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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Panasonic Shows Off 3D Lumix Camera Prototype

Panasonic showed this prototype compact Lumix camera for shooting 3D photos and videos. The zoom lens runs from the equivalent of 25-100mm, with an aperture range of f3.9 to f5.7.
(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)

BERLIN--Panasonic has offered high-end 3D videocameras as part of its effort to advance the premium technology, but now it's begun showing off a prototype for a 3D model from its Lumix line of still cameras.

"We are also developing a 3D compact camera for this winter," Takuya Sugita, vice president of Panasonic's AVC Networks Company, said here this week at a press conference at the IFA electronics show, which officially starts today. The company showed two prototypes under glass at the show.

The company has offered a couple tidbits about the coming 3D Lumix camera: it will have twin 4X zoom lenses with folding optics and optical image stabilization for both video and still images. It also will offer "simultaneous photo and video," Panasonic said.

The prototypes show a bit more, though not much in the way of surprises--check the 3D Lumix prototype slideshow for some detailed views. The zoom lens runs from the equivalent of 25-100mm, with an aperture range of f3.9 to f5.7.

On one side is an HDMI output, and on the top are stereo microphones. It also features a built-in flash and a red button for recording video. Underneath is a tripod mount and a slot for a battery and SDXC card.

It will apparently record video in AVCHD, Panasonic's favorite encoding technology also known by the name H.264. Presumably it will use the new 3D version of the technology.

The entire consumer electronics industry is moving to 3D technology, chiefly with TVs. The technology can offer a more immersive experience--and gives companies something new to sell now that the transition from CRTs to flat-panel TVs is no longer such a strong market.

Panasonic is among the companies that hope people will create 3D content as well. 3D cameras and videocameras also offer an opportunity to sell premium products that might have a better chance of standing out above the crowd.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Is mind control the future for TeleVisions?

China-based Haier is showcasing an interesting mind control technology for TVs at the ongoing IFA trade show in Berlin. The Brain Wave resembles a headset, with an extension placed peculiarly on the user's forehead to control a TV's volume and change channels with thoughts alone. The firm demonstrated its prototype with a game that involves blowing up barrels with your mind. Even if Haier gets the system to market for TVs, we're betting it won't be easy to convince most consumers to don the bulky headset in its present form.

Having said that, we would love to see the Brain Wave miniaturized and made more comfortable, or possibly integrated into regular 3D glasses. Until then, there are other, less intrusive alternatives to remote controls ranging from voice recognition to hand gestures.

(Source: Crave Asia via Engadget)

Canesta brings gesture control to TVs and more

The below video shows Canesta's new 3D gesture control system, which it's hoping to sell soon with help from Hitachi and GestureTek. The idea is to build the sensors into media devices such as game consoles or Apple TV-like gear to give your remote control a rest.

It's a pretty cool idea, and according to the accompanying press release, it should be a low-cost product. We're not sure when--if ever--this will make its way into living rooms, but the know-how is there. If this Canesta video and Microsoft's E3 announcements prove anything it's that the technology is ready, too.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Add Copy to Clipboard Button using Javascript

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Enter Text And Click Button To Copy Text To ClipBoard</textarea><br />
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        value="Copy" />
    <input type="button" onclick="clipboardData.clearData('Text');" value="Clear" />
    <input type="button" onclick="alert(clipboardData.getData('Text'));" value="Paste" />