E3: Microsoft unveils Kinect/Natal
The main focus of Microsoft at E3 was Kinect for Xbox 360. This is is the new name for Project Natal, the console’s answer controller-free gaming.
Envy laptops are made with a specific purpose in mind: entertainment. With a powerful processor and graphics that can handle gaming, video and 3D images on a 17.3-inch high-definition screen, the Envy 17 also has some high-performance audio technology built in to cover all the essentials.
HTC’s latest handset is yet another challenger to the iPhone. The Android phone has a 3.7in LED display, which is bright, responsive and perfect for web browsing, viewing images and watching video. It has pinch to zoom and also supports Flash content. A decent video and still camera have been included.
Bump has been knocking about for a bit on the iPhone, but it was only recently I discovered you could use it to send contacts and photos between an iPhone and an Android handset.
I don’t pretend to know how it works, and I’m sure a detailed explanation is available somewhere, but it’s the handiest app on my mobile. No more faffing about with Bluetooth; simply activate Bump on both phones, ‘bump’ them together and it will transfer the files for you.
Made specifically for notebooks, the Microsoft LifeCam HD6000 brings your notebook up to date with some high-definition video capability.
Simply clip the camera on to your notebook, connect it via USB and you are ready to start filming. It features true 720p HD video at 30 frames per second, as well as auto focus to help you get the best picture possible, keeping the image sharp even in close-ups. A 360-degree rotating lens captures all the action, turning halfway in both directions. The new camera also features something called True Colour Technology, which adjusts
exposure automatically depending on the lighting conditions. In practice, this means that even if you are filming a backlit subject, the camera will adjust the brightness and colour to capture the best image possible.
As a Microsoft product, it is optimised for use with Windows Messenger, but you can also use it with other video applications such as Skype.