Today at CES International, Plextor announced the PlexEasy, a standalone external 8x DVD and CD burner that will burn discs from SD cards and USB-connected devices without the need for a PC. It can connect directly to a wide variety of devices including both mass storage devices and Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) devices such cameras, smartphones, tablets, and camcorders. Photos can be burnt directly from digital cameras and smartphones, regardless of OS, without copying the pictures onto a PC first or fiddling about with a disc-burning software.
With the Plextor PlexEasy, it’s now a three-step process:
1. connect the device,
2. insert a DVD or CD and
3. press a button to burn a backup.
The PlexEasy’s compatibility with mass storage devices allows almost any storage device to be connected – MP3 players, flash drives, external hard disks and even tablets. The PlexEasy can also copy from an inserted SD-card to the mass storage device for quick backups. Of course, the device can be connected to a PC and it then offers all the features of a high-end DVD burner with support for all types of CDs and DVDs.
Pictures, pricing and availability to follow.
The new Samsung SH100 digital camera is being introduced at CES 2011. It has 14x mega pixels with a 5x optical zoom and digital stabilization. There is a 3 inch LCD screen. Smart Access UI allows the user to control a range of camera features including the ability to click and flip through photos right from the LCD screen. You can quickly upload photos to your favorite photo site, such as Facebook, Picasa, Photobucket among others wirelessly from the camera.. An optional account with the mobile hotspot provider Boingo is available allowing the upload of larger files. Boingo has over 200,000 hotspots worldwide.
If you have an Android Powered Galaxy S smart phone you can connect the SH100 with the phone and view what you are shooting in real-time on the phone. This means you can hold the camera at any angle even over your head and still see what you shooting at in realtime on your phone. You can also set the camera up on a tripod and control the shutter from your phone. No more running back and forth from the camera to those you are taking pictures of. You can also use your phone to upload the GPS information on to the photo. As long as you are on the same network you can get your photos from your camera on to your computer wirelessly with just the push of two buttons. This is true even if the computer is turned off the feature is compatible with most computer’s Wake on Lan system. You can even send the pictures from the camera to your HDTV wirelessly using DLNA. You can also use it to take videos that can be upload to YouTube straight from the camera. At $199 it is affordable and a great purchase or gift for a young person who wants to be connected with their friends no matter where they are. It will be available in March 2011. The SH100 provides the instant satisfaction of a smart phone with the picture-taking capability of a stand alone camera.
Mr. Hyunho Chung Executive Vice President and Head of the Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics says it best “From our in-depth consumer research, we know that younger users have different needs from their digital camera. They don’t want to wait until they get home to share their favorite moments with their friends, they want to be able to do this instantly from wherever they are.” This is the perfect camera for such a person.