Posts Tagged ‘ces 2013’

3D Systems Cube and CubeX 3D Printers and Cubify Online Service

February 2nd, 2013 No comments

3D Systems was at CES 2013 to showcase their 3D printers, and their online 3D printing ecosystem called Cubify, where you can design your own model, order the object to be 3D printed, which is then shipped to your door.

They have 2 printers that are available for the home market:Cube 3D Printer

  • Cube 3D printer ($1,399)

Print size: 140 x 140 x 140 mm / Resolution: 200 microns

  • CubeX 3D printer ($2,799 to $4,399)

Print size: 275 mm x 265 mm x 240 mm / Resolution: 125 microns. The CubeX can support 1, 2, or 3 printer heads in order to print objects with multiple colors and/or materials.

Charbax shot a video with the company, and I’ve learnt quite a few interesting things about 3D printing:

  • It’s been around for nearly 30 years, but only used by the industry until recently.
  • 3D printing takes a lot of time. The small spaceship shown in the picture above takes 5 hours to print, a ring about 40 minutes, (designer) shoes take 7 to 10 hours to print in one of the industrial machines.
  • Cubify_3D_Printed_Samurai_Full_ColorThe body of drones are 3D printed, as well as hearing aid, and they produce 65,000 individually customized invisible aligners for teeth every day.
  • You can print in more than 3 colors, as 3D systems industrial machines supports up to 390,000 shades of color.
  • It does not have to be too expensive, as you can print even without a 3D printer, by sending your design to Cubify. The 3D samurai on the picture on the right (about the size of a hand) costs around $60 to print.
  • Business appears to be good.

The 3D printed guitar (Atom 3D) in the video is also pretty interesting, but it costs between $3000 to $4000 depending on the customization options.

Cubify also have a developers’ page that let people monetize 3D printing when people order prints via 2 options:

  • AppCreate for modelers – No programming knowledge is necessary, and this piece of software allows designers and modelers to create web apps for 3D printing.
  • Cubify API for developers – SOAP interface using OAuth. The company also provides a reference PHP implementation that wraps all of the web calls, as well as a sample HTML app. You need to design an app that creates 3D models, then uses the Cubify API to connect to the platform so that 3D printed creations are printed by Cubify Cloud Printing service and shipped out.

$99 WiMe NanoWatch is Both a Massive Watch And a Tiny Phone

January 28th, 2013 10 comments

WiMe (pronounced “Why Me?”), a Taiwanese company, showcased an Android watch that can also be used as a phone (a Nanophone as the company calls it) at CES 2013. The NanoWatch runs embedded Linux, and features a 1.54″ Touch screen display, 256 Mb ROM, a 4 GB internal microSD card, and a SIM card slot.
WiME NanoWatch

NanoWatch Specifications:

  • Processor – Unknown
  • System Memory – Unknown
  • Storage – 256 MB ROM, 4 GB internal microSD
  • Display – 1.54″ resistive touch display – Resolution 240×240
  • Network – GSM/GPRS Quad Band: GSM 850/900/DCS 1800/PCS 1900 MHZ. Data :GPRS
  • SIM/UIM – One standard SIM card
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 2.1
  • USB connection – micro 5pin USB, USB 1.1
  • Video, photo and audio formats – AVI/MP4/3GP, jpg/gif/bmp, and MP3
  • Battery – 300 mAh Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Talking time: Approx. 4 hours. Standby time: Approx. 120 hours
  • Misc – FM Radio, Voice recorder
  • Dimensions – 51.6 mm x 38 mm x 10.2 mm

The package contains the NanoWatch, a headset, a wristband, a micro USB cable and a clipper. The device can be worn as a watch, but you could also hang it on your neck, or clip it on your shirt.

This is rather a low-end phone, but if you mainly listen to music (via a Bluetooth headset) and make/answer phone calls, this is less cumbersome than handling your phone. Alternatively, it can also be paired to your Android smartphone to sync emails and contacts, and make / received phone calls.

You can watch Charbax’s video shot at CES 2013 to get a bit more information and see the device.

The product is available now, and should sell for $99 retail. You can find more information on WiMe NanoWatch page.

Huawei MediaQ M310 Media Player Based on Quad Core K3V2 Processor

January 25th, 2013 15 comments

I haven’t seen any quad-core set-top boxes on the market (if we exclude some Freescale i.MX6 mini PCs), but this is about to change with Huawei MediaQ M310 media player. The device is based on Hisilicon K3V2 SoC, and comes with 1GB RAM and 4 GB flash.

Huawei MediaQ M310

Huawei MediaQ M310 specifications:

  • SoC – HiSilicon K3V2 quad-core Cortex A9 processor with Vivante GC4000 GPU
  • System Memory – 1 GB RAM
  • Storage – 4 GB flash + microSD slot
  • Video I/O – HDMI out and HDMI in
  • Audio I/O – 1x SPDIF, 3.5 mm stereo jack and mic (3-in-1)
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11n & Bluetooth 4.0
  • Huawei multi-screen (Pushing, mirroring)
  • Content aggregation / Voice Search

The box runs a customized version of Android with a user interface designed for the television.

Huawei MediaQ M310 User Interface

CSilie, who tipped me about the MediaQ M310, saw the device at CES 2013, and a Huawei representative told him it could also function as a regular Android set-top box, it could stream content from your smart phone or tablet to your TV (I suppose that’s what “Huawei multi-screen” is all about, and that it should available in about 3 months for $70 to $80 US.

Huawei also showcased a larger set-top box based on the same platform called the MediaQ M810, but featuring 2GB RAM, 8GB flash, 2x Gb Ethernet, a DVB digital TV receiver, and 2x 3.5″ HDD bays for NAS applications. shot a video (in Italian) of both devices at CES 2013. If your Italian is a bit weak, don’t worry, because there’s also another video in Hungarian. 🙂

ST Ericsson Demonstrates NovaThor L8580 Multi Cortex A9 SoC @ 2.8 GHz

January 22nd, 2013 7 comments

ST_Ericsson_eQuadWe’ve first heard about ST Ericsson NovaThor L8580 in July 2012, and the company demonstrated their new processor at CES 2013. This SoC features 4 (or is it 2?) Cortex A9 cores, and a PowerVR SGX544 GPU, but the real advantage of this processor is the new process technology called FD-SOI (Fully Depleted Silicon On Insulator) which, combined with some other power and performance optimization techniques,  allows some fun stuffs such as:

  • 2.8 GHz dual core operation
  • 1 GHz operation at 0.63V instead of 1.1V when using bulk CMOS technology.

You can see those 2 use cases in the video demo. In the first demo, a phone prototype based on L8580 @ 2.8Ghz is clearly faster than the Samsung Galaxy S3 based on Exynos 4412, and the second demo shows power measurement of the prototype when ran at 1GHz.

Other key features of L8580:

  • Low-power eQuad processor clocked at up to 2.5Ghz based on ARM Cortex-A9 processor
  • Imagination Technologies POWERVR SGX544 GPU
  • Dual multimedia DSP for low-power, flexible media processing
  • High-bandwidth Dual LP-DDR2 interface
  • Full HD 1080p camcorder, multiple codecs supported (H264 HP, VC-1, MPEG-4), 3D HD video capture and display
  • High-resolution, touchscreen display support up to WUXGA
  • Simultaneous dual display support up to dual qHD
  • Dual camera support up to 20 Mpixel and 5 Mpixel
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GNSS (GPS+GLONASS), FM and NFC enabled platform
  • LTE FDD/TDD, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, EDGE with rdio supporting up to 10 LTE/WCDMA/GSM bands.
  • Built-in USB 2.0, HDMI out
  • Optional support for mobile TV standards
L8580 Block Diagram

L8580 Block Diagram

You can find more information on ST Ericsson Novathor L8580 page.

InfoTMIC iMAPx15 Dual Cortex-A5 SoC To Power $35 Android Tablets

January 14th, 2013 4 comments

infotmic_imapx15InfoTMIC has recently launched the iMAPx15 SoC featuring 2 Cortex A5 and a Mali-400 GPU. Infotmic iMAPx15 is a low cost version of iMAPx820 that is cost optimized for tablets, and lacks features such as SATA and GPS.

Charbax interviewed InfoTMIC marketing director at CES 2013, where they discussed the new processor, and showcased a 7″ Android 4.1 tablet powered by iMAPx15 that is said to cost just $35. The device is not sold on Chinese websites yet, so I could not confirm this claim. At first, I thought it would be  unlikely to be the retail price, but there are some 7″ Android tablets selling for about $40 on Aliexpress (Update: The sellers at this price don’t have feedback, so those could be scams). So the $35 price tag could either be the unit price for 1K orders or the retail price in China.

iMAPx15 is not listed on the company website, but I could still gather the specs from the video:

  • Processor – 2 Cortex A5 cores up to 1.2 GHz
  • GPU – Mali 400 GPU up to 400 MHz
  • Video
    • FULL-HD (1080p) video decoder (multiple codecs)
    • FULL-HD (1080p) encoder (H.264)
  • JPEG Decoder & Encoder
  • Video Out – HDMI 1.4A, RGB / I80 / TV_IF
  • Memory Controller – DDR/DDR2/DDR3 & LPDDR
  • USB – 2x USB2.0 host & 1x USB OTG
  • Process – TSMC 40LP
  • Package – TFBGA 14x14mm 0.65mm pitch

InfoTMIC also plans to release a Quad Core Cortex a9 later this year.

Android Cortex A8 Keyboard / Advanced Remote for TV

January 13th, 2013 4 comments

Remote Solution,  a small technology company based in Hong Kong South Korea, has shown off an Android 4.0 powered keyboard controlling an Android STB at CES 2013. The device is designed to be used as an advanced TV remote control, looks like a small tablet with 8 control button, and can be inserted into a full sized QWERTY keyboard for faster typing.

Remote Solutions Android Keyboard

The specifications are as follows:

  • SoC – ARM Cortex-A8 processor @ 720 MHz (I’d guess a TI OMAP3 or Sitara processor at this freq)
  • System Memory – 512MB RAM
  • Storage – 2GB flash
  • Display – 3.5″ touchscreen display (480 x 320)
  • Connectivity – WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Misc – IR port to be used as a universal remote.

The touchscreen allows you to launch apps on your TV, move a cursor by using a virtual touch-pad, use an on-screen keyboard (when the screen is not connected to the keyboard), enter voice-commands via the built-in microphone, etc…

There’s currently no pricing or availability information availability. and the company does not appear to have a website. There’s no mention about this device in the company website, but this could be part of their TSR series.

Via: Liliputing

Audi Piloted Parking – How to Park Your Car Automatically with Your Smartphone

January 11th, 2013 2 comments

Audi is currently showcasing an autopilot car at CES 2013, and more specifically “Audi Piloted Parking” which allows you to get out of the car before your enter the parking, run an app on your smartphone, and tap somewhere to let the car park itself, as you go shopping or attend a meeting. Once you’re done with your business, walk by the street, run the same app, and call your car back, sit on the driver seat and drive home.

The car is said to use 12 ultrasound sensors to navigate and avoid obstacles, and it can park itself using those sensors, as well as sensors in the garage & road, and information provided by the parking computer(s) to let it know where a parking space is available. The car is able to make turns on its own and knows how to maneuver around the garage with external laser sensors. All of this is still experimental, as PCWorld reports that people could not walk by the vehicle as it parked, because they may interfere the garage sensors.

It’s not only for parking, as Audi also achieved to drive an experimental car up to Pikes Peak on autopilot on 2010, completing the 156-turn, 12.42-mile Pikes Peak circuit in just 27 minutes.

Audi recently obtained a license from Nevada to operate self-driving autonomous cars, and you may see auto-piloted cars on the roads, or at least in parkings, within the next decade.

Thanks to Connolly.

Panasonic Unveils 20″ Tablet With 4K Resolution

January 10th, 2013 No comments

For those of you in need of high resolution tablet, Panasonic has unveiled a 20″ tablet powered by an Intel Core i5 processor running Windows 8 Pro with 3840 x 2560 resolution. This tablet is mainly targeted at professionals, and Panasonic has demos for 3 use cases at CES 2013: car dealers, designers and architects, and photographers.

4K 20" Tablet by Panasonic (Image Source: Engadget)

4K 20″ Tablet by Panasonic (Image Source: Engadget)

The specifications of Panasonic tablet are as follows, but may slightly change once the product is officially available:

  • Processor – Intel Corei5 3427U vPro 1.8 Ghz CPU
  • GPU – NVIDIA GeForce Graphics
  • Memory – 4GB memory (16GB max)
  • Storage – 128GB SSD  + 1x micro SD card (SDXC)
  • Display – 20-inch IPS-alpha display panel with 3840 x 2560 (230ppi) resolution (15:10 aspect ratio)
  • Connectivity – IEEE802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth V4.0 wireless
  • 1x USB 2.0
  • High resolution digital pen (Anoto live pen)
  • Camera – HD 720p front camera
  • Battery life – Up to 2 hours
  • Dimensions – 47.50 x 33.27 x 1cm
  • Weight – 2.4kg

With a battery life of just 2 hours max and a weight of 2.4kg, this tablet is not really designed to be used on the go, but the applications are still interesting for specific use cases, as you can see in the video below shot by Charbax.

Panasonic 4K tablet should be available later this year at a “not so good price” ;).