CES 2008

  • CES 2008: Odd gear out

    [photopress:IMG_0445.JPG,full,center] My favorite thing to do at the show is hit the odd retailers who sell the crazy junk we all know and love from Sharper Image, Brookstone, et al along with the stuff that ends up in close-outs. Take this weird blue phone, for example. It’s a mini phone! It’s blue! Doug loves it. Read More

  • CES 2008: Name brands add features to battle cheaper HDTVs

    [photopress:apNERL07_PANASONIC_HD_00OLA.jpg,full,center] AP image It’s Day Two of the Consumer Electronics Show—time to start analyzing, looking for trends, seeing what’s hot and what’s not. Right now, we’ll focus on HDTVs. In case you hadn’t noticed, unknown companies from Asia (mostly China) are moving in on the HDTV space, which must frighten the… Read More

  • CES 2008: Bill Gates keynote liveblog replay, now with tons of photos!

    CES 2008: Bill Gates keynote liveblog replay, now with tons of photos!

    While our liveblogging software worked wonders, our wireless connection did not. Thanks, CES, for repeatedly holding the keynotes in places surrounded by electronic interference and wall after wall of signal-reducing crap. Anyway, here are the photos we couldn’t get to you live, and we’re sorry we could not. Also is the replay, so you can follow along step-by-step, like you were there! Read More

  • CES 2008: Jada Air Guitar Rocker puts Guitar Hero to shame. Shame!

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=gotme.flv Those posers who use wired Guitar Hero controllers suck, don’t they. Those in the know use wireless guitar-shaped controllers. They rock out with the plug out. But the groupies at Jada are working on something beyond the wireless guitar controller: the air guitar controller. Check it out in the video and tell me you don’t want… Read More

  • Hands on with the Lenovo IdeaPads

    [photopress:lenovo__006.jpg,full,pp_image] Here’s a hands on of all the new Lenovo IdeaPads. Photos by Devin. Above is the 15-inch. Read More

  • Mitsubishi laser TV rocks my socks

    Mitsubishi laser TV rocks my socks

    Not entirely sure how it works, but the picture quality on the 65-inch Laser TV is stunning and produces twice the color of HDTVs today. It’s the first of its kind in terms of laser tech and it also does 3D ala Real D. The Laser TV is also said to be energy efficient, but there aren’t any stats on it. Details are limited and a launch date has not been set other than a vague date of… Read More

  • CES so far

    CES so far

    A selection of fine posts from our CG cellars. Please, drink responsibly. Contest: The saddest CES meatball/hush puppy in the world Exclusive Video: CrunchGear gets all hands-on with Surface; I get faced by Microsoft in a good way Hands-on with Garmin’s nu nüvi line of GPS gear Roomba’s misshapen cousin shows its face Alienware’s curved monitor: Dude, seriously? More… Read More

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

    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 or… Read More

  • Sony does Surface-like photo transfers

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Hey, look at this doodad. It’s similar to a near-field technology feature that Microsoft showed off a while ago with its Surface technology except this is from Sony. You basically drop your camera on top of that cube, which is actually a media storage device. The cube senses that your camera is there and… Read More

  • Like being at a very, very tiny concert

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Follow me here. These little plastic figurines are hooked up to an AV player that plays specially-encoded discs. Whatever the real-life human musicians do on the screen gets replicated by the little plastic dudes. It’s like being at Chuck E. Cheese all over again except that the animatronic musicians… Read More

 
  • Contest: The saddest CES meatball/hush puppy in the world

    Contest: The saddest CES meatball/hush puppy in the world

    Doug and I spotted this forlorn hush puppy/meatball in the CES press room and thought it was the best thing we had seen all day. Granted, we haven’t been drinking and our Danny Gans tickets aren’t until Wednesday. Special bonus: tell us what we should name this thing in comments and one lucky commenter will win a Samsung MP3 player. Read More

  • Cowon has a tiny, touchable PMP for you

    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 — YouTube… Read More

  • Casio EXILIM Pro EX-F1

    Casio EXILIM Pro EX-F1

    Product Name: Exilim Pro EX-F1 Description: The EX-F1 is a hybrid DSLR with video cam that shoots 1,200 fps and does burst at 60 fps. A little weak with 6-megapixels but who can really tell the difference? It does 12x optical zoom and shoots in 1080p. Not janky 720p, but full-on HD. Price: $1,000 In-store date:Spring Site: Casio Why it’s cool: A decent hybrid that won’t cost you a few… Read More

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

    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 just… Read More

  • Sony A200 DSLR: Classy

    Sony A200 DSLR: Classy

    Sony’s A200 just dropped last night and we got a quick look at it in the booth today. If you’r familiar with the Rebel or the D40 you’ll recognize the A200 as an able, lower cost DSLR for entry level folks. It has 9 point autofocus, a 10 megapixel sensor, and is compatible with the full line of Minolta accessories. They’ll be selling a lens/camera kit next month. Read More

  • Exclusive Video: CrunchGear gets all hands-on with Surface; I get faced by Microsoft in a good way

    Exclusive Video: CrunchGear gets all hands-on with Surface; I get faced by Microsoft in a good way

    Not to brag, but I just spent a half hour with Pete from Microsoft and his fantastic Surface device. I’ll be the first to admit that when Surface was first announced I kind of turned my nose up at it. A table with multitouch? Pshaw! But after having seen what it’s capable of, and especially having seen what’s in the video below, I’m more than impressed. Surface isn’t… Read More

  • CrunchGear's CES Meet-up: A quick sit-down at 9pm in Monte Carlo Pub and Brewery

    To all those who emailed asking about the meet up I’d like to invite you all to meet at about 9pm on Tuesday, January 8, at the Monte Carlo Pub and Brewery in the Monte Carlo. This place has good beer — it no longer brews its own, sadly — and has some standard grub for hungry CE folks. Look for the CG folks near the front at about 9pm. We’re all on AIM and email so feel… Read More

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

    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 crippled the… Read More

  • Anyone have an OLPC network password I can borrow?

    Anyone have an OLPC network password I can borrow?

    One of the fun things about expos like CES is seeing what kind of crazy Wi-Fi networks show up. Right now, we’re in the Blogger’s Lounge using one called “BLOGGERS” (yesterday it was “BLOOGERS”). Earlier, I found an OLPC mesh server, but sadly I didn’t have the password Read More

  • CES 2008: XStreamHD teams with Seagate, DTS to stream HD video, audio to your TV

    [photopress:xstreamhd.jpg,full,center] A quickie update on XStreamHD, a new service that aims to bring high-def (1080p) content to your home using geosynchronous satellites and its own set-top receiver. The company has teamed with Seagate, which has had a big day already, and DTS to perfect its soon-to-begin service. Seagate’s in with its hard drives, from 1 to 2TB, and DTS will provide the… Read More