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Toshiba begins production of 240fps, fullHD video image sensor

Posted by wicked March - 23 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off


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Today, Toshiba announced that it has begun commercial production of its new T4K82 CMOS image sensor for smartphones and tablets. The sensor packs in high-end features which could give a boost to next-generation products.

The T4K82 is a 13 megapixel BSI (back-illuminated) CMOS image sensor, which is a match for most modern high-end smartphones. However, the big talking point is that Toshiba’s new chip is capable of 240fps interlaced slow-motion video capture with a full 1080p resolution, which, on paper, is the highest frame rate available in the industry. It can also scale down its resolution to QVGA (320×240) for 900fps equivalent video capture.

To accomplish this, Toshiba makes use of its own “Bright Mode” technology to boost frame brightness by up to four times. This is achieved through “charge binning”, which adds the charges of two pixels and outputs the sum as one pixel with double brightness. Typically, high speed frame capture suffers from underexposure due to the shortness of time available to capture light. Toshiba provides an interlaced video output when using Bright Mode, effectively doubling the perceived frame rate of the video.

Charge Bunning to Interlaced Output

However, you won’t be able to view interlaced playback on a typical smartphone display. Instead, Toshiba provides its own interlacing-progressive conversion program to output high-speed capture to a progressive format. Depending on the quality of the conversion and how well charge binning works, the motion may or may not be quite as polished as a normal progressive capture could be at this frame rate and resolution. Even so, this technology should still offer additional smoothness and clarity over existing slow-motion implementations in the mobile space.

Toshiba Interlaced Video Conversion

Slow motion video capture has become an increasingly popular feature in high-end smartphones. The new Galaxy S6, HTC One M9, Xperia Z3, and OnePlus One, among others, all support 120fps slow-motion video capture at resolutions of 720p. Toshiba’s sensor will double the equivalent frame rate and increase image clarity over current smartphones capable of slow-motion recordings.

While no products fitted with the T4K82 sensor have been announced yet, entering mass production means that we could well see 240fps, full HD video capable smartphones available later in the year.


Check out Toshiba’s first camera modules for the Project Ara smartphone

Posted by wicked February - 16 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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News on Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone has been picking up steam as of later, and we’re starting to see the first developmental modules for the device.

Today, we have pictures and information regarding Toshiba’s camera module for the device, which is still in development.

In these pictures,we can see a 2MP front shooter, as well as a 5MP and 13MP rear cameras. Development is set to be complete in 2016. Hit the break for more.


The modular device is expected to launch in Puerto Rico by the end of 2015, so we’ll be getting a ton of more information in the coming months about Project Ara.

Source: GSM Dome



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Toshiba builds, demos first working Project ARA camera module

Posted by wicked February - 16 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Toshiba can be very happy with its Project ARA work so far. The Japan-based company has contributed a lot to the framework and structure that will hold the modules of the Project ARA smartphone together – which if didn’t know is a modular smartphone project now spearheaded by Google. Toshiba has just recently showed off its camera modules for the project – one of, if not the first, camera module tested as working on the Project ARA framework.

The idea is this, that as with every major element, the camera module on Project ARA phones will be made on an entirely swappable module. This will allow smartphone owners to upgrade their cameras by simply purchasing a better module and replacing their existing one. With this in mind, Toshiba has been busy developing a 2MP front-facing module, a 5MP, and then a 13MP main (rear) camera module.



Toshiba has shown off the designs recently, and they are obviously happy with the progress so far. As far as we know, there have not been any other OEMs who have shown off working camera modules for Project ARA. See the video below for a short demo of the working 5MP module.

Do you feel the progress of Project ARA? We have very positive feelings towards the modular project, and it seems that progress for a modular smartphone in the future is slow but very sure. We should know more by the end of 2015 – but for now, understand that Google’s Project ARA is starting to become very real.


VIA: Image Sensors World

Toshiba shows off three camera module prototypes for Project Ara

Posted by wicked February - 16 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Project Ara is inching closer to its commercial début in Puerto Rico later this year, so it is only natural that we begin to hear word of modules that third part developers have in mind for the build-it-yourself smartphone. Last week, Toshiba showed off some of its own reference design camera modules for Ara.

Toshiba discussed three swappable modules for Ara: a 2 megapixel front facing camera bar, as well as 5MP and 13MP rear camera options. The company will also be opening up its reference designs to third party developers, to bring a wider range of camera options, and other modules, to Project Ara.

“Also we took some of Toshiba technologies and our chips, and developed some module reference designs. We can open these designs out for everybody, so people can use it for their own technology and developing modules.”

The 5MP module fits in the standard 2×1 module size for Ara and comes with its own ISP chip to handle the processing, while the 2MP front facing bar contains an extra audio codec and can communicate with other processors through common I2S and I2C interface standards. Toshiba’s 13MP camera option is based on the company’s T4K82 mobile sensor, which allows for 30fps video recording at 4K and 2K resolutions and has 120fps 1080p recording capabilities.

Toshiba camera modules explained

In addition to these sensors, Toshiba also talked about its 8MP T4KA3 and 20MP T4KA7 products for mobile devices, both of which could also be worked into future camera module designs.

Here’s a quick video of the 5MP camera module being plugged in and used to capture video in real time.

These three camera modules are just the first stage in Toshiba’s plan for modular products. The company is also developing wireless charger, TransferJet, NFC and external memory reference designs for Project Ara this year, leading into an unspecified “unique module” in 2016.

Toshiba modular dev plan

Although still far from a finished product, Toshiba’s little range of camera sensor options are an exciting prospect for Project Ara and discriminating smartphone photographers alike.

Project Ara releases new MDK ahead of second developers conference

Posted by wicked January - 12 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Our favorite modular phone guys, Project Ara, has just made public the second version of their Module Developers Kit (MDK) – which basically contains all you need to know if you want to create a module for Project Ara based on the Spiral 2 prototype. This was done ahead of the Ara Developers Conference slated on February 14 – we guess that the contents of the MDK will be big talking points on the conference itself.

The MDK was a collaborative effort between the guys and gals at Project Ara and companies that include NK Labs, LeafLabs, New Deal Design, Metamorph Software, X5 Systems, Toshiba, Mixel, Quanta, Opersys, Linux Solutions, Linaro, BayLibre, NewOldBits, Oxford Systems, Foxconn and IDT Systems among others. Within the MDK are details on the many software and hardware upgrades on the new prototype, including the new Toshiba UniPro switch and ASICs (application-specific integrated circuits) which we wrote about before. The new Toshiba chip allows for the connection between module elements, especially the processor to the other modules.


There is also the new contactless connection system between module and board, and the new “Greybus” communication protocol that handles the aforementioned contactless system. This new system was set in place to save on space and give the whole phone a sturdier build.

More of the content of the MDK will surely be talked about at the 2nd Ara Developers Conference, so be sure to look out for that event. Also, you can download the MDK here.

SOURCE: PhoneBloks

Toshiba’s NFC SD card lets you preview pictures with just a tap

Posted by wicked January - 9 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off


Toshiba has just launched two new products that will help photographers out greatly during photoshoots. The Japanese technology company has just announced two new SD cards, including the world’s first NFC-enabled SD memory card, as well as a new Wifi-capable SD card.

The NFC-capable card comes in 8/16/32GB variants and can be used alongside any NFC-compatible Android device. If you’d like to use the NFC capabilities with this card, simply download the Memory Card Preview App on your device, tap it to your camera, and up to 16 image previews will appear on your phone, along with available storage space on the card. If you’d like to download or really do anything with the photos beyond looking at the previews, unfortunately the SD card doesn’t support those features quite yet.

Toshiba has also announced a new Flash Air III, the seemingly more useful device out of the two. This one is Wifi-enabled, meaning you can access all of your stored pictures and quickly share them with your computer as long as it’s connected to a WiFi network. This newer version of the SD card provides enhanced photo sharing and management features from the previous model, and should be able to transfer photos and videos faster than previous iterations. You can pick up the Wifi-enabled SD card beginning in March. The 16GB model will run you $79.99, while the 32GB model will cost $99.99. If you’d like to pick up an NFC-enabled SD card, they’ll be available sometime in February, though no pricing information has been mentioned yet.

Toshiba Releases Canvio AeroCast, A Wireless Hard Drive Able To Cast

Posted by wicked December - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


Not wanting to be left out this holiday season, Toshiba has gone above-and-beyond simply keeping pace with its competitors. Today, the company has issued a press release unveiling what may be the gadget to purchase this December. It is a portable hard drive that is both wireless and capable of directly Casting to devices like the Chromecast.


No bigger than the size of your hand, their newest addition to the Canvio portable hard drive line comes with a 1 terabyte built-in capacity but also allows expandable storage via SD cards. With the downloading of Toshiba’s Google Cast Ready app, users will be able to cast personal photos, music, and video to their televisions.

Vice president of Toshiba’s Branded Storage division stated, “Storage needs are changing. By understanding the importance of mobility, we have taken storage to the next level. With integrated wireless capabilities, we empower our users to share and stream their personal digital content the way they want, wirelessly…the Canvio AeroCast Wireless Hard Drive fills a real need for consumers – they’re now able to enjoy the content that they own, wirelessly on the home television.”

Coming in at $219.99, the product will be available on Toshiba’s online store today, but it won’t be introduced alone. Toshiba is also releasing a Cast Wireless Adapter for $79.99. This device should allow older generation Canvio portable hard drives to become Cast-ready.

For me, I am already daydreaming about the devices and software this product could work with, like Chromebooks and Plex. I’m also left wondering how I might be able to integrate Google Drive sync on this puppy. Now all I need is Google Fiber…



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Toshiba’s Shared Board is a 24-inch display running Jelly Bean

Posted by wicked December - 8 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off


Some products just require a simple question: what were they thinking? This time around it is Toshiba being asked the all-important question. The company introduced the Shared Board (TT301) that is technically a tablet, but the display is massive for the category. The 24-inch display will be placed on a stand or mounted somewhere because it is certainly too large for traditional tablet use.

The specifications Toshiba went with for the Shared Board are.. underwhelming. The resolution of the 24-inch display, though, is Full HD (1920×1080). And then it all goes downhill from there. The processor running the Shared Board is an unnamed dual-core clocked at 1.0GHz with 1.5GB of RAM. The internal storage gets filled to completion at 16GB. It does have WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. The disappointment ends when you find out Toshiba has the Shared Board running Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. That exact version of Android was released on October 9, 2012.

Making up for the dated specifications is an accessory. The Shared Board works with a remote featuring an IR blaster that can be used during presentations. Right now, the Shared Board is confirmed for Japan; however, markets outside of that are unknown.

Source: Tablet News
Via: Android Headlines

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Toshiba shows off eyeglasses with embedded display

Posted by wicked October - 7 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Toshiba_Logo_01_TA_CES_2014Most major manufacturers are jumping into the connected wearables market in some way or another, whether that’s with a smartwatch or virtual reality headsets. Toshiba is no exception, and they showed off a new pair of smart glasses at a trade show in Japan this week.

The glasses, called Toshiba Glass, work similarly to Google Glass, but there’s a small difference; there’s a small projector built into the side of the arm of the glasses, right behind the lens. The result is a pretty bulky, goofy looking device, but it’s reportedly quite a bit cheaper than Google Glass, so there’s an advantage. The project displays information on the lens of the glasses, which is then reflected onto the person’s eyes. Again, not quite as sophisticated as Google Glass, but pricing plays a big role here.

Unfortunately, there are a few other drawbacks to Toshiba Glass that are probably going to make the product DOA. First off, the device isn’t actually wireless. Toshiba skipped on a battery for Glass because they didn’t want to make it too heavy, so the headset has to connect to a smartphone in your pocket. Having a cable running from your eyeglasses into your pocket seems really, really inconvenient, and there’s no telling how much drain that’s going to put on your phone battery. It’s also different from Google Glass in that it isn’t really its own device, but instead just an extension of what your smartphone is doing.  It’s great for notifications and the like, but so are smartwatches, and a watch is much less cumbersome.

Toshiba plans on launching the device next year in Japan and North America, although they didn’t estimate an exact price.

source: Computer World

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Toshiba Chromebook 2 available through Amazon, pricing starts at $249

Posted by wicked September - 28 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off


In the market for a new laptop? We should mention giving a Chromebook a look. In the next several months leading up to the holiday season, there are going to be an abundance of Chrome OS devices released. The Chromebook 2, from Toshiba, is currently available through Amazon.

There are two models and both feature a 13.3-inch display. The base model’s display has a resolution of 1366×768 while upgrading raises this to 1920×1080. Regardless, you get an Intel Celeron N2840 processor. The upgraded model takes the base 2GB of RAM up to 4GB. Battery life for the base model is estimated at eleven hours and the 1080p display of the more expensive Chromebook 2 lowers it to about nine hours.

Source: Amazon [Base Model Link - $249] [Upgraded Model Link - $364]

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