Saturday, June 19, 2010

Toshiba's 3D laptop - the Satellite A665

First came the 3D television sets, next up were the 3D touchscreen LCDs, and now comes Toshiba's 3D laptop - the Satellite A665. Toshiba recently announced that they will release their latest product offering in the European market, the Satellite A665, which has 3D capability. The Satellite A665 gives gamers a real 3D experience with its NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ and comes with a pair of 3D Vision™ active-shutter glasses. Powered by an Intel® Core™ i7 (Quad Core) and a RAM of up to 8 GB, this will be the first laptop to have the capability of playing Blue-ray 3D Discs. According to Thomas Teckentrup, Toshiba's General Manager Product, Strategy and Development Division, Computer Systems Group EMEA,
“Our new 3D enabled Satellite A665 allows gamers to become completely immersed into the exciting 3D environments of their games, most of which are already 3D-compatible.“
He further adds,
Furthermore the Satellite A665 will be the industry’s first Blu-ray 3D ready laptop, allowing customers to playback Blu-ray 3D movies."
Other specs of this latest offering from the pioneer in the laptop industry are:
  • 2.5“ HDD up to 750 GB (as of Aug. 2010) with HDD 3D impact sensor
  • 39.6cm (15.6'') TruBrite® HD display (120 Hz) with LED backlighting
  • Dedicated graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 350M
  • Blu-ray Disc™ rewritable drive*, ready for playback of Blu-ray 3D Disc or DVD Super Multi drive (Double Layer)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR*, WLAN (802.11 b/g/n)*, Gigabit Ethernet LAN
  • 3 x USB 2.0, 1x eSATA / USB combo port with Sleep-and-Charge and  Multi-Card Reader, HDMI®
  • 1.3 MPixel Webcam with Face Recognition
  • Harman® Kardon stereo speakers, Line-In with Sleep-and-Music function, Dolby® Advanced Audio
Aside from these, the laptop will also allow you to watch your favorite free TV local shows with its analog and DVB-hybrid TV tuner, although this wouldn't make much of a difference since you would rather play with the 3D capability of the device rather than watch TV, unless of course you're watching it in 3D.

With Toshiba's 3D laptop - the Satellite A665, I would not be surprised that in the near future, holographic imaging will soon invade our mobile phones, allowing us to talk with someone as if they were right in front of us. The video below is a look at the Toshiba A660 series, which is similar to the A665, made by the youtube user: toshibalaptops.

Source: Toshiba and

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Electric Chase Vehicle - The Scarab

Science fiction gadgets twenty years ago seem to be catching up with reality and Carl Archambeault one of the newest gadgets is an electric chase vehicle - the Scarab - will soon roam the streets to chase the bad guys. The Scarab, which was designed by , is an electric vehicle built for going after motorists who go over the legal speed limit. Well, that would probably be its initial job since it is own personal racetrack.

This zero-emission vehicle will simply wait alongside a police cruiser as the officer monitors the speed of motorists with a radar gun. Once a speeding vehicle is tagged, a signal is sent to the Scarab, which would immediately start the chase. The Scarab will stay with the vehicle until it pulls over and the officer arrives. Although this electric chase vehicle may not have any weapons, with the fast pace of the developments in technology, I wouldn't be surprised if one day an EMP device will be fitted into the vehicle to stop anyone who tries to get one over the authorities. The Scarab is definitely something to look out for sometime in the near future.