The International CES (consumer electronics show)is the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow.It is a stage for the hottest gadgets of the age and some that belong in the future. In tune with the spirit of the host city, Las Vegas, the show is marked by overwhelming displays and style as gadget giants vie for the attention of the consumer.
Everyone showed off their shiny new 3-D tech—be it 3-D ready TV’s, 3-D movies, 3-D Blu-ray players, 3-D projectors, and even 3-D enabled netbooks. Yet there was far more to see at the Las Vegas Convention center.
- HTC HD2
PCWORLD claims that HTC HD2 is the best windows mobile phone as of yet.The massive, full touchscreen device boasts impressive specs: a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, a generous 4.3-inch, 800 x 480 capacitive WVGA touchscreen display, a 5 megapixel camera, GPS, and lots of other bells and whistles. But the centerpiece here isn’t the hardware, it’s HTC’s totally revamped user interface, Sense, which doesn’t just hide Windows Mobile 6.5 — it all but zaps it out of existence.HTC has moved on from its TouchFLO interfaces into decidedly more mature and sophisticated territory with Sense. Instead of simply skinning some of the elements of Windows Mobile, the company has eradicated major parts of the OS, created a handful of really dense and useful applications and utilities, and added functionality like multitouch pretty much throughout the OS.
- Wireless charging
There is nothing more annoying than wires and chargers lurking all over your table. They are not only distracting but ruin the look of your room and house.Wireless charging is another burgeoning technology that’s nearly ready for primetime. Powermat dominated that sector at CES. Their wireless charging mats drew large crowds on the show floor.The Powermat chargers are quite well known by now and we know that they work on the basis of a mat on which you place your mp3 player or cellphone and then charge it without having to plug it in.Through magnetic induction, the mats transfer a charge directly to the devices’ batteries. The mats themselves house a lithium ion battery with enough juice for 4-5 charges.The iPhone is notorious for its nearly-inaccessible battery, and unless you’re handy, swapping it out requires a trip to the local Apple store. Things could really get interesting if Powermat secures agreements to include its batteries with new phones
- Samsung’s LED LCD 9000
Next on the list is Samsung’s LED LCD 9000 3D-enabled HDTV. Look at how incredibly thin it is. Even with a pencil stuck to the side it’s hard to appreciate how thin it really is.
it’s 1080p, 240Hz, local-dimming LED, WiFi-ready (Netflix streaming! Samsung app store!), and supports 3D with active shutter glasses. It’s about as thick as a No. 2 pencil (0.3 inches) and like Toshiba’s Cell TV, can upconvert 2D programming up into the third dimension.
The true pièce de résistance is the full color touchscreen remote. It communicates via WiFi and infrared, works as the middle man to stream video from your PC to the TV, and—here’s the best part—lets you watch TV in the palm of your hand while something else is playing on the screen.
- Spring’s design Alex eReader(349$)
One of the major tech trends currently receiving a ton of attention from consumer electronics manufacturers is eBook readers. The Alex eReader, built by manufacturing newcomer Spring Design, appears to be in the forefront of the device race thanks to smart design and unique interaction capabilities. Following the strategy first showed off in the Barnes & Noble nook, the Alex features a 6-inch e-ink display, along with a 3.5-inch color touchscreen and runs Android 1.6. However, unlike the nook, which separates content between its two screens, the Alex allows users to transfer content being viewed on the bottom color screen up to the larger e-ink display for better viewing.This display is also your main input device for the Alex–you can use it to navigate through your books from the main Library screen, navigate through the table of contents, add bookmarks and annotations, record your own voice notes, and even use Android’s standard music player with the Alex’s two built-in speakers to put on some reading music. Hardware buttons on each side of the screen handle page-turning functions.
- Intel Wireless Display What if you could connect your laptop to an HDTV or business display, without the hassle of fumbling around with HDMI cables or having your range be limited by the length of one. AT CES 2010, Intel allowed exactly that with its Wireless Display technology (or WiDi), and this could very well be the hottest sleeper technology of the year.Wireless display is nothing new, though. Wisair, a company that offers an array of wireless USB products, is already shipping devices that can wirelessly extend your laptop to an external display. It uses Ultra Wide Band (UWB) technology in a receiver (with HDMI and VGA), connected to an HDTV to make this all possible.Interestingly enough, only three laptops were announced with WiDi technology built in, including the Toshiba E205 and Sony VAIO S. Each laptop will be bundled with the Netgear box, so you have all the technology in place, for one seemingly low price.