Professional filmmakers require high-quality video shooting equipment, and more importantly something to store their gigantic files on when out in the field. The Codex Portable is a compact field recorder. It supports recording of video formats all the way up to 4096 x 2048-that's like a little more than two times current HD resolution standards. 8-channel audio streams can be recorded.
To store all this data, it has removable 400 or 800 GB hard drives! You can also plug in a cheap USB Flash drive. Unlike its bigger brother the Codex Recorder, the Codex Portable weighs 4 kg instead of 45. The touchscreen allows you to use the interface, which can also be wirelessly controlled-through a laptop, for example.
This whopper should be out towards the end of the year. Serious filmmakers might be the only prospective buyers, and they will be a very happy pack when it does arrive. No price has been stated so far, but our sixth sense (we've still got it!) tells us it isn't going to be cheap.
You've probably heard of Lacie products-they're mostly huge disks or highly-expensive monitors. Now this hub looks like a bulb, and it's got tentacles popping out like it's an octopus. Its arms have more than just the four USB ports and two FireWire ports: it's got a fan at and a light at the ends of two of its arms respectively. It also has an extendable USB cable.
The arms can be moved around and bent… naturally. The Lacie Hub has been designed by Ora Ito, a famous designer who's created all sorts of fashionable designs for brands like Adidas, Gucci, and Swatch. The Hub should fit right in place on your white table with an Apple computer, an iPod, and an iPhone. This gizmo is probably the last thing we expected from Lacie, but we have to say… We like!
A drop is literally what these things look like. They are speakers-and really good ones at that-from a little-known company called Scandyna. These 2.3 kg "Drops" are hardly your typical Desktop speakers: they're two feet high including the spiked legs. They can be set up for stereo or 5.1 surround.
Equally stylish accessories are available; these can allow you to hang them off the ceiling or on walls. These speakers come in six gaudy colours-white, black, silver, blue, yellow, and red. (Yellow… ugh!) Very stylish, a Drop set costs Â£549 (Rs 45,000). That's the kind of price you pay for in-your-face design-the kind we love the most! (Except for the yellow).
Sony Ericsson Z250i
Nokia throws punches and Sony Ericsson makes sure they return them with even more oomph. The Z250i is a sexy SE phone. With the cover of the clamshell design closed, you can see the icons on the back are there for a reason. They tell you things like if you have new mail or any missed calls, so you don't have to open the phone. The coolest part is the artwork on the metallic-finished cover.
This isn't exactly a feature-packed, power-user kind of phone; it's more for the style-conscious younger folks. They won't have to wait too long-the Z250i should be out this quarter.
The phones will be available in two colour schemes that Sony Ericsson likes to call "Silent" White and "Silent" Black. No statement on price so far.
The Nokia design department has gone extreme with the introduction of their new 7900-and its little brother, the 7500. The 7900 has jagged edges and cuts everywhere, which give it a unique look-as you can see.
The surface has been etched, and you should be able to choose from 49 colours that can be used to light up the keypad. There's a whole gigabyte of space on this baby to store your 2MP images taken from its camera. There's a 16 million colour OLED screen to preview your dear photos on. Perks include wallpapers that change their appearance as time passes by, and with changes in battery and signal strength. The phone should be out by the final quarter of the year, with a rumoured price of around â‚¬400 (Rs 22,000).