2011 Future Shop Digital Imaging Conference

On Wednesday, April 27, I had the opportunity to attend the invite-only Future Shop Digital Imaging Conference.  It was located at the Westin Harbor Castle in downtown Toronto, and all the major manufacturers were there to promote the latest and greatest products hitting the market this year.

I took many pictures and videos, but there were two manufacturers that really stood out: Sony and Contour.  Sony had a very impressive array of digital camcorders and cameras that were super impressive, not only specs wise, but in terms of functionality as well.  For example, the Sony HDR-PJ10 Camcorder has a built-in projector, so you don’t even need HDMI cables to hook it up to your HDTV. It is your TV. If that doesn’t impress you, I don’t know what will!

Another manufacturer that really stood out was Contour. They specialize in simplistic high definition camcorders to mount on your helmet while your skiing, snowboarding, riding your motorcycle, or even skydiving.  The Contour GPS model uses geo-tagging technology to track precisely where you are, how fast you’re going, and automatically uploads your progress to Facebook, Twitter, or any other social networking website. Super cool.

It was extremely exciting to see exactly where the digital imaging market is heading not only in 2011, but in 2012 and the future as well.  I can only imagine what the next five years has in store for us, especially with the current rate technology is progressing at.

The Rogers Xperia Arc & Play Launch Party!

On April 13, 2011, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the Rogers Xperia Arc & Play launch party, and it was an event that was not to be missed.

The launch party took place on Mill Street in Downtown Toronto, and was located inside the Boiler House.  Anyone who attended had the chance to try out the next generation smartphones manufactured by Sony’s Mobile Division.  On display were both the Xperia Arc and the Xperia Play, which are being released exclusively on the Rogers Wireless network on April 28, 2011.

You really have to see these devices in person to appreciate them.  The Xperia Play looked gorgeous, and the sliding mechanism, along with the tight integration with the PlayStation Network was seamless (check out the video below to see some hands-on footage of me with the Xperia Arc!).  The Xperia Arc, while quite large with its 4.2″ screen, is geared more towards a multimedia device, since it’s enabled with the Reality Display Mobile BRAVIA Engine.  It is stunning.

There were also a whole bunch of giveaways & free swag, including an Arc & Play given out as prizes, and Android keychains/lollipops that you just have to see to believe.  On top of all that, I met the one and only Editor-in-Chief of http://www.thecellularguru.com, Corey Herscu!  We talked for a while, cracked some jokes, and talked about technology – obviously!  I even told Mr. Herscu that his resemblance to Joshua Topolosky, former Editor-in-Chief of Engadget, was uncanny!  He was a super cool person, very laid back, and it was an honour to finally meet my technology idol!  🙂

Check out some pictures and videos of the launch party below, and I can’t wait to try out the Xperia Arc and Play on the 28th of April!

Rogers Xperia Play & Arc Launch Party Tomorrow!

They say good things come in three’s.  Well, in this case, consider it Rogers Wireless, Sony, and a launch party!

Tomorrow, I will be attending the Rogers Wireless exclusive, invite-only party to celebrate the launch of the latest Android-powered smartphones, the Xperia Play and Arc.  Each device serves its own purpose: the Play is for gaming, while the Arc is a pure multimedia monster.

Keep an eye out on http://www.roflmaocopter.com tomorrow evening, where I will be blogging live from the event!  Thanks @RogersBuzz!

PlayStation Phone Video: Finally

After about a week of being teased with endless pictures, there is finally a video showing the PlayStation Phone a.k.a. Zeus Z1 in action.  It looks awesome.  Just awesome.  And it is indeed running Gingerbread, which just makes this phone that much more droolworthy.  Check it out below!

More Playstation Phone Rumours: Revealed on December 9?

Add this to the rumour mill.  The Playstation Phone is apparently either going to be announced or even released on December 9th, following an exclusive announcement/invite that French blog Nowhereelse received.

Now, we have some new information from sources at Sony saying that the Playstation Phone will not be released on the ninth of December, but no mention was made regarding an announcement.

But another interesting thing to drool over is the fact that Sony Ericsson is planning on using the Bravia Engine in the Playstation Phone, which is said to have a “mind-blowing display” that would be on par, if not better, than the iPhone 4’s screen.

December 9th couldn’t come any sooner.

[Thanks Electronista]