Txtr Beagle e-Book Reader, The $13 e-Reader that will change the World…

In years to come, the not too distant future, e-Book readers such as the Txtr Beagle will become known as the e-Reader’s that killed the paper-back. A mastery of simplicity the Beagle has been built for singular purpose, bringing e-Books to everyone.

Priced at an incredibly low $13 the Beagle is approaching the cost of producing a paperback (printing and distribution), a critical price point that may see e-Books and their reader gadgets become ubiquitous.

Slimming down on functions has also had the desirable side effect of allowing the Beagle to be the lightest and slimmest 5 inch e-reader on the market, at under 5mm slim and weighing only 128 grams the Beagle will slip into any purse and almost any pocket.

Continue reading Txtr Beagle e-Book Reader, The $13 e-Reader that will change the World…

The RBSP Satellites recording the sound of Earth’s Chorus and Hunting for Killer Electrons!!!

NASA’s latest space based scientific instrument may also be a radiation rock stars, recording the Earths Song and sending it to the top of the YouTube charts.

Launched August 2012 the twin RBSP satellites (Radiation Belt Storm Probes) have been dispatched to the Earths furthest regions, in this case the Van Allen radiation belt, to study space weather and hunt for the elusive and highly dangerous phenomenon, killer electrons.

Included for your viewing pleasure is the first Chorus recording to be released by NASA. The video ‘The sound of Earthsong’ captures the sounds of a living Earth, its chorus in any case. Still only a warm-up to the main event as the twin probes are in the testing and configuration phase of their mission, a 60 day testing period that is nearly over.

The chorus emissions chirp and pop, resembling a very natural animal noise, the sounds of a living planet. The clarity of these first recordings is very encouraging, the RBSP satellites are running well and ready to rock and roll.

Continue reading The RBSP Satellites recording the sound of Earth’s Chorus and Hunting for Killer Electrons!!!

The Siliconarts RayCore 1000 Mobile Ray Tracing Graphics Processor…

The RayCore 1000, produced by Siliconarts is the world’s first low power real-time ray-tracing graphics processor. Siliconarts are now making the design IP (intellectual property) available to chip manufacturers, allowing anyone to integrate the ray tracing engine into their graphics processor.

Taking ray tracing out of the production studio and into everyone’s hands Siliconarts is attempting to introduce the next generation graphics engine today. Producing sharp natural appearing images with ultra realistic lighting and shadows is only the beginning.

Siliconarts claims to already have one customer who plans to implement the RayCore in silicon. Here at Highpants we suspect the first phone manufacturer to produce a fully ray traced interface on a Smartphone would have something special on their hands. Not only would it be visually stunning but it would seriously differentiate the phone in crowded market.

Continue reading The Siliconarts RayCore 1000 Mobile Ray Tracing Graphics Processor…

Sharps Next Generation IGZO LCD panels…

Sharp’s next generation LCD panels have been previewed at the CEATEC conference, the IGZO generation. Representing a major shift in technology the new panels are powered by exotic alloys that have allowed Sharp to make smaller and more powerful transparent transistors and invisible circuits.

Sharp’s latest breakthrough in display technology is a semiconductor formula, a recipe called IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide). Sharp have applied the new recipe to the common LCD, building the transparent transistors and invisible circuits out of the new wonder material and improving pixel density, power efficiency and picture quality in the process.

In Sharp’s new panels IGZO replaces the amphorus silicon transistors and circuits, producing clear and bright panels with incredible resolutions. IGZO is a far more conductive material, with much higher electron mobility. This allows the transistors and circuits to be made much smaller while still performing faster. IGZO is also more transparent than silicon, allowing lower light levels to be used to achieve equivalent brightness. All round IGZO technology may give Sharp a considerable advantage over older technologies.

Continue reading Sharps Next Generation IGZO LCD panels…

Red Bull’s Fearless Felix Baumgartner, Space jumper and the man who fell to Earth…

Breaking records and pushing the limits of humanity Fearless Felix Baumgartner and his Red Bull Stratos team have had their sights set on space, jumping from space. Over the last 6 months Felix has performed a number of test jumps, building up to his record breaking jump 36.6 kilometers up (120,000 feet), from the edge of space.

While technically sky diving Felix is jumping from a very different sky than we see at ground level. Blackness replaces blue while the curvature of the Earth drops away in the distance.

Very few people have visited these lofty heights, only rockets bound for space and once secret black aircraft such as the U2 and SR-71 are able to safely fly at these altitudes.

Even though Fearless Felix is jumping from impossible heights there will still only be 4 minutes of free fall time as he hurtles towards a potentially very sudden stop. Initially his speeds will be extremely high, the low density of the atmosphere at the edge of space allows Felix to free fall at over 1000kmh, breaking the speed of sound which is 1150kph (690mph) at that altitude. As the atmosphere thickens he will gradually slow down.

Continue reading Red Bull’s Fearless Felix Baumgartner, Space jumper and the man who fell to Earth…

Angry Birds meets Star Wars, Rovio plans to take-over Christmas…

Rovio has plans afoot. Not content with the success of Bad Piggies Rovio has teased the world with tantalizing details of brand partnership between Angry Birds and Star Wars. A partnership so fiendishly clever it leads us to believe Rovio is planning to take over Christmas.

Have the Angry Birds learned to use the force or are the Rebels in possession of a new deadly weapon, the avian catapult. Details are still sketchy on the nature of the partnership; all we know for now is that the first public outing is set for 10am October 8, the location, New York’s Time Square Toy’s R Us store.

LucasArts is well known for promotional partnerships; here at Highpants the original Lego Star Wars is still the greatest example of a marketing marriage made in heaven.

Continue reading Angry Birds meets Star Wars, Rovio plans to take-over Christmas…

Motorola RAZR HD The Review. a day in the hands of a maniac…

Motorola are launching a new offensive on the fast emerging 4G LTE handset market with a masterpiece of design and function, the Kevlar and glass wrapped RAZR HD. With the rich heritage of the RAZR family it was only a matter of time till Motorola got the formula right once again, randomly changing design has that effect.

The sleek design, smooth ICS interface and incredible speed of 4G combine into the perfect storm of a handset. This phone may be even better than the original RAZR flip phones.

In the Technoid Labs here at Highpants we were lucky enough to receive a brand new RAZR HD for testing this week. This was the first unboxing in quite a while that had a crowd gathering, generating many oww ahhh moments. The RAZR HD was quickly put into service, first impressions universally concluded that this is one sharp looking and sleek handset.

In the 4G handset market the iPhone 5 has quickly taken position as the number one handset while the Samsung SIII has taken the 3G market by storm, and these are just two of the fierce competitors in the mobile phone handset market. HTC have been providing 4G LTE handsets from the outset, they now have high end 4G models; the One X and One X HD are HTC’s super phones. LG has their new Optimus G super phone as well. The handset market has to be one of the most competitive and fast changing markets in the world, a tough battlefield.

At the moment Motorola has a serious chance to win market share through the shakeup that is the 4G transition, if they have the right weapon, which the RAZR HD may just be.

Continue reading Motorola RAZR HD The Review. a day in the hands of a maniac…

They Still Call Me Trinity, AMD Trinity for the Desktop…

AMD’s latest generation, highly integrated Trinity processor for the desktop has been released to the public. No longer is Trinity a mobile only chip. Six new processors have been made available, ranging in price from $122 for the A10-5800K, all the way down to $53 USD for the A4-5300. The top of the line A10-5800k integrates 4 of AMD’s latest Piledriver CPU cores alongside a fast ATI graphics core to produce the most practical integrated graphics solution to date.

AMD is taking aim squarely at Intel’s Core i5 processors with the release of Trinity for the desktop. The weak integrated graphics performance of Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge processors makes the Intel budget chips an easy target.

Along with the new Trinity chips comes a brand new socket, Socket FM2. The FM2 socket appears to be almost identical to the previous FM1 socket, but with an altered pin pattern the new socket isn’t backwards compatible. Neither will the new Trinity chips fit into older FM1 motherboard. Time for a new motherboard, socket FM2 here we go.

Continue reading They Still Call Me Trinity, AMD Trinity for the Desktop…

The AOC i2727fh 27-inch HD IPS Monitor and the Rise of the Affordable IPS LCD Panel…

AOC, manufacturer of monitors of all types and sizes has released a new entrant in to the increasingly crowded value IPS monitor market. The AOC i2757fh HD Monitor brings the advantages of IPS panel technology to the value segment of the monitor market.

The large 27-inch panel is branded by AOC as a Borderless display, the 2mm bezel comes very close to fulfilling this claim, while also being a nice marketing term. As the newest member of AOC’s 57 series of monitors the i2757fh has been designed to combine style and substance, inspiring a sense of floating free of any earthly bonds. The stand which is also detachable, combined with the thin bezel goes a long way to achieving the design goals.

Continue reading The AOC i2727fh 27-inch HD IPS Monitor and the Rise of the Affordable IPS LCD Panel…