Now that even cellphones can take the kind of photos you want to save, we end up with images scattered all over. So electronics makers are coming up with easier ways to move your snaps. Sony’s new wireless solution, TransferJet, is built into this TX7 camera and Vaio F-Series laptop. Come home after a trip, put the camera down, and your photos hop over before you hang up your coat.
Samsung also rolled out an interesting pair of E-readers today--the E6 and E101 readers feature e-ink screens that refresh fast enough to accommodate on-screen writing with a stylus--a first for the category.
Samsung is going whole hog into 3-D with their newly announced TV lineup, but at the top is the 9000 series: an LED-backlit panel that's just 0.3 inches thin. And on its remote. a color touchscreen that can carry broadcast TV while you watch a Blu-ray disc.
Smartphones already act like mini computers—they send e-mail, play YouTube, let you shop on eBay. Now laptop makers are getting wise. Instead of trying to create ever-sleeker machines by shrinking ordinary PC parts, they’re tacking bigger screens and keyboards onto high-end cellphone brains. Witness the three-quarter-inch-thick, letter-paper-size Lenovo Skylight, which surfs the Web for 10 hours on a single charging cycle.
When it comes to their home entertainment gear, Toshiba loves to do two things: stick Cell processors (the same brain powering the Playstation 3) inside them, and tout the ability to upconvert your crappy standard-def or web-streaming video to glorious high-def. Their Cell TV, just unveiled at CES, promises to do both things, but with an added selling point befitting this year's 3-D theme: upconversion of any two-dimensional source into 3-D in real time.
Autonomous cars and military 'bots find their way by using lasers to make virtual maps of terrain. Neato Robotics's XV-11 applies the same tactic to your messy living room. The robotic vacuum uses smaller, cheaper lasers to scope out a space and plot the quickest path to cover it. So instead of wandering randomly and bouncing off objects, like other robot maids, it can devote its battery to actual vacuuming.
I just got here. The show floor doesn't even officially start until Thursday (tomorrow's press day). And yet, immediately upon checking my email after five hours in the air, my mind is blown. The two best press releases so far, in no particular order: "TASER's solution to kids "sexting" and driving while texting debuts at CES" and "Lady Gaga Named Creative Director for Specialty Line of Polaroid Imaging Products." I'm having trouble deciding which is my favorite.
Let the 3-D deluge begin! The New York Times reports today that Discovery is partnering with Imax and Sony to create an all 3-D all the time HDTV station in 2011. The partnership is due to be announced officially this week at CES, which we'll be covering live starting tomorrow. I'm going to start calling it 3-D-E-S from this moment forward.