Issue No. 03 - May/June (2005 vol. 25)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MCG.2005.65
Watch Movies in 3D
Sharp Systems released its second generation 3D LCD notebook, the Actius AL3D. The notebook contains Intel's Pentium M processor 750 and an Nvidia GeForce Go 6600 graphics processor with 128 Mbytes of video RAM.
The product comes with a program called the TriDef DVD player, which converts any DVD from 2D to 3D in real time. Viewers can reportedly watch any DVD movie in full 3D.
The Sharp Actius AL3D costs $3,499. For more information visit http://www.sharp3d.com.
Wireless Tablet and Mouse
Adesso announced the release of its three wireless tablet models: the CyberTablet 6400, 8600, and 12000. Each tablet works with a wireless pressure-sensitive pen and comes with a wireless scroll-wheel mouse for drawing, handwriting, sketching, coloring, and picture editing.
The 6400 tablet comes with a 6 × 4.5-inch work space, the 8600 has an 8 × 6-inch work space, and the 12000 model has a 12 × 9-inch work space. Each tablet offers freedom of movement and fine-tuned sensitivity.
The Adesso CyberTablets (6400, 8600, and 12000 models) are priced at $69.99, $129.99, and $169.99, respectively. For more information visit http://www.adesso.com.
Notebook-Based Multimedia Center
Nobile 159W is Prestigio's new multimedia center in a widescreen notebook. The notebook reportedly offers high performance and features a sharp, panoramic 15.4-inch liquid crystal display screen. Other features include 256 Mbytes of dedicated video RAM for graphic performance, an InstantOn function that lets the user control the machine from a distance, and a sloped keyboard.
The product plays CDs, DVDs, MP3s, and browses digital photos without having to load the operation system. The notebook also supports an internal miniature peripheral component interconnect (PCI) TV-tuner option. The product comes equipped with three USB 2.0 ports, an RJ-45 Ethernet plug, an RJ-11 modem plug, an external VGA port, an IEEE 1394 port, a V.92 fax modem, and a 4-in-1 card reader port.
For more information visit http://www.prestigio.com.
World's Fastest Mobile GPU
Nvidia released GeForce Go 6800, which the manufacturer is calling the fastest mobile graphics processing unit (GPU). The unit is available in the Inspiron XPS Gen2 notebook, which is reportedly twice as fast as the previous Inspiron XPS.
Built for computer graphic designers and gaming enthusiasts, it's the first product to offer full support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0's Shader Model 3.0. Its second-generation technology reportedly delivers more than four times the shadow processing power over the previous generation.
The product comes with a 256-bit memory interface, a memory bandwith of up to 35.2 Gbytes per second, and a fill rate of 3.6 billion pixels per second. The GPU also delivers high-definition video in all formats with clarity. The subpixel processing lets the user scale video to any size so that even small videos look like HD videos.
For more information visit http://www.nvidia.com.
Fully Digital 2D Animation
Bauhaus Software announced the release of Mirage 1.5, an update to its 2D animation, paint, and special effects system. The software broadens the capabilities of traditional 2D animators by letting them create any classical or digital style of 2D animation—from cel animation and anime to rotoscoping, stop motion, and more—in a fully digital pipeline.
The updated product includes new custom icons and panels that lets users create a library of color effects, key framer moves, and particle effects. The system also supports Twain auto-feed scanners, has Spanish and German language support, and stereo audio file support (including .wav and .mp3 files).
A 30-day fully functional trial license is available for Macintoshes and PCs. For more information visit http://www.bauhaussoftware.com.
Multibrowser Graphical Interface
Browse 3D version 3.0 is the latest version of Browse 3D's Web navigation software. The product provides a visual interface to multiple browsers, making Web navigation more intuitive and productive. Using a patented three-walled room design and multiple browser engines, the system lets users visually see where they're going and where they've been on the Web.
One of the enhancements to software is a "4-live" feature that lets users monitor or compare four Web sites simultaneously within the a single window interface. All pages are referenced by an image or thumbnail of the actual Web page (not a textual tab). The center wall acts as the current Web page, the right wall provides a place to store and use associated Web pages, and the left wall provides a graphical history of the browsing session. Other enhancements to the software include new pop-up blockers, advanced search features, and an auto-crawl option.
For more information visit http://www.browse3d.com.
Easily Add Comments to PDF Files
PDF Annotator is Grahl's Tablet PC program that lets users open any PDF file, add comments using the Tablet PC pen, and save the annotated document in PDF format. Users can highlight text, circle or cross out items, and write comments in the margins that colleagues can read on screen or print. The software also offers the option of inserting blank pages if users want to add extensive comments.
PDF Annotator costs $29.90 and a 30-day trial version is also available. For more information visit http://www.grahl-software.com.
Confirms Proper Mesh Mapping
ThermoAnalytics released version 7.1 of its thermal and infrared signature analysis software—RadTherm, WinTherm, and Muses. With the upgrade, users can map multiple sets of results to the geometry at different simulation times, enabling high temporal and spatial resolution analysis of complex systems.
The software contains other enhancements as well, including the ability to display mesh-mapped results on the geometry, which lets the user confirm proper mesh mapping through the wizard. The product also contains user scripts and subroutines that let customers create their own functions or thermal links to represent spot welds.
Visit http://www.thermoanalytics.com for more information.