Document Sample
HIGH TECH Powered By Docstoc
					TECHNOLOGY                                                                                                                                                                                                           TECHNOLOGY

    Innovations to make life easier and more pleasing to the eye                                                                          <
                                                                                                                                     You may have seen this around already,
                                                                                                                                     but it’s just too cool (no pun intended) to
                                                                                                                                     not include here!

                                                                                                                                     This is a blade-less fan using ‘air
                                                                                                                                     multiplier’ technology, quite unlike
                                                                                                                                     anything you’ve seen before. Like the
                                                                                                                                     Ciclotte, this is an everyday object that
                                                                                                                                     has been engineered to not only function
                                                                                                                                     well, but to add that visual aesthetic
                                                                                                                                     within a contemporary living environment.
                                                                                                                                     Functional design at its sexiest...

                                                                                                                                     RRP: £199 at Harrods:               This state-of-the-art, three-piece desktop
                                                                                                                                                                                         system (two speakers and an amplifier)
                                                                                                                                                                                         for your pc or laptop looks like it comes
                                                                                                                                                                                         straight out of a Star Trek movie! Very
                                                                                                                                                                                         cool, beautifully designed and packs a
                                                                                                                                                                                         punch when the volume’s cranked up. Not
                                                                                                                                                                                    <    so great if you’re after floor-shuddering
                                                                                                                                                                                         bass, but perfect for purists who enjoy the
                                                                                                                                                                                         detail and clarity in their music.

                                                                                                                                                                                         Not exactly cheap, but well worth the
                                                                                                                                                                                         investment if music matters to you.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Certainly amongst the best in their class
                                                                                                                                                                                         that we’ve seen or heard...

                                                                                                                                                                                         RRP: £679.99. For further information:
                                                                                                                                                                                         0207 328 4499

                                                                                                                                      Recently launched during Graduate Fashion Week, GE’s new collaboration with fashion designer
                                                                                                                                      du jour, Jason Wu (he famously designed the dress worn by Michelle Obama to her husband’s
                                                                                                                                      inauguration ball), brings a bit of fashion flair to photography. Designed as a point-and-shoot
                                                                                                                                      camera, most of the essential functions are automated, leaving you with just the need to press
                                                                                                                                      the button for great results. It comes with a retractable USB connection so it can be plugged
                                                                                                                                      into any pc or laptop for instant download while the camera re-charges. Brilliant!

                                                                                                                                      For pricing and stockist information, log on to the website:

    ‘Sexy’ and ‘exercise equipment’ aren’t usually muttered in the same sentence; however that notion has just been

    completely turned on its head. Enter the Ciclotte; designed by Milan-based industrial designer, Luca Schieppati. This
    exercise bike looks so good it’s almost a piece of sculptural art. It’s actually so aesthetically pleasing that you would need
    to constantly remind yourself that it also provides a mean work out!

    Current RRP is £6800, which inexplicably will rise to £7500 at the beginning of 2011 and is currently only available to
    buy online from Italy. Check website for further details: £20,000

56 URBAN LIFE                                                                                                                                                                                                                39
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  URBAN LIFE 00
TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           TECHNOLOGY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL

                                                                                                Samsung 3D Glasses

                                                                                                                                         Samsung 3D TV                                         Sony 3D TV

   The chairman of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Standards
   Committee, Stuart Lipoff, explains why 3D television is set to be the biggest
   development in home entertainment since High Definition.

                                                                                                                                         Panasonic 3D Blu-ray Disc Player

             o you have just purchased a new   appeared in cinemas as far back as the       This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to                                       to check that the TV supports HDMI              are most popular with 3DTVs currently on
             flat screen television and you    mid 1950’s.                                  go out and buy an expensive new television                                      interface at version number 1.4A or             the market.
             don’t expect to be shopping for                                                just yet though. With the technology for                                        higher. HDMI 1.4A is the most recent
             an upgrade for at least another   However, it proved to be little more than    producing 3D advancing so fast, there                                           version of the 3DTV standard that               I believe 3DTV is the future because the
   ten years. After all, the latest super      a fad. 60 years later and 3D has only just   are also new ways to watch TV in 3D                                             covers the cable and connectors that go         stunning graphics and high quality image
   skinny, extra wide, HD flat screen is as    returned to the cinema, so should we         without the need for a major purchase.                                          between 3DTV devices such as the cable          mean the viewer experience is truly
   good as it gets – right? Well television    be already considering shelling out on       The modern flat screen TVs contain such                                         box, satellite box, Blu-ray player and          immersive, however before it becomes
   manufacturers might have something up       a 3DTV device for the home? Well yes –       powerful software that it is possible for                                       your TV. As the standardisation of 3DTV         truly universal all the companies involved
   their sleeves that could mean you are off   actually maybe we should. Technological      you to watch 3D films from the internet or                                      is still taking place, HDMI 1.4A is the only    in producing and transmitting 3D content
   to the shops again sooner than you (or      innovation across the board, from            play computer games in 3D, such as on                                           standard that will automatically sense          need to work together to standardise
   your bank balance) expect.                  the production of 3D content to the          BSkyB’s new 3D channel, through either                                          and support all the 3D formats currently        3DTV. This will allow 3D to be broadcast
                                               manufacture of home 3D devices, mean         a 3D Blu-ray player or by buying the right                                      in use, and is highly likely to continue to     on terrestrial TV, though it may take a few
   For many of us 3D conjures up images        the time has never been better. I believe    adapters and computer monitors from          Sky 3D                             work into the future.                           years to happen. Until the 3DTV industry
   of a dodgy pair of card glasses with one    3DTV will become a reality in the home in    companies such as NVIDIA.                                                                                                       develops standards and the technology
   blue lens and one red. Recently however     the next three to five years.                                                                                                Although all the latest 3DTVs have an           advances so that we can watch high
   films like Avatar have brought a whole                                                   If you are ready for an upgrade however,                                        exceptional 2D HD image, most require           quality 3D on any modern TV either with
   new 3D experience to the big screen         On the production side not only are 3D       you will be pleased to know that all                                            special 3D glasses to watch in 3D. There        or without cheap glasses, mainstream
   and the technology is now making the        films such as Avatar being made using        the main manufacturers (Sony, LG,                                               are two types available at the moment:          3DTV in the home is a long way off except
   transition to the small screen. Although    computer generated imaging (CGI), but        Samsung, Toshiba etc) either already                                            passive glasses and active shutter glasses.     for those with cash to burn. However, the
   3DTV is relatively new to the consumer,     we also have new economical imaging          have, or are set to launch 3DTVs by the                                         Passive glasses are cheap (around 50p per       amount of 3D films, games and adverts
   3D still photos have been around            technology that means 3D cameras can         end of this year. Some sets are sold as                                         pair and the type that are currently provided   being developed is growing, and we may
   nearly as long as photography itself.       be used to capture in 3D at live venues      “3D Ready,” which means you need to                                             at the cinema and in pubs) but only work        start to see 3DTV on more one-to-one
   Enjoying 3D still photos through dual       such as sporting events or concerts. It      buy other accessories before you can                                            with expensive TV display devices, whereas      devices such mobile phones, laptops and
   eye magnifiers was a popular past-time      will bring new meaning to the phrase         display 3D so make sure you investigate                                         active shutter glasses cost about £70 , have    aeroplane TV screens much sooner than
   way back in the late 1800’s, and 3D films   ‘getting closer to the action.’              what is needed first. You also need                                             a higher quality image and are the ones that    you might think.

58 URBAN LIFE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         39
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           URBAN LIFE 00

Shared By: