The xMac™ Mini Server from Sonnet can transform a Mac mini Server with Thunderbolt Technology into an Enterprise Class Rack Mount Server by providing PCIe 2.0 expansion system in a 1U rackmount enclosure. delivers strategic airflow cooling. It features two PCIe 2.0 expansion slots (with a 100W power supply and fans) that connect to the Mac mini via its Thunderbolt port, a central power hub for the Mac mini and PCIe cards, an additional Thunderbolt port for daisy chaining to other Thunderbolt devices. The xMac mini Server even provides a front panel USB port and a power button. The PCIe expansion slots power on and off in unison with the Mac mini.
LogicVision’s Large Print Skins and keyboards for Mac and PC keyboards could help both visually impaired computer users but may have applications in any low light situation. They cost from $35 for the skin to just under $100 for the keyboard.
The LogicLight from LogicKeyboard is a USB powered light to help illuminate your keyboard in low light situations. I thought it might be good for Duke Media Services or Duke’s Theatrical Department who may have to use computers in situations where lighting might not be conducive for computing. Sells for around $20.
The new WACOM Cintiq 24HD brings direct draw tablet technology to full HD resolution. The size was impressive as was the cost, listing for just under $2600. It says it can reproduce up to 92% of the Adobe RGB color gamut so should be able to be used for color accurate applications
One of the shockers of the show was the introduction of the $2,995 Digital Cinema Camera from Blackmagic Designs. That price comes with DaVinci Resolve color grading sofrware and UltraScope hardware/software waveform monitoring. The camera features 13 stops dynamic range (which is good and wide) 2.5 k high resolution sensor, built in SSD recorder (uses standard cards), touch LCD metadata recording and Thunderbolt connectivity. Standard Canon EF lenses can be used on the camera. It was strange seeing a traditional NAB camera display at the BlackMagic booth. It was packed!
Gefen’s AV Conference Room Processor contains everything one would need to deploy a simple conference or classroom including multiple input video switcher, built-in audio amplifier and scaler - scaling up to 2K or 1080p Full HD resolution, supporting large-scale HDTV displays. It has a control interface (comes with a IR remote control) and is configurable and controllable from the web (see iPad below). List price is $1799.
The new SONY Dev-5 and Dev-3 digital recording binoculars provide full HD resolutoin in 2D or 3D plus 7.1 megapixel stills. With 10x optical zoom (10x digital) they can be used for wildlife observation/recording or during sporting events. The binocs sell for just under $2000 for the DEV-5 and $1399 for the DEV-3 which has no digital zoom, eye cups or GPS tagging.
The Ikegami HDL 45E features a 2/3 inch 2.3 Mega pixel AIT CCDs for low noise low light applications. By using 1920×1080 pixel sensors, there is no conversion performed within the camera - the full resolution from the sensors in maintained through to the camera output. Full remote control can be achieved through Ikegami’s remote control devices.
The new Hitachi HV-HD33 is designed for applications where high sensitivity, low-noise, and low-user intervention operation are required. It uses a 1/3-inch C-mount lens. The camera has the distinct advantage of outputting SDI at multiple frame rates and TV signal standards.
At a list of $4795, the new Pansonic AG-AC160 AVCCAM HD handheld camcorder features variable frame rate recording in 1080p, Linear PCM audio, and a HD-SDI output. Other features include a high-sensitivity 1/3″, full-HD 2.2 megapixel U.L.T. (Ultra Luminance Technology) 3-MOS imager as well as 22X HD zoom lens (the longest in its class), to offer a wide field of view and operability much like an interchangeable lens. The camera records utilizing MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 at bitrates from 24Mbps to 6 Mbps and can shoot at different frequencies to accommodate its use anywhere in the world. The AC160′s Variable Frame Rate (VFR) function provides overcranking for slow-motion and undercranking for fast-motion effects.