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All posts tagged "ces 2011"


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

CES 2011: Chris Pirillo Interviews Jason Dunn

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 03:30 PM

This is an interview I did with Chris Pirillo from Lockergnome. I'm usually the one doing the interview, but this time around it was Chris asking me questions. Chris was at CES as part of the launch of Reese's Minis - which are, seriously, perhaps the most delicious chocolate candy I've ever eaten. I'm a complete sucker for peanut butter and chocolate together!

And this is also the first time I've published a video here where I'm in front of the camera. Be nice please. :-) It's not HD because the video was streaming live and they had to keep the data rate under 2mbps - CES might be technology heaven, but it's virtually impossible to get a fast, stable Internet connection of any kind from the CES show floor.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Fujifilm X100: Something Truly Different

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 06:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/13/...-gets-us-all-s/

"Imagine a retro-styled, Micro Four Thirds-sized compact camera with an optical viewfinder. Now, imagine that same camera having a switch that throws all sorts of useful data into your line of sight."

Real, honest-to-goodness breakthroughs in the digital camera space are a bit more rare than the marketing folks at the camera companies would have you believe - many features are just tweaked versions of previous features. The Fujifilm X100 though offers something that I haven't seen before: an optical viewfinder that overlays image data in real-time. Pretty slick! This video, although a bit herky-jerky (that's a hard thing to shoot!) shows you how this functions. Nicely done Fujifilm! Hopefully the image quality will stack up, because that's one nice little camera. I'm not a big fan of the retro design, but it does have a certain cachet. Too bad I missed this at CES!

This is random, but isn't it weird for Fujifilm to continue to have the world "film" in their company name? It seems odd when talking about a digital camera...


Thursday, January 13, 2011

CES 2011: Dell's Press Conference Announcing the Dell Streak 7, Venue Phone, and Other New Hardware

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 04:00 PM

For full-screen viewing, click click on the video above and watch it on YouTube.

This is a video shot in Las Vegas at CES 2011, the Consumer Electronics Show. This is the first time the Dell Streak 7 has been officially unveiled, along with the Dell Venue, and the un-named 10 inch tablet. Other announced hardware includes a 3D version of the XPS 17 laptop, a new Alienware Aurora desktop PC, a new XPS 8300 desktop PC, and a few other odds and ends. The press conference was almost an hour long, so I tried to include only the interesting parts. Enjoy!


CES 2011: The Smartfish Ergonomic Keyboard and Mouse

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:30 PM

I posted about Smartfish a few weeks ago because I liked the concept of their keyboards and mice. As someone who spends far too many hours typing on a keyboard, any potential technology that can save some wear and tear on my arms/hands/shoulders has my attention. I got a brief demo of the product at CES, but since I'm not down with the whole "wired keyboard" thing, I might be checking out their Apple-store-only, Bluetooth-based model when the time comes.


CES 2011: Casio's New TRYX Pocket Video Camera

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

The "tiny video camera that you can slip in your pocket" market is more than a little crowded, and certainly getting chomped on by the new breed of cell phones capable of recording 720p video, but Casio has managed to come up with an interesting design that stands out from the competition. I've been looking for something with a larger screen, and better low-light performance, to replace my aging Flip Mino HD, so when this product his the market I'll be taking a close look at it...


CES 2011: Memjet's One Page Per Second Printing Technology

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:30 PM

http://www.memjet.com

When people ask me what I saw that was most interesting to me at CES, I have two answers for them: Seagate's Data Lunchbox hard drive prototype, and the subject of the above video: Memjet's crazy-fast printing technology. Memjet has a core technology that they're licensing to printer OEMs around the world; what this means is that you won't see a Memjet-branded printer, but you might see a Lexmark or HP printer with a "Powered by Memjet" logo on it. It's been a long time since there was much of anything interesting in the printing world, so I'm personally pretty jazzed about this. I have an Epson R1800 that has served me well for years, but it's not a terribly fast printer when you're cranking out 50 or so 4x6" prints for family members. If I could have technology like this implemented in a printer, I'd be all over it.

Since it's ink-based technology, the question of ink cost always comes up. Memjet says their system can reduce the cost of ink up to 50%, but that's of course completely dependant on the printer OEM to pass/not pass the savings on to customers. They might look at it as an extra slice of profit pie, or they might look at it as a way to gain a massive competitive advantage in the market. Memjet was tight-lipped about exactly who their partners are in the consumer space, but 2011 will likely be the year we see a few Memjet-powered printers make their way onto the market. I'm looking forward to it!


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

CES 2011: Seagate's "Data "Lunchbox" Prototype Hard Drive

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 02:48 PM

While at CES 2011, one of the more interesting things I saw was a Seagate product that's in the prototype phase - it's affectionately called the "Data Lunchbox" product. In short, it's two 7mm Seagate Momentus hard drives (320 GB or 500 GB capacity) in a single external USB 3.0 drive chassis, along with a RAID controller chip. When configured in RAID 0 for speed, the product - remember it's still in the prototype stage - can hit 235 MB/s read and 228 MB/s write speeds. That out-guns the Intel SSD they were benchmarking it against, which hit 203 MB/s read and 154 MB/s write speeds. If you've ever needed to move big files in a hurry, you'd appreciate that level of speed. Alternatively, the product can be configured for RAID 1, which would mean as you put data onto it, you'll have a duplicate of every file.

What's particularly exciting to me about this product is that it's exactly what I've wanted for quite a while - when I travel and I shoot photos and HD video, hard drive space runs out quick...especially when I only have a 128 GB SSD in my laptop. The ability to put that media content on an external drive, and have it backed up to a second disk, would be fantastic. Add in Seagate's GoFlex technology - which allows you to swap out different cables for connectivity - and you have a solution that I think a lot of photographers and videographers would be excited to purchase.

Want to see this product come to market? Send a message to @seagate on Twitter and tell them that you want to see the Data Lunchbox product get released. Let's make this happen!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

CES 2011: 7 Wacky Products You May Have Missed

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Talk" @ 05:00 AM

http://www.computerworld.com/s/arti...18&pageNumber=1

" There's a fine -- if not blurred -- line between innovative and wacky, a point well illustrated at this year's CES 2011 show in Las Vegas, which concluded Sunday. Alongside the next-generation smartphones, tablets, and TVs rolled out and heavily touted by industry leaders were a wealth of products that received little to no attention but warrant a second look -- or a double take. Following is a look at the wackier -- and in some cases, quite innovative -- products that cropped up at CES 2011."

CES is always a big event for the big names showing off their latest and greatest devices, as well as innovative ones from smaller unknown companies too. For every great device that makes you go 'Oooh! I like that!' there are others that make you go 'Hmmm! I'm not so sure about that.'. This list of seven wacky products at CES this year by Computer World certainly has some merit. Take the picture above of the scentscape that can produce scents so that if you were looking at a birthday cake you would be able to smell it too, or a beach, or if you a gamer the smell of gunpowder or blood. It might be wacky, but I like it. Take a look at the list and see if you agree if they are wacky or not.


Saturday, January 8, 2011

CES 2011: LG's HD Line Up

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/05/...-blu-ray-playe/

"Thanks to a couple of carefully planned slips over in South Korea, hardly anything about LG's CES 2011 is apt to take you fully by surprise. But if you just so happened to disconnect over the holidays, we'll break it all down below to ensure you remain firmly in the loop."

Engadget has a comprehensive list of what LG is showing at CES 2011 this year along with links to the relevant press releases. Everything from HDTV, blu-ray players, to set-top boxes is there and if you like LG technology then you will want to go see what they are planning to bring out in the near future.

Tags: hardware, lg, ces 2011

Friday, January 7, 2011

CES 2011 Round-up

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 03:30 PM

http://gizmodo.com/5725706/the-best-of-ces-2011

"You know what? There's some pretty sweet gear at this year's CES: tablets galore, smart cameras, cool phones, audiophile pr0n. Woot! This little trade show might have a future! Check out some of our favorites."

I'm particularly excited about all the Android tablets coming out this year. With so many companies taking a shot at it, someone has to get it right. I'm also intrigued by th the Casio watch that connects via Bluetooth to your phone. The concept has been tried before, but this looks like a more mainstream implementation and hopefully will gain some ground. How about you, what excites you most of the upcoming batch of new products?

Tags: ces 2011

Friday, December 31, 2010

Laptop Mag Asks: Best of CES 2010 Where Are They Now?

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Talk" @ 05:00 AM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/best-of-c...w#axzz19gIJIYWc

"Each January at the Consumer Electronics Show, companies gives us a glimpse into both the near and far future. And while many products we get a chance to see come out within the first or second quarter of the year, many take a little longer... if they come to market at all. And, of course, devices that seem to have promise on the show floor sometimes don't look so hot once we actually get our hands on them. On the eve of CES 2011, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at last year's crop of Best Of CES winners to see where they are now."

As CES 2011 quickly approaches where no doubts we will be teased and excited by many of the new technologies shown there, Laptop Mag raised a valid point when it asks 'Where is the tech from CES 2010?'. Every year we get shown all sorts of amazing things, but how many of them actually see the light of day? How many are vapourware? Laptop Mag reviews the devices that they gave awards to at CES 2010 and whether they were indeed successful or not.


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