Arguably, the biggest news to come out of CES 2013 was NVIDIA’s Project Shield, the beginning of a new wave of portable Android gaming devices. We dropped by NVIDIA’s booth and were able to get a look at the revolutionary product. Unfortunately, NVIDIA had the Shield shielded behind glass and weren’t allowing hands on time at this point. We’ll try to head back sometime soon to see if we can get our grubby paws on it for you guys. In the meantime, check out our eyes-on with the new Project Shield.
Although ZTE is not a well recognized name in the U.S. market, they still took the opportunity to show up at CES 2013 to reveal their new high end smartphone, the ZTE Grand S. The device sports a 5-inch 1080p display, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro cpu, 2GB of RAM, and 13MP camera. Squeezing all of this into a 6.9mm thin device makes this the world’s thinnest 5-inch smartphone for now. ZTE indicates the device will be available in China in the first quarter of 2013. Unfortunately, no word on whether the device will surface in other markets, including the U.S. Hit the break to check out our hands on video with the ZTE Grand S. » Read the rest
Just yesterday we reported on the Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses that will try to go toe-to-toe with Google Glass. The smart eye wear runs on Android, and will be released later this year for under $500. The video below is actually more like an interview, and it’s actually quite fascinating. As goofy as the beta versions of the M100′s look, the future of wearable computers is quite compelling. Make sure to stick through to the end of the video to see some really nice looking “smart” sunglasses.
In case you thought LG’s push to infiltrate your house was limited to the kitchen and laundry room with their Smart House appliances, they also showed up at CES 2013 with some hardware for your favorite television viewing area. The new LG television uses version 3 of Google TV to provide access to both “live” tv channels as well as a host of online video services. LG has updated the remote control for the TV with some new button locations and a full QWERTY keyboard on the back of the remote. The remote can also be used for voice entry purposes.
Check out our hands on video after the break to see how the new LG TV works. » Read the rest
More hands on video with some of LG’s Smart House appliances that were officially introduced at CES 2013. Earlier we checked out the LFX-31995 smart refrigerator from LG. We also got to take a look at the smart oven that LG had on hand. Using the LG Optimus smartphone for demo purposes, we see some of the features available with the LG app and how it interacts with the oven. For this appliance, LG is not only using Wi-Fi, they are incorporating features that take advantage of NFC capabilities found in newer smartphones.
Smart cameras seem to be the next big trend in technology. Why not, right? If you’re gonna fork out the cash for a dedicated point-and-shoot, you might as well get one that can connect to the internet and sync to your Dropbox (and play Angry Birds, as the rep enjoyed pointing out). After Samsung’s success with the Galaxy Camera, Polaroid has decided to try their hand in the market. Take a look at our hands on video below to see what Polaroid is offering up with their iM836.
Small tablets have been all the rage lately, (especially since Google released the Nexus 7), but that hasn’t stopped ARCHOS from going in the other direction. Today at CES we got some hands on time with their behemoth 13.3-inch FamilyPad. The tablet obviously isn’t made for portability, rather ARCHOS is marketing this for use at home with the family (thus the name). A quick group game, or TV and movie time as a family are the intended purposes. Specs-wise, you’ll find Android 4.1 running on a 1280 x 800 display, a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. It’ll also include a microSD slot for storage expansion as well as HDMI output. Check out the video to see it in action.
Remember that ARCHOS tablet we reported on last week? You know, the one that looks unquestionably like that “other” i-tablet? Well, we got some hands on time with it (them) today; there are actually five different tablets in the ARCHOS’ Element Series, each one boasting different specs and screen sizes, but retaining the same look and high quality finish. Check out the video below to see what each one offers up and which one might suit your anti-Apple needs.
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We have seen various efforts during the past year to build home networks that go beyond computing devices. Whether it is lights or appliances, it seems everyone wants to enable consumers to control stuff in and around their homes using an app. Another entry in this field is SimpliciKey and the latest offering for their remote-controlled deadbolt. The electronic deadbolt has been on the market, but SimpliciKey has enabled its addition to KeyCloud. KeyCloud is their version of a home network used to manage devices via Internet connections. Users can lock or unlock the deadbolt using their smartphone or a web interface. In addition to the deadbolt or other locks, lights can be controlled as well.
SimpliciKey has not announced availability for the new products, but they were present at CES 2013 and we were able to get some hands on time with the product. Check out our video after the break showing how SimpliciKey and KeyCloud work together. » Read the rest
One of the more interesting pieces of hardware making an appearance at CES 2013 this year is the i’m Watch device. The i’m Watch is basically an Android device in the form of a wristwatch. It does use a special version of Android called i’m Droid 2 based on Android 1.6. You may think such an old version of Android may be limiting, but for such a small, specialized device it seems to work fine. Check out our hands on video after the break to see how the i’m Watch works. » Read the rest