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Sky Factory eScape Virtual Windows Provide Soothing, Yet Unrealistic, Views

Sky Factory eScape Virtual Windows (Images courtesy Sky Factory)
By Andrew Liszewski

We’re all familiar with the idea of slapping a hi-def LCD display on the wall in a portrait orientation and then playing back footage of the great outdoors to make it seem like a window with a fantastic view. So the eScape from Sky Factory doesn’t exactly break any new ground. They’ve basically taken the concept and refined it with a lovely 40-inch 1080P LCD and a stylish frame with shutters, that open inwards for some reason. And while I find the $9,750 asking price ridiculous, it’s the included video scenes that actually leave me shaking my head.

Is the waterfall clip supposed to make visitors think that part of my house and/or apartment opens into an underground grotto? Or that even though I live on the 26th floor of a high-rise building, the view from my bedroom includes a spectacular shoreline with waves crashing against rocks? Now I know these virtual windows are just supposed to provide a relaxing escape wherever they’re installed, but I think it wouldn’t hurt to provide a couple of video options that are at least semi-plausible.

[ Sky Factory eScape Virtual Windows ] VIA [ DVICE ]

TruLink Wireless HDMI Kit

TruLink 1-Port 60 GHz WirelessHD Kit (Images courtesy Cables To Go)
By Andrew Liszewski

Cables suck, particularly when you’ve got your HDTV mounted to the wall with an ugly trunk line sticking out the back that’s difficult to camouflage. But Cable To Go’s TruLink 60GHz WirelessHD kit promises to at least get rid of the HDMI cable between your TV and components like your PVR, Blu-ray player or hi-def gaming console. Installing the hardware looks to be as plug-and-play easy as anything, and with a range of up to 33 feet, it should be more than adequate for most setups.

However, there are some downsides that I can see. First of all the transmitter/receiver seem to be dependent on a line of sight signal, so you won’t be able to hide this, um, aesthetically challenged hardware in a cabinet or behind your TV. And it only accepts a single HDMI connection, so unless you have all of your hi-def gear piped through a switcher of some sort, you’ll be swapping cables. Finally, while it does eliminate the HDMI cable running to your TV, it also adds another power cable to deal with on both ends, which can be even more annoying. That and the fact the kit is a whopping $499.99 available starting in June.

[ TruLink 1-Port 60 GHz WirelessHD Kit ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

Haier HDTV Is Completely Wireless, May Or May Not Render You Sterile


By Evan Ackerman

This TV from Haier (I guess they’re an electronics company or something) doesn’t just feature wireless HD… It’s totally, completely wireless. Wireless power, folks. What does it take to transmit 3 gigs per second of 60hz 1080p plus 100 watts of electricity? A gigantic antenna is what, as you can see right in front of the distracting jerk with the ponytail who got in the background of my shot:


We talked to the Haier reps about just what exactly would happen if you got in between the antenna and the TV, and while they said that it was perfectly safe, I’m going to assume that that’s just PR-speak for, “it’ll definitely turn you into a super hero while giving you some form of cancer.” We have no information on when you’d find something like this in your house, but the wireless HD probably won’t be available before 2011, about the same time as non-chafing lead underpants.

UHDTV Is The New High Def


By Evan Ackerman

1080p? Yawn. It’s been done. If high def is the new normal def, what’s the new high def? It’s UHD (Ultra High Definition), which takes 1920 x 1080 full HD and quadruples the resolution to 3840 x 2160. This particular TV is an 84″ LCD from LG… Good luck spotting any pixels, even if I zoom waaaaayyyy in:


It’s kinda cool that you can actually get closer to the TV and examine things in greater detail, kinda like you can in real life. Not that this is necessarily a good thing, since it encourages unhealthy viewing distances. At least Sony is way ahead of us on that one.

It’s gonna be a little while before you’ll be able to buy a TV like this, if for no other reason than you’ll have a hard time finding any content that utilizes its full potential. And by the time stuff like this is available, we’ll be looking forward to the next high def standard… 8k (7680 x 4320, or 33 megapixels) should be arriving sometime around 2020.

[CES 2010] Panasonic’s 152-Inch 4096×2160 Ultra HD Plasma Display

Panasonic's 152-Inch 4096x2160 Ultra HD Plasma Display (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’ve got a device capable of pushing a 4K signal, might I suggest picking up one of Panasonic’s lovely 152-inch, 4092×2160 Viera plasma displays? I’ve no idea what one of these would set you back, but I’m going to file it away in my ‘you probably can’t afford it and probably never will’ drawer. Unless I can find a booth giving away 152-inch tote bags that would let me discreetly slip this out of Panasonic’s booth.

[CES 2010] Hannspree Polar Bear TV


By Evan Ackerman

It’s a 19″, 720p, $299 polar bear TV that you can buy in March from Hannspree. It’s designed to “raise awareness” about polar bears, and is just the first in a series of other (unspecified) threatened animal TVs, but it does not in fact help the polar bears in any way if you buy one. Except with karma, maybe, but karma isn’t an unmeltable iceberg or a tasty seal.

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DisplayPort To HDMI Dongle

DP-HDMI2 (Image courtesy Kuroutoshikou)
By Andrew Liszewski

Looking for a compact way to connect an HDMI cable to your DisplayPort-equipped laptop? Well this DP-HDMI2 dongle from Kuroutoshikou is probably as small as they’re ever going to get. According to Akihabara News it also supports HDCP (hooray?) and allows for audio pass-through. The only downside? While the dongle’s compact, you’ll still have to bring an HDMI cable with you at all times for it to be of any use.

[ DP-HDMI2 DisplayPort To HDMI Dongle ] VIA [ Akihabara News ]

Best Buy Now Offering 32-inch 720p LCD TV For $300


By Chris Scott Barr

Black Friday is only a week away, which means people will be lining up outside stores to get their hands on the cheapest gifts for the holiday season. HDTV’s, laptops and digital cameras will all be flying off the shelves only a few short minutes after the doors open. However, if a new TV is on your list, you might not need to fight the crowds for a good deal.

I usually don’t make it a habit of writing about a sale that some particular store is having, but this is too good to pass up. Best Buy has announced that they will be offering 32-inch 720p Dynex LCD TV’s for $299.99 and 40-inch 1080p Dynex LCD TV’s for $499.99. Those prices might sound like good doorbuster sales, but they aren’t. Rather, these are the new everyday prices and are effective right now.

Sure, Dynex isn’t the top brand out there, but the prices are almost too good to pass up. The best part is that you’re not going to have to stand outside in the freezing cold to get in on this. I’ll be interested to see how other manufacturers respond to this.

[ Best Buy ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

PSP To HDMI Converter With 720P Upscaling

LKV8000 PSP to HDMI Converter (Images courtesy Lenkeng)
By Andrew Liszewski

Very few words can make me shudder as much as the term ‘upscaling’ but that’s exactly what the LKV8000 Converter from Lenkeng promises to do for your PSP. Not only does it convert the PSP’s component video and L/R audio out to HDMI, which admittedly is convenient, but it also upscales its 480P signal to 720P using “Motion Compensated 3D Wavelet Video Coding Technology” which supposedly results in jitterless video without trailing. There’s no pricing info at this time, but since Lenkeng doesn’t sell directly to end-users you won’t be able to buy one anyways until someone decides to distribute it.

[ Lenkeng LKV8000 PSP to HDMI Converter ] VIA [ I4U News ]