Monday, January 12, 2004

More stuff from the CES (Consumer Electronics Show):
Samsung introduced an 80-inch plasma TV, the world's largest flat-panel home television. The Samsung monster is expected to debut next year. Pricing remains up in the air but such sets will cost in the tens of thousands of dollars.
Other TVs include Sharp's Aquos, a 15-inch LCD with Wi-Fi connectivity, which allows users to tote the TV from room to room like a laptop computer. The battery-operated set will retail for $1,800 when shipped in February.
Sharp introduced a line of LCD TVs with built-in TiVo-like digital video recording features and two PC-card slots. The slots let users record TV programming onto a portable hard drive or wirelessly connect to a home computer network. The 15- and 20-inch models will be available in the next quarter with suggested prices of $1,399 or $1,899.
Philips Electronics' MiraVision Mirror TV comes in a 17-inch, 23-inch or 30-inch LCD display, and the screen is set in a polarized mirror. In a test lab with hidden cameras, Philips researchers said, users enjoyed watching morning news shows and traffic reports while brushing their teeth or shaving.
Philips introduced a digital camcorder the size of a key ring, including a 1.5-gigabyte hard drive that can store up to 24 minutes of video. The device, roughly the size of a Pez candy dispenser, can also hold digital photos or MP3 songs.
"Voice Analysis Eyeglasses" provide real-time analysis on the inside of the lenses about whoever is talking at the time, says its maker, the Israeli company Nemesysco, which developed the technology for counterterrorism and government customers.
"A chip inside the glasses is able to read the voice frequency of the person you are talking to," said Beata Gutman, a spokeswoman for the company. "The voice is analyzed through that chip and there are lights that indicate whether the person is lying."