Sony Announces New FE 20mm F1.8 G Large-aperture Ultra-wide-angle Prime Lens

Sony today announced the launch of a new G Lens series, the FE 20mm F1.8 G (Model name SEL20F18G). Ensuring excellent G Lens resolution and bokeh, the FE 20mm F1.8 G is a compact, lightweight, ultra-wide prime – the widest full-frame prime lens in the E-mount line-up. The smart lens design features two AA (advanced aspherical) elements, three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements for the effective suppression of chromatic aberration and delivery of high corner-to-corner image quality even at the maximum aperture F1.8.

The compact design and versatility of the FE 20mm F1.8 G make it the perfect all-rounder for photographers and videographers. It has excellent close-up performance with a minimum focus distance of 0.19 metres (max. magnification: 0.2 times) and delivers beautiful bokeh. Weighing only 373g, its small size and light weight make it truly mobile when used with compact E-mount bodies as part of a well-balanced system that is ideal for use on gimbals or accessory grips. The use of two XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors delivers fast, precise and quiet auto focusing for both stills and video shooting.

Designed to be dust and moisture resistant and having a fluorine front element coating, the FE 20mm F1.8 G is highly reliable and easy to operate. It offers a customisable focus hold button and an aperture ring with a click on/off switch. It is also compatible with a variety of 67mm filters for extra creative control. The Sony FE 20mm F1.8 G will be available in Europe from March 2020, priced at approximately €1100 Euros.

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EIZO Announces World’s First True HDR Reference Monitor With Built-in Calibration Sensor for Professional Color Grading

EIZO today announced world’s first true HDR reference monitor with a built-in calibration sensor – ColorEdge PROMINENCE CG3146. EIZO ColorEdge PROMINENCE CG3146 is a 31.1-inch, DCI-4K (4096 x 2160) HDR reference monitor for the professional post production and color grading workflow. It is the successor model to EIZO’s flagship HDR reference monitor, the ColorEdge PROMINENCE CG3145.The monitor achieves 1000 cd/m2 (typical) high brightness and 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio for true HDR display.

The ColorEdge PROMINENCE CG3146 supports HLG (hybrid log-gamma) and the PQ (perceptual quantization) curve for displaying and editing broadcast, film, and other video content in HDR. The optimized gamma curves render images to appear truer to how the human eye perceives the real world compared to SDR (standard dynamic range). The ColorEdge PROMINENCE CG3146 is equipped with a temperature sensor for accurately measuring the temperature inside the monitor, as well as estimating the temperature of the surrounding environment. With this temperature sensing and estimation technology, the monitor adjusts in real time, so gradations, color, brightness, and other characteristics continue to be displayed accurately.

EIZO uses AI (artificial intelligence) in the estimation algorithm of the monitor so it can distinguish between various temperature changing patterns to calculate even more accurate correction. EIZO’s patented digital uniformity equalizer (DUE) technology also counterbalances the influences that a fluctuating temperature may have on color temperature and brightness for stable image display across the screen. With EIZO’s ColorNavigator 7 color management software, users can regularly calibrate and quality control their monitor quickly and reliably. The ColorEdge PROMINENCE CG3146 will begin shipping in April 2020. Date of availability varies by country.

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CNC Machining Is The Foundation Of The Future

Various reports in the last year or two have indicated that the CNC machining industry is set up for significant growth. This industry can involve a number of different specific practices, but broadly speaking it concerns the use of automated equipment to cut, turn, and shape materials so as to form final products. And in late 2019, AP News cited market projections forecasting a near doubling of this industry in the span between 2018 and 2028, as a result of “increasing awareness about energy and heavy industry worldwide.”

Those reasons indicate a forward-looking approach that should continue to position CNC machining as the foundation of the future – at least where manufacturing processes are concerned. It would be one thing if the industry were merely growing as a result of some successful business and increase exposure. But the fact that growth is being driven by the awareness of a need to change how we handle mass production could spark a more lasting state of expansion.

More specifically, there are a number of factors at play that fit in with this forward-looking approach, and which should further cement CNC machining’s place in near-future manufacturing.

Electric Car Parts :
Last year here at Far East Gizmos we highlighted Nissan’s use of robots to make replacement parts for cars. It was a fun example of how advanced, “smart” machinery is changing the very core of automotive industries. And in a way, CNC machining is another example of the same concept, which is particularly exciting for electric vehicles.

We tend to think of EVs as ordinary cars that have simply been adjusted to operate without ordinary fuel. In many cases though, EV manufacturers are working with a wide range of new parts, from aluminum body components (keeping the cars light and strong) to small internal pieces, such as suitable casings for batteries. Additionally, these manufacturers tend to want to keep the process eco-friendly, rather than just the cars themselves. CNC machining addresses all of these needs, making construction more efficient (and thus more eco-friendly) and helping to quickly mass-produce new parts to exact specifications. It should thus be of tremendous use helping us into the near future of automobiles.

Quick & Easy Prototypes :
Another aspect of the near future that CNC machining can help with is entrepreneurism, and specifically new product creation. While this sort of machining is most commonly discussed with regard to large industries (such as the electric vehicle market touched on above), one of the most valuable aspects of it is its ability to assist with prototype creation.

Describing commercial CNC machining services available to all, Fictiv reveals that quotes for projects can be obtained in minutes and parts designed and received in just three days’ time. That, when you think about it, makes for an amazing level of efficiency for, say, a startup seeking a prototype for a new design, or even individual experimenting with design. In this sense, the simple availability of such quick, on-demand CNC machining should help to further the existing wave of entrepreneurism we see in so many parts of the world today.

Outer Space Use :
Now for the really fun one: It’s also been speculated that CNC machining is soon going to be put to use in outer space. To be clear, the process is already part of various aspects of the creation and maintenance of space-bound vessels and their equipment. Here though, we’re referring to the idea of CNC machines actually being built onto spacecraft, loaded into space stations, or potentially even transported to extraterrestrial surfaces (namely, the Moon or Mars).

The idea is that with these machines on hand, astronauts would be able to fix and replace certain items, and even download and create designs relating to needs that arise during their voyages. It’s not a concrete concept just yet, but it is an exciting CNC machining application we could see in the next decade.

3D Printing Compatibility :
3D printing gets a lot more attention than CNC machining, and it’s easy to understand why. The former is simply a more futuristic concept, at least on the surface, whereas CNC machining can seem more like an upgrade to more traditional manufacturing methods. Regardless though, what’s worth pointing out here is that the two are compatible and will likely be linked in numerous interesting ways moving forward.

We mentioned that CNC machines are often valued for their ability to create prototypes efficiently – and sometimes those prototypes actually serve as the basis for 3D printing projects. Basically, CNC machining can serve as a means of getting a design just right, and can then produce an item that is used to establish the exact measurements and other specifications for a mass production 3D printing effort. It’s a general idea, but it speaks to the fact that while we expect to see a lot of exciting 3D printing news in the coming years, CNC machining might be behind a number of them.

Fully Digital Supply Chains :
The effort to digitize supply chains gets a lot of attention these days. It can improve operational efficiency, reduce carbon footprints, and improve conditions and even safety for workers. Talking Logistics conveys in look at these efforts, much of the transition work comes down to automating communication between systems and devices. The idea is to get everything from warehouse machines to shipping vehicles, to sensors on products in sync, interacting, and producing data.

CNC machining and a few other manufacturing methods with similar relations to automation can take the digitization of supply chains even further. With these machines able to create products by themselves, they can be synced up with systems such that they respond to a business’s needs automatically, report on their own performance, and ensure the smoothest possible manufacturing process. That’s not something we’ll necessarily see or hear about as consumers, but if related businesses simply become more reliable in the coming years, this will likely be one reason why. 

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5G Eyewear – Skip The Phone Go Straight To Visuals?

5G eyewear will be real, this is not clickbait or a joke by any stretch of the imagination.

With the understanding that 5G allows for much higher throughput of data, the content quality can also be much higher.  With this in mind we can enter augmentation and virtual environments. 4G and our trusty smartphones, though great for many reasons are not really the powerhouses required for this transcendence of tech.

So, although it can be argued  these devices can be used as the processing backbone of  future gadgetry. The likelihood is that they wont be the power behind them. Why will we need a large device in our pockets when we could be looking through sunglasses at every app visualisation directly in front of us? In thin air so to speak.

All we will actually require in our pocket is a processing unit that has some kind of source of power. This unit will of course need to connect wirelessly in some form or another. This PCPU (Pocket Central Processing Unit) will probably have some way of generating its own power through smart clothing. In essence, your kinetic movements could power it.

5G Eyewear

Your options here are going to be quite extensive. You could try an eye contact device such as the one being developed by Mojo Vision. These contact lenses are exactly what augmented reality is about. The site explains very well the devices possibilities which are extensive.

You could also try glasses. There are already basic versions of these available today. Most are Heads up displays (HUDS’s) though.

We will go all out here in predicting most phone manufacturers will switch to visual devices. They may also accompany these with a pocket device for all the processing in the background. It is more likely though that some company will corner the market with the PCPU. It will then be this device that will connect with all other eye products out there.

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Samsung Begins Mass Production of Industry’s First 16GB LPDDR5 DRAM for Next-Generation Premium Smartphones

Samsung today announced that it has begun mass production of industry’s first 16-gigabyte (GB) LPDDR5 mobile DRAM package for next-generation premium smartphones. Samsung’s 16GB LPDDR5 mobile DRAM package consists of eight 12-gigabit (Gb) chips and four 8Gb chips, equipping premium smartphones with twice the DRAM capacity found in many higher-end laptops and gaming PCs today. Following mass production of the industry-first 12GB LPDDR5 in July, 2019, the new 16GB advancement will lead the premium mobile memory market with added capacity that enables enhanced 5G and AI features including graphic-rich gaming and smart photography.

Data transfer rate for the 16GB LPDDR5 comes in at 5,500 megabits per second (Mb/s), approximately 1.3 times faster than the previous mobile memory (LPDDR4X, 4266Mb/s). Compared to an 8GB LPDDR4X package, the new mobile DRAM delivers more than 20-percent energy savings while providing up to twice the capacity. Along with the blazing-fast performance, the industry’s largest capacity supports dynamic and responsive game play as well as ultra-high-resolution graphics on premium smartphones for highly immersive mobile gaming experiences.

As Samsung continues to expand LPDDR5 mobile DRAM production
at its Pyeongtaek site, the company plans to mass-produce 16Gb LPDDR5 products
based on third-generation 10nm-class (1z) process technology in the second half
of this year, in line with the development of a 6,400Mb/s chipset.

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Folding Phone – Do We Need It? Or, Is It Just A Gimmick?

Folding phone used to be called the flip phone back in the days of the early 2000’s. Back then it was Motorola hyping their flipping phone. Since then phones have developed into more usable items. They have become thinner so that they are not so bulky in the pocket for starters. The need for the fold was removed along with the keyboard at the bottom.

Folding Phone?

Today keyboards are part of the software in the phone. So, the question has to arise; why are folding phones making a come-back?

Were there a large amount of smartphone users calling the manufacturers of their device and asking for a folding version? We doubt it very much. Upon asking around the office and speaking to friends and family members. None have said, categorically ‘yes’ they want a folding version of their phone so far.

We will not go into the extra resources required to make this new version of our phone screens. Rest assured, there will be added resources required. Even if the screen itself does not need anything extra, the manufacturing of them will. To complement this the added wear needs to be factored in. When the average smartphone user checks an app at least once an hour this is a lot of added wear on a hinge. Also a lot of replacement screens we imagine…

Therefore, in our current world of greener pastures where every manufacturer seems to be trying to win over the ‘save the planet’ crowd (myself included). The success of a new folding phone paradigm is slim at best. Which lends itself fully to the question; is this just a gimmick aiming to wring a few more pennies out of the unwitting consumer? Before we transition to something other than phones of course.

So, looking at it from a realistic perspective. You are purchasing a device that possibly, has a pre-designed weak point.

Unless a manufacturer can. of course, get in touch with us and explain how their design is actually a greener alternative, we will leave this as it stands until that day.

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Sony stellt neue Smartphones vor

Traditionell wäre Sony heute früh auf dem Mobile World Congress mit seiner Pressekonferenz an der Reihe gewesen. Da dieser nicht stattfindet gibt es die Neuheiten heute ganz unspektakulär als Pressemitteilung. Hier findet ihr alle Infos zum neuen Sony Xperia 1 II, dem Sony Xperia 10 II und dem Sony Xperia L4.

Sony Xperia 1 II

Mit dem Xperia 1 II stellen die Japaner ihr neues Spitzenmodell vor, welches auch gleichzeitig das erste 5G Smartphone von Sony wird. Wie auch beim Vorgänger setzt man hier auf ein etwas langgezogenes Display im 21:9 Format. Das OLED-Panel hat eine  Diagonale von 6,5 Zoll und eine 4K Auflösung. Als Prozessor setzt Sony auf die Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G-Mobile Plattform mit X55 5G Modem. Für das System gibt es 8 GB Arbeitsspeicher und für den Benutzer 256 GB internen Speicher der sich mittels microSD-Karte erweitern lässt.

Sony Xperia 1 II - Purple
Sony Xperia 1 II - Black

Die verbaute Triple-Kamera bietet 16 mm Ultraweitwinkel, 24 mm Weitwinkel und 70 mm Telezoom mit jeweils 12 Megapixeln. Für den Autofokus setzt man auf eine Technologie der Sony Alpha 9 und zwar Echtzeit Augenautofokus (Eye AF). Hier bin ich schon sehr gespannt, immerhin verspricht Sony einen sehr schnellen und präzisen Autofokus.

Der Akku hat eine Kapazität von 4.000 mAh und kann über Qi kabellos geladen werden. Eine Schnellladefunktion erwähnt Sony hier nicht explizit. Für den kabelgebundenen Musikgenuss steht ein 3,5 mm Kopfhöreranschluss bereit. Das Xperia 1 II ist nach IP65/68 zertifiziert und somit vor Staub und Wasser geschützt.

Das Sony Xperia 1 II wird ab dem zweiten Quartal 2020 in den Farben Black und Purple zu einer UVP von 1.199 Euro auf den Markt kommen.

Sony Xperia 10 II

Auch die Mittelklasse wird wieder von Sony bedient, so bekommt auch das Xperia 10 einen Nachfolger. Ausgestattet ist es mit einem 6-Zoll Full HD+ OLED im 21:9 Format. Für die Leistung sorgt der Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, dazu gibt es 4 GB Arbeitsspeicher und 128 GB Speicher für den Benutzer der auch mittels microSD-Karte erweitert werden kann.

Sony Xperia 10 II - Black
Sony Xperia 10 II - White

Es ist eine Triple-Kamera verbaut mit 12 Megapixel, 8 Megapixel und 8 Megapixel. Sie bietet 16 mm Suerweitwinkel, 26 mm Weitwinkel, 52 mm Telezoom und kann auch 4K Videos aufzeichnen. Der Akku hat eine Kapazität von 3.600 mAh, eine Schnellladefunktion erwähnt Sony hier nicht. Der Fingerabdrucksensor befindet sich seitlich am Powerbutton.

Das Sony Xperia 10 II wird ab dem zweiten Quartal 2020 in den Farben Black und White zu einer UVP von 369 Euro auf den Markt kommen.

Sony Xperia L4

Zu guter Letzt das Xperia L4, ein Einsteiger-Smartphone mit 6,2 Zoll HD+ LCD im 21:9 Format. Als Prozessor kommt der MediaTek 6762 zum Einsatz der über 3 GB Arbeitsspeicher verfügt. der Benutzer erhält 64 GB internen Speicher der über eine microSD-Karte erweitert werden kann, falls gewünscht. Und auch wenn es sich um ein Einsteigergerät handelt, muss man nicht auf eine Multi-Cam verzichten. Sony verbaut hier eine Triple-Kamera mit 13 Megapixel, 5 Megapixel und 2 Megapixel. Detailliertere Informationen gibt Sony hier aber leider nicht bekannt, wir wissen hier nur dass man die Brennweite verändern kann und auch ein Ultraweitwinkel zur Verfügung steht. Ein 3,5mm Audioport ist auch vorhanden, ausserdem auch ein Fingerabdrucksensor an der Seite. Der Akku hat eine Kapazität von 3.580 mAh. Insgesamt ein durchaus interessantes Smartphone für den Preisbereich.

Das Sony Xperia L4 wird ab dem zweiten Quartal 2020 in den Farben Black und Blue zu einer UVP von 199 Euro auf den Markt kommen.

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