Analog

  • NEC Develops Super-fast Analog To HD Video Conversion Technology

    NEC Develops Super-fast Analog To HD Video Conversion Technology

    Japan's biggest business daily, The Nikkei, is reporting that NEC has developed a technology that makes it possible to quickly change low-res analog video to HD video. According to NEC, the existing solutions out there require one full month to convert one hour of analog video images into HD images. Read More

  • Wipeout Goes Corrugated On This Cardboard Race Track

    Wipeout Goes Corrugated On This Cardboard Race Track

    As a child of the 80's, I spent more then my fair share of quarters on games like Contra, Wipeout, and Battlezone. In fact, at one point I actually owned my own Battlezone machine, and had it set up in my living room. Then I moved in with my future wife, and we suddenly didn't have room for an arcade game in the living room, and I had to sell it. This is why when I see things like Wipeout set up… Read More

  • Taking analog to a new level: the 01 wristwatch

    Taking analog to a new level: the 01 wristwatch

    As much as I love digital watches (and watches that take some work to read), there is something comforting about an analog dial. And the 01 watch takes analog dials to a whole new turning disk level. Read More

  • Video: MFB-522 drumcomputer

    The MFB-522 is an analog drumcomputer with nine fully analog instruments and a step-sequencer with 16 steps. It can store up to 72 patterns and eight songs. You can edit your sounds in a similar way as on a Roland TR. The best part is that it will only cost you 280 euro. Read More

  • The Leipzig: An analog synth in a digital world

    The Leipzig: An analog synth in a digital world

    This cool looking synth, call the Leipzig is completely analog all the way out to the MIDI out, creating odd noises using only the technology your dad would have used in his college band. You can tweak all of the sounds with the built-in knobs and slider and the keyboard lets you ad Moog-ification to almost any song. Read More

  • Digital transition 90 days away. Are you and your family ready?

    Digital transition 90 days away. Are you and your family ready?

    The Digital Transition is mere months away and still, many have questions and misconceptions about the February 17, 2009 switch. It can be confusing but your family is relying on you to get it right. Follow the link for some frequently asked questions and answers. Read More

  • Winegard releasing a battery-powered DTV converter box

    Winegard releasing a battery-powered DTV converter box

    What a novel idea; a battery-powered DTV converter box. I believe this is the first of it’s kind and I’m thankfully Winegard has developed the little bugger. With analog broadcasts going black on February 17, a lot of folks backup TVs are not going to work without a DTV box. The details are still a little grey on the converter itself, but it seems like there is going to be an option… Read More

  • Digital imaging finally kills off the last Polaroid plants

    [photopress:polo.jpg,full,center] One of the unfortunate aspects of the so-called digital revolution is that older, analog technologies get left behind. With digital cameras, Polaroid photos are being replaced. Digitals are more instant, and usually look better, though there’s something about the primary colors and blurry edges of a Polaroid that will always rule. Those days are soon to… Read More

  • Zenith DTT900 converts digital TV signals to analog, extends life of older TVs

    Zenith DTT900 converts digital TV signals to analog, extends life of older TVs

    Zenith has come out with an affordable digital-to-analog TV signal converter box, the DTT900. The box, which makes it debut at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, takes the digital TV signal that broadcasters are required to use come next year and converts them to an analog signal, useable on older TVs. The digital signal that broadcasters will have to use starting February… Read More

  • Pinnacle Video Transfer makes analog-to-digital transfer super easy

    Pinnacle Video Transfer makes analog-to-digital transfer super easy

    And it’s kind of sexy. Analog devices these days aren’t really getting the sleek design of all-digital devices like the shiny, candylike PMPs or what have you. So this little gadget might look a little out of place with its gleaming carapace besmirched by component cables. But in the end, the function is what matters: it takes whatever you stream into it via component or S-Video, and… Read More

 
  • LG to supply TV converters for US government program

    LG to supply TV converters for US government program

    For some, February 17, 2009 is going to be a frustrating day, as it marks the end of the line for American analog television broadcasts. Those with old-school wood-paneled TVs are going to either need to go out and buy a new set or purchase a converter box to be able to view the new digital channels. If I wasn’t already gadget-obsessed, I’d be mad as hell if someone forced me to… Read More

  • Stick It to the RIAA Like It's 1992

    Back in the ’90s, I was in a few “popular” local indie-rock bands. These were in the days of analog recording in a digital world, only high-end peecees had CD-R capabilities, and those were mostly for data purposes. Thus, the library of my greatest guitar licks and sad songs about girls who’s names I’ve forgotten is all on analog tapes. Thankfully, I’ve come… Read More

  • Dutch Ditch Analog TV, Go Digital

    Dutch Ditch Analog TV, Go Digital

    As of midnight Dutch time, whatever the hell that is, last night, analog television was discontinued in the Netherlands. The bandwidth formerly used by analog airwaves will now be put to use by Royal KPN NV for digital TV. As part of its agreement, KPN shouldered the cost of building the digital infrastructure and it must continue to broadcast three state-supported channels and a bunch of regional… Read More

  • Meet the Antikythera Mechanism

    You can take your Treos, iPods, Laptops, HDTVs, xBoxen, PSPs, and Cellphones and forget them. Do you know where they’ll be in 100 years, or even 10? No way. How about in 2156 years? Yah, that’s what we though. That’s because these gadgets, no matter how practical and ubiquitous, are things we rightly take for granted, they’re the state of the art. None of them are ahead of… Read More