Our own “young man of blogging” Kyle took the P.U.B. challenge in Las Vegas on the last night of CES. The contest? You have to drink a full pint in seven seconds. While I dropped out near the end, Kyle pounded through and achieved a feat that many men would be too timid to undertake.
For whatever reason (call it professional interest) I visited the Trojan booth at one of the CES shows. What did they have to show us? A little vibrating apparatus designed to offer the lady in your life (or man, or neuter tree-elf) the time of her/his/its life. It’s actually surprisingly safe for work, except when I handle an inflated condom.
It’s not every day you get to visit a booth that features two great tastes that taste great together. To wit: Razer’s booth was pretty amazing and featured the unique Hydra 3D interface plus some exclusive gameplay from a modified version of Portal 2.
What is the Hydra? Once called the Sixsense, it’s a 3D interactive system for gesture-based gaming. You move two controllers around a magnetic orb that senses your position in space and allows you to do odd stuff like “stretch” boxes in the game. It’s an odd thing to see true pinpoint accuracy in a game like Portal 2 and it’s particularly unique to see motion control for the PC. In all I think the Hydra was one of the coolest things I saw at the show and can’t wait to try it.
We’re all back at home this morning and I’ve been mulling over best of show all weekend. While we could take our love of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Minis to its obvious conclusion, considering that the candies eventually and inevitably turn into a sloppy mess when you hold them in your hand too long, we decided against it. Instead, we’ve chosen the unique and decidedly game-changing Motorola Atrix.
First, let me state that it was slim pickings out there. The show was, at best, a placeholder. Many of the major company events were actual snores (if you watched our live stream, you’d have seen that LG whipped out a fridge and washer combo and talked about Six Sigma for a bit, always a crowd-pleaser) and the only exciting event was the Motorola launch of the Xoom Honeycomb tablet and an odd phone that shouldn’t have captured our imaginations but definitely did: the Atrix.
Showstoppers, like Unveiled and Digital Experience, is a peripheral show to CES but it offers close hands-ons with lots of great gear. Here is the huge mass of videos we’ve collected and we’ll pop out items that made us smile.
We’ve been excited about the Orbitix Sphero for a while now and we just got a little time to roll this odd little ball around CES. It’s quite cute and the iPhone UI is amazing. Check out our take, below.
What is going on here? We don’t know. I don’t know why they made this poor man dress up like this nor do we know what he’s trying to sell. As a marketing exercise, I suspect they’ve failed. Or they haven’t, considering that you watched the video.
We saw the Surface V2 (as they’re calling it) soft-launched at the press day before CES, then demonstrated briefly by Ballmer in his keynote, and at last given official status with pictures and all the next morning. And then we got the the chance to try it out in person at the Microsoft booth. We’ve got video, some hands-on pictures, and our first impressions of the device.
Say you have a lot of home movies. Like a lot. And you want to stream them on the Internet to where you are. What do you do? Well Pogoplug Video is the answer. This device transmits your legally downloaded content into a format that can be easily streamed to any computer in the whole wide world. The device grabs video from your home network and then converts it on the fly. It also support AVCHD streaming straight out of cameras, starting with Sony’s latest crop.
The Pogoplug video will cost $200 when it launches April 1.