Sony just confirmed its commitment to providing all it's consumers with innovative wireless products with the introduction of the new Sony Dash personal Internet viewer. Featuring a vivid 7" color touch screen (measured diagonally) and access to over 1,000 free Internet apps, including news, calendars, weather, sports, social networking and more, Sony Dash utilizes an existing home wireless connection to continuously deliver Internet content to its viewers. By bundling favorite pieces of the Internet together, the Sony Dash provides always fresh, personalized content at a glance. The Sony Dash internet radio will be available this April for about $199.
Casio announce that it has developed a revolutionary new digital imaging product that transforms ordinary digital photographs into works of fine art. Utilizing a “snapshot-to-painting conversion” function to render digital photographs into creative and personalized artistic expressions, Casio’s digital art frame is unlike any conventional digital photo frame on the market. Going beyond simply decorating a home or office with a revolving view of favorite photographs, Casio’s new product can actually create original photographic artwork from digital images, making it more enjoyable than ever to share images with friends and family.
Kodak announces its new Kodak Pulse Digital Frame. This touchscreen-enabled frame is equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity and a personal e-mail address so consumers can easily send pictures wirelessly to the frame from a computer, from Facebook and Kodak Gallery sites, or from any device that has email capability. The Kodak Pulse frame redefines the element of surprise, giving consumers a constant stream of new pictures to enjoy, celebrate and relive. “Now, picture this: Remember your high school prom picture? The one with the big hair? Well, your best friend just uploaded it to her Facebook photo album and now it’s on your own Pulse Frame!,” added Blake.
Digital Foci had a small booth somewhere in the back of the hall of the PMA 2009. A new product, called the Photo Book was showcased. Digital Foci introduces this product as a digital photo album with a built-in 8 inch TFT LCD screen and 4 GB internal memory. You could also turn it around and say that the Digital Foci Photo Book is a digital photo frame with a leather-like wrapping. The built-in battery lasts for 2.5 hours. Pictures can be uploaded to the internal memory via a card slot or the USB drive. CompactFlash, Secure Digital, SDHC, Memory Stick, MultiMedia Card and USB drives are all supported. It’s a nice idea, however, personally I would rather carry a portable photo viewer or use the picture sharing option on my mobile phone.
Digital picture frames continue to try and conquer a larger market share, in order to become a standard accessory in homes world-wide. Various suppliers showcased their latest digital frames, with or without designer edge. All depends on your personal taste, of course, but I have seen some frames I'd certainly never want to have in my house. These digital picture frames often provide innovative functions. HP demonstrated the possibility to directly print the picture of the frame wirelessly with the accompanying remote control through one of HP's picture printers. We also noticed a striking amount of Bluetooth techniques and more multi-functionality of the frames.
Hoodman once again brought some very handy accessories to the PMA show. With their striking yellow/black booth, Hoodman always attracts the attention. Hoodman knows how to convince the photographer of the use of certain accessories like the so-called 'Hoodloupe Professional'. This magnifier has to be placed on the back of the LCD monitor of the digital SLR, so that you can check the sharpness of a picture very precisely in addition to optimum reproduction. The new Hoodloupe Professional comes in a size up to 3 inches. Even more convenient is the possibility to wear the Loupe around your neck so you can quickly check a picture without having to attach the loupe to the display all the time.
Crumpler, the well-known bag manufacturer, presented its line of camera bags in its very own way, as we should be used to by now. I made the effort to try and read some press releases on the Crumpler website, however; after 10 minutes I stopped searching. The navigation and trendy media communication drove me mad. I gave up, thinking that I too have finally fallen victim to the generation gap. Coming back to Crumpler's presentation of its camera bags line at the PMA 2009; some kind of paper castle hid the wide array of colorful bags, some of which were filled with rolls of toilet paper (?!). As I said; I don't seem to get the point, however; Crumpler considers its clientele smart enough to know that a Crumpler bag is actually meant to store a camera…
Neither water nor sand or hand covered in suntan lotion at the beach will now endanger the life of your personal cell phone. Should your boat capsise, your cell phone will swim on the surface, ready for that life saving call. Ewa-Marine Handy & Safe cell phone pouches are absolutely waterproof and come with a handy belt clip (only the smaller units for light weight phones) and a lanyard for easier carrying. Hearing and speaking is unhindered by the pouch (we measured a quality loss of 5% when using the phone inside the pouch). The Handy & Safe pouches are made in our factory in Germany and adhere to the same quality standards we expect from our camera and camcorder housings.