CES 2012: Gadget Overload
CES is as crazy as ever this year with new products at every turn. From new laptops that impress, to thinner and lighter display glass, all the way to recharging your phone with water, it seems to gadgets just never stop. Here is a very brief overview of some of the products have caught our eye already at the show.
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga
The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga takes a 17mm thick Ultrabook and gives it a screen that can flip back on a pair of double hinges. It’s a neat design that turns the 13.3-inch laptop into a rather large tablet. While the system is thick and heavy by normal tablet standards, it’s a lot thinner and easier to carry than any convertible notebook we can remember.
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Sensics tries to take gaming to a whole new level with its SmartGoggles. These goggles (why not just call it a helmet?) literally put your head in the game. That is, you have to put your head inside a bulky contraption (the SmartGoggles) before you get to play anything. We took a look at Sensics SmartGoggles at Pepcom's Digital Experience event at CES Monday evening, and let's just say they're definitely still in prototype form.
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Razor's Project Fiona
PC gamers are a fickle bunch who prefer the superior mouse and keyboard combination for navigating games and dodging bullets. But Razer’s tablet concept, called Project Fiona, aims to appeal to the mouse/keyboard crowd by bringing portable PC gaming to a new tablet form-factor - as you can see to the left.
The Project Fiona prototype, on display here at CES, is a Windows 7 tablet running on a Core-i7 Intel Ivy Bridge processor. Razer is aiming at a target price that’s under $1000, and having the tablet running on Windows 8 when it's released sometime around the end of the year.
Swivl is a nifty little camera stand that you can use to keep yourself in a shot without guiding it by hand. The device by Satarii has a stationary base with motors that allows it to tilt and spin to keep a remote marker in its sight.
While you iPhone, Android phone, and other mobile device records your video, the stand acts as your own personal robot cameraman.
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Pantech Burst, A Budget Android Smartphone ($50)
The Burst is a smartphone with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 16GB of on-board memory (expandable to 32GB), a dual-core 1.2GHz processor with 1080p video playback. The 5-megapixel camera can capture video in up to 720p resolution and there’s a VGA camera for video chat. The 4G LTE-capable Pantech Burst will cost a low $49 with a two-year contract; when bundled with the Pantech Element Honeycomb tablet the Burst will be free.
Some of the best commercially available 3D printers are made by MakerBot Industries, and they're taking 3D printing to a new level.
MakerBot Industries says that this will be “the first” model to print in two-colors simultaneously with “Dualstrusion” (other consumer-grade 3D printers can typically only "print" using one color at a time). The machine is essentially equipped with two extruders (which are used to form objects layer-by-layer) that will allow it print in multiple colors and with different materials.
Kodak EasyShare M750
Kodak has launched the EasyShare M750, which allows users to upload images to Facebook by pairing the camera with a smartphone. At the same time it is suing Apple and HTC for infringing on patents related to technology for transmitting images in a similar way.
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Nokia Lumia 900
The Nokia Lumia 900 is a LTE 4G Windows Phone for AT&T. Of course, the Lumia is a Windows Phone and comes with a few included apps like Tango for video chat, ESPN, CNN and Nokia Drive (Nokia’s navigation app). The ESPN and CNN apps subscribe to Windows Phone's "metro".
Polaroid's Smart Camera
Polaroid will launch its new Android-powered Smart Camera in April. The device sports a three times optical zoom and snaps 16 MB images.
Netgear announced that it plans to release a device to stream Netflix and other similar content. Netgear's NeoTV set-top box doesn't have the hype of Roku or Apple TV, but Netgear is trying to make up for it by packing in more features at low prices. Skripic argues that NeoTV is a better choice than Roku because it has apps for YouTube and Vudu, which Roku does not. However, Roku's base model, the Roku LT, is $20 cheaper than the NeoTV, and it has some key apps of its own, including MLB.tv and HBO Go.
HTC Titan 2
The big new feature bragged about with the HTC Titan II, other than its LTE connectivity, is the fact that it has a 16-megapixel camera with a f/2.6 wide-angle lens and autofocus.
The phone's 4.7-inch super LCD screen is the largest display yet on a Windows phone. Powered by a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S2 processor, you can watch the latest TV shows and movies via HTC Watch, and game-on-the-go with Xbox LIVE.
Intel Reference Design Phone
Intel on Tuesday announced its first smartphone customers, signaling the arrival of Intel Inside smartphones after years of uphill struggle by the chip maker. Intel's Medfield smartphone reference design has a 4-inch screen, 8-megapixel video camera and can handle high-definition video.
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