more convenience and the setup is said to be a one-time thing and very easy.

The brightness of 2200 ANSI lumen and 10,000:1 contrast should give you some great movie, sports, tv and gaming visuals directly on your wall. The projectors won’t blow your wallet either, at least they’re said not to. The listing I could find so far point more towards a list reservation than actual prices. Amazon UK has the HT1085ST listed for around £1,050.00 while the HT1075 is listed for around £1,725.00. As you clearly see, these prices must be far off and due to early listings.

Thanks to BenQ for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of BenQ

LG to Introduce WebOS 2.0 Powered TV Lineup at CES

WebOS has undergone a lot of changes from back in the days when it was Palm’s operating system. First HP bought it and then later sold it to LG that started using it in their TVs rather than mobile devices. That is common knowledge, but what most don’t know is that there has been a lot of tension behind the lines. WebOS had some of the most skilled people on board, but a lot of them have left due to internal conflicts and pressure from above to implement features that collided with other features. The reason for this was that the people in charge would get bonuses depending on how many of their features would be implemented in the final products. Everyone pushing their own thing, and many of them, with disregard for what the other groups were doing.

That was the history lesson, now to the current situation. LG will be presenting their lineup of TVs based on the brand new WebOS 2.0, and so far the OS has gotten praise from those who have seen it. This is good news for the consumers and it could point towards the internal problems being solved, at least for now.

The new card-based interface will be presented at CES in January and according to LG, the webOS 2.0 update will reduce boot time by 60 per cent and the whole system will be smoother and faster than its predecessor. An example given is the switch between the Smart Home screen and the YouTube app has been improved 70% in loading times.

My Channels is another new feature that allows users to customize their favorite live TV channels or set-top box channels on the Launcher Bar, for that extra convenience. Quick Settings lets viewers adjust their TV without interrupting the program they’re watching and Input Picker allows connected devices to be recognized instantly for immediate use. There will also be access to a long list of UHD content via services such as Amazon and Netflix. Netflix 4k content will be available at the same level, for screens that support the resolution.

“With the newest features introduced in webOS 2.0, the overall user experience has become even simpler, easier and more intuitive,” said In-kyu Lee, senior vice president and head of the TV and monitor division at the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. “The webOS platform is a great example of our commitment to taking a leadership role in the next generation TV market with a truly innovative Smart TV solution.”

Thanks to LG for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of LG

LG Create Quantum Dot Technology for Even Better Colours

IPS panels already have a great colour accuracy, but not good enough for the people over at LG. They have created the Quantum Dot technology to increase the colour accuracy as much as 30 percent.

The technology displays an extremely wide color gamut, making it ideal for 4K content. The technology works by harnessing nano crystals that range in size from 2 to 10 nanometers where each dot emits a different color depending on its size. By adding a film of those quantum dots in front of the LCD backlight, picture color reproduction rate and overall brightness are significantly improved.

“Quantum dot’s vibrant and vivid color reproduction capabilities brings LG’s LCD TVs to the next level when it comes to picture quality,” said In-kyu Lee, senior vice president and head of the TV and monitor division at the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. “The addition of ULTRA HD TV with quantum dot technology to our TV lineup positioned under our award-winning OLED TVs further establishes LG as a leading provider of the most diverse and innovative TV display technologies in the industry.”

The new technology will, as so much these days, be displayed at CES in Vegas this coming January and the release also stated that the TVs made with this technology are both free of cadmium and other toxic heavy metals.

Thanks to LG for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of LG

LG Introduces Music Flow Wireless Speaker Series

LG will be introducing their new Music Flow series of wireless speakers at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, consisting of the companies first battery-powered wireless speaker, normal speakers, and soundbars. The LG NP8350 is the company’s first wireless speaker with a built-in battery for easy portability from one room to another in the home, or on the go. The battery is pretty much what sets this one apart from the other ones, so anything else goes for them all.

The Music Flow series makes it real easy to create your personalized wireless home cinema. Each soundbar allows you to connect two speakers wireless (left and right) and each speaker allows the connection of another speaker with the dual band 2.4 and 5GHz WiFi connections. Just place your speakers where you desire, connect them, and immerse yourself in optimal surround sound. LG’s BP550 Streaming 3D Blu-ray Player or LAB550W SoundPlate can also both be connected to the Music Flow speakers to stream sound from any CD or a connected USB drive.

The Music Flow speakers further increase the convenience factor with the Android or iOS compatible mobile apps. When your phone comes within on foot of the speakers, they can take over the playback running on it. This means that when you get in the door while singing along to your favorite tune playing on your earpieces, you just place it near a speaker and they will take over. They also come with LG’s HomeChat feature that allows you to SMS text commands to your speakers or integrate it into your alarm system.

The lineup that will be presented includes the company’s first battery-powered Portable Wi-Fi Speaker; model H4 (NP8350) additional Portable Wi-Fi Speakers; models H7 (NP8740), H5 (NP8540) and H3 (NP8340); and upgraded Sound Bars; (models LAS950M, LAS851M and LAS751M).

Thanks to LG for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of LG

BenQ Announced RL2755HM 27-inch Monitor for Console Gaming

The next preview we’re getting from BenQ and their CES 2015 lineup is the 27-inch RL2755HM monitor. It is built with feedback from the professional gaming community and specifically engineered for FPS games such as Halo and Call of Duty, but also popular fighting games like Mortal Kombat.

It has an ultra-low input lag that renders action without ghosting or latency from mouse motions. It has a 1ms grey to grey response time but no word on resolution yet. The 24-inch predecessor only had 108op and it is likely that this one is the same as it is geared towards console gamers. The contrast is said to be 12 million to 1.

The RL2755HM has LED backlighting for that extra ambient feeling, built-in 2-watt stereo speakers, and dual HDMI ports “to provide full HD connectivity with gaming consoles.” But it also enables live streaming of gaming content without any risk of lag or delay via the monitors HDMI-out port. A cool feature for sure. Since console gamers don’t get any more than 60 fps anyway, the RL2755HM features a 60Hz refresh rate “tuned to match any console video output for seamless connectivity.”

I really don’t know if this monitor will be a hit with console gamers or not, if they’re passionate enough about their gaming to invest in a gaming monitor for the console they’ve already hooked up to their TV. But if they should be, then the BenQ RL2755HM seems like a great option.

Thanks to BenQ for providing us with his information

Image courtesy of BenQ

Toshiba to Unveil Wide Range of Next-Generation Innovations at CES

Toshiba will celebrate their 50th anniversary in the US market next year, and they’re starting that out with showcasing their newest products and vision for the future at the Consumers Electronics Show (CES), January 6th to 9th 2015.

There will be a wide variety of storage solution on display, but the focus seems to be on wireless transmissions this year. This includes products with TransfertJet technology, a close proximity wireless transfer technology, NFC, and Bluetooth smart applications with NFC tag functions. But also FlashAir, a wireless LAN SD memory card that removes the need for card readers and instead uses your wireless connection. The latest line of SSDs, portable hard discs and SD cards will be on display too, of course.

Healthcare gadgets are one of the new big things, and Toshiba will be part of that wave as well. They’ll be presenting their new Wearable Wristband Fitness Tracker, a biosensor device that allows users to take a total approach to managing daily exercise, sleep and diet. Silmee is also mentioned as helpful in disease prevention and care work by enabling analysis of autonomic nerve activity, but I don’t know if that is a wristband device or comes in another shape or form.

As new inventions, there will be a showcase for Toshiba Glass, a B2B solution that enables quick retrieval of manuals and other information while doing maintenance and logistics work away from a computer. A lifelike robot named ChihiraAico will be there as well as body scanning technologies for cloth fitting and much more. An image processor for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) with improved performance during night time with focus on pedestrians recognition will also be presented.

Thanks to Toshiba for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of CNET and Toshiba

BenQ Announces New 27-Inch XL2730T Monitor for FPS Gamers

Continuing presenting the CES 2015 lineup, BenQ has shown off their newest 27-inch monitor aimed directly at First-Person Shooter players. The BenQ XL2730T monitor. The new 27-inch monitor continues what was started with the 24-inch version XL2430T.

The FPS Gaming monitor features Motion Blur Reduction 2.0 technology and Black eQualizer 2.0 to give the smoothest and clearest images for these fast paced shooter games. The monitor is able to automatically adjust the amount of brightness within a range selected by the user that in returns allows players to easier identify targets. The XL2730T also includes the Auto Game Mode that automatically detects and adjusts to the genre being played and a new Game to Go Mode that allows you to save your profiles onto a USB flash drive for the go.

That was what was presented on official information so far, but we do get some more information from both the predecessor and the images supplied. The XL2730 has built-in USB 3.0 and audio hub and a retractable headphone rest on the side. There is a long list of connections available spanning the entire width of the monitor, but we can’t spot which ones they are.

It also comes with the carrying handle at the top and the round S Switch Arc for easy configuration changes on the fly. We can also assume that it will be a 144Hz monitor with 1ms grey to grey response time. The 24-inch model had a 1080p resolution, but it’s currently unknown if the 27-inch model will increase that to 1444p or stay the same; CES 2015 will tell us more.

Thanks to BenQ for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of BenQ