It seems as though “Smart” is the rage this year at CES. It’s going to be Smart appliances and Smart homes, and LG is going all in with appliances. Many of their top appliances such as washers, dryers, ovens, and refrigerators will have NFC tags for connecting your Android phone and controlling them. They also showed the LFX-31995 smart refrigerator that has a built in display that will allow you to look at recipes, check your Google calendar, build your shopping list, and so much more. The rep wasn’t sure if it was built on Android, but he did say it’s compatible with both Android and iOS, so I suspect not. What it does mean is that your Android phone will be compatible and will sync with it so that you will be able to see your grocery list when you’re at the store. It’s pretty cool, but not sure if it’s worth the extra bucks as you could just buy a Nexus 7 for $199 and slap it on your fridge and save $2,000. Hit the break for the hands on video.
2013 unquestionably seems to be the year of the connected smart home, and NETGEAR is taking full advantage of that today. At its CES 2013 press conference the company announced a slew of additions to its vision of the modern connected home, including the NETGEAR NeoTV Google TV box.
In addition to the new streaming box, NETGEAR has updated its mobile Genie application for Android, offering a brand new feature called TurboTransfer which can be utilized to share files between several desktop and mobile devices across your home network. The company is also introducing the MyMedia mobile application, allowing users to browse and stream digital media from any connected device on your network. If that’s not enough, NETGEAR is also introducing the Powerline Network MAP, a feature that enables you to see the Powerline devices connected to Wi-Fi and then measure the speed across them, and customize various different settings. » Read the rest
With the developer consoles of the OUYA project recently shipping, various videos of the gameplay have surfaced for all of us to check out. What do you think of them? And will you be planning on grabbing one when it’s available for the masses?
Fujitsu unveiled a new member of their ScanSnap scanner product lineup today, the ScanSnap iX500. Taking a cue from printer manufacturers who are building in wi-fi capabilities directly in their devices, Fujitsu has done the same thing with the ScanSnap iX500. Taking things a step further, Fujitsu has also added the ability for scanned documents to be delivered directly to Android and iOS compatible devices.
Fujitsu’s ScanSnap scanners are very popular in the market thanks to the many features they provide and the ScanSnap iX500 is no exception. The device can scan and create PDF files at the rate of 25 double-sided color pages per minute. Fujitsu includes ABBYY FineReader for ScanSnap software with their devices. Combined with the already strong OCR capabilities of Fujitsu scanners, users can quickly transform their scans into editable documents using popular office suite software. The new ScanSnap iX500 also has a customizeable menu, so users can configure a wide variety of “Scan-To applications. If the user doesn’t want to upload the document to their mobile device right away, they can opt to send it to cloud-based services like Evernote, Google Docs, Dropbox, SugarSync, or Salesforce among others.
The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 is available now for $495 or add $100 for a Deluxe Bundle.
LG has certainly made a name for itself by introducing some awesome smartphones in 2012, but it seems intent on making 2013 the year of the “Smart House” by introducing several new and innovative appliances here at CES. As the Korean manufacturing giant has indicated in a recent tease, LG has introduced new additions to its Smart Appliances line including a washing machine, dryer, a refrigerator, an oven and even a robot vacuum cleaner— all of which are fully controllable using a user’s Android device by scanning an NFC Tag-on symbol found on the appliance.
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Today marks a joyous day for all you gaming fanatics as PowerA has officially taken the wraps off its MOGA Pro gaming controller here at CES. Similar to the original MOGA gaming controller, the MOGA Pro is a full-sized controller which transforms your Android device into a full-fledged mobile gaming system. The MOGA Pro comes fully decked out too as it will have dual analog sticks, 4 action buttons, a traditional directional pad, two shoulder buttons, two shoulder triggers, rechargeable batteries, USB charging cord and a tablet stand. Additionally– the controller can work with many different types of smartphones thanks to the MOGA arm and complimentary Pivot App, which can secure phones up to 3.2 inches wide. Or if you are the type that prefers your devices to function wirelessly, there’s full Bluetooth support too– meaning the MOGA Pro can work with most smartphones and tablets.
There’s no set price available for the MOGA Pro at this time, though PowerA has confirmed we should see the accessory in stores and online by Spring of 2013– which isn’t too long of a wait from now.
Additional details can be found once you hit past the break to see the full presser.
NVIDIA just showed a video at their CES press conference introducing an interesting product known as “Project Shield”. Project Shield is a portable, all-in-one gaming device that basically looks like a gaming controller with an HD screen built in. The device uses NVIDIA’s newly announced Tegra 4 processor and boasts a 5-inch HD touch screen (1280 x 720 at 294 dpi) that opens up like a clam shell. NVIDIA is boasting that the product’s rechargeable batteries will last an amazing 38 hours and will power some high quality speakers that are “on par” with Jambox and other mobile speaker competitors. It can download and play games from Google Play and TegraZone, but it can also be used as a wireless game streamer to a nearby PC that’s equipped with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 GPU or higher. The device also has a micro SD slot, an HDMI output, one USB port, and an 1/8-inch audio jack. As of now the device is in the beta testing stage and currently runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. We don’t know anything about pricing or release dates, but we will keep you posted as things develop. Keep checking all of our CES posts for more interesting info. If you want to read all the juicy details about Project Shield, check out the press release after the break.
Each year at CES we are always introduced to some cool new concepts that will make our lives easier and more productive. This year, Fulton Innovation (a company who is constantly pushing the envelope in the wireless charging field) is going to treat us to a demo of a new, and very useful idea: a tablet that doubles as a wireless charging mat. Battery life has always been an issue for smartphones, so the thought of being able to use your tablet to wirelessly charge your smartphone throughout the day is a pretty innovative idea (pun intended). Besides the altruistic tablet, Fulton Innovation will also show us a charging mat that can charge up to two devices at once, regardless of form factor (tablet or smartphone). It does this by scanning to find out how much voltage each device needs, and then charges each one accordingly, so you don’t over-juice your smartphone and under-juice your tablet. To see a video of the device in action, or to read the press release, jump past the break. To keep up with all our latest CES coverage, click here.
Mad Catz is a popular brand for aftermarket gaming accessories. And as we’ve all seen, the Android platform is a pretty popular choice for gamers, so releasing gaming accessories for Android devices seems like a no-brainer, right? Mad Catz thinks so. They announced they’ll be launching “GameSmart” peripherals, which are basically just accessories that you can use across multiple devices. Your PC, your Xbox… or that shiny new Nexus 10 tablet. They’re releasing a wired and wireless mouse, a gaming headset, and a wireless gaming pad, and they all come in quite an assortment of colors and styles. Personally, I think something this universal is long overdue, and I’m excited to pick some of them up in early 2013 when they’ll supposedly become available to consumers. Hit the break for the press release.
Samsung’s new portable Bluetooth speaker, model DA-F60, includes apt-X codec support and NFC pairing. Samsung has already made the simplicity of tapping to share, via S Beam, a big deal in their funny/naughty commercials. Now they’re using NFC to simplify Bluetooth pairing (which, if you hear my in-laws tell it, is nearly impossible). The apt-X codec, supported by only a handful of handsets including Samsung’s own Galaxy S III and Note II, boosts the dynamic range of streaming audio. We should get more details, hopefully to include pricing, at CES. Follow our CES 2013 coverage here.
Press Release after break