Devin Coldewey

Devin Coldewey is a Seattle-based writer and photographer. He first wrote for TechCrunch in 2007. He has also written for MSNBC.com, NBC News, DPReview, The Economist/GE’s Look Ahead, and others.

His personal website is coldewey.cc.

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  • The latest craze sweeping the nation: it's the Wü!


    No, not the Wii, the Wü. Complete with little dots over the things of the U. This was one of many knock-off games present at CES, and almost certainly the most shameless, unless you count the guys who ripped off both Guitar Hero and Rock Band by offering alternatives for each one, under similarly altered names. The Wü people didn’t really want us to take pictures, but it was too good… Read More

  • Vuzix' iWear video glasses actually work


    This was another product I was skeptical about. VR goggles? Do they ship with a copy of Johnny Mnemonic? But I put them on and lo and behold: the image was pretty good, it tracked my head movements so I could look around the cockpit, and they were even lightweight and had different nose-touch-piece-things for people of different nasal persuasions. One kind was meant to be used as a… Read More

  • The Tale of the Tiniest Touchpad, by Everex


    Next to Everex’s Eee-killer, they had another product, more a prototype than anything, but with a similar form factor. This one has its baby touchpad in a more traditional spot, which made it look even more lonely and puny. It truly is only about as big as your “tab” key, though it works surprisingly well. Read More

  • Hands on with the the 3rd Space force feedback vest


    I’d probably be the first to raise an eyebrow at the idea of a gaming vest that whacks you where you’re being shot/cut/bludgeoned, but these guys have made something that could really add another dimension to things, especially in creepy games like Silent Hill and Resident Evil (as if they didn’t scare me enough already). They put it on me, as you can see, and I tried out… Read More

  • Iomega's Zip Drive is back with a vengeance


    Everyone remembers the Iomega Zip Drive – we all had one, it’s okay to say it. I’d lost track of the company for a while, but they’re striking back with a new version of the device, which probably will get mixed reactions. It’s called the Rev and it’s essentially a HDD split in half – the head and mechanisms are in the reader, and in each… Read More

  • Optimus Maximus touched at CES


    It’s out there, and it’s just as glossy and beautiful as you think. The keys are somewhat bigger than a normal keyboard, probably by 15% or so; they had a regular size one there for comparison. The screens were crisp, bright, responsive, and very high contrast. It really does look like a $500 object, and if you can afford it, I’d say go for it. Their booth girls were nice… Read More

  • Wacom proves that size does matter, and pressure sensitivity too


    Wacom had this awesome big touchscreen with a big line to use it. I’m really not much of an artist and probably would have drawn something obscene anyway, so I resisted the temptation to hang around. Of course, Leonardo here was just starting some masterpiece so I probably wouldn’t have gotten a shot anyhow. The screen looked really nice and didn’t appear to have any lag… Read More

  • Cowon has a tiny, touchable PMP for you


    I love these guys. They make good stuff. Their booth was pretty sparse, but the A3 and D2 were looking good in their little enclosures. The A3 (right) I’d seen before, and it was the D2 that caught my eye. It fit my hand well, the touchscreen was responsive, and the display was crisp and bright. It looks like the perfect thing to carry around a ton of standard def videos on —… Read More

  • Voodoo's vanity case is the shiniest of them all


    The Voodoo booth was an orgy of exposed PCB, flashy accessories, and some guy with dreds up in a topknot. And rotating in a glass case was this gold thing, which really just seems incredibly impractical, but still awesome. The Blackbird ran Unreal Tournament 3 beautifully, and I killed some fools who thought they could rumble with this. Now, if I were rich, I would buy these products, but I… Read More

  • Hands-on with Garmin's nu nüvi line of GPS gear


    A few days ago you guys got the preview of Garmin’s nuvis. Well, I’d like to confirm that they are as slim and featureless as they seem in the heavily-optimized press shots they released. I fiddled around with them for a bit; the touchscreen is responsive but doesn’t really jump, and the display is nice and bright. The 5000 was great and felt really meaty. Garmin had… Read More

  • Roomba's misshapen cousin shows its face


    Somebody call the lawyers — I think they might have messed up on the patent application. Either that or they weren’t the only ones who thought up an AI-navigating, robotic vacuum that moves in expanding spirals. You can tell from the prognathic aspect and heavy epicanthic folds that this little robot is from an earlier, more brutal era. Read More

  • D-Link's wireless USB hub would be handy for your mom


    Tired of your mom calling you and saying “Honey, do I plug in the blue cable to the printer? Or the modem? Or the wall?” Well, you can set her up right now and the only thing she’ll have to plug in and out is a little USB receiver. All the other junk plugs into the cute little hub and the data is served from there. This D-Link thing isn’t too impressive, but… Read More

  • Duracell now makes SD cards and flash drives, apparently


    Passing by a Duracell booth, I had almost skipped it completely but noticed that some of the batteries were small and thin, and said “SD” on them. It turns out that Duracell is lending its brand name to a new set of other small, ubiquitous things. Not sure if you’ll be seeing these in retail any time soon but they looked perfectly sellable. Jump drives after the, er, jump. Read More

  • Guitar Hero guitar decals


    Product Name: Guitar Hero Guitar Skins
    Description: You can customize your fake axe with these decals.
    Price: Probably around $20
    Site: RedBeard
    Why it’s cool: All the coolest rockers have custom guitars, why shouldn’t you? You’ll probably be able to print your own ones soon. Read More

  • Olevia's signal-enhancing TV can't be captured in pictures


    At the Olevia booth, they had this TV with a big line down the middle. On the right was a regular HD feed, and once it crossed the line it entered the enhancement zone. The normal signal actually looked fine, but the image processor really made it pop, as they say. Motion blur was reduced, sharpness of edges was increased, and the contrast seemed better because of the enhanced… Read More

  • THX has some weird new UFO-shaped speakers


    Specs here. They sounded pretty good from what I could tell in the noisy hall, but they look freaky.
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  • Compact Flash + SATA = FLATA hotness


    I’m glad to see a significant change in this arena; I always hear about quality differences in CF cards for my Canon, citing better speeds on the “Extreme” versions of such and such a brand, but in the end the interface is growing to be the limiting factor. I shoot rapid fire RAW shots all the time, and having my motor drive be limited in the frequency and length of the… Read More

  • TI DLP's DualView. What IS it?


    We have received word of a new display technology to be demonstrated at CES. It’s called DualView, and it apparently “it allows two opponents to view their action in full screen rather than a split playing screen.” Well, if you are playing online that is not usually a problem, but same-TV deathmatch has had this problem for years in games like Goldeneye and Mario Kart, not… Read More

  • HD DVD responds, oh snap!


    The companies of the HD DVD Promotional Group today issued a statement in response to the decision by Warner Home Video to exclusively back the Blu-ray format: While Warner’s decision is a setback for HD DVD, the consumer has benefited from HD DVD’s commitment to quality and affordability – a bar that is critical for the mainstream success of any format. We believe… Read More

  • GeForce 9800 GX2 crashes outside Area 51, photographed by HardOCP


    The only word that comes to mind is “impractical.” From every perspective, this video card is just ridiculous. It’s enormous for one thing, with two PCBs stuck together, and it looks like an matte black air conditioner for another. It’s essentially two 8800s in a native SLI setup, with a gig of RAM and 256 stream processors. For the layman, that basically means… Read More