It’s not every electronics show that big news comes out..in fact most of it is unrelated to the field. However, this year we were bown away by news from Hershey’s, those same people that do Hershey’s bars. After extensive research, Hershey’s found that less people are able to fit their Peanut Butter cups in their mouths. The only logical solution was…
I just wrapped up a short interview with Ted Schilowitz from RED, in which he told us (and all our live stream viewers) all about the new RED Scarlet digital cinema camera. I got to hold the thing and revel in its 3K glory; and while RED devices are notoriously never “final,” this felt about as final as it gets.
I don’t want to repeat what’s already out there regarding the resolution, accessories, dates, and so on, which are all googleable (and some not final), so I’ll stick to general impressions and you can watch the video as soon as it’s live for specifics. In the meantime, here are a couple new pics to tide you over.
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.
The camera Polaroid teased last month, at the time simply (and ominously) called “Grey,” has been revealed by no less than Lady Gaga herself (about 40 minutes late), who claims to have been intimately involved with the design process. It’s pretty much what it looks like: a digital Polaroid camera that doubles as a wireless color printer. It’s got a flip-up LCD where you frame your shot; the controls are all under there unless you’re just firing one off.
Oh man, I was so pumped to get my hands on this thing. This is the beautiful retro-styled, APS-C sensored, dial-covered compact camera we heard about a few months back, and immediately fell in love with. It’s got a “hybrid viewfinder” that either works as a regular see-through thing with overlay, or you can flip a switch and it becomes an EVF.
We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to talk with Ford CEO Alan Mulally, about the current lineup of cars and the technology that goes into them. Check out the video after the jump.
Mr. Mulally has the unique honor of being CEO of Ford during the recession, and Ford was the only company that didn’t need a government loan (like GM had). Perhaps this is due to Alan’s background as an engineer in Boeing in the 60′s. He went on to become the CEO of Boeing, and is in fact considered to be one of the major reasons that Boeing was able to compete with Airbus. Mr. Mulally had quite a bit to say about the MyFord technology, the current car line up, and some hints about the future of Ford.
T-Mobile just announced an double-fold improvement to their current 4G network and they are now selling the Dell Streak 7, the first 4G tablet. They’ve already announced the G-Slate and we’ve reviewed the Streak 5, reporting that it’s a strong, if tiny, tablet device.
The 4G coverage improves network speed to up to 42 Mbps (your results may vary.) The Streak 7 will be available in the “coming weeks.”
Happy first day of CES! What a trip its been – three full days of wild-eyed fun so far and two and a half more to go. To make the medicine go down, we’re going to give you two!a GSM-based T-Mobile HTC HD7s courtesy of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor. How do you win? Easy.
In addition to their standard set of Raven controllers, Nyko is now offering a set of tactical gun cases for your PS3 Move sit, thereby allowing you and yours to let out your aggression in a safe and friendly manner. And the guns look badass.
The guns are currently unpriced but will be available in March of this year.
We saw a peek of Casio’s Tryx (or TRYX if you like the all-caps style) camera yesterday when Casio mistakenly let it go live on their website… oh, and put up 100-foot posters of the thing all over the convention center. But now it’s really for real, and we’ve the specs and everything. Basically it’s a standard full-featured point-and-shoot with a crazy-ass body. That’s all you really need to know, but I guess I could stand to type the details here.
This odd-looking watch isn’t available for sale and it’s basically a science fair project, but here’s what’s up: it’s basically a low energy Bluetooth link that allows you to connect to your phone to grab contacts and calls on the fly. It’s obviously a prototype right now but low energy Bluetooth is actually a pretty big deal.
Fujifilm has just released no less than 16 cameras just this moment, and I’m going out of my mind, each accompanied by a thousand-word press release. I’m going to have to punch a pillow here. I haven’t even had breakfast, or coffee, or tied my shoes yet. But this is the life! Forward, into the breach!
All right, this is ridiculous, I’m going to group these by general use and leave the details to the curious reader to find out at Fujifilm’s site, where these cameras are semi-helpfully labeled “new” and listed in some sort of order.
Now, you may know that I’m a big proponent of high definition — that is to say, images that look good at high resolution. Usually you’ve just got the resolution part. Canon has actually been bucking this trend occasionally, for instance with the G11, which lowered its megapixel count in order to improve low light and image quality.
They’re taking a similar approach with the new Vixia camcorders, whose image sensors actually just have 1920×1080 pixels, supposedly allowing for larger pixel wells and better low light performance. Check out the new lineup.
Most of us know of OnStar as the telematics system in many GM vehicles. Recently OnStar has made some moves to take on Ford’s SYNC, and they want you to know that they aren’t SYNC. By sticking a cell unit in the car, OnStar services are online even when your phone is out of the car.
Now, OnStar has made the move to the aftermarket segment with the OnStar mirror. A unit that can be installed at Best Buy early this year. Many of the same things that the GM built-in OnStar offers is available. Remote unlock and vehicle diagnostics are unavailable right now. There will be stolen vehicle reporting; accident alert, with built-in accelerometer; hands-free dialing; roadside assistance; and most importantly, turn-by-turn navigation.
Someone sneaked past security and took a picture of something called Avatar Kinect, a system for XBox Live avatar interaction in a separate “chat room” where players talk to each other outside of the games. Considering the 3D scanning capabilities of the Kinect, it’s a pretty cool idea.
This could be among the biggest announcements to be had at CES this week. It would appear that Star Wars will be coming to Blu-ray in some capacity. That’s what this invite we just received certainly hints at.
Thinking of getting a new notebook? HP sure hopes so. They’ve got a refreshed lineup (wait, didn’t we just do this) and they want you to buy, buy, buy. The new iterations of their classic Envy and Pavilion lines incorporate the new Sandy Bridge Core processors, but beyond that, the info here is distressingly thin. Let’s see what we can figure out here, starting with the biggest laptop and working our way down.