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PS Vita TV revealed.

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Sony are preparing to release a $100 micro console called the PS VITA TV, which plays over 1,300 games from the Vita handheld, as well as versions of PlayStation 1 classics. Games which requires the Vita’s touchscreen will not be playable on the new device.

But playing a limited library of games won’t be the only function for the smartphone sized device, with Sony hoping users will buy it for its media streaming functions as well.

Playstation 4 announcement happening right now.

Check it out here.

Sony tease Feb 20 PlayStation announcement.
The official PlayStation account has invited followers to “See the future”, with a link to this page. The page has a brief video but no information.
Could this be the PS4 announcement?

Sony tease Feb 20 PlayStation announcement.

The official PlayStation account has invited followers to “See the future”, with a link to this page. The page has a brief video but no information.

Could this be the PS4 announcement?

New Apple patent is for a head mounted display.
A new patent granted to Apple, titled “Peripheral treatment for head-mounted displays,” shows a way to use a pair of small LCD or OLED displays contained in a wearable headset as a ‘Head Mounted Display’ which would allow for 3D viewing by sending different images to each eye.
While many blogs are pointing to this as a possible competitor for Google Glass, I wonder how this is different to the Sony Personal Viewer - a device which features two OLED screens in a head mounted display, allowing for 3D viewing by sending different images to each eye. Sound familiar?

New Apple patent is for a head mounted display.

A new patent granted to Apple, titled “Peripheral treatment for head-mounted displays,” shows a way to use a pair of small LCD or OLED displays contained in a wearable headset as a ‘Head Mounted Display’ which would allow for 3D viewing by sending different images to each eye.

While many blogs are pointing to this as a possible competitor for Google Glass, I wonder how this is different to the Sony Personal Viewer - a device which features two OLED screens in a head mounted display, allowing for 3D viewing by sending different images to each eye. Sound familiar?

Sony Ericsson to become part of Sony.
I got a confusing email from Sony today to let me know that Sony Ericsson is becoming part of Sony. Not exactly clear what that means, but it is clear that Sony needs to cut back.
The latest financial report from the company shows a US$2 billion loss in the last quarter alone, and many are wondering if the Western launch of the PS Vita can make the big bucks for the company, in an era when dedicated portable gaming devices are losing ground to smartphones and tablets.
Meanwhile Sony Ericsson will be hoping the upcoming and very blocky-looking Xperia S will generate income. The specs are looking pretty good - 1.5GHz dual core processor, 720p front-facing camera for Skype, 4.3 inch ‘Reality Display’, and a promised upgrade to Android 4.0 later in the year. 

Sony Ericsson to become part of Sony.

I got a confusing email from Sony today to let me know that Sony Ericsson is becoming part of Sony. Not exactly clear what that means, but it is clear that Sony needs to cut back.

The latest financial report from the company shows a US$2 billion loss in the last quarter alone, and many are wondering if the Western launch of the PS Vita can make the big bucks for the company, in an era when dedicated portable gaming devices are losing ground to smartphones and tablets.

Meanwhile Sony Ericsson will be hoping the upcoming and very blocky-looking Xperia S will generate income. The specs are looking pretty good - 1.5GHz dual core processor, 720p front-facing camera for Skype, 4.3 inch ‘Reality Display’, and a promised upgrade to Android 4.0 later in the year. 

Technology predictions for 2012.

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While 2011 saw a few great new consumer technology products come to market, there did seem to be a bit of a lull after the huge year that was 2010. Having seen the release of the iPad in 2010 starting an almost non-existent tablet market, along with the iPhone 4 which again set new benchmark levels for cellphone specs, 2011 turned out to be much quieter for Apple when they released only updated versions of both devices (and no revolutionary iPhone 5, as many hoped).

In the gaming market 2010 had also been a big year with the Kinect becoming the fastest selling consumer device ever, and along with the Playstation Move many new types of gamers started spending money on consoles, while starting the decline of the previously chart topping Nintendo Wii. 2011 however, saw little new innovation, with the main highlights of the gaming year being updates of proven big sellers like Call of Duty.

But several technology highlights deserve a mention - especially as many of them may not have been noticed for how important they were. 2011 saw social media and smartphones used to start revolutions and topple governments. A supercomputer was able to win a round of the TV show Jeopardy! - a technology which may see use by doctors as a clinical decision support system within the next two years. And despite releasing a phone which looked the same as last years model, Apple set a new standard for voice control with Siri on the iPhone 4S, which leads me into my tech predictions for 2012…

Head-mounted 3D visor to launch in November.

The Sony HMZ-Ta will be released in Japan this November. It has two two 1280x720 0.7-inch OLED panels mounted in front of each eye giving the wearer an experience similar to viewing a 750-inch screen from 20m away, as well as 5.1 surround sound from headphones integrated into the Head Mounted Display.

It’s expected to sell for 60,000 yen ($783 US).

Sony unveils 3D without the glasses, sort of.

Sony have been busy showing off new 3D products at CES this week. 3D will now be in Sony laptops, camcorders, and cameras. 
Also announced is this 3D headset (above), which includes a set of headphones, allowing the user to be fully immersed in a 3D video.
Sony calls it ‘3D without the glasses’, and sure it’s not technically a pair of glasses, but more of a Cyclops style headpiece. I don’t know which is better.

Sony unveils 3D without the glasses, sort of.

Sony have been busy showing off new 3D products at CES this week. 3D will now be in Sony laptops, camcorders, and cameras. 

Also announced is this 3D headset (above), which includes a set of headphones, allowing the user to be fully immersed in a 3D video.

Sony calls it ‘3D without the glasses’, and sure it’s not technically a pair of glasses, but more of a Cyclops style headpiece. I don’t know which is better.