Monday, June 30, 2014

Microvision + Enhanced Surfaces (Google, Whirlpool, Microsoft, Sony, Ford, Range Rover)

Microvision's PicoP technology can project images onto nearly any surface.

This makes moving pictures available anywhere -- which has obvious benefits for enjoyment and information.

The ability to interact with the images makes PicoP even more valuable as something to enhance surfaces. There have been samples that have appeared in the last year, and collecting those samples on one page, in one post is useful to see the potential.


First, the "Surface Phone" -- a concept prototype. 

This uses both a Microvision PicoP & and iPhone 5




On the video start paying attention at 1:10. At the time this was released, we weren't certain that this was PicoP inside, but now we're virtually certain. This could come to any coffee shop, restaurant, or your own kitchen table. -- It's not difficult to imagine any number of industrial or educational uses for this technology.



Whirlpool -- Interactive Cooktop

This is an example of an enhanced surface. With practical application, and of course, not difficult to imagine wide adaptation of this -- or applications beyond cooking.


Penbook

This prototype was created using a PicoP. The video does a great job explaining the benefits. This makes going paperless very easy, the sample applications are excellent, and it is easy to see how this could become very popular and to soon be seen as "essential."

While the prototype seems a little "clunky" thi



PEN BOOK .pdf

IN CAR DISPLAYS -- 

FORD in China -- with Sony

Look for Sony @ :41

I suspect that no one will allow this kind of intense display on a windshield, but it does a great job of showing what is possible.

Not certain that it's PicoP, but all of this is possible with PicoP, and with Sony in the mix (and with previous confirmation that Microvision and Ford are working together, likelihood is high.)



Range Rover Transparent Hood


Not certain that this is PicoP, but it is very likely. Other HUD technologies would be difficult to implement in this way. (IMHO)




Google & Dor Tal Enhanced Surface Concept

Much of the demo system in the video is software based, but the displays are possible now with PicoP.




Microsoft -- Omni Touch and Surround Web





Saturday, June 28, 2014

New Sony Division, Sony Visual Products

http://vr-zone.com/articles/sony-visual-products-now-open-business/79844.html

Sony Visual Products now open for business



Sony officially splits its TV business to another company, Sony Visual Products, which will soon start its corporate operations at the beginning of July.
sonyvisualproducts00 Sony Visual Products now open for business

Sony had just completed the inauguration of Sony Visual Products, a new company that would now handle the corporate tech giant’s TV business -related commercial endeavors. As previously announced, the new company will start business operations this July 1st.
The establishment of Sony Visual Products was one of the numerous proposals presented by Sony last May of this year in its campaign to reform the corporation’s general business structure. One of the primary objectives stated for the new company was to turn back profitability for Sony’s TV business, which was already slowly suffering a few years back from several financial and marketing difficulties. With a separate managing company, Sony hopes for a general positive financial turnaround, and expects administration and management of its TV business to be faster and more efficient.
As announced by the previous press release, Masashi Imamura, Sony’s former SVP, Corporate Executive and President of Home Entertainment and Sound Business Group, will now be the President and Representative Director of Sony Visual Products Inc.
Source: My Navi (JP)

Christian Crisostomo is your average tech geek who loves learning about any new stuff that is related to technology and tech development. He's currently mesmerized at the wonders of technology in East Asia, writing about all the stuff that he has seen and learned there.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Space Player by Panasonic

This is an old post that accidentally ended up here during updates. (See the categories on the right??)

I left it here, because apparently release of this product is imminent.

Cheers.




Osaka, Japan - Panasonic Corporation today announced that it has developed the "Space Player", a new type of lighting equipment combining the functions of traditional lighting and video projectors to create new options and ideas in spatial lighting for the ambient lighting market. The Space Player will go on sale in Japan from July 1, 2014.
Panasonic has been working to enhance the value of lighting design for interior and exterior spaces, making full use of its hardware technologies related to lighting fixtures, including dimming and color controls, as well as its lighting software technologies, such as "Feu" - Panasonic's unique numerical index for illumination design which quantitatively measures the spatial brightness experienced.
The newly developed Space Player realizes a new concept of "projection lighting," utilizing projected visuals for lighting to create a wide variety of ambient lighting possibilities that were previously unavailable. For example, the new projection spotlight can light up an object while projecting video or product descriptions onto the surrounding space, or capture the attention of customers on a product on display through moving illuminations.
In addition to a design which is in the shape of a spotlight, allowing it to fit in any surroundings, this Space Player adopts a wiring duct installation method, a structure where the lighting direction can be freely changed and the ability to playback from SD cards or over a Wi-Fi network. These features make the Space Player easy to install in stores and facilities. The Space Player will be available in black and white.
Panasonic will not only sell the Space Player unit, but provide total ambient lighting solutions for entire spaces by offering the Space Player in combination with its suite of other lighting products. Panasonic will also offer video content for the Space Player to meet the various needs of its customers, thereby developing the lighting business by providing everything from hardware (manufacture and sale of lighting fixtures) to software (space design proposals by using its proprietary software technologies like "Feu") to video content.
Through the creation of a new projection lighting market, the company will aim to achieve sales of 20 billion yen for its whole ambient lighting business, including the Space Player, by fiscal year 2019 ending March 31, 2019.
*Space Player is a registered trademark (under application) of the Panasonic Group.

Features of the Space Player

1. Equipped with projector function for projection lighting

  • One-touch switching between "lighting mode" and "projector mode" by remote control (comes with a remote control)
  • Can realize a wide range of ambient lighting by using video as the projected light.
  • In addition to standalone playback of pictures and videos from an SD card, capable of projecting images and video from a diverse range of sources, such as from a PC or tablet over a Wi-Fi network or using an HDMI connection
  • Can play pictures or video from an SD card, change the brightness of the light source, or switch the power on or off following a schedule
  • Utilizes a laser as the light source, realizing a lifetime of 20,000 hours (when brightness falls to 50% of the original level), reducing the burden of replacing lamps when used in facilities and stores for long periods of time

2. A design that fits well with its surroundings and a high degree of freedom in installation

  • Spotlight-shaped design that fits well with spaces, such as facilities and stores, that require the high-level design
  • Product lineup of two colors (black/white) that fit well with interior colors
  • Adoption of a wiring duct installation method to easily fix, unfix and relocate after installation
  • Adjustable structure that can deliver light in every direction downward below the horizontal line
  • Remote control-operated electric powered 2.2 x zoom and focus, enabling remote operation by hand even when installed in high locations

3. Sales of the original content for ambient lighting designs

Panasonic will offer projected content that is suitable for the spaces where the Space Player will be used or ambient lighting plans.

Examples of Use


Clothing shop
• Lighting up an object while projecting video images onto its surrounding space (e.g. video that conveys concept of product and video of expected usage environment)
• Can direct attention on display products by using moving illumination

Restaurant
• Lighting up dishes to look more attractive, and drinking glasses to further sparkle
• Projecting brief explanation of foods and drinks on the table or along the walls
• Projecting tablecloth patterns, beautiful texture or window frames on a wall

Art gallery and museum
• Projecting detailed explanations of paintings and exhibits or instructions for usage of articles on display near to them, and using them as captions
• Improving the appeal to visitors by using small-scale projection mapping on exhibits and fixtures and equipment on display

Specifications

Brightness1,000 lumen
Light source
(lifetime)
Laser diode
(maintenance-free light source for 20,000 hours: until brightness falls to 50% of the original level)
Resolution1,039,680 pixels (equivalent to WXGA)
Power consumption (voltage)125 W (for 100 V wiring duct only)
Focus/zoomElectric powered focus/Electric powered zoom
(2.2x zoom ratio)
Lighting directionDownward below horizontal direction
Playback sources
Stand alone:Playback of still pictures/videos from SD card
Wired:Playback connecting to PC or DVD player via HDMI cable
Wireless:Playback connecting to PC or tablet over Wi-Fi network

Thursday, June 26, 2014

UPS -- New Facility -- New Sorting Technology

June 25, 2014, 9:06 a.m. EDT

UPS Expands Memphis Facility

Expanded facility will increase package processing capacity by more than 80 percent




MEMPHIS, Tenn., Jun 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) --
Construction recently began to expand by one-third the UPS® UPS +0.22% package distribution facility on Swinnea Road in Memphis.  The project will add approximately 140,000 square feet of building space bringing the total to more than 430,000 square feet at an estimated cost of $70 million. The facility will improve processing rates through increased capacity and expanded use of UPS's next generation sorting technology when completed in early 2016.
UPS expects to add 350 new jobs over a three-year period to meet volume growth at this site. These jobs include tractor trailer and delivery drivers, package handlers, management, maintenance and support staff. According to the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County (EDGE), the project will create nearly $9.8 million in new tax revenue for the metro area.
The larger facility footprint and new sorting technology will handle increasing UPS volume in the mid-South driven largely from double-digit e-commerce volume growth.  The facility's automated conveyors will sort packages more efficiently than conventional conveyor systems and six-sided scanning cameras will capture package data and sort packages automatically. 
"Facility upgrades will help give us the latest technology and additional capacity to process both ground and air express volume growing from e-commerce business shippers located here, and consumer demand that is driving online retail sales," said Ken Harms, UPS president of the Mid-South District.

The Memphis UPS hub is a centerpiece for the efficient movement of package volume between Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. The site currently employs more than 1,300 employees locally. 
Situated on 83 acres of land adjacent to Memphis International Airport, the facility integrates processing both for the UPS air gateway and ground hub, as well as dispatch for local pickup and delivery operations in the area. The company is leasing an additional 27 acres from the Airport Authority which will support an 80 percent increase in package processing. 
Another project component is expansion of the surface yard for tractor trailers to provide a larger staging ground for packages coming into and out of the building.
Some preliminary improvements will be in place by November when UPS increases its capacity for the peak holiday season which is expected to grow from both e-commerce and retail omni-channel distribution patterns.
UPS also recently installed a new UPS Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fueling station on the Memphis property. As a part of UPS's "rolling laboratory" approach to alternative fuel technologies, 59 new LNG tractor trailers have been placed in Memphis and join other new LNG big rigs fueling at new stations built in Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn., and Jackson, Miss.
About UPS
UPS UPS +0.22% is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at ups.com® and its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com . To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS .

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Project Tango

No time at the moment to write any commentary, and I haven't had time to review this in depth yet, but this is something I will be looking at closely.

A page I can't open yet has a suspected PicoP sighting. Will update when I find that.

Project Tango At WSJ

Project Tango at Google


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

ATM Transactions

Interesting PDF about the benefits of ATM transactions: Link

The company can raise money if it needs to, on its own schedule, at optimal times.

Amazon Lab 126 + Projection


Just to be clear -- I don't expect anything today.... but confidence is very high that something including PicoP will come from Amazon. Probably soon.

Full Article @ Business Week

Many Amazon watchers struggle to explain just why the online retailer and cloud services provider is in the risky business of making hardware in the first place. That’s the wrong question to ask. Lab126 is in the business of asking: Why the heck not? Fueled by his pride in Amazon’s inventiveness and his stubborn refusal to cede even an inch of the tech landscape to other companies, Bezos provides much of the motivation at Lab126, pushing it to develop mainstream hardware devices, as well as a variety of so-called “science projects,” many of which have yet to see the light of day.
One group at Lab126, for example, is working on a device that projects a computer image onto any surface. A second is developing a wireless speaker that responds to voice commands. Apparently there are many more. Lab 126 insiders whisper about a credit-card reading device similar to Square, which could help propel Amazon’s fledgling payments business, plus a remarkably thin upcoming version of the Kindle Paperwhite, code-named Ice Wine.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How to invest in the next Apple


-- I scraped this, because I am unsure if it will stay in the sample place.

CNBCBy Elizabeth MacBride
If an unkempt man pitching what looked like a souped-up typewriter walked into your office, would you have the wisdom to invest in his company?
Mike Markkula did. He was an early investor in Apple and eventually one of its CEOs. Just as inspiration: If you'd taken a one-third stake in Apple back then and held on to it, that stake would be worth $190 billion today, based on the company's current market capitalization.

Of course, there's only ever going to be one Apple(AAPL)-but in the past few years, a growing number of technology platforms and new companies have begun offering smaller investors a chance to be part of this generation's most innovative and disruptive companies. These are upstarts that are building billion-dollar enterprises at warp speed. A poster child is virtual reality company Oculus Rift, which was bought for $2 billion by Facebook (FB) in March, just two years after it was founded.
New federal regulations are also likely to open the door wider to smaller investors to become start-up, angel or microventure investors. In short, the opportunities that used to be reserved for the wealthy and well connected are coming your way.
"Historically, participating in private investment has been limited. Minimum investments are typically $1 million, and it takes months to network in the field. We are expanding participation," said Ryan Caldbeck, CEO of San Francisco-based CircleUp .
CircleUp is one example of the new entrants in the private equity space. It's a two-year-old tech company that gives accredited investors, those with $200,000 in income or $1 million in assets, excluding their homes, the chance to invest in consumer-brand companies start-ups online.
Just because there are more chances for you to invest, of course, doesn't mean you'll make a ton of money-or even any money-doing it. Very few professional angel investors or venture capitalists make money. Data on angel investing is scant, but a study by the Kauffman Foundation found that only about one-fifth of venture capital funds beat a public-market equivalent by enough to make their fees worthwhile.
Why is it so hard to pick winners? You have to be able to recognize an innovative idea, evaluate its chances of success, and then have a hefty dose of luck that something like an act of God or major scandal doesn't mess up the company's fortunes.
And how do you know a good bet when you see it? According to Clay Christensen, Harvard Business School professor and one of the world's top thinkers on disruptive innovation: "In order for a start-up company to succeed, almost always they need to either create a huge new market where there wasn't one before, or find a new way to be more profitable serving the least attractive customers of existing markets. If a start-up's ambition is to beat well-established incumbents by building a better mousetrap, their odds of success are extremely low," he said.
Here are five ideas for ways you could get involved in disruptive companies-either for money or pleasure.
Use a crowdfunding approach. Many great companies got their starts on crowdfunding platforms. San Francisco-based water filter maker Soma, for instance, raised its money on Kickstarter (CNBC's No. 49 Disruptor ). At the moment, crowdfunding sites don't allow equity investing , but that may change if the SEC loosens its regulations on accredited investors, as it is expected to later this year.
Indiegogo, another crowdfunding site, has already said it is exploring options to offer equity investing to small-scale investors depending on what the SEC says. Even before that, though, you can be involved in high-profile innovators like Oculus Rift, the Irvine, California-based virtual reality company that raised $2.4 million of seed funding on Kickstarter.
A high-volume crowdfunding site gives you the chance to take a portfolio approach to start-up investing, which most experts suggest. That means that you set aside $10,000, $50,000 or whatever you can afford and invest it in a number of different companies.
If you have enough money, become an angel. CircleUp, for instance, allows anyone who is an accredited investor to easily become an angel in consumer brand companies. Typical investments are in the five figures, Caldbeck said, but companies decide what kinds of minimums they want to set for their investments-they can be as high as $50,000 or $100,000. No investors have made money on CircleUp, which is only two years old, but the brand companies on the platform are growing their revenue at an average of 80 percent a year, and several have received investments from venture capital firms.
AngelList ( CNBC's No. 26 Disruptor ) is another online platform bringing transparency to this previously opaque world; it lists companies raising money, as well as prominent investors who might be accepting limited partners in their venture capital funds. If you prefer to work offline and join one of the proliferating angel investment groups, the Angel Resource Institute is a good place to start.
Look for opportunities globally. In the United States, there is money in search of opportunity. Internationally, there is opportunity in search of money, so your chances of being able to invest in a top innovator are higher. "Look for the great filters in the region, women and men, and get to know the ecosystem if you have a taste for the risk and the stamina for it," said Christopher Schroeder, a venture investor and the author of "Startup Rising," a book about start-ups in the Middle East.
Dave McClure, who runs the famous Silicon Valley start-up incubator 500 Startups and is also a start-up investor, said that 25 percent of the companies he invests in are now international. He expects that to grow to 50 percent within the next five years.
McClure gave an example of a company he invested in called Viki, which provided video subtitles in foreign languages and which was acquired after four years by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten(Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4755.T-JP) for $200 million.
If you're interested in international investing, you can take two approaches: Network among the angel groups to find venture capital funds working internationally. Or, if you have connection or interest in a particular market, you can do your own on-the-ground reconnaissance and networking.
"They're really quite accessible and not nearly as foreign as you tend to think," said McClure. "They're less than a 24-hour flight. There are modern-day Marco Polos happening in greater and greater numbers."
It's likely that crowdfunders and new technology platforms will broaden their scope to allow international equity investing at some point, too.
Work through the public markets. Not every innovator is a small, privately held start-up. If you have some money that you want to have fun with and you want to invest in entrepreneurial energy, you can take the old-fashioned approach to all this, buy the stock of a company you admire, and hold on to it. In June of 1984, 30 years ago, Apple was trading at about $25 a share. The stock peaked at $700 last year and has since split . Buying shares of Apple when it was a small publicly held company wouldn't have made you a billionaire, but it would have created quite a nest egg.
Remember to be skeptical. Companies that innovate and succeed like Apple come along only a few times in a generation. You should invest only as much as you can afford to lose. Recognize that start-up investing is a particularly high-risk, high-reward game, so it's important to limit your exposure.
But there are many disruptive start-ups making history in small and large ways. As the story of Oculus Rift shows, technology is accelerating the pace of success. And there are lots of new chances for you to be part of those success stories.
-By Elizabeth McBride, special to CNBC.com

Sony Portable Gaming & Microvision's PicoP


  • Will Sony sell more gaming systems, if the system can include its own big screen display?
  • Would Sony be able to sell accessory components that allowed 360 degree interaction?
  • Would Sony's PSVita be more popular with a huge screen?
  • How much would this additional value be worth to Sony in selling their systems?
  • How big a chunk of Sony's $75 Billion in annual revenue might flow to Microvision who can provide a significant improvement to many of Sony's products?
  • If a portable gaming device could also double as a computer monitor, or portable movie projector, will it be a more attractive purchase?

PlayStation is the top-selling video game system in the USA. link The last official worldwide numbers put total sales for the system at 7 million units. Link Combined PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita sales are 18.7 million units link

Cumulative PlayStation 3 Sales: 80 Million units. link  [ (November 2006 - November 2013) -- about 11 million units/year)

Cumulative PlayStation Vita Sales: Four Million since 2011

Vita --Final Handheld? Not likely, especially with built in PicoP turning a handheld into a portable big screen gaming device -- with added motion qualities that add significantly to game play.

Some Samples from Microvision(and elsewhere?): handheld portable game prototypes. These are old, and done with the less bright, lower resolution -- significantly inferior to what they have now -- ShowWX.


Sample 1: Chopper game: This is from 2010, by Miquel Khoury, who was working for Microvision when he made this video

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Sample 2
This video shows how he can spin, and interact with the game on the wall by turning the rig he has created.

 

Sample #3
More with the motion around the room, and good look at the infinite focus at work.



This video is of the "gun" that interacts. You can twist and turn and shoot all around yourself with this. This could come with an upcoming Sony PlayStation gaming system, and it wouldn't even be a stretch.


This is a link to Khoury's old blog. Nothing has been done on it since 2010, but there are other interesting videos in here. PicoProject@wordpress.com


PlayStation Blog

Monday, June 16, 2014

More Buzz about Amazon and other news.

Amazon Smartphone about more than Hardware

It's interesting the strategy they mention in here. Selling a LOT of streaming video is a strategy that fits PicoP perfectly.

I also find, in the above article a target number of 10 million units.

More buzz -- Sure of standout, not so sure of 3D

Another Article from the Verge with Videos

Apple and Samsung drop Patent Dispute

Very interesting. I like the idea of companies finding other ways for everyone to make money instead of bickering about patents.



Thursday, June 12, 2014

Amazon Hardware moves bode well for PicoP

A company willing to try a new device with a 3D screen will be willing to try PicoP. The Amazon Kindle Fire prototype with the embedded PicoP was conspicuously absent from the recent Microvision stockholders' meeting.

Which letter of the alphabet is a question we're eager to have answered.

"Amazon.com Inc. is expanding beyond its range of Kindle devices as it aims to compete more directly with Google Inc. and Apple Inc.
The Seattle e-commerce giant has recently been developing a wide-ranging lineup of gadgets—including two smartphones and an audio-only streaming device—to expand its reach beyond its Kindle Fire line of tablet computers, said people familiar with the company's plans."
"One of the devices is a high-end smartphone featuring a screen that allows for three-dimensional images without glasses, these people said. Using retina-tracking technology, images on the smartphone would seem to float above the screen like a hologram and appear three-dimensional at all angles, they said. Users may be able to navigate through content using just their eyes, two of the people said."
"Some elements of Amazon's hardware push have previously become public. Last year, news surfaced about Amazon developing one smartphone. And last month, The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets reported that Amazon also was developing a set-top boxfor streaming movies and TV shows.
But the people familiar with the plans said the smartphone and set-top box are just two elements of a broader foray into hardware that also includes the audiostreaming device and the high-end smartphone with the 3-D screen. Inside Amazon's Lab126 facility in Cupertino, Calif., where each of the devices have been under development, the efforts are known as Project A, B, C and D, or collectively the Alphabet Projects, said the people familiar with the plans.
Though Amazon has goals of releasing some of these devices in the coming months, these people cautioned that some or all of the devices could be shelved because of performance, financial or other concerns."
.... much more in the full article.


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sony Products Compatible with PicoP

An exercise to see

VAIO  Laptops  @Sony Store

VAIO Tablets  @ Sony Store

Sony Entertainment Network
-- A significant amount of content to be discounted or otherwise available for PicoP users helps sell Sony products. It includes games and video content. Many of the movies are available here before they are released on DVD or other streaming services.

This service has an unlimited viewing service

Sony Entertainment Movie Library
Sony Entertainment TV library
Sony Entertainment Game Library

Digital Cameras @ Sony Store
-- the users of all of them would benefit greatly and enjoy being able to see the pictures they have just taken in large format.

Video Cameras @ Sony Store
-- This is a place that Sony already uses a pico projector. It's 25 lumens with a different technology. PicoP will be an enormous improvement over what they are currently using. They sell four models of this camera. The lowest priced version at $399. (out of stock on the Sony store website) highest priced at $1,099.


Mobile Phones @ Sony Store

We all know this is an optimal place for PicoP.

PlayStation Vita @ Sony Store

Sony's portable gaming system. Being included here is a no-brainer. Games are popular. Portable games are popular. Portable games with big screens?! holy cow.
 
Playstation Accessories @ Sony Store

The stand-alone accessory PicoP is going to end up here.

PlayStation TV Article About  --- newly announced at E3

"PS Vita TV is coming to the West, Sony announced at E3 2014. The device that allows you to play Vita games on your TV will cost $99 standalone, or $139 for a bundle including a DualShock 3, an 8GB memory card, an HDMI cable and a digital voucher for a copy of The Lego Movie Video Game.

Users will have access to 1,000 games at launch, which will be ... actually, we don't know, sadly. We do know, however, that it will connect to the PlayStation Now service, which enters public beta on July 31."


Endoscopes @ Sony Corporate Information
"In establishing this joint venture with Sony, a world leader in imaging technology, we have taken a step toward the future of medical treatment. The medical business is a driver for profit and growth at Olympus, and we have targeted the “drastic growth of our surgical business” as a key strategy. By combining the two companies' technologies and taking maximum advantage of the resulting synergies, I believe we will be able to make a contribution to world medical progress through innovative new medical devices developments that Olympus could not achieve on its own."

Type of Business:
(1) Develop, design, manufacture and sell high resolution technologies of 4K and above, new Surgical endoscopes with 3D capabilities, and related systems.
(2) Provide comprehensive medical and imaging device solutions for operating rooms and other medical arenas.

So, what are unit sales of devices from Sony?

It's difficult to piece together everything that could be sold with projectors. Some of the items likely to have projectors:

PSVita

2014 Forecast Sales: 5 Million units.  From VG


Still looking for other figures on #'s of items sold by various Sony divisions. If you have a good source, please comment.