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Eye-Fi Announces Wireless Eye-Fi Card For Nikon D60

WD Introduces 320GB My Passport Essential USB Hard Drive

Sony Develops 24.81-Megapixel Full-Size CMOS Image Sensor

Livescribe Unveils Pulse Smartpen and Developer Program

Maxrox Introduces New Free GXM Control Panel For Macs

Eye-Fi Announces Wireless Eye-Fi Card For Nikon D60

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Eye-Fi, makers of the world's first wireless memory card for digital cameras, today announced that it collaborated with Nikon Corporation, a world leader in digital imaging and precision optics, to deliver enhanced integration of the Eye-Fi Card with Nikon's new D60 digital SLR camera. Eye-Fi will also add Nikon's "my Picturetown" online photography community to its Eye-Fi Service as a photo sharing option for users.

Nikon's D60 digital SLR will make it easier for photographers to wirelessly upload images using an Eye-Fi Card to their computer or favorite online photo sharing site. It's the first camera to be part of the "Eye-Fi Connected" program, an Eye-Fi initiative offering camera, media card and digital home device makers an easy means to incorporate the power of wireless connectivity and Web services into their products.

While the Eye-Fi Card works seamlessly with most digital cameras, the Eye- Fi-enhanced Nikon D60 will offer users an improved out-of-the-box experience. The new digital SLR will detect when an Eye-Fi Card is inserted and automatically adjust its power timer settings to ensure that photos upload effortlessly for sharing and storing.

Beginning this Spring, Eye-Fi will also offer users access to "my Picturetown," Nikon's online digital photo storage and sharing service. With the addition of my Picturetown, users will be able to upload photos to one of 20 online photo sharing, printing, social networking and blogging sites. The Eye-Fi Card, which was recently named "Best in Show" at Macworld and won Yahoo! Tech's "Last Gadget Standing" competition at the International Consumer Electronics Show, will be demonstrated at the PMA tradeshow in Las Vegas, Jan.31-Feb. 2 at booth U237.

Source: PRNewswire

WD Introduces 320GB My Passport Essential USB Hard Drive

WD today introduced its new My Passport Essential Portable USB Drives. Redesigned to complement WD's popular My Book family of external drives, the drives introduce a sleek new form that feels good in your hand and fits neatly in a pocket or purse. The new My Passport Essential USB Drives feature a beautiful glossy black finish and put almost a third of a terabyte of digital storage in the palm of your hand.

Weighing in at less than 5 ounces, My Passport Essential Drives are light and compact to carry and because they are bus powered, they do not need an external power adapter1. Equipped with sync and encryption software (Windows-compatible only), this lightweight drive with mega-capacity, makes it easy to securely carry thousands of songs, or videos or photos.

WD Sync software allows consumers to take desktop content with them by simplifying the synchronization of essential personal files and Microsoft Outlook data on a PC. Should owners misplace the drive, they know their data is protected with 128-bit encryption. Google software on the drive allows users to quickly locate files with the Google Desktop Search search tool, manage photos with Picasa photo organizer software and simplify Web searches with the Google Toolbar search bar.

A product specification sheet and photos of WD Passport Portable Drives are available on the company's Web site at http://www.westerndigital.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=391.

WD's My Passport Essential USB Drives are available now at select retail stores and from WD's online store (www.shopwd.com). MSRP for the WD Passport Essential USB Drive 320 GB is $199.99 USD.

Source: WD

Sony Develops 24.81-Megapixel Full-Size CMOS Image Sensor

Sony Corporation today announced the development of a full-size 35mm 24.81-megapixel (effective) CMOS image sensor designed for digital SLR cameras.

The newly developed CMOS image sensor combines unique circuit design technology with Sony's advanced fabrication expertise, such as advanced planarization for minimizing fluctuation, to realize 35mm, full size, 24.81 effective megapixel resolution. Sony's "Column-Parallel A/D Conversion Technique" also provides each column within the sensor with its own A/D converter, minimizing image degradation caused by the noise that arises during analog processing while at the same time delivering an extremely high signal conversion speed.

Sony will target for mass production of this CMOS image sensor within this year.


  • "Column-Parallel A/D Conversion method":
    • CDS/PGA(24dB)Circuit (PGA: Programmable Gain Amplifier)
    • 12bit-AD Converter on chip
    • Diversified readout mode: all-pixel scan mode, 6.3 frame/s (12bit)
    • Window readout
  • High-speed digital output (12 channel parallel LVDS output)

Device structure:

  • Total number of pixels: 6236(H) x 4124(V) approx. 25.72M pixels
  • Number of effective pixels: 6104(H) x 4064(V) approx.24.81M pixels
  • Number of active pixels: 6096(H) x 4056(V) approx.24.73M pixels
  • Chip size: 41.0mm (H) x 31.9 mm (V)
  • Unit cell size 5.94Ám (H) x 5.94Ám (V)

Source: Sony Corporation

Livescribe Unveils Pulse Smartpen and Developer Program

Livescribe founder and CEO Jim Marggraff unveiled a new category of consumer electronics on Tuesday with the introduction of Pulse, the world's first smartpen.

The Pulse smartpen from Livescribe is a computer within a pen that captures handwriting and simultaneously records audio and synchronizes it to the writing. Users can simply tap on their notes to replay what was recorded from the exact moment they were writing, so they never miss a word they hear, write, or speak. Further, the smartpen is a general purpose computer with rich I/O capabilities and a Java development environment that enables a wide range of applications.

The Pulse smartpen is available for preorder at www.livescribe.com and will arrive on doorsteps in March. Key features with every Pulse smartpen purchase include:

  • Pulse Smartpen - With a sleek, ergonomic design and charcoal blue anodized aluminum housing, the smartpen weighs in at just 1.3 ounces. Pulse is available in two models. Priced at $149, the 1GB model provides storage for recorded audio (over 100 hours), digital notes (over 16,000 pages), or add-on applications. At $199, the 2GB model doubles the storage capacity and provides more flexibility for downloading future applications.
  • Paper Replay - Pulse's core application enables users to record and sync audio with whatever they write, so they never miss a word. With Paper Replay, users can tap on their notes written on paper to hear exactly what was said. They can also fast forward, rewind, jump ahead, pause, and even speed up or slow down their audio recordings using controls printed on the bottom of each page.
  • Smartpen Technology - The Pulse smartpen is a sophisticated mobile computer that includes: a high speed infrared camera with a Dot Positioning System (DPS); rechargeable lithium battery; high contrast display for easy indoor/outdoor viewing; dual microphones for clear recording and noise cancellation; an embedded speaker and an audio jack for Livescribe's 3D Recording Headset.
  • Dot Paper Notebook - The nearly-invisible micro dots printed on notebook pages tell the Pulse smartpen exactly where a user is writing or tapping. The Dot Positioning System enables not only printed controls for recording and playback on each page, but also paper-based applications including a full-function calculator on the inside front cover of every notebook. Additional notebooks will be available for purchase at prices comparable to ordinary paper notebooks. Users can also print dot paper for free on qualified laser jet printers beginning in April.
  • 3D Recording Headset - Livescribe has created a revolutionary 3D Recording Headset. Each earbud has an embedded microphone that creates a new standard in recording quality in large rooms or noisy environments.
  • USB Mobile Charging Cradle - This light weight magnetic cradle connects the Pulse smartpen to the PC to recharge, transfer digital ink and audio, and install new applications.
  • Livescribe Desktop Software - The digital hub for notes and audio, Livescribe Desktop allows users to store, replay, and search for words within their handwritten notes on their PC.
  • Additional Applications - Users can customize their Pulse with additional applications - ranging from language learning to productivity tools to games - via download from www.livescribe.com.
  • Complete specs

Source: Livescribe

Maxrox Introduces New Free GXM Control Panel For Macs

Matrox Graphics today announced the availability of a new software utility for Graphics eXpansion Modules (GXMs) operating under Mac OS X. The GXM Control Panel enables additional resolutions for the DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go Digital Edition products, offering greater multi-display support for compatible Mac notebooks and workstations.

The GXM Control Panel is a free download available for DualHead2Go Digital Edition and TripleHead2Go Digital Edition, and is compatible with systems running Mac OS X v10.4 or later. Digital Edition GXMs connect either standard or widescreen resolution displays and support a maximum resolution of up to 1920x1200 per display in dual-display mode and 1280x1024 per display in triple-display mode.

GXMs are small black boxes that connect externally to a system's monitor output to achieve an ultra-wide desktop across two or three displays. With a multi-display set-up, desktop management improves significantly as multiple programs can be run full-screen, or side-by-side to view more information.

The GXM Control Panel is available for download on the Matrox website at http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/corpo/support/drivers/home.php. For complete Mac details, visit the online compatibility page.

Source: Matrox Graphics

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