Archivi giornalieri: 11/05/2012
Nella giornata di ieri Nvidia ha rilasciato la nuova scheda video GeForce GTX 670 e come da copione arrivano le prime proposte dei patner. Club 3D non ha perso tempo e propone la GeForce GTX 670 con versione reference, una schede grafica basata su GPU Kepler e ovviamente con supporto DirectX 11. Le caratteristiche di base prevedono una frequenza di clock pari a 980 MHz e 2 GB di memoria GDDR5 a 6008 MHz a 256 bit. Per quanto riguarda invece l’output video troviamo interfacce HDMI, DVI e DisplayPort.
La recente esplosione di contenuti video, soprattutto in alta definizione, richiede display con tecnologie all’avanguardia e computer in grado di mostrare la qualità delle immagini. I questa ottica Acer annuncia i nuovi monitor serie G6, prodotti che oltre alle performance mirano ad “attirare” l’utente con un design ricercato Super-Slim.
La base con geometria a X offre un supporto stabile, e l’aspetto lucido conferisce eleganza e un aspetto moderno, ideale per tutti gli ambienti. I Monitor G6 sono disponibili in 6 diverse misure: 68,6 cm (27”), 61 cm (24”), 58 cm (23”), 55 cm (22”), 51 cm (20”) e 47 cm (19”) di diagonale, con risoluzioni Full HD e HD+.
Tomas Muller is our featured artist of the day on Designrfix.com. In this series of posts, we will spotlight talented artists ranging from illustrators to graphic artists all the way to industrial designers. These daily posts will serve two purposes; first, is to showcase the works of these accomplished artists and the second is to inspire all of you artists and designers out there, in evolving art through thoughtful exchange of technique & inspiration. Tune in daily to see who the next artist of the day will be…who knows, maybe you could be our next featured artist!
Tomas Muller is a Digital Artist based in Prague, Czech Republic. He specializes in advertising visuals, creative retouching and matte painting. To stay up to date and find out more about Tomas, check out his Network.
Volkswagon has imagined a concept hover car, which uses electro magnets embedded in the road to allow it to hover above the street. Watch the video after the jump to see the VW concept hover car in virtual action.
Other features of the concept hover car include a collision detection system to protect you from crashes, and which can be used in an automatic driving mode. The vehicle has been designed to carry two passengers and requires just a simply joystick controller to steer.
As you might guess due to the car being just a concept at the moment no production vehicles are available to actually drive, but the video representation of how the concept might work, gives you a glimpse of the what the future might hold.
Brammo has suffered some major setbacks in getting its latest Empulse electric motorcycle to market, but the company has stuck to its revised launch date: it unveiled the 2013 model last night. The key specs haven’t changed during the delay — we’re still looking at a six-speed gearbox, a max speed of 100 mph and a fast-recharge time of 3.5 hours — but the price has jumped from $14,000 to $16,995. There’s also the Empluse R, a more premium model that will go on sale for $18,995 in June. The main difference between the base model and the R is the material: the Empulse has a plastic body, while the R uses carbon fiber. Check out the full presser below the break — and if you’re holding out for the 2013 Empulse, the gallery pics of the R will have to tide you over till the base model launches early next year.
If you’ve ever wondered if designer names alone can send a product’s price tag through the roof, this should suffice as confirmation. Hermès, the Parisian fashion giant best known for its prohibitively expensive wearable accessories, has teamed up with Leica for some creative marketing. Two special M9-P editions will be available — a total of 300 Edition Hermès digital rangefinders will ship beginning in June for $25,000, while 100 “very special” (even more exclusive) Edition Hermès – Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas models will be available in July for, ahem, $50,000 (that’s fifty thousand, in case you assumed it was a typo).
Leica has built a name for itself in the compact market over the years with a handful of Panasonic rebrands — these Lumix models come equipped with a matte black housing, Leica lens and that famous red dot, with the inflated price tag to match. With this latest batch of cameras, the company appears to be taking a more respectable approach — at least with its high-end X2. But first, let’s tackle the V-Lux 40. On the Panasonic front, this camera looks strikingly similar to the Lumix DMC-ZS20 we saw emerge after CES. Both cameras include 14.1-megapixel 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensors, a 20x, 24-480mm f/3.3-6.4 optical zoom lens and 1080p video capture. The housing has been modified slightly to include a recessed control panel, Panasonic branding has been removed and the Leica logo added. Such luxuries more than double the camera’s price from $269 to $699. Ouch. You can pick up the V-Lux 40 beginning today, or you can grab two virtually identical ZS20s for the same amount, with significant cash to spare.
You may remember the Leica X1, but you probably don’t. This $2,000 shooter was determined to be overpriced when it launched way back in 2009, and now the APS-C-equipped series has returned for a refresh. Dubbed the X2, this year’s flavor ups the ante with a 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor (boosted from 12.2) while retaining that beloved $2k sticker price. The compact all-in-one includes a fixed 24mm Leica Elmarit f/2.8 ASPH lens, which the company validates as a “classical focal length for photojournalism,” and a 2.7-inch 230k-pixel LCD on the rear. There’s also an option to add a Viso-Flex 1.4MP viewfinder with a 90-degree swivel function, along with a shoe-mounted mirror finder. The $1,995 camera’s price tag may be tough to swallow — but only until you discover the gratis copy of Adobe Lightroom in the box. Both the ZS20 V-Lux 40 and X2 are available now. Snap past the break for the pitch from Leica.
Intel has typically kept its cool in responding to Windows 8 on ARM, but that war of words (and chips) just got a little more heated at an investor meeting. CEO Paul Otellini saw his more mobile-oriented competition facing a “big uphill fight” without the presence of legacy Windows app support. That’s a big drawback for corporate buyers that have legions of traditional apps they want to keep running, the executive said. He also used the opportunity to rib ARM over a lack of any existing Windows hardware. There’s certainly no question that Intel has a head start in Windows 8 support, but the remarks do come with a degree of irony. Intel is cutting into ARM’s territory with Atom-based Android phones, and while it won’t have as much of a problem with legacy OS support as ARM will with Windows, Intel has a lot to prove on its own.
Leica M Monochrom captures exclusively in black and white, costs far more than your color-abled shooter
Wildly colorful photos got you down? There’s an 18-megapixel full-frame sensor for that. The Leica M Monochom may seem an unlikely proposition, with its monochrome-only sensor and $8,000 price tag (not to mention the added financial burden that comes along with investing in a Leica M-mount), but the camera offers some unique benefits that, for some, may justify the cost. Because the sensor is capable of outputting one pixel of data for each pixel captured — there’s no hint of color mucking about — the resulting images are incredibly sharp. There are low-light benefits as well, with the Monochrom offering a top ISO setting of 10,000, compared to 2500 with the aging M9. Other features include a 2.5-inch 230k-dot color LCD, a rangefinder-type optical viewfinder and a 14-bit uncompressed RAW mode that yields 36MB DNGs.
Just in case you thought NEC was done with its PC updates this week, the Japanese PC builder has thrown its hat into the Ultrabook ring with a unique contribution of its own. The LaVie Z has a 13.3-inch screen like your garden variety ultralight, but it weighs just 2.2 pounds through a new lithium-magnesium alloy shell about half the weight of the aluminum that some companies love to use. Unfortunately, that weight and the slim frame are about all we know so far: NEC isn’t providing any internal specifications, possibly because it’s waiting on Ultrabook-ready Ivy Bridge chips. Even so, if you’re hanging around Japan and want the lightest possible laptop you can get at a 13-inch screen size, the wait until the planned summer release will feel like an eternity.
Samsung’s CES camera lineup had a single focus across the range: wireless connectivity. The company’s flagship point-and-shoot, the 14-megapixel WB150F, boasts built-in WiFi at the very top of its feature shortlist. In fact, until you make your way to the third (and only) capture-related detail (an 18x optical zoom lens), you’d be hard-pressed to distinguish the dedicated device from some of Samsung’s other camera-equipped offerings. With its latest generation of “Smart Cameras,” the company moved to further bridge the gap between its gamut of portable devices, by bringing key smartphone features to its digital imaging line.
As it turns out, the move was simply a crutch — an opportunity to refresh models with technologies in which the company has already made significant investments. And it appears to have resulted in only a slight delay of the inevitable. We now know what to expect for Samsung’s point-and-shoots — pocketable models will step aside to make room for NX-series interchangeable lens cameras, and compact fans will continue to turn to Galaxy all-on-ones for their on-the-go shooting needs. Join us past the break for a closer look at how the move could impact the industry, and what the future may hold for the (formerly) beloved point-and-shoot.