CES 2013 Highlights

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CES, or the Consumer Electronics Show, is upon us once again. This annual expo takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada and is the go to place for all new things regarding TVs, Cell Phones, Tablets, Computers, and gadgets you didn’t even know you wanted. I would be in absolute geek heaven if I could actually attend CES. For now, I will cover it from home via FotoPhilm. This blog deals with Tech as well as the other topics, so I feel the need to share what’s going on at CES with all of you. So here are a few things that I scoured the internet to find. This is a small list compared to everything that has already been shown, and will be shown over the next few days. But I think some of these gadgets are the most interesting or have that futuristic cool factor.

Panasonic Touch Screen TV

Yes, you read that right, a touch screen TV. This touch sensitive TV will be able to link with your computer or smartphone, and you can share things like photos or videos wirelessly between devices. The touch screen part comes in to play with things like photos. You would be able to use a stylus to edit your pictures, or draw on them (see below).PanasonicThis TV also has a home page feature, where you can store all of your TV apps like Netflix or Hulu. And each member of the family can have their own personalized home page. The TV has a camera built in above the screen that has facial recognition software. So when you sit down to watch TV, it will recognize you and bring up your own custom home screen. Pretty nifty feature!

Belkin Thunderstorm iPad Case

Belkin case

This is the Thunderstorm iPad case made by Belkin. It features higher quality speakers built in to give you a surround sound experience. There are also air channels within the case to give you better bass. This thing would be nice to have for not only music, but for watching movies in bed too. Too bad it’s going to go for $199.99. Ouch. That’s one expensive case.

Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC Lenovo

Lenovo is one of those companies that started out as a no name, and is slowly making their way to the top by Lenovo 2impressing with their new designs. This latest PC from the Chinese company is pretty cool, and definitely makes you feel like your living in the future. The Horizon Table PC is basically a giant tablet. It has a 27 inch, multi-touch screen and runs on Linux software. The Linux part runs when the device is flat on a surface. While flat, users can gather around and play games or view photos and video. But when you tilt the device up on it’s stand, it changes over to the Windows 8 Live Tile platform, and can be used like a regular desktop computer. It’s a pretty sweet device, and something I would love to get my hands on. The PC goes on sale this summer.

Canopy Sensus Touch Sensitive iPhone Case

CanopyThe Sensus Touch case for iPhone is something that I may look into purchasing when it comes out, which looks to be fairly soon. With touch panels on the back, and side of the case, you can keep your fingers away from the screen. This makes seeing your photos, news stories, and games much easier. If you want to scroll through a webpage, simply run your thumb down the side of the case, instead of the screen. Or, control a iPhone game using the back touch panel, allowing you to see more of the action. The case will range between $59.99 to $99.99, which isn’t too bad, considering what your getting.

Hapilabs Hapifork

This is a very interesting a quirky gadget that I felt the need to share. Mainly because it’s kind of weird. 😉 It is a forkHapifork and spoon that has sensors built in that measure how fast you are eating. The fork will vibrate if you are eating too quickly, notifying you to slow down. This is all done in the name of weight loss, and the fork even has built in bluetooth, so you can track stats and count calories through your iPhone or computer. I think I would start to get annoyed by a vibrating fork though. Don’t tell me how to eat!

Nvidia ShieldNvidia

This gadget is one of the coolest I’ve seen so far. The Shield is a portable gaming device. It’s not much larger than a Xbox controller, but it features a flip up screen and dual analog sticks. It packs Nvidia’s own Tegra 4 quad-core processor, and runs on Google’s Android platform. You can play Android, TegraZone, or PC Games that run on Nvidia’s GeForce PC chip. This gaming beauty is still in prototype mode, so the name and look are still subject to change. There is also no word on price. Hopefully we will find out soon

Apps in Cars

FordFord announced that it will have its own open sourced software development kit for people who want to create apps for their Ford Sync system. This would open up new avenues in how people interact with their vehicles. It also gives companies another place to advertise. For example, if you were driving past a grocery store, an app could use your location to see that said store, and would tell you the latest sales they are offering. I’m not sure how that would actually play out though. I think it would get old, plus I don’t know if I want that type of information offered to companies. But on the whole, It’s a pretty nifty idea. Ford is looking to take the Apple road with their apps also. There would be a screening process beforehand, and Ford would kick out anything that has elaborate video, extensive reading, or involves games, so as not to distract drivers. Sounds cool.

Razer’s Edge Gaming Tablet

The Razer’s Edge tablet is geared towards the hardcore gamer. It will also be the most powerful tablet on the Razermarket when it comes out. The basic model features an Intel Core i5 Processor, with 4GB of RAM and a 64GB hard drive. The Pro model bumps those specs to an Intel Core i7 Processor, with 8GB of RAM and the option of either a 128GB hard drive, or a 256GB drive. Crazy! These specs are on par with most laptops on the market right now, including my own MacBook Pro! The tablet can come in various configurations. The regular tablet mode, a keyboard dock mode, or the gaming Razer 2mode, which gives you analog joysticks on either side. There are USB ports, so you can plug in console controllers, and also bluetooth. The tablet will run the new Windows 8 software, with all those pretty colored tiles. The only thing not so cool about it is the $999.99 price tag. I think I’ll stick with my iPad Mini, thanks.

Huawei Ascend Mate Smartphone

Huawei 1Huawei is not a very well known cell phone maker, but they could be after these new smartphones they’re releasing soon. The first is a 6.1 inch phone/tablet/identity crisis device. This is a massive screen size! A little too much if you ask me, but there is a market for bigger and better. Although at a 720p resolution, it’s lacking on the “better” side. What isn’t lacking, is the Huawei Ascend D2 smartphone. This is a little smaller at 5 inches, but the resolution is Huawei 2much higher at full 1080p HD. The pixel density is also at 443, the highest of any other smartphone. For comparison, the popular retina display on the iPhone 5 is at a 326 pixel density. In simpler terms, the Huawei phone will give you a very sharp screen. Also surprising, is the D2 has a 13 megapixel camera. That’s only 5 megapixels away from my Canon T3i. Craziness!

Samsung 110 inch UHD TV

Yes, that’s right, I said one hundred and ten inch! That is amazing. And, to top it all off, its an Ultra High SamsungDefinition TV. This set also features plenty of apps with Samsung’s Smart TV features that they have been doing recently. The TV can also be controlled by only your voice and gestures via the small camera in the top center. The fact that you can go to a certain channel by telling the TV which one is pretty cool. The only thing I don’t like is the strange, easel type frame around the TV to hold it up. It’s a little bit of an eye sore, and doesn’t look as sleek as their designs in the past. This TV won’t start coming to fruition until next year, but the 85 inch version should be coming sooner. The price is not yet known, but it is said that it will be cheaper than Samsung’s previous large size TV concept, which was around $25,000.00. Yikes!

So there you have it. A few highlights from the first day of CES 2013. Make sure you follow my blog, as I will be doing more highlights for the rest of the week, until the show ends on Friday. You can also follow my Twitter, @FotoPhilm, and Like my page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ttsphoto. Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more gadget awesomeness in the coming days.

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