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Now Canon can boast of a wireless printer too…

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Like Toyota in the automobile segment, any product announcement from Canon evokes an inquisitive response. Printers are always perceived as something of a corner equipment – not to be touched for the next 10 years. The thumb rule is – The bulkier the faster.


But, being a maverick R&D firm, canon has set out to abolish this notion – and announced a few days back about a wireless All-in-One Printer- PIXMA MP990. As canon mentions on its website – Keep it anywhere in the house and the printing work goes on without a single wire. The economic aspect has not been ignored by PIXMA as well – PIXMA has a built-in Auto Duplex printing which ensures an automatic printing on both sides of the paper – saving the carbon consumption through your printer by 50%.

Some other features regarding PIXMA worth a mention are..

  • The maximum resolution is 9600×24002
  • It has 6 individual ink tank system
  • Through its high-resolution CCD scanner, PIXMA can easily scan 35 mm film and slides
  • large 3.8″ Color LCD
  • Easy Scroll Wheel
  • Auto Photo Fix II
  • Auto Scan Mode4
  • Quick Start and computer-free printing through compatible USB Flash Drives5
  • Memory Cards6
  • IrDA7 , PictBridge and optional Bluetooth8 devices.

PIXMA compatibility view:

So, one thing is for certain – Others in the Xerox, Epson, and HP camp must be busy on their drawing boards – coming up with alternatives to PIXMA..

What’s in the Box

source: Canon website

PIXMA MP990 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One Printer
Document Kit:
Cross Sell Sheet
Getting Started
Important Information Sheet
Network Troubleshooting Guide
Safety Environment Information
Setup Software & User’s Guide CD-ROM
Warranty Card
Ink Tanks:
PGI-220 Pigment Black
CLI-221 Cyan
CLI-221 Magenta
CLI-221 Yellow
CLI-221 Black
Power Cord
Print Head
Sample Media (PP-201 – 4″x6″ / 5 sheets)

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August 26, 2009 at 4:31 am

World’s 1st Digital Still Camera with “Exmor R” sensor technology – Sony

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Its another first for Sony and i am sure so many amateur and professional photographers will be looking to see this press release from the Sony Stable.


Sony unveiled new Cyber-shot® cameras (DSC-TX1 and DSC-WX1 models) which are loaded with “Exmor R” sensor technology – enabling almost double the performance benefits and sensistivity in low light conditions , when compared to regular CMOS sensors.

So what does it mean to the Camera buyer in Best Buy?

[a] Enhanced image clarity in low-light conditions
[b] The grain density is drastically reduced with “Exmor R” sensor technology
[c] TX1 and WX1 cameras incorporate the hand-held twilight and anti-motion blur multi-shot modes introduced in Sony’s breakthrough Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
[d] The above modes can capture 6 separate images in less than a second (enabled by “Exmor R” sensor technology) and utilize Sony’s BIONZ™ processor to combine the shots
into a single image of amazing finesse and quality.
[e] The new “Exmor R” enabled compact cameras include Sony’s Sweep Panorama and 10 frames per second burst shooting features, which were introduced with the Sony® DSC-HX1 camera
[f] Because of the faster image capture due to “Exmor R” sensors, taking landscape mode pictures is a 2 button function – “press and sweep.” Sweep Panorama mode lets you reach beyond the traditional wide-angle lens.
[g] The TX1 and WX1 Cyber-shot models can take up to 185 and 256-degree panorama shots respectively in one easy press-and-sweep motion with an image size of 7152 x 1080 (ultra wide horizontal).
[h] 3-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus™ display
[i] TX1 camera lets you focus as little as 0.4 inches from your subject – for an extremely ‘close & personal’ close-up shot.
[j] These cameras also include Pet mode – minimizes blur when shooting moving petsand also reduces glowing pet red-eye.
[k] These twin powerhouses can record HD movies in 720p high definition MPEG4

“With these new “Exmor R” CMOS sensor cameras, Sony has vastly improved the customer experience for taking pictures with digital still cameras in low-light scenarios,” said Phil Lubell, director of the digital imaging business at Sony Electronics. “We’ve all taken pictures in dimly lit situations, like blowing out candles on a birthday cake, and the results were grainy and unclear. By redesigning the way these cameras capture light, Sony is leading the industry by creating this easy way to take amazingly clear, vibrant photos in low lighting scenarios.”


Pricing and Availability

  • The TX1 camera will be available in silver, gray, pink and blue this September for about $380.
  • The WX1 camera will be available in black this October for about $350.
  • To be made available at


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August 6, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Apple’s Internet Tablet – To be verified from Verizon..

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Apple’s resilience in the stock market is often coupled with stunning product announcements. This one from the rumor hill has sent fresh vibes over the net – ‘Almost’ trusted sources have proclaimed a joint venture between Apple & Verizon – to create an Internet tablet which might come at a subsidized rate for Verizon subscribers.

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This unsubstantiated scoop is strengthened by none other than Intel’s Manging Director for Central Europe, Hannes Schwaderer

So, How will it look like?

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….Its said that it will be a larger version of iPhone…
….Will use Intel’s Atom processor….
….It is targeted for a product category called MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices)….
….I-Tablet will have built-in EVDO abilities….

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So, there you have it – a few trails from the Apple closet – We will be hot on this trail as we get more details..So be on the look-out.

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July 24, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Mobile phones to diagnose diseases…

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Man is on the move and so are the viruses – making the on-spot detection and diagnosis of ailments an impossibility.

Imagine if we had a mobile diagnosis equipment for Swine Flu (H1N1)..What if we had a pocket diagnostic gadget for malaria…Could the world have been a safer place if we had a diagnostic equipment for malaria at every gas station and departmental store…


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Not to mention an in-home cardiac-attack detection equipment.

But, we have a lot of encouraging news from the world of Gadgets and its heartening to know that technology makers are thinking beyond just the entertainment angle…Kudos to these scientists and technocrats who have given a humanitarian angle to their inventions.

A futuristic mobile concept…

Cellphone with a Braille keypad
Designer Serghei Tanas needs to be heard by big shot mobile manufacturers like LG, Samsung, Nokia …. Tanas has an eye for the deaf and blind users of cell phone and for that – the Keyboard designed by him resembles Braille keypad and a sensory ring with surface scanners, which will enable the blind to use the phone like any regular phone..Way to go.


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And to make life easier for the special users – the Tanas cell phone has large screen to allow the impaired navigate easily and efficiently …

CellScope…The microscopic camera

Now medically beneficial detailed images can be taken by a regular cell phone with camera features – just by attaching an Add-on to your camera. With this appendage, your cellphone (CellScope) works as a so-called fluorescence microscope that can identify the markers of disease.


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“Fluorescence occurs when certain molecules are illuminated with a certain colour and “shine” for a period in a different colour.Fluorescent “tagging” molecules can be specially designed to latch on to, for instance, the bacteria that are a sign of tuberculosis (TB).

This should be a harbinger of similar inventions which can be spun off by utilizing the the most commonly used gadgets …

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July 22, 2009 at 6:29 am

iPoint 3D – Remote Interactions with 3D Displays

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Seems like we are in a re-take shot of a Sci-Fi movie. Nope. You are one of the early users of  iPoint 3D..

Fraunhofer, the creators of  iPoint 3D plans to show off the technology at next month’s CeBIT show, and say its uses could range from business purposes to gaming.

This device enables  an interaction with your 3D Display using your hand gestures.


So how does this work?

  • iPoint 3D uses a device roughly the size of a keyboard and is placed either on the ceiling or on a table below the hands.
  • There are two firewire cameras that monitor hand motions, which is then relayed back to the display.
  • Thus our gestures are captured by these cameras and which transmits the signal back to the 3D Display


iPoint 3D enables you to use your fingers as remote control - digital camera and photography newsThe »iPoint 3D« allows people to communicate with a 3-D display through simple gestures – without touching it and without 3-D glasses or a data glove. What until now has only been seen in science fiction films will be presented at CeBIT from March 3-8 by experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut, HHI (Hall 9, Stand B36).

»The heart of iPoint 3D is a recognition device, not much larger than a keyboard, that can be suspended from the ceiling above the user or integrated in a coffee table. Its two built-in cameras detect hands and fingers in real time and transmit the information to a computer,« says Paul Chojecki, a research scientist at the HHI, explaining the technology. The system responds instantly, as soon as someone in front of the screen moves their hands. No physical contact or special markers are involved. The small device is equipped with two FireWire cameras – inexpensive, off-the-shelf video cameras that are easy to install.

In addition to its obvious appeal to video gamers, iPoint 3D can also be useful in a living room or office, or even in a hospital operating room, or as part of an interactive information system. »Since the interaction is entirely contactless, the system is ideal for scenarios where contact between the user and the system is not possible or not allowed, such as in an operating room,« Chojecki says. The HHI invention can thus be used not only to control a display but also as a means of controlling other devices or appliances. Someone kneading pastry in the kitchen, whose hands are covered in dough, can turn down the boiling potatoes by waving a finger without leaving sticky marks on the stove. In an office, for example, an architect can peruse the latest set of construction drawings and view them from all angles by gesture control. The finger is the remote control of the future.

The researchers from Berlin will be presenting iPoint 3D at CeBIT, the trade fair for information and communication technologies, in Hanover from March 3-8 (Hall 9, Stand B36).

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March 1, 2009 at 4:41 am

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