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Gadget Blog Corrections Blog

An actually-researched look at gadget blog bullshit.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Dyson CR01: Happy 2001

Brian Lam at Gizmodo posts about a new development in washing machine technology:
Dyson, masters of the cyclonic vacuum cleaners are taking on the task of washing out your dirty laundry. The contrarotating, or rotating in an opposite manner, design uses two drums to get clothes cleaner, by "flexing" fabrics more.
Except the machine in question came out in early 2001 and in the time since it's not only been superseded by the CR02 but later both models have been withdrawn due to poor sales, and Dyson no longer makes washing machines.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

SED: Burning televisions

A cute slip up from Mark Wilson at Gizmodo:
It's built upon the foundations of phosphorus televisions, but Canon and Toshiba basically packed all that technology into each pixel of a flat-panel.
Sadly, phosphorus is an unstable substance that glows in air because it's on fire. Phosphors are unrelated chemicals named after it that are used in CRT TVs.

D-ILA1080MF1: Lots of wrongness

Donald Melanson of Engadget takes a look at the Meridian Faroudja D-ILA1080MF1:
Our pals over at HD Beat continue to rock CEDIA, taking time to check out Meridian Faroudja's latest high-end projector offering -- the D-ILA1080PMF1 -- retailing for a hefty $20,995.. If you stare at that model name for a bit, you should realize that this one sports full 1080p with D-ILA technology backing it up.
Sadly there's not actually a "P" in the model number, but nice try. That's the first flag something wrong. We continue:
If there's one area where it comes up a bit short, however, it's inputs, with just RGB, s-video and DVI coming standard.
It's worse than that, it does 1080p DVI and that's it. But wait, there's an add-on video processor:
it adds multiple progressive analog video outputs/inputs including RGBHV, component, RGBS and RGsB
But those are all roughly the same thing - variants of analog component - so they're different formats, not different inputs. Lo and behold, the product brochure shows only one set of inputs, and in fact the processor is needed just to get the inputs that Engadget alleges are on the projector. As is common with Engadget, all of these errors are blindly copied from the source article. It's understandable HD Beat wouldn't have to time to check facts when they're blogging from the road (or at least pretending to be), but Engadget have all the time in the world and a complete set of easily-Googlable documents on Meridian's website, so apparently they just can't be bothered.