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CES 2011: Innovative Honorees

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

CES 2011 has come to a close.  It’s been a  long weekend filled with amazing new technology and prototypes that should be hitting the market as 2011 moves forward.  There were some manufacturers that outdid themselves when it comes to being innovative.  CES compiles a list of the 2011 Most Innovative Honorees.  Take a look and see some really creative products.  One that caught my eye is the portable solar charger by the manufacturer Joos.  Charge your cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras and more.

CES 2011: Polk's Innovative Ingenuity

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Manufacturer Polk Audio won at CES for Most Innovative products by winning 2 out of the 5 categories.  As a retailer of Polk Audio for years, we are thrilled with their success and are proud to continue to sell their line of electronics.  Check out the forum “Polk Audio wins big in CES” on their website for images and information.

CES 2011: emPower Eyeglasses

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

One really interesting item at CES 2011 is the new line of eyeglasses released by PixelOptics called emPower.  What differentiates them from any other eyeglasses is that these are the world’s first “electronic corrective eyeglasses”.  What does that mean?

Hidden in the frames of the otherwise normal-looking glasses, are a microchip, micro-accelerometer and miniature batteries. Each lens has a transparent LCD layer that can electronically adjust itself, changing the focus when necessary. If you tilt your head down to read a book or look at something up close, the accelerometer automatically detects the motion, sending a signal to the LCD that alters how light is refracted, and changes the prescription to clear the image.  Check out PixelOptics homepage for more details.

CES 2011: Samsung Slider PC 7

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Now this is an interesting PC product. Samsung Slider PC appears to be a tablet at first glance but unveils a keyboard and a tiltable screen. The Slider has 2GB DDR RAM, 32 or 64GB SSD drive. The resolution is 1,366 x 768 wrapped in a 10” screen. Connectivity can be obtained via its built in 3G and Wimax features. The battery life is expected to last 9 hours and weighs in at 2.18 pounds. Samsung says the Slider PC is targeted for release March 2011.

CES 2011: Sony Portable Blu-ray Player

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Sony displayed its first 3D Blu-ray player prototype, featuring a 10.1-inch screen and 5-hour battery life.

There is 1,366 x 768 pixels so the screen will not deliver full Blu-ray resolution. Other features are its 180-degree swivel stand, built-in speakers, headphone output and USB port.

Additional connectivity sources are unclear at this moment so it is unknown whether or not the player could be used as a standalone unit via HDMI

Sony says this portable device may be available this spring for about $300.

CES 2011: Pioneer's New Line of Receivers

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Pioneer unveiled their new line of receivers.  Similar to the current models, the VSX series, the newer units will be able to dock an iPad to play music.  What differentiates Pioneer’s new receivers from other manufacturer’s receivers that can dock an iPad, is that Pioneer’s are fully iPad compatible.  This means while you  are listening to music, the iPad is charging at the same time.

CES 2011: Speakers Galore!

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

A movie becomes a much more intense experience with great speakers.  Several manufacturers showed off their new models.  From the sleek to the classy to the booming, all seem to be a great addition to a dedicated home theatre system.

Samsung’s new home theater system is a very metallic, cool looking set-up.  Accompanied with their ultra thin TV this collection looks amazing.

Klipsch announced their new line called Gallery series.  The Gallery Series is the choice  for anyone looking for enhanced sound—whatever the living environment—KlipschGallery is the first true cross-over home audio solution, that offers consumers a wide selection of wireless-new media sound systems and sleek, minimalist home theater speakers for upgraded, seamless whole-home audio.

CES 2011: The Tablets Keep on Coming

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Motorola’s Xoom is the name of their tablet to enter the competition.

Some quick specs  on the unit:  Has a 1280 x 800 resolution and a dual core processor. Comes with 1 gig or RAM and a front faceing camera. 5mp camera with flash on the rear. Both a  USB port and an hdmi output. The unit was Developed with Google technology.  There will be plenty book titles to choose from. LTE upgradeable after 1st qtr.

CES 2011: Tablets are the Titans of Technology

Friday, January 7th, 2011

There have been all kinds of things at CES 2011 so far.  Technology that is big, small, shiny, robotic, 3-dimensional.  One thing has been consistant, however, from the manufacturers: the tablet.  Apple’s iPad was a starter pistol for a handful of manufacturers to make their own versions of the handheld device.

As you read earlier in this blog, Panasonic has their version, the Viera.  Since then Lenovo, Toshiba and even Blackberry have displayed their entries into the tablet market.

Lenovo’s tablet has an interesting design.  It’s basically a laptop computer with a removable monitor, doubling as a tablet.  the 10.1 inch unit is fully functional detached form the keyboard dock and is controlled by a user’s finger tips.

Toshiba has a tablet measured at 10 inches.  Called the Tegra 2 it runs on Android.  An interesting feature is the technology included called “Resolution Plus.” Just like upconverting DVD players, the standard definition video is upconverted to appear as high definition.  It will also include front and rear facing cameras, as well as Mini USB, USB, HDMI, and microSD card slots.

Also, Blackberry’s version, the RIM Playbook was exposed even further at this year’s CES 2011.  Released in September, we covered it in our RIM Playbook Blog, the unit is still garnering a lot of buzz and attention.

CES 2011: iPad As An Arcade Entertainment System

Friday, January 7th, 2011

I’ve been fighting the desire for an iPad ever since it came out.  I own a laptop and a new iPod so, for me, there is really no reason to get one.  (Even though it does everything I already own 100x better).  I’ve been resisting the temptation for a good while.  Until I saw this…

Yes.  That you see there is an iPad playing the game “Asteroids” in a dock shaped like an arcade system.  Created by ION, the iCADE holds your iPad and it’s corresponding buttons and joystick controls the actions of the game.  iTunes library had a handful of arcade games you can purchase and from there you can just pop it into the above dock for a smaller, nostalgic experience.  If they end up making a model like the one above based off the 1991 Spider-Man Sega Arcade game, an iPad will definitely be mine.