Earlier this year, Sharp introduced the BD-HP20U, which was the company's first Blu-ray player and at the time offered the fastest load times of any standalone Blu-ray player, loading up discs in as little as six seconds. Sharp is now following up on its initial player with two new models--the BD-HP21U and BD-HP50U--which both offer the quick start feature and relatively low prices tags. Let's take a look at their key features:
Key features of the Sharp BD-HP21U:Blu-ray Profile 1.1 Onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Quick start option loads discs … Read more
The name of the Sharp Healsio Oven comes from healthy oven, adapted to healthy-o with a bit of a Japanese pronunciation. The oven uses superheated steam to cook foods, melting away fats and reducing salts in your food without losing the vitamins that other cooking methods often remove from food. Meats cooked in the Healsio are exceptionally juicy and retain the flavors and textures lost in more traditional ovens. The oven can grill, bake, reheat, and defrost.
The Healsio has an appearance similar to a microwave oven, although a bit larger. It can fit comfortably on a counter top. When … Read more
Prices continue to fall among pretty much all types of HDTVs, but competition in the budget LCD market is particularly fierce, with companies like Samsung, Toshiba, and Vizio continually cutting prices. Sharp's new SB series of LCD HDTVs--the 42-inch LC-42SB45U, 46-inch LC-46SB54U and 52-inch LC-52SB55U--are aimed at the budget crowd, but in reality the sets are a bit more expensive than comparable sets from Vizio and Toshiba. Let's take a look at the specs released so far:
Key features of the LC-42SB45U:1920 x 1080 ( 1080p) native resolution Three HDMI inputs Two component video inputs VGA-style … Read more
The microwave has become a key appliance in American cooking, but there are still many kitchens--especially older ones--that just don't have counter space for a microwave. The standard solution has been to put the microwave about the counter, attaching it to the bottom of a handy cabinet. But why not go below the cabinet?
I've heard plenty of horror stories about microwaves falling off the wall, and a below-the-counter option might be an easy remedy. Something along the lines of the Sharp Insight Pro Microwave Drawer might prove ideal. The Microwave Drawer installs into your cabinetry below the … Read more
At 26 inches for an LCD TV, you might sniff at its puny dimensions. But Sharp's shining some light on this particular flat panel, literally.
Its 26-inch LCD TV, showcased at this week's G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit, is powered by solar energy. The set was designed specifically for developing nations where the nearest AC mains are probably a town away. Sharp claims its experimental eco outing guzzles 30 percent less power than its low-power rival, though no names were mentioned.
While the TV is intended for those earning less than $2 a day, its specs are far from … Read more
It often takes awhile for Japanese electronics to make their way across the Pacific, if they get here at all. But Sharp bucked that trend in a big way, literally, by saying its 108-inch LCD would be shipping to U.S. shores by September.
Only last week this beast made its first commercial appearance at Tokyo's Shinjuku Piccadilly multiplex complex, all 93.9 inches by 52.9 inches of it in full-HD 1080p resolution. Now the LB-1085 super-monitor will be intimidating Americans as well, and not just because of its imposing stature: The price, by Engadget's calculations, will … Read more
The 108-inch LCD that Sharp unveiled in January is now coming to market, ready to induce hernias everywhere.
The massive display measures 93.9 inches wide and 52.9 inches high, in full-HD 1080p resolution. That means there's plenty of real estate in the back for a variety of inputs, including HDMI and DVI-I connectors, according to Fareastgizmos. It also has a fanless design to keep noise to a minimum.
Disney and Softbank have geen making phones for kids in Japan for some time, with the handsets becoming increasingly adult-like in both function and appearance. Its latest mobile handset also seems to be aimed at this ambiguous market in Japan, but the theme clearly belongs to the Magic Kingdom: Princesses.
The "Cinderella" line is being produced in a partnership with Sharp, using the Disney Mobility service offered by Softank, according to Akihabara News. The DM002SH has a 2.6-inch display, a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, 50MB of built-in memory, and the 1Seg TV tuner used in … Read more
Sharp and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this week detailed technology advances in making liquid fuel methanol a source for fuel cells.
Sharp on Thursday claimed to have achieved the highest density ever with its prototype direct methanol to fuel cell (DMFC). The fuel cell has a longer continuous-use life span than a same-size lithium ion battery, Sharp said in a statement.
Sharp will continue to invest in DMFC research and development. It envisions using the technology in consumer electronics such as PDAs and notebook PCs.
Also on Thursday, MIT announced that researchers have managed to improve the power output … Read more