The week of CES each year is a week that geeks in the industry and geek consumers look forward too with glee. At the same time those of us who have been to the show have to temper the gadget lust we get going into the show with the knowledge that his is one of the most grueling weeks of the year to be a pro geek. Just look at the number of new items announced this week; it was hard to even whittle the list down to some of the coolest gear of the week for our second week in review of 2010.
With Google Glass finally in the hands of developers, and HTC's flagship One smartphone readily available around the globe it's time to test the video camera capabilities a bit, while also showing off some cool new technology. Get ready for a video capture comparison from Google Glass, the HTC One, and the Olympus OM-D camera. What makes this even better is you're getting an overload of technology, because this video shootout is done while also taking a peek at NVIDIA's SHIELD controlling the Parrot AR Drone.
Whenever UAVs or unmanned aerial vehicles are mentioned, two types almost always come to mind: the super powerful ones developed by the military or by corporations, and personal drones mostly used for fun, like taking sports action shots. These two groups also represent the two extremes of the pricing range, the most expensive and the most affordable ones, respectively. AirStrato is an air robot that tries to bring some of each group together, marrying the power of high-performance UAVs but without getting you bankrupt.
Delivered in NVIDIA SHIELD is the first full-fledged mobile device crossover into the desktop gaming universe. SHIELD is an Android-based physical gaming controller with its own clamshell hinge-attached display, powered by NVIDIA's newest mobile processor, stepping up as what the company claims is the world's most powerful mobile gaming device. With NVIDIA's Tegra 4 SoC under the hood and the ability to play Android games and stream high-powered PC games from NVIDIA GeForce GTX processor-toting gaming rigs, NVIDIA proves that they're essentially right on the money.
Planning on bringing up your NERF gun game this summer and are simply stuck for what to do now that you've got the NERF Vulcan at home? Tired of actually pulling the trigger yourself? This week the folks at Instructables have decided it's high time NERF got automatic and made with the conjuring: full on rapid-fire motion-tracking toy projectile firing the likes of which won't be cheap, but won't produce regret, either.
This week NVIDIA has made a rather important decision regarding the launch of their first Android handheld device SHIELD. Instead of shipping at the original announcement date (that was today, mind you), SHIELD has gotten a bit of a push forward to July in favor of a solid launch. The reason for this change is said by the company to be relating to a mechanical issue relating to a 3rd party component.
Tons of big-name companies make an appearance at CES every year, and while Microsoft backed out of this year's show, there were still a bevy of companies that filled the void. LG, Sony, Qualcomm, Verizon, Samsung, Intel, and more, all stepped up to the plate to take Microsoft's place, but one other big-name company that made an appearance at the show was Apple. They didn't necessarily have a booth, or had any of their execs on the show floor, but their products were everywhere, and I'm not even exaggerating when I say such a thing.
NASA's run of good luck has seen an unfortunate blip today, with a test flight of the experimental Morpheus moon lander suffering a hardware failure and crashing into flames. The so-called "green" lander was undergoing its first free-flight testing today, but managed just a few seconds off the ground before it toppled, Space reports. Nobody was injured, NASA has confirmed, but the incident is an embarrassing and frustrating set-back to the project that hopes to return the space agency to the moon. Check out the video of the crash after the cut.