Word from XONA Media, via Contact Music (with thanks to Scumbag Style for pointing it out to me), indicates that kiosk-based DVD rentals may soon be a thing of the past. Meet the MK3 DVD+Digital, a video/game rental kiosk that not only rents out DVDs, but also allows users to connect their USB flash drives to download the data in as little as ten seconds, thanks to new USB 3.0 technology. The data deletes itself once the feature is watched, and boom, you don’t have to run back to the Redbox. The MK3 is also more cost-effective than the Redbox kiosks, starting at just under $5,000, compared to the predecessor’s $15,000 to $25,000. Symwave are the developers behind the MK3’s USB 3.0 tech, which according to their specs, downloads DVD-sized files (6 GB) in 20 seconds and Blu-Ray-sized files (25 GB) in an astonishing 1 minute and 40 seconds.
FuseProject, the people who brought the XO Laptop, a $199 computer that brings connectivity to kids in need, to the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Program, have announced the concept of the XOXO Laptop, slated for release in 2010. According to Tech Generation Daily, the device hopes to be released at $75, though as BBC News points out, the XO Laptop was shooting for $100 and came in at $200. It will depend on technology that hasn’t been released yet, and depend on subsidies from bulk orders by governments buying them for their children, but all-in-all the idea is not completely unbelievable. With 2010 projected to be a big year for tablets, a 2010 ear-mark for distribution is completely feasible – and I’ll get to be jealous of school children in Europe.
Opening Christmas Day is Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous character, Sherlock Holmes. Played by Robert Downey Jr., with assistance from Jude Law’s Dr. John Watson, this film has been one of the most anticipated for me since I saw the trailer this summer (during the terrible Terminator: Salvation). Stack my favorite contemporary actor upon one of the greatest directors of all time and you’ve got, to me, a romping, stomping, action-packed, witty, and spectacular walk through 19th century London that is not to be missed opening day. The Wall Street Journal reviews it with something of a heavy hand, complaining about Ritchie’s fascination with the criminal element and Holmes’ use of martial arts, but does rate the performances as exemplary, thankfully. Regardless, I look forward to spending my Jewish Christmas (Chinese food and a movie, for the uninitiated) at the matinée.