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January 7, 2010

Dawn of new 3-D TV Era

Filed under: Gadgets — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — tiliman @ 3:21 am

It seems that suddenly there is increased interest from big electronic appliances manufacturers in 3D TV as well as TV channels.

  • Samsung is releasing a new pencil thin 3D TV that can convert 2D videos into 3D. More interestingly they are integrating their new AppStore withthe system as well.I wonder where is the SDK for building apps for TV? We know Bada for Phone is being launched in April.
  • Toshiba with a set top box has also promised to upconvert 2D videos to 3D as well as upconverting of not-so-high-def videos to highdef.

    Sony Bravia XBR-60LX900 3-D TV

    Sony Bravia XBR-60LX900 3-D TV

  • Sony’s Bravia XBR-60LX900 due this summer will support 3D as well.
  • Discovery partnering with Sony and Imax promises for 24hour 3D TV channel as well as  ESPN promises for 3D TV channel this summer.

The 3D tech is finally arriving in our homes but it is yet to be seen how well the technology delivers. I hope Hollywood is planning on more 3D movies as well to support the initiative of manufacturers.

Update 10 January, 2010

I just saw a test 3D TV channel on Eurobird 9 is available at Freq 11747 tp 51.It seems to be Italian channel called 3DSG. Here is lyngsat link http://www.lyngsat.com/eb9a.html with complete info.


October 7, 2008

MP3 to Audio Cassette Player

Filed under: Gadgets — Tags: , , , , , — tiliman @ 9:32 am

I always thought that whenever someone buys a car sound system, it should allow connecting of mp3 players as input device. The car I got doesn’t have that type of sound system and I didn’t want to buy a new system for that.
Yesterday, I found out that there exists a car cassette adapter that allows you to connect your mp3 player to a sound system which only supports audio cassettes or audio CDs with no external input source. Rare in modern world but most builtin systems are like that in smaller cars in Pakistan.

In Karachi, Pakistan, it can be bought for 250 PKR (2.5 Euros). The cassette has an audio cable to connect to your favorite mp3 player and of course has no tape in it. Its head does the magic of playing music by faking as a real cassette with rolling magnetic tape over it.
Here are pictures of the adapter I bought.

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