CES 2011 and here are my favourite things

As usual everybody seems to be waiting to announce their new products at CES and this year hasn’t been any different.

And again we are overwhelmed with information from everyone and blinded by all the new shiny products. I will have to get a 2nd job to be able to afford all the new gadgets I want now.

So below is a list of my favourites from the CES this year that I found on different blogs around the internets (maybe one day I will be able to go there in person)

So here I will be showing you tablets, 3D stuff, Microsoft hardware and some other cool stuff I came across

Tablets

As predicted every man and his dog are doing tablets this year and apart from the Chinese who have been doing cheap (crappy) tablets for a while now, there are a few that stand out

Interestingly enough Apple doesn’t show up at CES at all and as far as I am aware never has before so there are no iPad news (apart from a few people showing off iPad 2 cases).

So the big players are Android, Windows 7 and the Playbook

Android – There have been a lot of announcements about Android tablets and Google announced that their upcoming OS version called Honeycomb will be entirely for tablets – here is a video of honeycomb

Acer showed off its prototype Iconia Tab

It looks very sleek, running 2.2 at the moment, but will get 3.0 when released. It has all the standards – USB, cameras, dock connector etc

What is interesting with the tablet is that it tracks full ten touch points and it doesn’t have the standard Android buttons (no buttons at all), so you have to swipe left to bring them up.

check out the little hands on:

 

Motorola announced their new tablet called Xoom

It will be running honeycomb on a 10.1 inch screen, 1Ghz dual core Tegra 2, 1280 x 800 resolution, 5MP camera and 10 hours of battery life – no USB? no SD card extension?

It should be available within the next 3 month

 

LG and T-Mobile are partnering up to bring you the G-Slate

Not much is known yet, but it will be running honeycomb of course, has a front facing camera for video calls, has all the Google optimized apps for tablets

here is a sneak peak:

 
NotionInk Adam went to the CES as well and I have to say it is still my favourite tablet to come out this year.

I have been following the development of the Adam since last CES and the more I read about it the more I really want one. It has everything I want in a tablet from a usability point of view and NotionInk has put a lot of effort into the Eden UI to make it as simple as possible to use (even though I think it will take a while to get used to it)

here is the UI in action:

here is a hands on from Engadget

 

Windows 7 tablets

Asus announced its EEE Slate EP121 with its Core i5 processor, capable of pen input and a 12.1 inch display

The display will have a 1280 x 800 resolution, 4Gb of RAM and 64GB of SSD storage. It should be available for approx. US$ 1100 within 3 month.

Lenovo also announced its 10.1 inch Ideapad which will come with a docking station that will turn it into a laptop


Other players in the game are MSI, Motion and Acer who all announced Windows 7 tablets on their own.


Playbook

And then there is Blackberry who have teased us for month now about their Playbook

This one is not running iOS, Android or Win 7 – Blackberry has their own tablet OS called QNX

The playbook will be available within the next 3 month and it looks very promising. Engadget had a chance to go hands on and quickly reviewed it, so here is a video:

 

3D

Everything seems to be about 3D these days and personally I don’t want to wear glasses when watching a movie. But the CES showed that everyone is doing it

TVs is where 3D will be taking off this year, Sony announced 27 new models and 16 of them will be 3D capable, but I won’t be talking about that or this post will never end (are you bored yet?)


Lenovo

The company’s 3D Vision technology has been installed on the Lenovo L2363d, which is capable three-dimensional output and input due to a pair of webcam lenses embedded in its top bezel. This 1920 x 1080 display spans 23 inches diagonally and requires the usual active shutter glasses to enjoy its content.

Samsung

Samsung is known to have the thinnest bezels on their units and this year they are showing off even more:

Sonys 3D Handycam

Sony announced a few new cameras and camcorders and this one is their new flagship: HDR-TD10

It is the world’s first "Double Full HD" 3D consumer camcorder thanks to its double Sony G lenses, double "Exmor R" CMOS image sensors, and double BIONZ image processors. The camera also sports 3.5-inch Xtra Fine LCD 3D touch screen that enables users to view 3D footage sans glasses.

Sony’s glasses free 3D protable Blu-Ray player

Still a prototype, but according to engadget the 3D effect was solid – this is what I am talking about, why use glasses if you can have it without

MS new hardware

Surface 2

Samsung and Microsoft just unveiled the "SUR40 with Microsoft Surface," the "2.0 Experience." A 40-inch, 1080p screen and the 2.9GHz AMD Athlon II X2 processor and Radeon HD 6700M behind it is now wall-mountable, it runs Windows 7 in the background and the PixelSense technologies makes it still possible to recognize objects. Of course Windows Phone 7 support has been added

Samsung Sliding tablet

Microsoft showed off some hardware of their partners that will be released sometime this year. As you saw in the tablet section above, there were a few, but they also showed a sliding Samsung tablet with keyboard, the Samsung 9 Series Sliding PC

Powered by Intel’s1.66GHz Z670 Oak Trail processor, the 2.2-pound tablet features a 1366 x 768-resolution, 10.1-inch 340-nit touchscreen, 32GB / 64GB SSD options, and 2GB of RAM.

It will feature its own touch launcher that Samsung created and it will sport an App store.

According to them the 6cell battery will last up to 9 hours (I believe that when I see it) and it will be available from March starting at US$ 699.

Here is a little hands on video:

 

Miscellaneous

Razor Schwitchblade is only a concept at the moment, but I believe this could be the future of a gaming handheld – they are using a pair of 7-inch multitouch displays as well as a layer of tactile, dynamic keys on the lower screen (this keyboard would enable gamers to place different screens underneath depending on title).

Sony’s 3D head-mounted display prototype

Probably one of the coolest things I have seen for a while, mainly because it reminds me of Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge

Sony showed off this futuristic prototype of 3D head-mounted displays which sport a 720p OLED display for each eye and simulated 5.1 surround sound – I really really want those


Microvision prototype

Here is a Android device with built-in projector that is made by Microvision.

It is still a prototype and there is no word on if it ever gets released, but it runs on an ARM 11 processor with a HDMI out port, 3.5 inch capacitive screen and a 5 MP camera.

having a projector in your phone, is that the future?


OCZ brings you blazing fast hard drives

SSDs are still getting me excited, but this one blows my mind

A hardrive that is blazing fast – it’s built with a next-generation SandForce controller, enabling it to approach 80,000 IOPS and demonstrate 550MB/sec transfer rates.

If you thought that was fast, there is something faster than that, the Z-Drive “R3” PCI Express SSD

this little puppy can reach transfer rates of 1GB per sec and comes in sizes up to 1.2 TB. WOW

 

Anyway I am still drooling over the news articles that are flying in and CES is only 2 days old, what more can there be.

If you made it this far then thank you for reading. Tell me in the comments what you liked best about the CES this year.

@maniac13

5 Responses to CES 2011 and here are my favourite things

  1. Paul says:

    I’ll take a projector in my phone. Immediately.

  2. Causstem says:

    the best Xoom Video format is 1280*754 H.264 mp4 video format,

  3. Diandio says:

    if you want to convert DVD movies for Motorola Xoom, just try Handbrake or Free Xoom converter

  4. […] you might have seen this already, but I somehow missed it in my post here. […]

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