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July 13th, 2010

Introducing an HD Media Player

Goflex HD Media Player on Plasma TVSeagate has introduced its new GoFlex TV 1080p HD Media Player (GTV for short), which can handle just about the entire alphabet soup of video formats from MPEG-1, -2 and -4 to Xvid, DivX, h.264, MOV and AVI files. It can also display most photo files – including JPEG, BMP, TIFF, PNG and GIF – and play all the latest audio formats, too, like WMA, WMA Pro, AAC, WAV, MP3 and others.  Why not combine the GoFlex TV media player with CRE plasma rentals to create a unique and cost-effective presentation system at your next event? CRE Rentals can help.

In addition to accessing media from a hard drive (not included) or a USB device, the GTV connects to the Internet with an optional Wi-Fi adapter or included Ethernet port. You can stream RSS feeds (video and text) – as well as other content from Flickr, YouTube, vTuner, Netflix, etc. – to both PAL and NTSC TVs. To insert a GoFlex drive, the only kind that will work with the GTV, just open the door on the front, slide it in and play media from the drive, over your network, off USB-connectable devices or via online services.

3D Cameras from Sony

With 3D breaking out of the movie theater and into homes with 3D TVs and Blu-ray titles, could cameras be far behind? Of course not. Sony is out of the gate with two new 3D Cyber-shot cameras. Two 12.2 megapixel models, the DSC-WX5 and DSC-TX9, use Sony’s 3D Sweep Panorama technology to create 3D images. You move the camera from side to side and capture up to 100 images that are then combined to create two “stereoscopic” frames. These are then viewed on a 3D-capable TV via HDMI, the sort of high-end connection found on CRE’s LCD monitor rentals.

Alternatively, using what’s called the Sweep Multi Angle feature creates 3D-style images from a burst of 15 frames. The multi-angle views can be seen simultaneously on any TV connected to the camera. The new 3D cameras rely on the same new Exmor R CMOS Sensor in the new Cyber-shot models. The 3D DSC-WX5 and DSC-TX9 models should hit the stores by the end of September.

Pad Madness Grows

Cydle M7 PadKorean manufacturer Cydle has decided to distribute its new M7 Mini Pad tablet worldwide. The pad uses a version of Google’s Android operating system (OS), meaning there is yet another Android pad/tablet getting ready to hit the market with the other few thousand (so it seems). With 8 or 16GB of flash memory, 256MB of RAM, a 7-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, MicroSD slot, USB 2.0 port, HDMI, headphone jack, microphone and built-in speaker, the M7 will output 1080p high-def video and handle all media tasks you can throw at it.

Included software ranges from an e-book reader, Internet redio, e-mail and Web browser to a calendar, alarm clock, movie player, music player and image viewer. Cydle has not announced a release date or pricing so stay tuned.

CRE stays abreast of all the technology that can affect your work and your life. Whether you need Audience Response System rentals or a room full of iMac rentals for a seminar, our expert Account Executives are ready to advise you and provide just the right solutions. Give a call, send an e-mail or fill out the Quick Rental Quote form and see how fast we’re on the job for you!

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