Laying claim as the world’s thinnest and lightest*, the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet has a 10.2-inch, 1900×1200 Triluminos IPS display, four 3D surround sound speakers, an 8.1 MP rear camera with 16x digital zoom (powered by Sony’s Exmor R sensor), a 2MP front camera (capable of 1080p video) and a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor. All working together to ensure the 6.4mm thin Xperia Z2 waterproof tablet (see asterisk) delivers your digital needs and wants flawlessly.
As 3D printing slowly creeps from the edges of technology, disruptive enthusiasts, hobbyists with a few grand to spend for tinkering with their AutoCAD doodles and closer to retail center, so do the variety of options an imaginative person has available to use to create and construct. Carbon fiber once was a material exclusive to Formula One racecars, spaceships, luxury goods and other items far from the reach of day-to-day life. Well, for the most part it still is. However, thanks to Boston-based startup MarkForged with the Mark One 3D printer carbon fiber has made its way to 3D printing, making the previous entrants into this emerging field appear as toys for children. The Mark One Carbon Fiber 3D printer has an aluminum frame (unibody of course), follows a design favorable to engineers, uses kinematic couplings to enable precise placement (within 10 microns) and lays claim as the world’s first 3D printer to handle composite materials. Although if you do not need the strength of carbon fiber to construct your Cobra H.I.S.S. tank or Generation 1 Optimus Prime trailer, the Mark One also handles nylon, fiberglass and biodegradable PLA.
Every dog has its day and thankfully, by the time the day arrived for the PS3, its creators pledged to give you the Sony PlayStation 4, a console gaming system that delivers where it matters most; graphics, performance and games. Unlike other systems that want to involve the whole family or be something other than a game console, Sony sticks to improving the core components that made the previous PlayStation console rock-solid, while adding new features to enhance your game experience. With the PlayStation 4, consider everything that made the PS3 great, upgraded. The PS4 has more processor power (thank you AMD 8-core x86-64 chip), amazing graphics and 8GB of GDDR5 memory. If you enjoyed the Dualshock controllers before, you’ll love them now with the multi-touch pad, built-in speaker and headset to immerse you in your games completely.
Research in Motion, now christened BlackBerry, after renaming itself to the obvious, pulled out the somewhat anticipated (mostly hyped), BlackBerry Z10 phone. A phone that BlackBerry hopes will end the past few years of woe. Equipped with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of memory, 16GB of internal storage (with a microSD slot for more if needed), LTE speed, NFC support, front and rear cameras and a 4.2-inch display, BlackBerry may be late to the game, but they came to play. Priced at $200 and loaded with the BlackBerry 10 OS, the BlackBerry Z10 is the biggest leap forward for the company since, ever.
Virtual reality has come a considerably long way since the Lawnmower Man and early Virtual World centers. Now, looking towards taking virtual reality and interactivity considerably further is a company by the name of Oculus with their Oculus Rift Virtual Reality Headset. Featuring a compact design, high resolution display, wider viewing range and practically zero latency this stereoscopic 3D headset is looking to change the industry. Speaking of industry, it appears that gaming and tech insiders are getting behind Oculus as it has potential to transform the gaming industry, game play possibilities as well as the interactive landscape as a whole. The real good part is the price. It’s only $300 for a development version before commercial release. Pricing includes an Oculus Rift headset, an Oculus ready version of Doom 3 and their SDK.
A Tombox ($200+) is old school looking speaker with a hint of eco-friendly sensibility paired with modern functionality. Powered by a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts over 300 hours on a single charge, a Tombox is an abandoned loudspeaker that was no longer appreciated and destined for the scrapheap, repurposed and transformed into sophisticated and modern, yet retro looking one-of-a-kind speaker ready to blast whatever sounds you chose once you attach something to its 3.5mm plug. Available in portable or stay right there sizes.
Military grade and eco-friendly, the Pantech Renue is one of the newest smartphones on the AT&T network and one of the first to align with the new AT&T Eco-rating. Made from 67% recycled materials the RoHS compliant Pantech Renue has a smaller carbon footprint than other phones and it has a smaller impact on your wallet too, because the Pantech Renue doesn’t require use of a data plan to access smartphone like features. Instead Pantech equipped the smartphone with the Qualcomm BREW-MP platform. Other specs include GPS, Bluetooth, MicroSD card slot, media player, video camera an Energy Star 2.0 charger and a rugged frame that meets military standards for sand, dust, sun, other extreme temps. Looks like dumb phones just got smarter.
The Razer Ouroboros Mouse delivers ambidextrous capabilities, ergonomic satisfaction, wireless or wired functionality and a multitude of possible customizations that allow you to extend the Ouroboros gaming mouse to fit your specific needs. With 11 programmable buttons, 8200 DPI and 12-hours of battery-life, this wireless mouse should survive the most brutal gaming sessions on one charge, but just in-case, a single AA alkaline battery can work if you insist on not using the wire while the included NiMH battery recharges. The Ouroboros mouse also allows you to customize the length and arch so the mouse fits as close to perfect as possible so there is no strain when you empty your last clip in your favorite FPS using the dedicated DPI Clutch Trigger or making perfectly timed maneuvers during adventure or action game sequences where every twitch counts.
The Google Nexus 7 is the newest Android tablet to hit the market, except for one thing, it’s by Google. Well almost, the Asus made, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) powered 7-inch tablet is fueled by a Tegra-3 4x core chip, with a 12-core GPU and has a 1280×800 HD display. Available with 8GB and 16GB storage options that should be able to hold enough video for the 8+ hours of battery life. Make that 10 hours if you’re reading books or wandering around on the web, but it jumps to 300 hours if you’re just sitting there doing nothing. Hopefully, you’d find something to do within the two weeks before the battery drained, besides hold your droid.
In your choice of either white or black, the Polaroid Z2300 is a digital camera that prints full-color photos in less than one minute. Merging old school convenience with modern technology, the compact camera has a 10 megapixel lens, 3-inch LCD viewing screen and an SD card slot in case the 32GB of internal storage isn’t enough. The new Polaroid instant digital camera conveniently provides a built-in ZINK printer and the integrated editing tools allow you to edit your flicks
before sending to your favorite social networking site before printing. Expect it for availability sometime in August.