Due to the rapid pace of innovation the consumer electronics industry is constantly setting new standards. The merging of television with the internet, media and devices in HD and 3D, the massive upsurge in sales of tablet PCs, apps and smartphones, and networking for the home and for people on the move, with permanent access to their favourite media, are setting the trends in 2011.
(Picture: Acer ‘Iconia Tab A100′)
The world’s most important trade show for consumer electronics, IFA in Berlin, is presenting the entire range of innovations from every branch of the industry. This is the 6th highlights.
26. Another highlight from the Acer Tablet family
The new Acer Iconia Tab A100 with its practical 7-inch display has been specially designed for users on the move who want to enjoy all the features that the latest communication and entertainment technology can offer. Acer Clear.fi software makes it easy to split files and is pre-installed on all relevant Acer products. The Android Honeycomb 3.2 operating system, specially optimized for tablet PCs, ensures this 7-inch screen model is easy to use. The home screen is divided into four main areas for gaming, eReading, multimedia and social networking, and enables ultra-fast navigation. The Acer Iconia Tab A100’s touch screen display is impressive, producing crystal-clear, pin-sharp detail and high-definition images for gaming and viewing photos and videos.
27. Four-colour technology helps to reduce power consumption
With its improved Quattron technology the new Sharp AQUOS LE830E series produces very clear images and natural colours in 2D and 3D, and moreover these devices are also ideal for surfing the internet and for Skype users. Sharp’s own AQUOS NET+ currently gives viewers access to almost 70 different widgets, such as the video-on-demand platform Viewster. It is even possible to access free internet services. It is all part of the package. Quattron is the name given to the new fourcolour pixel structure of the latest LCD panels from Sharp, in which the existing RGB pixels are augmented by a fourth colour, yellow (RGB+Y). The inclusion of the brighter yellow in the pixels creates LCD panels with improved light permeability, thereby substantially reducing energy consumption. As a result the AQUOS LE830E series has been awarded the new EU TV energy label (energy efficiency category A).
28. The world’s flattest television sound bars
The world’s flattest television sound bars have a height of just 26 millimetres, enabling them to be incorporated unobtrusively in any living room. In combination with an active subwoofer they substantially enhance the sound produced by the black 2.1 audio systems. With their varied mounting possibilities the HT-SL70 and HTSL50 are an ideal addition for anyone who wants good sound without having to acquire a large audio system. A flexible system of connectors enables the HT-SL70 soundbar to form an elegant combination with TV sets in the 46 to 55 inch range, and it can be positioned either vertically or horizontally. All the electronic inputs and
outputs are located in the slim subwoofer, and as a result all the cables can be hidden from sight.
29. Mobility meets design: Sony’s first tablets
The two tablets from Sony are the result of many years of experience and the expertise of Japanese engineers and designers. These models represent a perfect combination of hardware, software and online services as well as distinctive design. The code name “S1” refers to a tablet whose ergonomic design makes it ideally suited for hours of surfing the internet, reading or viewing digital content such as online news, videos or photographs, all of outstanding quality. With its compact dimensions the “S2” makes mobile communication and entertainment on the move a remarkable experience. Both of these models run the latest operating system, Android 3.0, which has been improved to make it particularly effective for tablets and will be universally available in the autumn of 2011.
30. The world’s slimmest digital camera with full HD video
The elegant Cyber-shot DSC-TX55 is the latest development from Sony and is currently the world’s slimmest digital camera to offer full HD video recording. Also included in its repertoire are the capability to take 3D photos and allow creative picture editing, while its new zoom technology makes it possible to take pictures with a ten-fold magnification while retaining full resolution and without compromising the picture quality. Just 12.2 millimetres thick this slim designer camera is available in a choice of colours, black, silver, violet or red, and features the technology to ensure outstanding picture and video quality. The TX55 has an Exmor R CMOS sensor producing an effective resolution of 16.2 megapixels and capable of capturing precise details as well as achieving astonishingly good images even under difficult lighting conditions. One of the highlights of the TX55 is its wide-angle Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar lens, combining a 5x optical zoom with the latest “By Pixel Super Resolution” technology.