Philips

  • Philips Ambisound First Impressions

    I had the pleasure of checking out a few of Philips upcoming products today in Times Square and I’m not lying when I tell you that I’m pretty darn excited about a few products. The Ambisound home theater system, for instance, caught me by surprise. The sound quality was on par with other top of the line systems and its streamlined design adds a touch of class to any media center. Read More

  • Color A4 E-Paper: Porn Just Got Even Portable-er

    LG and Philips just announced that they’ve created the first A4-sized sheet of color e-paper, a massive step forward in the future of portable reading matter and/or pornography. Trust me — the first color e-paper device will not be used to deliver an illustrated version of As I Lay Dying to the masses. The sheet is completely flexible and uses power only to redraw the screen during… Read More

  • Philips NX ProntoLite Remote Rules The Living Room

    Those of you with pricey home theater installations may want to check out the latest offering in remote controls from Philips. The NX ProntoLite is a touch-screen remote control that can control basically anything with an IR port. A huge VGA screen lets you easily pick channels, control room lighting, and even stream music via a built-in server. Should you need it, you can control an… Read More

  • DLO Jam Jacket, Now With Useful Feature

    DLO, recently acquired by Philips, announced today an updated version of its popular iPod case, the Jam Jacket. Like the old Jackets, the product is designed to protect your DAP from dings and damage by encapsulating it in a rubberized sleeve. Pretty standard stuff. As a point of innovation, however, the new Jacket features a headphone management system that allows you to spool your… Read More

  • Philips VOIP8411B Skype Phone Does The Job While Looking Pretty

    With the VOIP8411B, Philips jumps into the hurly-burly world of Skype handsets. Fortunately for the Dutch conglomerate, its handset is the best looking of the bunch. It doesn’t do anything that other Skype handsets don’t do—make Skype-to-Skype and SkypeOut phone calls—but it also works as a POTS handset. Remarkable! Read More

  • Philips Electronics Buys Accessory-maker DLO

    Royal Philips Electronics today announced that it will acquire US-based Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO), which designs, markets and distributes a gazillion-and-one accessories namely for Apple’s iPods. This includes docking stations, FM transmitters, cables and cases. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2007, upon which DLO will become part of the… Read More

  • Battery Backup in a Cellphone


    The Philips Xenium NRG — apparently Zorbiantium SPRFLY was already taken — is the first “commercial” mobile phone to use Techitium’s BackuPower system which allows phone users to add a little AAA battery to a phone to get a bit more juice without charging. The old fella at their booth wouldn’t let me take pictures, but it basically looks like a white… Read More

  • Now We're Cooking With iPods

    Just the other day I was praying to the iPod gods for an under-cabinet multimedia player to accommodate my iPod in the kitchen. Shazam! Philips has announced the DCD778 Docking Entertainment System for iPods, DVD, (S)VCD, MP3-CD, CD-RW and Picture CDs. The entertainment hub features an 8.5-inch widescreen LCD, built-in ATSC/NTSC TV tuner, digital FM/AM tuner, two 2-inch speakers, wireless… Read More

  • Damnit, Jim. I'm a Doctor, Not a Tablet

    The biggest problem with the medical industry is that it is far behind on information technology. Patient records aren’t synchronized or shared with others, and it’s difficult to make sense and organize all the information that is coming in about a patient. One solution could be the Philips Mobile Clinical Assistant, or MCA. the MCA is sort of a cross between a tablet PC and PDA. Read More

  • Google and Microsoft Working on Wireless Device?

    , we receive info that Microsoft is working in conjunction with Google, Dell, HP, Intel and Philips. A report in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer suggests that the companies plan to submit a new will soon submit a prototype device to U.S. regulators for testing. The report goes on to claim that MS will be developing the prototype and the rest of the coalition’s involvement remains… Read More

  • CES 2007: Dear Diary…Hump Day Part One


    It’s finally Wednesday, January 10. It’s my last day of meetings. Seven of them in a row starting bright and early with Akimbo and their CEO who’s named same as me. Put simply, Akimbo is a content provider. They deliver Web-based video to TVs. They’re not trying to replace broadcast, satellite, or cable TV, but offer options that are more tailored for your personal… Read More

  • Philips DVD Players Play Nice With iPods


    Yesterday at the Philips press conference they announced two DVD players with iPod docks. The 7-inch DCP750 and 8-inch DCP850 boast swivel screens and support DivX playback on DVD+-R, DVD+-RW, and (S)VCD formats. Each player includes a car adapter to keep the rugrats quiet or feel free to drain the 2.5 hour battery watching all that pron I know you all have. Not to shabby for $150 and… Read More

  • Philips Makes Millionth Ambilight FlatTV


    The millionth 42-inch Ambilight FlatTV has been produced at Philips’ manufacturing facility in Burges, Belgium. How’s that for a milestone? Hopefully it was made to Flemish cheers and rounds of Stella. Frankly I’m surprised they’ve produced so many of these beasties. The Ambilight system is said to contribute to the viewing experience by casting ambient light from… Read More

  • Philips amBX Blows You

    Strangely enough, this is the first chance I’ve gotten to see Philips amBX system, an add-on that creates ambient environments for PC gaming. It consists of three lights, two on the side and one “splash light” on the back of the laptop/PC. Then there are two fans and a rumble strip on the keyboard. The result is a refreshing blast of fresh air when you’re flying around… Read More

  • Phillips Brings Ambient to Video Games

    There is nothing worse than playing a video game and having no peripheral stimulation. Sure, you’ve got the big TV, you’re playing Halo, you get the Wraith, but everything surrounding your 42″ flat panel is distracting the hell out of you. There is no remedy. But Philips has an idea. It’s taken that “ambient backlit flat TV” thing up a notch with its… Read More

  • Magic Lightboard…Y'know, For Kids

    Here’s a new toy from the land of hot tea and The Who. It’s a small board that allows you to draw animated images. As the product page puts it, the Magic Lightboard allows kids to “bring their creations to life.” It could also be used to “make the shopping list a little more fun for mum and dad.” It reminds me a lot of the Philips Wall/Light Pen Concept thing. Read More

  • Philips Shows Off New Concepts

    Philips has been holding its annual concepts show this week at the ExCel Centre in London and there are a few things that came out of it that are really, really cool. There is a health monitor that sits in your bathroom and records your weight, body fat ratio, hydration levels, and body shape measurements. There are touch-sensitive light and sound adjusters that look like giant, glowing… Read More

  • Philips Rumbling Gaming Headphones

    This pair of headphones from Philips goes around your neck like a neck cushion (as seen in The Office last night) and have a pair of earbuds that go into your ear. When an appropriate sound effect is fired, the neck “brace” rumbles around and lets you feel the action. The Philips Sonic Vibes do look somewhat weird, and hopefully they designed it well enough not to give you… Read More

  • Philips Brings New Approach to Portable Media

    Philips is doing something it’s not normally known for – being innovative in the digital media space. Their new PMP, the PMC7230, plays back MPEGs, MP3s, and PlaysForSure Windows Media files on its 3.5-inch screen. While there’s nothing special there, it’s got a couple other unique things going for it that separates it from the crowded pack. Take, for example, its… Read More

  • Philips Offers Entertainment Solutions

    Philips made official today a bunch of devices that have trickled out over the past few weeks. The Pronto TSU9600 remote costs more than my Philips HDTV. This remote includes compatiblity for virtually every device known to man through IR support. It, unfortunately, doesn’t include RF, but for $1,299.99, I guess you can make a concession (nice logic). It has 64MB of onboard memory and… Read More