Issue No. 04 - October-December (2005 vol. 12)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MMUL.2005.80
Screen for High Ambient Light
The SuperNova Screen is an optical front-projection screen from dnp denmark for brightly lit meeting rooms or for use in outside lighting. The product is specifically designed to project images clearly and vividly in environments with high ambient light. It offers a 10 times higher contrast and two times brighter image than standard front screens.
The product combines the image quality of optical rear projection with a front screen's minimal space requirements and ease of installation. It's available in sizes up to 120 inches in a 16:9 widescreen format. It features a pitch of 65 microns, which provides a vertical resolution of 20,000 lines and infinite horizontal resolution.
The screen is compatible with standard projectors and can be installed like a conventional front screen with the projector mounted on the ceiling or placed on the table.
Pricing for the dnp denmark SuperNova Screen starts at $879 and varies depending on screen size. For more information visit http://www.dnp.dk.com.
Microsoft's Automotive Business Unit released Windows Automotive 5.0, a software platform for developing customized in-vehicle solutions such as navigation, infotainment, and communication systems.
New or enhanced features include the Automotive User Interface Toolkit, scalability from single feature to multifunctional systems, expanded (96 Mbytes) virtual memory, automotive system tools that support advanced testing and development, and expanded support for industry standards such as Bluetooth, 802.11, UPnP, USB, XML, and SOAP.
For more information visit http://www.microsoft.com/windows/embedded/windowsautomotive/default.mspx.
Maps for Web Applications
The pointMapper kit is available as shareware from http://www.mapbureau.com.
Faster Wireless Connections
SMC Networks released its EZ Connect 108G wireless 802.11b/g networking products. According to the company, this product line performs at a top speed of 108 megabits per second (twice the speed of standard 802.11g) and 15 times that of 802.11b when used together or with any Super G-based 802.11g networking hardware. In addition, the products are fully 802.11g-compliant, so they're backward compatible with all 802.11g and b hardware.
The EZ Connect 108 G products include a wireless router ($79.99), wireless cardbus adapter ($49.99), wireless USB adapter ($59.99), wireless PCI adapter ($49.99), and wireless ethernet bridge ($79.99). Two bundled kits are available as well: the SMCWCBTKIT-G combines the router with the cardbus adapter ($99.99) and the SMCWUSBKIT-G combines the router and USB adapter ($119.99).
For more information visit http://www.smc.com.
Streams Uncompressed HDTV Video
NTT's i-Visto eXmedia server reportedly handles up to ten 1.5 gigabits per second of uncompressed HDTV video streams in real time using an IP network. This PC cluster-based product is geared toward broadcasting professionals; the company expects to release it in the fourth quarter of 2005.
Key features of the eXmedia server include a cost-effective interconnection network using InfiniBand technology, a scalable cluster size, and a distributed RAID setup that equalizes the disk access load of each RAID system regardless of the video access patterns.
For more information visit http://www.i-visto.com.
DVD Player Supports H.264 Playback
InterVideo's WinDVD 7 is a software-based DVD player that comes in two versions. WinDVD 7 Gold targets consumer and business users who want high-quality movie playback. WinDVD 7 Platinum features H.264 playback support, digital TV recorded content playback, and channel navigation for HDTV transport stream recordings.
The platinum version also supports Real, QuickTime, Windows Media Video High Definition, and MPEG-4 files as well as InterActual-enhanced DVDs. In addition, this version will support the DivX multimedia technology.
The gold and platinum editions retail for $49.95 and $69.96, respectively. For more information visit http://www.intervideo.com.
Home Theater Video Processor
Lumagen's VisionPro HDP video processor supports standard, enhanced, and high-definition video and PC formats. The processor converts video inputs to progressive video if needed, then scales it to the video output resolution.
The product's key features include user-adjustable image enhancement, a built-in 10-bit digital-to-analog converter with over-sampling for analog outputs, a programmable output resolution from 480p to 1,080p, plus 1080i; the ability to zoom in on any source up to 33 percent; selectable aspect ratios of 4:3, 16:9, and 1:85; a programmable output aspect ratio from 1.33 to 2.35; and 2:2, 3:2, and 3:3 pull-down for film sources.
VisionPro HDP retails for $2,499. Visit http://www.lumagen.com/ for more information.
Check Your Mailbox Remotely
Wireless Imaging introduced its MailboxCam, a 2.4-GHz wireless battery-powered camera system for monitoring mailboxes, doorways, driveways, and more. According to the company, the camera can operate for several months on one set of AA batteries and at a distance of up to 300 feet. The product comes with a long-range handheld transmitter, audio and video cables, receiver, and 8 and 12V DC power adapters.
MailboxCam lists for $199.95. Visit http://www.wirelessimaging.com/ for more information.