• 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

    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

  • 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… 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

  • 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

    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… 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… 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

  • 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… Read More

  • Hanspree displays wood panel TVs that look really damn good

    Hannspree is showing off a few “designer TVs” today. They’re 32-inch and 37-inch HDTVs that seem fairly pedestrian, with the exception of the natural wood paneling. These TVs look great, and there’s no way my camera can capture the real rich texture and look of the wood on the CES floor. In the world of usually ugly HDTVs, I’m for one happy to see something that… 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

  • Thoughts About BigThink

    A new video site featuring big thinkers from the worlds of politics, academia, science, and business launched today in beta. Called BigThink, it counts Peter Thiel and former Harvard president Larry Summers as investors. It raised an angel round in the low seven figures from South African VC (and lead investor) David Frankel, who invested personally, as well as Summers, Thiel, entrepreneur… 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

  • THX Media Director makes AV simple

    Even your parents can make it all work. Well, that’s if your mom and dad have an AV system going and you’re not around to set it up for them. What THX’s Media Director aka Blackbird does is basically turn all your content (games, movies, or music) into ‘smart content’ that sends out its AV settings, which is then dynamically configured for the best playback… 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

  • Free Concert On Us

    Okay, it is only an online concert. But the first 200 TechCrunch readers to send an email to techcrunch at deeprockdrive dot com will get admission to one of two live concerts to be Webcast tomorrow night from Las Vegas. That is online admission, which normally costs $6.99. These concerts will be for the public launch of DeepRockDrive, a live music site which I wrote about earlier. The… Read More

  • CES 2008: Westinghouse enters the 2k Ultra-HD market

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=2kwestinghouse.mov.ff.flv Product Name: Westinghouse’s 64″ 2K ultra-HDTV
    Description: 1080p is SO 2007, Westinghouse is going ultra-high-def
    Price: Not announced yet
    In-store date: Depends, but soon.
    Site: None yet, likely Westinghouse.com
    Why it’s cool: With the RedOne rolling out now, ultra-high-definition is the new buzzword… 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

  • CES 2008: ChangHong's cheap but good HDTVs

    Product Name: ChangHong TVs
    Description: Low-cost HDTVs that could rival Olevia and Visio when they enter the US retail market for real later this year.
    Price: Varies
    In-store date: Our man on the floor wouldn’t say a date, but he said it wouldn’t be until after NAB, which is usually in April.
    Site: Changhong.com
    Why it’s cool: Sometimes sold as an OEM, China’s ChangHong… Read More

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