Lance Greathouse does not follow football. It wasn't until last fall, at an Arizona Cardinals game, that the Phoenix dental-laser repairman, who harbors a severe DIY robot-building habit, was introduced to the art of tailgating. There, he spotted cars packed with grills, plasma screens, refrigerators and more. "But I never saw anything that was all-in-one," he recalls.
Plenty of once-amazing technologies like the Sony Walkman and Betamax now belong in a museum, and every year the pace of obsolescence gets faster--something not everyone is happy about. Analysts predict that video, music and cellphones are the next categories likely to see familiar equipment die off in the years ahead.
By Darren MurphPosted 03.14.2010 at 3:37 pm 0 Comments
Samsung’s IceTouch media player—the first gadget with a see-through color video screen to hit stores—is a window into the future. At rest, it’s a gray-tinted pane of glass, but it can instantly display full color across all or parts of its surface. Although the feature may be just a novelty in an MP3 player, it heralds practical applications to come: a windshield that shows a speedometer, or a living-room window that doubles as a TV.
It's tough to make sense of the maelstrom of gear released at CES. So thick is the swarm of new HDTVs, PMPs and other acronym-bearing curios, that the handful of truly interesting things on display is, well, easy to miss.
Here, we've selected the gadgets that truly impressed us this year. And as is the PopSci way, our picks are not only impressive here in January 2010; they represent a glimpse at what we can expect from the future of consumer electronics.
In an excerpt from our Tech Buyer's Guide, get our picks for the best small audio players this year
By Sean PortnoyPosted 12.02.2009 at 12:35 pm 6 Comments
Tech Buyer's Guide: Pocket MP3 Players
Black Friday/Cyber Monday may be over, but your holiday shopping is likely not, so we'll keep excerpting our new Tech Buyer's Guide to arm you with PopSci's favorite gear and buying advice. Here are our picks for pocket audio players. Check out the guide or the iPhone-app version to see our favorite full-size players and info on 15 more product categories.
Is Apple unstoppable? If it is, the Zune HD has long appeared to be the best shot at unseating the MP3-player kingpin. Knowing that, when a Zune landed at PopSci HQ, we had to see if such a thing could actually be true.
For a week, I split my commute between a Zune HD and a brand new iPod touch (my fourth Apple player). These are the high- (and low-) lights of my week with the Zune HD.