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CES 2008

Nyko Zero wireless controller for PS3

Posted in CES 2008,Nyko,PS3 by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2008

Nyko Zero wireless controller for PS3
Nyko adds yet another nice accessory to their arsenal, this time for the PS3. They sport an amazing look. The zero controller is completely wireless and has full six-direction tilt functionality and vibration support. It’s compatible with all PS3 software and control formats, and is powered by an included NiMH rechargeable battery with 25 hours of wireless gameplay.

Just plug the included charging cable into the PS3s USB port and play and charge the controller at the same time or use the included AA battery pack.

CES 2008

Portable stereo sound with Orbitsound T3

Posted in CES 2008,music by Conner Flynn on January 10th, 2008

Portable stereo sound with Orbitsound T3
It used to be that to get portable stereo sound you had to use headphones, but Orbitsound has come up with something new in the T3 device, with air sound technology. It’s slightly larger than a BlackBerry and is best when worn around the neck. It sounds as if you are wearing a pair of headphones. It’s compatible with any iPod, MP3 players, CD players or notebooks as long as they support line-in jacks.

If you want to have some private listening, there is a 3.5mm headphone port on the T3 to suit your needs. This kind of portable stereo sound is made possible thanks to Orbitsound’s airSOUND single-point-stereo technology.

CES 2008

Toshiba debuts lots of new flat panels

Posted in CES 2008,HDTV,LCD,Toshiba by Nino Marchetti on January 10th, 2008

Toshiba Cinema Series REGZA XF550 SeriesToshiba came to CES loaded down with new flat panels to display. The company is showcasing 20 new LCD TV models across five different model families.

Toshiba was specifically displaying models which totaled include “five new series, four new cosmetic designs, three new dimensions of picture quality and two new gaming features.” They run from the top line Cinema Series REGZA XF550 Series (around $3,200 max price) to the lower end AV500 (lowest price around $430). Availability for all models is spread out between February and May.

Get all the details on Toshiba’s 2008 LCD TV line up after the jump.

CES 2008

VIZIO adds new 5.1 sound system

Posted in CES 2008,Speakers,VIZIO by Nino Marchetti on January 10th, 2008

VIZIO Jive SV5.1 Enhancement KitVIZIO, besides flooding CES with new HDTVs, also unveiled at the trade show an accompanying 5.1 surround sound system for its new line of “Black Tie” flat panels. The VIZIO Jive SV5.1 Enhancement Kit is priced at around $300.

The VIZIO Jive SV5.1 Enhancement Kit is pretty much your garden variety 5.1 system. It works in conjunction with your flat panel’s “integrated front left- and-right speakers by simply adding the center channel, two rear channel (left and right) speakers, and wireless subwoofer. The subwoofer transmits wirelessly through 2.4GHz transmission to the new VIZIO Black Tie Series SV42LF or SV47LF.”

CES 2008

Sherwood debuts new flagship A/V receiver

Posted in CES 2008,Receivers,Sherwood by Nino Marchetti on January 10th, 2008

Sherwood R-972New A/V receivers are always plentiful at CES. One is from a company called Sherwood and it is known as the Sherwood R-972. Price is around $1,800.

The Sherwood R-972 is Sherwood’s new flagship receiver. You get a lot of features for your almost two grand: 100 watts RMS per channel for each of its seven channels, HDMI 1.3b support, decoding lossless audio from Blu-ray/HD DVD and a very advanced speaker performance measurement system.

Get the full scoop on the Sherwood R-972 after the jump.

CES 2008

Maxell rolls with new sound bar audio system

Posted in CES 2008,Maxell,Speakers by Nino Marchetti on January 10th, 2008

Maxell 5.1 Digital Sound Bar with SubwooferMaxell is showing off the Consumer Electronics Show a new home theater in a box solution which takes the form of a surround sound bar. It’s called the Maxell 5.1 Digital Sound Bar with Subwoofer and is set to price at around $600.

The Maxell 5.1 Digital Sound Bar with Subwoofer is capable of connecting with up to seven devices and powered by 120 watts of power, according to Maxell. It sports a built-in Dolby Digital and DTS decorder and can be controlled via a remote.

CES 2008

Pocketfinder Personal Location GPS device

Posted in CES 2008,GPS,Personal Location Device by Conner Flynn on January 9th, 2008

Pocketfinder Personal Location GPS device
Pocketfinder is a small personal GPS unit. It’s goal is to help parents keep track of their children when playing or in situations where you are caring for someone with down syndrome, Alzheimer’s, autism or other handicap.

If you wanted to, you could even use the device to keep track of one of your valuable assets as it’s only about the size of an Oreo cookie. You locate the Pocketfinder at any given time, but that’s not all. You can also set up safe zones and the Pocketfinder will alert you if it goes beyond your set boundaries.

CES 2008

Nyko Perfect Shot Wii pistol

Posted in CES 2008,Nyko,Wii,Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 9th, 2008

Nyko Perfect Shot Wii gun
Along with Nyko’s new wireless Nunchuk controller, the company is showing off their Perfect Shot Wii gun. There have been some complaints about the Wii Zapper being very clumsy, especially in the trigger area, so this should be a great alternative.

It’s very reminiscent of the original Wii zapper in some ways and also looks and feels more like a real gun, with a decent grip. The Wiimote goes right on top, it has an easy trigger and shoots well.

CES 2008

Altec Lansing debuts new iPod/iPhone system

Posted in Altec Lansing,CES 2008,iPhone Accessories,iPod Accessories,Speakers by Nino Marchetti on January 9th, 2008

Altec Lansing T612A new iPod/iPhone speaker system is being promoted by Altec Lansing at CES right now. It is known as the Altec Lansing T612 and you’ll find it will cost around $200.

The Altec Lansing T612, which should be available in February, is a digital audio system with an integrated dock for compatible iPods and the iPhone. Sound is provided through the T612 via neodymium speakers and bass enhancement technology. A wireless remote included with the system offers iPod navigation functionality for options like volume and track selection.

CES 2008

TiVo to let you view Web video via RSS

Posted in CES 2008,DVR,RSS,Tivo by Nino Marchetti on January 9th, 2008

tivo-ces08.jpgDVR heavyweight TiVo has been relatively quiet at CES this year, making only one announcement of note. It’s a pretty big deal, at least to TiVo users. TiVo is planning to let its customer base make use of RSS feeds to pull down Web video content for view on their DVRs. The company plans to roll out this service addition in March.

TiVo said specifically customers who upgrade to TiVo’s newest pay for desktop software will be able to use the DVR’s Season Pass functionality to schedule and automatically download new Web video across a variety of categories.

CES 2008

Spykee Cell Bluetooth Robot

Posted in Bluetooth,CES 2008,iPhone,iPhone Accessories,Mobile Accessories,Robots by Conner Flynn on January 9th, 2008

Spykee Cell Bluetooth Robot
Here’s another Spykee robot to go along with your Spykee Vox and the Spykee Miss. I won’t comment on what it looks like he is doing to that iPhone from behind, that’s his business.

The Spykee Cell is another build-it-yourself robot from Meccano. It’s remote controlled via Bluetooth from a cellphone and can move and snap pictures, then transmit them back to your cellphone for storage. The loudspeaker module gives it the capability of becoming a hands-free set, if you want to speak and hear through the robot.

CES 2008

Spykee Voice-Activated iPod Robots

Posted in CES 2008,iPod,iPod Accessories,Robots by Conner Flynn on January 9th, 2008

Spykee Voice-Activated iPod Robots
I’m not going to talk about the fact that these robots have iPods in their crotch areas. I’m going to completely ignore the pink elephant in the room and I hope you will too, difficult as it may be.

Meccano is introducing 2 new robots, the Spykee Vox and the Spykee Miss, each targeted at different genders by the looks of them. I guess it has to be mentioned. Each robot has it’s own iPod dock, weirdly situated in their robot groin areas, and are compatible with other mp3 players as well.

CES 2008

WowWee Rovio Robot sports GPS & Wi-Fi

Posted in CES 2008,GPS,Wi-Fi,WowWee by Conner Flynn on January 9th, 2008

WowWee Rovio Robot sports GPS & Wi-Fi
In addition to a few other neat robots, WowWee has introduced Rovio, a new “telepresence” robot that’s outfitted with the latest in micro-GPS technology from Evolution Robotics. Rovio has a Wi-Fi-enabled Web-cam that allows you to patrol your home while you’re away, via an Internet-enabled PC, console or mobile phone.

This one is an interesting looking robot. With the new GPS system you can drive the robot with shortcut “go-to” commands. For instance, “go to the dining room”. This makes it easy to control the robot remotely over the Web or even from your mobile phone. It also has what they call a “patrol mode” where it automatically sends you pictures of locations you want to check.

CES 2008

Tekkeon NavDock for iPod has on-TV menu

Posted in CES 2008,Dock,iPod Accessories by Darrin Olson on January 9th, 2008

Tekkeon NavDock ND2000 Home Media Center for iPod connects to a television with on-screen navigationAlong with a new mobile power device, Tekkeon is launching the NavDock Home Media Center dock for the iPod nano 3G and iPod classic that feature on-screen navigation for your TV. The device connects to a standard television and provides on-TV navigation menus for selecting and playing songs, videos and viewing pictures that are stored on the iPod.

Once docked the iPod and its contents can be navigated through a large display on the television using a 16 button infrared remote control controlling media selection, adjusting volume, forwarding and rewinding, lyrics and the equalizer. It will also charge up the iPod when docked. The dock connects with included 6-foot AV output cable and is available now retailing for $129.99.

CES 2008

Tekkeon TekCharge mobile power with AA’s

Posted in Batteries,CES 2008,Mobile Power by Darrin Olson on January 9th, 2008

Tekkeon TekCharge mobile power deviceCali-based Tekkeon is a maker of an array of stylish looking mobile accessories and has just announced a new device to power your mobile gadgets which runs off of your own AA batteries. The TekCharge MP1550 is a mobile power accessory that is juiced up by either two or four AA batteries (rechargeable or not) and can extend the life of your mobile phone, PDA or media player by connecting via USB.

Tekkeon estimates the little device can add as much as 16 hours of phone conversations, 5 hours of PDA use or 20 more hours of watching iPod videos. It also comes with 7 different adapter tips letting you use this same device for multiple gadgets. Once the AA batteries run dry you have the option of simply picking up some more or buying rechargeable AA’s. When the TekCharge is plugged into your computer it will actually charge up the rechargeable AA’s. The device is available now, retailing for around $25.