At Nintendo's launch event today, I played a dozen games on the 3DS, their forthcoming 3-D handheld system. Having previously spent a few minutes with it at CES, along with a bevy of other 3-D gaming gear, after today's playing I'm ready to make a declaration: 3-D's killer app is not movies and television. It's gaming. Here's why.
Good morning! We're getting set up at Nintendo's 3DS event in NYC, where we're expecting all the details--price, dates, games--on the 3DS U.S. launch. Follow along on Twitter (@PopSci) right now for all the news as it happens. The fun begins at 9AM EST. Update: March 27, $250, 30 games in the three-month "launch window" is the news of the day.
It's been the source of much clamor: the best smartphone on the States' best network. And today the clamor finally became official. Aside from an integrated tethering function, everything about the Verizon iPhone is the same as its AT&T brother.
Verizon just announced that it will carry the wildly popular iPhone 4 at a press conference in New York. We were there live: Check out our impressions from the floor, and the full details of the long-awaited Verizon iPhone, below.
Lifecasting devices are interesting--you wear them as they unobtrusively capture photos, video, sound (or all three) as you make sandwiches, walk the dog, or perform Bad Romance in Rome for 50,000 people. Although "unobtrusive" really isn't the idea behind Polaroid's GL20 Gaga-designed camera glasses, which take and display interval-shot photos taken with a lens on the bridge.
Pop Motorola's new Atrix 4G smartphone into its laptop-shell docking station, and like a lifeless corpse jolted with lightning, the laptop comes to life, giving you Motorola's Webtop. It's a desktop experience, powered by Android, including a file browser, HD media playback, and a full install of Firefox 4. All powered by the phone.
The legions of CES tablet wannabes can give up now: Motorola just killed it with their much-rumored Xoom tablet, an iPad-sized black slab whose beauty is within, in its Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS. Designed by Google from the ground-up with touchscreen tablets in mind, it's the first software experience that looks like it can go toe-to-toe with Apple's iOS.
Samsung's CES press conference is usually the most lavish, and this year seems to be no different. Check out an up-close look at Samsung's standout new gear here, including their best new TV and an interesting tablet-notebook hybrid.
Hopping on CES 2011's biggest bandwagon is Sharp, who announced a U.S. launch of their Japanese Galapagos Media Tablet with few if any details. But if you needed any indication of just how tablet-crazy everyone is this week, take a look at that media scrum.