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Toshiba Reveals 2011 TV Line Up - With Places

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Toshiba Reveals 2011 TV Line-Up - With Places

While we saw a lot of smart and connected TVs at CES earlier this year, Toshiba seemed to be focusing on its glasses-free TVs. Yesterday however, the company unveiled its line-up for 2011 including Toshiba Places.

Toshiba Places is the company's smart platform, giving users access to video, music, social media, news and games via different apps. The service offers a single sign-on feature which will mean once you have set up the system you'll only have to sign in once to access all the content. Places will be available on a range of products including TVs, PCs and tablets - having been optimised for each device. Initially it will only be available in certain countries in Europe, though Toshiba has said it will be rolling out the service to more countries and products in the coming months.

55ZL1

Getting on to the TVs, the flagship model from Toshiba this year will be the 55ZL1 which will be the first TV to come with the CEVO-engine and with 512 zones of local dimming among the 3,072 LEDs. The seven-core CEVO CPU promises to deliver film studio picture quality and enhanced 3D features. The 55ZL1 also incorporates facial recognition technology which will allow it to tailor what is on screen depending on who is watching. It features active shutter technology 3D technology and the 55in model will be shipping in Europe this May.

VL863

Next up is the VL863 series which features polarisation filter technology for 3D reproduction, meaning no more heavy active shutter glasses, instead using glasses like those typically found in cinemas. Toshiba will even ship these models with four free pairs of glasses. The VL863 series will come in 42in and 47in models and will be available in the second quarter of 2011. The UL863 series does away with 3D technology but keeps facial recognition, access to Toshiba Places and also includes built-in Wi-Fi. The UL863 series will come in sizes ranging from 32in to 46in and will be available in the summer.

UL863

Finally the SL833 series is the budget offering, doing away with the built-in Wi-Fi but holding onto facial recognition and Toshiba Places access. The SL833 series will be available again in sizes ranging from 32in to 46in and will ship next month. Toshiba has not announced the prices for these models yet but we'll keep you up to date once we know.

Source: Toshiba 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

theDman

April 6, 2011, 5:10 pm

7 core cpu? for a tv???!
ps3 Cell chip anyone? I wonder if it is derived from it...

Enigma

April 6, 2011, 8:04 pm

@theDman have read of this TR story: http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

"the Toshiba, IBM and Sony-developed Cell chip making it possible to record or stream up to eight high-definition channels simultaneously, or up to 48 standard definition channels."

However, really this is nothing, like lot of the Consumer electronics tech it is derived from industrial technology used some 10+ years ago. Multicore processors were developed for super-computing - enter IBM! Remember Scientists created e-mails and internet so they could communicate with each other more swiftly via their computers!!!!

The irony is these super-computing derived products have made a lot of the super-computers like the Crays obsolete. What cunning scientists and engineers started doing (remember SETI? http://www.seti.org/ ) was take the guts of these consumer products and plug them together and run them in parallel. So in effect you could have 100 processors running in parallel! That was before PS3 Cell processor: "Why scientists love games consoles" - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sci...

That's why algebra and calculus etc are worth studying!

WARNING: Consider being a Scientist/Engineer/Mathematician ONLY if you are prepared to be POOR after years of studying and umpteenth degrees and are happy to just enjoy doing very, very exciting stuff! If you are that rare talent you might win a Nobel Prize and become a millionaire. Otherwise people like Steve Jobs, Sir James Dyson, Mr warren Buffet, Mr Roman Abramovich, Nokia, Vodafone, etc will get rich and powerful from YOUR work!

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