We've compiled the latest gear news, including CES Awards for LG's upcoming products, new projectors from Optoma and BenQ, and the launch of Hulu Support for the Nintendo Switch.
From product announcements and streaming app updates to general industry news and recent gear trends, keeping up with the latest tech news can be a daunting task. With that in mind, we're here to offer you a roundup of some of the latest gear and consumer electronics news that you may have missed.
For this edition, we're covering LG's new CES 2018 Innovation Awards, the arrival of Hulu on the Nintendo Switch, and the release of new HD projectors from Optoma and BenQ.
So, without further ado, here's a rundown of some of the latest gear and tech news:
LG Receives CES 2018 Innovation Awards
LG has received several CES 2018 Innovation awards for its upcoming products. Recognized devices include new OLED TVs and flagship smartphones.
The company has been honored for its tech and design across eight categories, including Video Displays, Home Appliances, Wireless Handsets, Smart Home, Digital Imaging, Home Audio & Video Components, Computer Peripherals, and Embedded Technologies. Though specific models and product details won't be revealed until CES 2018 in January, LG's new OLED displays are among the winners. Likewise, the company has earned its 12th CES Best of Innovations Award for a unique new product that will make its debut at the show.
CES 2018 will be held from January 9-12 in Las Vegas. The full list of LG winners will be revealed during the company's CES press conference on January 8.
Hulu Brings Streaming App to Nintendo Switch
Hulu has announced the launch of its streaming app on the Nintendo Switch. This marks the release of the first streaming service on the console so far.
As part of the update, Switch owners can now download the Hulu app directly from the Nintendo eShop, giving them access to the Hulu on-demand service and Hulu Live TV service on the big-screen or on the go. The Hulu with Live TV platform currently costs $40 per month and combines a live/on-demand TV service with Hulu's standard streaming collection.
The Live service includes access to content from ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, with local live broadcast affiliate programming immediately available in many markets; live sporting events from top pro and college leagues on channels like CBS Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports, NBC Sports and TNT; regional sports networks in many markets; news channels like CNN, CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business and MSNBC; lifestyle programming from Bravo, E!, Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel; additional networks like A&E, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Disney Channel, Freeform, FX, HISTORY, Lifetime, National Geographic, TBS, USA Network, Viceland, and more. Live TV subscribers also get to enjoy Hulu's existing streaming plan with limited commercials and more than 3500 TV and film titles. In addition, users can subscribe to add-on packages for HBO, Cinemax, and Showtime.
A current standard Hulu subscription starts at $8 per month with commercials. In addition, ad-free playback is available for $12 per month. The Nintendo Switch is now available for prices starting at $300.
Optoma Details Flexible ProAV Short Throw Projectors
Optoma has revealed the newest additions to its 515 projector series. The ProScene WU515TST and EH515TST projectors are geared toward professional installation use in corporate environments.
"The Optoma ProScene WU515TST and EH515TST projectors are best-in-class fixed lens, short throw projectors that provide maximum installation flexibility, which is critical for our customers’ projection needs," said Brian Soto, head of product management, Optoma Technology. "These two new additions to the 515 series provide high lumen options to the fixed lens category – a first for the industry that will appeal to a variety of venues."
The Optoma ProScene WU515TST produces a WUXGA resolution of 1920 x 1200 and is rated for 5,500 ANSI lumens of brightness. Meanwhile the Optoma ProScene EH515TST is capable of a full HD resolution of 1920x1080 HD and is rated for 5,000 ANSI lumens of brightness. Both short throw models feature lightweight, easy to mount designs with support for projecting a 100-inch image from 6 feet away, enabling simple installation for various ProAV applications. Likewise, the units provide four corner geometric correction horizontal and vertical lens shift, and a 0.79:1TR lens.
Here's a rundown of key specs for both models per Optoma:
- Contrast Ratio: 10,000:1
- 4 Digital Inputs, including HDBaseT, DisplayPort and HDMI with MHL technology
- Throw Ratio: .79:1
- 12v trigger and Wired Remote
- Audio: Two 10-watt speakers
The ProScene WU515TST is available for an MSRP of $2,999 and the ProScene EH515TST is available for an MSRP of $2,899.
BenQ Preps TH671ST HD Projector for $749
BenQ has unveiled its latest projector model. Geared toward video entertainment and gaming applications, the TH671ST offers a fast response time, short throw support, and an affordable price.
"Enjoyable home entertainment today shouldn't be limited by price or environment," said Rachel Dohmann, marketing manager at BenQ America Corp. "The high-def BenQ TH671ST is enriched with all the latest features you'd only expect from big-ticket projectors. Now homeowners can maximize their budget with an entertainment projector that delivers immersive gaming and movie-watching experiences, and takes advantage of today's range of mobile content sources — all with incredibly easy setup for any living room."
The TH671ST features a full HD resolution of 1080p along with a low 16.67-ms input lag and microsecond DMD response time, making it well-suited for use with video game consoles. In addition, the unit is rated for 3,000 lumens of brightness and uses BenQ's LumiExpert technology, which automatically adjusts visual brightness to coincide with a room's ambient light conditions. Likewise, the device offers short-throw capabilities enabling support for projecting a 100-inch image from as little as five feet. An integrated 5W stereo speaker is included as well, along with a USB-A power port for connecting wireless streaming dongles like a Chromecast, FireTV stick, or Roku. Finally, the projector also features a LampSave mode for up to 15,000 hours of use.
BenQ's TH671ST Full HD Projector is set to launch soon for a suggested retail price of $749.
Source: BenQ via HomeToys