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Xi3 Compact & Portable Computer & Steam Box

Xi3 Compact & Portable Computer & Steam Box

         The world has gone digital now.Everyone is using a desktop or a laptop irrespective of their field of work or study. The size of the desktop and the laptop is reducing day by day without affecting the performance. The smartphones and tablets are being build in small dimension with multi-core processors, enhanced GPU, increased memory, storage etc which were firstly available only for desktops and laptops. In the line of desktops and laptops here we have a very compact and portable computer from Xi3 Corporation.

The Xi3 Corporation is developing multiple compact computers with different configurations with its own unique and  patented design. The products include Z3RO Pro computer, X5A modular computer and  X7A modular computer. There is also a data storage device named SLID3 just like an harddisk.

Z3RO Pro Computer

It is a general purpose computer with a 1.6GHz x86-based dual core processor with 4GB DDR3 RAM. The device is capable of running x86 based operating system and softwares and can boot latest Windows OS in less than 25 seconds. The product includes multiple IO ports just like a desktop. The key features and specifications are specified below.

 


Key features & Specification:

      – four eSATAp/USB 2.0 combo ports
      – 16GB – 1TB of Flash-based SSD storage
      – 1 HDMI/Display Combo Port and 1 miniDP port with dual display supprt
      – 5Watts* power consumption
      – 4.875 x 3.625 x 1.875 inches in size 

X5A Modular Computer

         Xi3 Modular Computer is a dual- or single-core 64-bit, x86-based processor with dual 2560 x 1600 display outputs. the number of IO ports are higher compared to the Z3RO pro computer. The features and specifications are specified below.

Key features & Specification:    

– 1.8GHz Dual-core 64-bit processor or 1GHz Single-core 64-bit processor
– 2GB DDR2 RAM
– 16GB mSATA SSD internal storage (up to 128GB)
– 2 eSATA 2.5 Ports
– 6 USB 2.0 Ports
– 3 Re-configurable Audio channels (1-3, Microphone, Headphone and/or Line-in/Line-out)
– Open GL v2.0 support
– 1080p video output
– DX11 Support
– Ethernet connector
– 4.0 x 3.656 x 3.656 inches in size

X7A Modular Computer

           This is a high performance beast with a powerful quad processor and with  high performance Radeon 7000 series GPU. This product is also capable of running x86-based operating systems & software. The features and specifications are specified below.

Key features & Specification:

– 2.8 GHz – 3.2 GHz quad-core processor
– 64GB – 1TB of super fast SSD-based storage
– Radeon 7000 series GPU
– Triple monitor support: 2 Mini DP, 1 HDMI/DisplayPort combo
– 12 I/O ports (four eSATAp III, four USB 3.0, and four USB 2.0)
– 40 Watts power consumption

SLID3 Storage

        It is a SSD storage device which is available with different storage capacity. The storage capacity ranges from 500GB – 2TB with 6Gbps bandwidth which consumes very low power of 5-6 watts.

 

 

     With the Xi3 corporation developing these products, it has also teamed up with Valve Corporation,an American video game development and digital distribution company which gives online gaming services called as Stream. The duos are developing a product just like above specified modular computer in the name of Steam Box which is going to be exclusive for Steam gaming services. The product will be released in Q1 of 2014 and the X5A model is priced for $499 USD.

Ouya – $100 Budget Gaming Console from OUYA Inc

Ouya – $100 Budget Gaming Console from OUYA Inc

         Digital Gaming is there all over the world.  PC and Console gaming cost you a lot. Say we need to invest atleast 400$ for PC gaming and 200$ for consoles like Xbox 360. It pretty costly for casual gamer  So here we have a budget Anrdoid OS based console for $99.99 USD called Ouya.

             Ouya is upcoming Android based video game console from OUYA Inc. The kickstatrted campaign was started on July 10,2012 and this project raised more than a million dollar. The dimension of the console is 75mm cube. The console System-on-chip is build with 1.7 GHz NVIDIA Tegra3 quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal flash storage, expandablie via USB 2.0 port, 720p video output (1080p video output with HDMI cable), 5.1 surround sound, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Ethernet port, Bluetooth LE 4.0 and a micro USB port. The console will include a standard Wireless Bluetooth controller which includes standard inputs and  a touch pad and the controller will be powered by a two AA size batteries. The console is build with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.

          Ouya has released Software Developer kits for game developer. The console is available for pre-order for $99.99 USD and the product is expected to be relased on June 2013. An additional controller will cost another $49.99 USD.

The $99.99 USD package will include OUYA Console, OUYA Wireless Bluetooth Controller, Power Adaptor,  two AA Batteries and a  HDMI Cable.

Official Webiste: www.ouya.tv

Ubuntu – Phones, Tablets, TV – the nxt target

Ubuntu – Phones, Tablets, TV – the nxt target

            We are now in mobile world. Everyone is carrying a mobile or tablet which makes them easily to get connected with others all the time. There are a number of commercial applications, software,  operating systems available for it. At the same time open source community is contributing a lot for such kind of applications. One such great community is Ubuntu which initially started developing operating system which was suitable for both home and business use.

Recently the community started working on operating system which can support mobile phones, tablets and televisions.

Ubuntu for Phones  is an mobile Ubuntu operating system which is under development exclusively for smartphones. For an smartphone to run Ubuntu OS, it requires 1Ghz Cortex A9 processor, 512MB to 1GB RAM, 4-8GB eMMC + SD storage. But this hardware specification does not support desktop convergence i.e the user will not get full desktop experience. The higher end hardware specification which supports desktop convergence requires Quad-core A9 or Intel Atom processor,  1GB RAM, 32GB eMMC + SD storage. Both the configurations support multi-touch capability.

Ubuntu Phone

Ubuntu Phone

            Ubuntu for Tablets is exclusive Ubuntu OS for tablets. The tablet requires a Dual-core Cortex A15 processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB of minimum flash storage, 7-10 inch screen to run the OS which does not support for desktop convergence due to the low hardware specification. The higher end hardware specification which requires Quad-core A15 or Intel x86 processor, 4GB RAM, 8GB flash storage support for desktop convergence.

Ubuntu for Tablets

Ubuntu for Tablets

          The higher end smartphone(Superphone) and tablet can be used as a desktop by connecting a mouse and keyboard with a docking station and a video out cable which connects to a display.
Dual OS - Ubuntu & Windows

Dual OS – Ubuntu & Windows

           Ubuntu for Android is another great platform for those who are using a higher end android smartphone which has a dual core processor. they can run a full Ubuntu desktop OS using the smartphone by connecting it to a keyboard and mouse with a docking station and a video out cable which connects to a display. This is similar to using Ubuntu for Phones and Ubuntu for Tablets as a desktop.

Ubuntu Smartphone as Desktop

Ubuntu Smartphone as Desktop

               Ubuntu TV is another platform which enable television manufacturers to manufacture television with Ubuntu OS. All the above mentioned platform comes with complete cloud experiences with additional software applications for social networking, sharing etc.
Ubuntu with TV

Ubuntu with TV

Sony PlayStation 4 – Upcoming nxGen Console Unveiled

Sony PlayStation 4 – Upcoming nxGen Console Unveiled

          PlayStation & Xbox – The Legendary Fight. The latest news is that Sony has unveiled its latest next generation console PlayStation 4 in Sony press conference. The hardware specification of the console was announced by the company. But the console was not displayed which is the sad part.

The hardware specification include a CPU with eight AMD x86 Jaguar cores, a custom AMD Radeon HD core with multi-channel GDDR5 memory. The console is built with 8GB GDDR5 memory which is the 16 times to that of  memory present in PlayStation 3. Such a high leap of increase in memory is for the developers to make the game much better.

Sony PlayStation 4 Architecture

Sony PlayStation 4 Architecture

          The console comes with a read-only optical drive will read Blu-ray discs at 6x (marking an upgrade from 2x speeds found on the PlayStation 3) and DVDs at 8x. The console also includes a hard drive, but the capacity of the hard drive was not specified.

DualShock4 is the main controller which connect to the console via Bluetooth 2.1, with a two-point capacitive touch pad. The additional features of the controller will include motion detection with a three-axis gyroscope and three-axis accelerometer and improved vibration. The controller will include 3.5 mm jack which will support for both  audio & mic capability and a micro-USB port for USB charging. The controller is powered by 1000mAh non-removable rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The controller will feature a special Share button which can be used to directly share the contents of the screen to the social networking sites, upload videos, connect to friends, live stream their game to their friends and many more.

PlayStation 4 - DualShock 4 Controller

PlayStation 4 – DualShock 4 Controller

          PlayStation 4 Eye, the redesigned motion sensing device comes with two 1280×800px cameras which supports 85° field of view with increased accuracy of sensing.                          

PlayStation 4 Eye

PlayStation 4 Eye

           Along with this news many more PlayStation 4 games were announced of which some of them are listed below.

Infamous: Second Son
 
Destiny
 
Deep Down
 
Watch Dogs
 

           While the Sony is gearing up with lot of attractions, Microsoft is also getting ready to announce its next generation console Xbox 720 code-named Durango.

Oculus Rift – nxtGen Virtual Reality Headset

Oculus Rift – nxtGen Virtual Reality Headset

              Computers and Laptops are one of the daily used electronic products particularly for entertainment. Movies, Gaming, Music are some of its kind in entertainment. Considering movies and gaming, we get maximum experience with large displays and monitors.  Some people will even use projector for such kind of great experience. Here we have another device Oculus Rift, an upcoming, high field of view , virtual reality  head-mounted display from Oculus LLC. The device is just a VR headset instead of traditional displays with a lot of great features.  

 

         The VR developer kit headset comes with 7 inch 720p(640×800 per eye)display screen which takes in DVI input which can be converted into HDMI with an adapter. The consumer version comes with 7 inch 1080p   resolution which will be released later after the release of the developer kit. The product is currently under development for PC, though the company may consider consoles like Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, or next gen console and even mobile devices.

Oculus Rift - Virtual Reality Headset

Oculus Rift – Virtual Reality Headset

      The device has a 1000 Hz Adjacent Reality Tracker with 3-axis gyros, accelerometers, and magnetometers for absolute head orientation tracking without drift. The power consumption is litter higher than what USB can deliver. The high power consumption is due to 7 inch display screen. So the device comes with external power cable and USB cable for data transfer from the VR headset and the PC. The weight of the device is approximately 250 grams.

Oculus Rift - Virtual Reality Headset - Rear View

Oculus Rift – Virtual Reality Headset – Rear View

The Oculus Rift Developer Kit is currently available for pre-order which is prices 300 USD.

Official Website: www.oculusvr.com