GM's EN-V concept (it stands for "Electric Networked Vehicle") is designed to fill the niche of urban, short-range transport, where space is limited but travel distances are typically shorter than suburban or rural drives. I saw three designs of the car (shaped like a deep-sea diver's helmet, MF Doom's mask, and Urkel's clown car, respectively), all of which are about half the size of a Smart car and fitted on a two-wheel base co-designed by Segway.
By John Herrman
Posted 01.08.2011 at 4:00 am 8 Comments
For more than 20 years, flatbed scanners have used slow-moving sensor bars to copy an image by scrolling over documents a little at a time. In replacing that bar with a retooled camera sensor, the Lexmark Genesis captures the entire image in a flash. It can do in three seconds what other scanners take upward of 10 seconds to accomplish.
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.
From the annals of goofy might-or-might-not-happen CES concepts comes the Razer Switchblade, a 7-inch gaming netbook from venerable gaming accessory maker Razer. A 7-inch screen is a distinctly small size for a Windows 7 computer, and for gaming it seems particularly problematic. Razer has an interesting way of dealing with the problem of an undersized keyboard: Pop OLED screens under every single one, so you can totally change the configuration of the keyboard at will.
By Geoffrey Morrison
Posted 01.07.2011 at 5:13 pm 0 Comments
LG and VIZIO announced today many new models with Passive 3D. This contrasts with Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, and Sharp who all announced new Active 3D models.
The main differences are that active uses comparatively heavy and expensive LCD shutter glasses. The advantage to this method is that you can have full HD resolutions with minimal modifications to the underlying television. The disadvantages are that potential for flicker, crosstalk, and the aforementioned glasses.
CES 2011, like most years, requires wading through seemingly endless piles of gadgety detritus. But buried amongst the technophilic rubble are gems: Those products that genuinely excite us, the ones that make the trip not only worthwhile but actually fun. These few gadgets and technologies will set the tone for 2011: They're embracing new ideas, whether it's ridiculously fast wireless internet, shape-shifting gadgets, or groundbreaking ways to keep us safe. CES at its best is a glimpse into the near future, and these are the products that exemplify that.
BlackBerry's PlayBook tablet was announce way back in September, but this is the first time the press has been able to get their sweaty fingers all over it. I played with the 7-incher at BlackBerry's booth here at CES, and came away not just impressed, but amazed: This is a legitimate competitor to the iPad and Motorola Xoom, and deserves a serious look from everyone, not just BlackBerry's core corporate audience.
3D glasses are a hot topic at CES 2011. Monster has been bragging about their $250 pair that works with any 3DTV. Samsung debuted their "lightest pair ever," weighing in at just one ounce. And Vizio — among others — have been touting the fact that their passive 3DTVs work with the cheap-o polarized glasses you get at the movies.
But what has really caught our attention are those that have managed to nix the eyewear all together.
At Verizon's CES press conference, we got a full look at the range of devices that'll use VZW's new 4G network (for more info on the confusing world of 4G, check out our explainer). The phones and tablets are definitely of a type, exclusively running Android, but they all look pretty solid. They're more important because they'll be your way in to next-gen, super-fast mobile speed.
Phones have done a number on watches--all too many people have ditched the wristwatch in favor of just whipping out their phones to check the time. But Casio's new watch uses Bluetooth to work with phones (in particular, Android smartphones), delivering crucial information and offering some pretty sweet new features, including a "find my phone" feature and caller ID.
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.
Sony's conference at CES had one obvious theme: Make everything 3-D. It seemed like everything they announced last year was back, except now it's in 3-D. That includes camcorders, cameras, pocket camcorders, TVs, Blu-ray players, and laptops. Pretty much the only thing that wasn't 3-D was the new Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc--a really nice-looking Android smartphone focused on entertainment and media above all else.
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.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.