Samsung exec sees the end coming
I had a nice chat today with Sangheung Shin, Samsungs head
honcho for TV marketing. The really nice part is that hes a straight
shooter—very frank about whats going well and what isnt.
He said he expects rear-projection sets (once Samsungs
darling product) to go away in about five years. Why? Plasma—even in monster
screen sizes—will get so cheap that the money savings from RPTV is no longer
compelling enough. For TVs, fat is just not where its at.
Adding to the roar of buzz for ultra-slim TVs, Samsung
kicked out prototypes of a one-inch LCD (that they expect to sell in 2009) and
OLED panels that Mr. Shin expects to hit 30 to 40-inch screen sizes within five
To a certain extent, your computer's only as good as the stuff you plug into it. Give yours more than a face lift with these add-ons we've been eyeing. The Printstik, above, is just one of the thoughtful and well-designed peripherals debuting at CES. Check out some more, after the jump.—Abby Seiff
By Lauren AaronsonPosted 01.07.2008 at 12:28 pm 0 Comments
I went by Lenovos booth to check out their new laptops, and it turned out that their laptops checked me out instead. Thats because the laptops use your face, in addition to your password, as a security measure. As soon as you approach, the webcam takes your picture. Then face-recognition software called VeriFace compares your pic to photos of authorized users. If they match, you can log into the computer. If they dont match, its a double whammy: Not only can you not log in, but the PC saves your pic, so the real owner can see whos been snooping around her laptop. The tech showed up on a couple of Lenovos business-y ThinkPad laptops last year, but is about to make a much bigger showing now that Lenovos releasing its first consumer laptops for the U.S.—Lauren Aaronson
Want more? Check out our entire CES 2008 coverage here.
Wow - Panasonic just threw down a massive gauntlet. They just wheeled out on stage a 150-inch plasma. That's 42 inches bigger than the last record-holder (Sharp's 108-inch LCD), or like nine 50-inch TVs. The resolution is 2k by 4k, or four times today's highest high definition. No word on price, but I'd go buy a couple of lottery tickets today.
More from the Panasonic press conference after the jump.
By Dave ProchnowPosted 01.07.2008 at 12:04 pm 0 Comments
Over at ReadyMade magazine, they are sponsoring a new MacGyver Challenge contest: devise a way to repurpose your old analog board games and/or your outdated PC games. Anything is game. The winning entry will score a subscription and a handsome ReadyMade T-shirt. Better hurry, though, the contest ends January 21, 2008.—Dave Prochnow
On the one hand, Vegas does gaming really, really well. On the other, well, maybe it's not its strong suit. Even though gamers may get less CES love than the larger gadget crowd, if these products are any indication, they shouldn't feel short-shrifted; it's quality.—Abby Seiff
By Sean CaptainPosted 01.07.2008 at 12:00 pm 0 Comments
Panasonics standard-definition SDR-H60 ($550) boasts a 50X zoom lens possibly the longest for a consumer model. (And it promises to keep steady with an improved image stabilizer that measures for hand jitters 4000 times per second.)
By Lauren AaronsonPosted 01.07.2008 at 11:47 am 0 Comments
The Las Vegas Convention Center covers almost 70 acres, so when youre wandering the halls at CES, its easy to forget that theres a world outside. But new weather gadgets help keep indoor geeks posted on the conditions in the great beyond, so theyll be ready should they ever venture out.
La Crosse Technology Weather DirectReplace your bedside alarm clock with this box, and you can get online weather forecasts—without a computer. A base station plugs into an Ethernet jack on your Internet router, downloads three-day forecasts, and sends them to this display using radio waves that reach 330 feet. The display can even show info from a wireless barometer, temperature sensor, or weather vane that you set up in your backyard.
Oregon Scientific InstaForecastLike LaCrosses display, Oregon Scientifics pulls weather info off the Internet, but your computer has to be on for it to work. Software on your PC downloads five-day forecasts from the National Weather Service and elsewhere. Then a USB dongle wirelessly beams data to this tabletop gadget, no matter where in the house you put it. You can also set up wireless sensors to measure temperature and humidity, both indoors and out.
Honeywell Atomic Projection Clock with NOAANo Internet connection here, but theres gadget-y fun nonetheless. This atomic clock projects the time and indoor temperature on the ceiling or wall. Its LCD display tells you about public weather alerts, such as tornado warnings, that are broadcast over NOAAs radio service.—Lauren Aaronson
Want more? Check out our entire CES 2008 coverage here.
Just kidding about the second part. But what Pioneer has
done is just as amazing. Its latest Kuro prototype, unveiled at CES, can turn
the screen completely black while its running.
Why is this a big deal? Contrast is the most important
aspect of picture quality. A big difference between light and dark in a picture
heightens the appearance of detail and the richness of colors.
I can say with certainty that youve never seen anything black
on a modern TV screen. If you dont believe that, just watch TV in a dark room
and wait till the screen fades to black between scenes or before a commercial.
The black screen is actually gray and probably gives off enough light to
illuminate the room. (Old-style CRTs can get pretty close to complete
black—which is why some videophiles originally mourned their demise.)
Vegas, baby! Monday's a big day at CES, with tons of press embargoes being lifted. Here's a round-up of some of the more intriguing goods that have been worming their way into our inboxes over the past few months.
We're digging the innovative designs from the big players (check iRiver's newest media player, above). But even kids' stuff is catching our eyes this January. View the full gallery after the jump. —Abby Seiff