CES 2008

  • Hands on with Tannoy i-30, PSP dock

    In a world filled with 1,000s of iPod docks, do we really need another one? 95 percent of them are crap. Pure unadulterated pieces of shat. Single drivers just don’t cut it. I was skeptical going into Tannoy’s suite, but my jaw immediately dropped when the i-30 was fired up. Two 100mm iCT drivers had a full, rich sound that knocked the crap out of Bose’s iPod dock, which… Read More

  • Fabrik makes backing up data fun, easy

    Besides the launch of their portable SimpleTech mini USB drives, Fabrik also launched Fabrik Ultimate Backup at CES. If you’re like me then backing up can be a tedious pain the arse. I avoid it as much as possible. I just don’t have the time or patience to do it. Well, Fabrik realizes many consumers feel the same way and FUB makes the whole process simple. Read More

  • Silliest of CES 2008

    At any trade show, you’re bound to see some good stuff. This post, however, is not about that; it’s about the most ridiculous things I’ve seen so far here at CES, like the USA-themed piano above in Gibson’s tent. From the gawdy to the bawdy, feast your eyes on these abominations. (More pics after the jump.) Read More

  • Limepc: Little Linux, big possibilities

    The forthcoming Limepc and LimeOS represent the ever-shrinking “motherboard-on-a-chip” concept, allowing fully functional computers to run off of an integrated hardware board that’s smaller than an iPod Nano. The devices should be available in the US by the end of the year and will include varying versions of UMPCs, data-enabled HDTVs, thin-clients, smaller PDA-type devices… Read More

  • Ear to the Floor: Hot CES Audio Gear


    Ahh, CES. Where the weak are killed and eaten. And where zillions of companies decide to debut products that should’ve been smothered at birth. But a few things actually managed to impress me so far as I stumble through CES and its constellation of surrounding events. So here they are, a handful of goodies I saw and heard that make my ears glad to be attached to my head. At least… Read More

  • Motorized under bed TV mount makes me hate my plain old crappy bed with nothing but crap under it

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf If you watch this video and think, “Hey, I could build one of those,” do it. I’m telling you, man. This thing is really expensive. I asked the guy how much and he said that depending on the options, it starts at around $16,000 to $18,000. I thought he was going to say $1,600 to $1,800 but boy… Read More

  • CES 2008: Sensio's 3D TV tech works for us colorblind nerd jerks!

    I love the new types of 3D technology coming to our homes. Sensio’s got a type they were showing off, and it works. I’m colorblind, so 3D usually just looks like crap to me, but their system is using the far superior polarized system, and it worked. They’re utilizing a combination of various 3D methods to pull this off, and the outcome is very god indeed. It didn’t pop… Read More

  • 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

  • CES 2008: A photograph of a device from the show floor

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    I just took this photograph in the South Hall at CES 2008. I am offering it here without comment. Read More

  • iRobot CEO Colin Angle talks about the future of robotics

    Early in Colin Angle’s blogger round-table today, he recounted the story of Packbot, their first military robot. iRobot sent a team to Afghanistan in 2002 where they showed soldiers how to use and manage the new Packbot robot, a self-righting, remote controlled surveillance bot designed to enter a room or cave so soldiers don’t have to. Read More

  • SanDisk TakeTV in action, looks pretty nice

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Word of SanDisk’s TakeTV device got out a few months ago and after just seeing it in action, I can tell you that the video quality is pretty nice. The TakeTV isn’t going to be for everyone, but for those of us looking for an easy, quick way to dump video from the computer and watch it on a… 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

  • CES 2008: Belkin's FlyWire feeds your TV up wireless HD at 1080p

    We’ve been talking about Wireless HD and how it’s one of the things CES is all about, and Belkin showed me their new FlyWire Wireless HD solution, and it’s pretty sweet. It’s a combo of a transmitter that also acts as a media switcher and a single wireless receiver. The audio and video is sent wirelessly at resolutions up to 1080p to the receiver, where it connects to… 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

  • Belkin Mouse Trap

    Belkin makes a lot of great products. Belkin also makes a lot of questionable products. The Mouse Trap is a perfect example of the latter. Maybe it’s because I haven’t used a mouse pad in years, but I don’t see the point of having a special pouch to transport your mouse in when there’s a huge crease after you’ve unzipped it. Whatever, though, I’m sure… Read More

  • CES could leave Las Vegas, pigs take to the air


    NBC is posting that CES will leave Las Vegas, which is like saying the Pope will leave Rome. Las Vegas’ 31st International Consumer Electronics Show could be one of its last, organizers said Monday, saying they believe they can get a cheaper deal elsewhere. As I said before, CES is losing value as a venue for announcing technology. It is a trade fair where vendors and buyers meet to… Read More

  • CES 2008: Belkin's Tune Studio is an iPod-recording 4-track that I want

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Musicians, listen up. Making a good demo is key, and many do it digitally, as they should. This Tune Studio, along with your iPod, makes it way easy. The audio in the video above is hard to hear, but basically this violinish band is recording their performance using one of these (it was just off stage). You… Read More

  • FLIR PathFindIR keeps you safe at night

    Two seconds later I kicked Biggs in the nuts. Product Name: PathFindIR
    Description: A thermal imaging camera that boasts the ability to let you see 5-times farther than normal headlights while driving at night. It’s currently the core thermal imager in BMW’s Night Vision nighttime driving aid system. 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