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CES 2008

New PoV Web cam offers freedom to roam

Posted in CES 2008,Webcams by Nino Marchetti on January 9th, 2008

IPEVO PoVIPEVO, a developer of Internet devices, is using CES to show off its new PoV Web camera, which “lets users share their Point of View during Instant Messaging, chat sessions, and other Internet communication applications.” No specific pricing has been given for this product.

IPEVO says the PoV is unique in that one can detach it and capture images and video from any angle and vantage point. This Web cam is compatible with most IM applications and includes an integrated microphone for audio. It is USB 2.0 compliant and will only work with Windows.

CES 2008

My Theater Acoustic Panels enhance home theater sound

Posted in CES 2008,Home Theater by Nino Marchetti on January 9th, 2008

My Theater Acoustic PanelsHome theater buffs take note: United Plastics may have developed a new technology which could enhance your audio experience: acoustic panels you mount on your walls. These new My Theater Acoustic Panels are currently on display at CES.

The My Theater Acoustic Panels, according to United Plastics, improve “speaker sound quality by reducing reflective sound waves that bounce off hard surfaces like walls, floors, and tables.” Installation of these is reportedly a simple process of hanging them on the wall might like you would hang a piece of art.

CES 2008

VIZIO dress up at CES with “Black Tie” displays

Posted in CES 2008,HDTV,VIZIO by Nino Marchetti on January 9th, 2008

VIZIO SV47LFVIZIO, that upstart HDTV brand you see for sale at Costco-like places, is dropping the LCD hammer big time at CES as it reveals lots of new HDTVs. One new line up of flat panel displays is the “Black Tie” series.

The VIZIO “Black Tie” series includes 42 and 47-inch displays. It is noted by VIZIO for having “120Hz processing with MEMC (Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation), a side access HD game port and full 1080p resolution.”

Get the whole story on these new VIZIO displays after the jump.

CES 2008

Clarion MiND: a new reason to crash your car

Posted in Automotive,CES 2008,Clarion,GPS by Nino Marchetti on January 9th, 2008

Clarion MINDClarion unveiled at CES this week a new mobile Internet device based upon the Intel Menlow platform, which is comprised of the Silverthorne processor and the Poulbo chipset. It is called MiND (Mobile Internet Navigation Device) and its currently in development.

The Clairon MiND is best described as an extremely portable device. The feature list is quite long – its maker describes it best by stating the MiND will “provide users access to navigation, high-speed Internet connection, digital music and videos, hands-free phone connection (via Bluetooth), built-in camera and many other innovative entertainment features.” It is an in-car device designed to make you crash easier…er, we mean keep you entertained either in-auto or out.

CES 2008

Memorex shows off new electronics

Posted in CES 2008,Memorex by Nino Marchetti on January 9th, 2008

memorex-1.jpgMemorex is showing off at CES some fun new electronics which, while not cutting edge, are still interesting in design and perhaps even useful. These new electronics include fashionable DVD players and an iPhone clock radio.

After the jump you can check out more photos and read Memorex’s entire press release.

CES 2008

Solio’s new charger offers double the power fun

Posted in CES 2008,Chargers,Solar Powered by Nino Marchetti on January 9th, 2008

Solio MagnesiumBetter Energy Systems, the company behind the eco-friendly Solio Classic hybrid (solar/wall socket) handheld electronics charger, is at CES with a new charger it says packs almost double the power of the original. It’s called the Solio Magnesium and it is being priced at around $200.

The Solio Magnesium is capable of fully charging a cell phone approximately three times. It “combines efficient solar cells, a powerful internal battery, and a rugged, environmentally friendly magnesium alloy shell.” Compatibility exists with the iGo tip system for supporting the charging of multiple types of devices and includes a female USB for an iPod.

CES 2008

Sony home theater stand includes surround sound

Posted in CES 2008,Furniture,Home Theater,Sony by Nino Marchetti on January 9th, 2008

Sony Sound Wall RHT-S10Home theater stands are normally a pretty boring item to read about. Sony has put a flair though to a new one it is displaying at CES. It’s called the Sony Sound Wall RHT-S10.

The Sony Sound Wall RHT-S10 is a home theater stand with an included surround sound system. It specifically offers “Sony’s first 5.1 channel surround sound system to offer built-in speakers, an amplifier and a subwoofer in one slim speaker package.” It is attached to “a free-standing wall facade that also serves as a mount for a television. Wires are hidden behind the wall and connected to an integrated A/V rack anchored at the base of the media stand.”

CES 2008

New Creative iPod dock outputs HD video

Posted in CES 2008,Creative,iPod Accessories by Nino Marchetti on January 9th, 2008

Creative Xdock HDOne of the products Creative is showing off at CES is a new iPod docking system which can output HD video. It’s called the Creative Xdock HD and will price at around $400.

The Creative Xdock HD is designed to dock and charge your iPod much like any similar product. While docked you can output upconverted video on an HDTV in full DTS surround sound and it can also wirelessly play music through X-Fi Wireless Receivers connected to speakers throughout the home. It has HDMI output as well as other video output types.

CES 2008

FreeScale LimePC:iPod nano sized UMPC

Posted in CES 2008,Linux,UMPC by Conner Flynn on January 9th, 2008

iPod nano sized UMPC
The FreeScale LimePC is an iPod nano sized Linux UMPC based on Freescale’s MPC5121e mobileGT processor, which is a so called “motherboard-on-a-chip” device. MPC5121e can be used for many applications in various industries. The LimePC runs LimeOS which is based on Debian Linux OS.

The Chinese company Tsinghua Tongfang is developing the LimePC line of computers, which is supposed to ship in 2008. In China at first, and in the fall in the United States.

CES 2008

Go!Explore turns your PSP into GPS navigation system

Posted in CES 2008,GPS,PSP by Conner Flynn on January 9th, 2008

Go!Explore turns your PSP into GPS navigation system
Here’s some good news if you own a PSP and are in any European country. ‘Go!Explore’ is coming as early as Spring, to turn your PSP into a GPS receiver. Roam anywhere in the city and even if you lose direction, your PSP will work as a GPS navigation system.

Just attach the GPS receiver into the device and load a UMD that contains the relevant maps for your area. That means a 3D-map with relevant landmarks marked on it, in the palm of your hands.

CES 2008

$15,000 Tank Chair for the disabled

Posted in CES 2008,Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on January 9th, 2008

$15,000 Tank Chair for the disabled
Disabled or not, this is the way to get around and tell people that you are the man. Pedestrians will be sure to either get out of your way or get crushed. Designed for the disabled, the Tank Chair is an off-road, all-purpose wheelchair that’s turning a lot of heads at the CES show.

It’s one tough chair and is built out of a one-piece steel chassis with the tracks made from rugged rubber and lightweight aluminum struts. It boasts a top speed of 5 mph, the Tank Chair Mk II has 24V, 2HP, 127RPM variable speed motor that gets its juice from four Optima Deep Cycle batteries.

CES 2008

CD-2e SD/CD recorder burns to CD without a PC

Posted in CES 2008,music,Storage by Conner Flynn on January 9th, 2008

CD-2e SD/CD recorder burns to CD without a computer
The Roland CD-2e personal SD/CD recorder would be useful for those who can not figure out the simple task of recording their voice or music onto CDs directly without needing to use a computer.

The CD-2e comes with a built-in mic. You can easily adjust pitch, key and tempo while you’re recording. It even has a metronome for improving timing and rhythm and stereo speakers. It can record directly to CD, but also provides an option to use SD if you want more capacity. For instance, using an 8 GB SDHC card will let you have up to 12 hours of recording time.

CES 2008

BlueAnt V1 Bluetooth headset with voice control

Posted in BlueAnt,Bluetooth,CES 2008,Headsets by Darrin Olson on January 9th, 2008

BlueAnt V1 voice controlled Bluetooth headsetBlueAnt has another wireless Bluetooth product on deck this year at CES in addition to the M1 Speaker with the BlueAnt V1 wireless Bluetooth headset. BlueAnt gave their existing Z9 Bluetooth headset a little upgrade in looks and a big upgrade in technology.

The BlueAnt V1 headset’s most significant feature that helps it stand out from large crowd of Bluetooth headsets is it’s voice control. According to the company this is the world’s first voice controlled Bluetooth headset as it attempts to do away with the different combination of button presses that are necessary to control different functions on most similar headsets.

CES 2008

BlueAnt launches M1 Bluetooth speaker

Posted in BlueAnt,Bluetooth,CES 2008,Speakers by Darrin Olson on January 9th, 2008

BlueAnt M1 Bluetooth speakersAustralia based BlueAnt recently unveiled a new wireless Bluetooth speaker this week at CES in Las Vegas, bringing a quality Bluetooth speaker product that’s completely wireless for a $199 price tag. The price point on the BlueAnt M1 might be a little higher than other wireless speakers for your portable devices, but BlueAnt’s goal is to “…fill lack of good quality portable stereo speakers in a market that is saturated with cheap, terrible sounding boom boxes.”, according to BlueAnt CEO Taisen Maddern.

The BlueAnt M1 features an output of 28 watts RMS, rechargeable batteries that will run the device for around 10 hours at a medium volume level, and is compatible with any Bluetooth A2DP device including computers, PDA’s and mobile phones. In the event that you want to use the speakers with your non-Bluetooth media player it also sports a 3.5mm jack to connect directly.

CES 2008

Virtual Wii games get “The Shaft”

Posted in CES 2008,Wii,Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 8th, 2008

Virtual Wii games get “The Shaft”
The Shaft is another way to control all those Virtual Console downloads sitting on your Wii menu. The wired, 6″ x 11″ arcade-style stick from Overline Gaming merges the arcade joystick with the styling of the Wii.

It features analog control for N64 games as well as digital “resting points” in the eight primary directions for old school gaming. The general consensus seems to be that people like the feel of the shaft (I know. I know…) It will certainly bring that old arcade feeling back.