Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:02
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where new gear and gadgets, not gambling, is the lure, geeks feel totally at home — and understood. A laptop with a transparent display is catching the eye of many, although it's only a prototype for now. The laptop, developed by Samsung, has a 14-inch see-through OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen. While Samsung has said little about the laptop, the OLED Association was showing it at CES. Here’s a look at some of the fun, new stuff at the show, sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association.
Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:07
By PC World staff
Media players with see-through screens, incredibly thin TVs and tiny HD camcorders characterized the CES in Las Vegas.
E-readers are proving to be all the rage at CES this year (from low-power color displays to super thin models) and we got to take a look at the preview version of the much-hyped, large format Skiff from Skiff LLC.
With an unannounced released date or price, the flexible Skiff will deliver content on Sprint's 3G network.
We found that the e-reader, which uses resistive touch, had better and faster reactions than the similarly sized Que from Plastic Logic (which is capacitive). Both are basically the size of a sheet of paper and are marketed at readers of traditional newspapers and magazines.
The Que will come to the market in April, retailing in two versions that cost $649 or $799.
Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:10
IdeaPad U1 hybrid notebook
Available: June 1
It’s a laptop; it’s a slate tablet; it’s both. The IdeaPad U1 initially looks like a traditional clamshell laptop, but it has a detachable, multi-touch, high-definition LED 11.6-inch screen which can be used separately as a tablet. The screen’s six-section display can be used on the go for e-mail, calendars, social networking Web sites and RSS readers, or made into a four-section display for photos, music, videos and document viewing and editing. The screen and the laptop each have their own processor.
Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:18
Sanyo Xacti VPC-CS1
Amongst the new crop of pocket camcorders, the inch-thick Sanyo Xacti VPC-CS1 stands out for its impressive features.
With a flip-out LCD screen, it shoots 1920-by-1080 HD video and also takes 8-megapixel still photos. This truly thin-and-light camcorder is compatible with both SDHC and SDXC memory cards.
Starting in February, the Xacti VPC-CS1 will retail for $300.
Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:26
The Alienware M11X is the laptop for gamers on the go, and it's not one of those 9-pound desktop replacement monstrosities.
It's packing a Core 2 Duo processor, an 11.6-inch display, weighs about 4 pounds, and best of all, runs "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" at over 30 frames per second on the highest settings thanks to a dual-GPU configuration that lets you switch between a low-energy integrated graphics chip for regular use and a high-performance GeForce 335M with 1GB of memory for gaming. The price? Under $1,000 for a fully-loaded model.
Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:32
Olympus Stylus Tough 3000
The 12-megapixel Stylus Tough-3000 is the first of Olympus's rugged cameras to shoot 720p HD video; it also has a dedicated recording button and an HDMI port. The 3.6X wide-angle zoom lens ranges from 28mm to 102mm, bolstered by dual sensor-shift/digital image stabilization.
Like Olympus's previous Stylus Tough models, the Tough-3000 lets you operate the camera by tapping its sides. This is designed to facilitate use of the camera while the shooter is wearing gloves or swimming underwater. The Tough-3000 is rated to withstand usage down to 10 feet underwater, at temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and after drops of as much as 5 feet. The Stylus Tough-3000 is due in February for $230.
Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:34
Yahoo! Connected TV widgets
Yahoo announced Thursday that its Connected TV widgets will begin showing up on such devices as home media boxes, Blu-ray players, and cable and IPTV set top boxes.
The first non-TV device to carry Yahoo widgets is a new ViewSonic media server called the VMP80 that will ship with Yahoo Connected TV baked in. The product is aimed at people who already own non-connected HDTVs, and who want to quickly and inexpensively add a bunch of Web video content to their viewing choices. The VMP80 media player will ship in Q1 2010 for an estimated MSRP of $159.