CeBIT 2013

Forget creepy Intel: SHORE unlocks your face at a glance, and it’s already in use

Forget creepy Intel: SHORE unlocks your face at a glance, and it’s already in use

If you thought Intel's plans for a viewer-watching Web TV box were intrusive, you might want to bury your face in your hands (and leave it there permanently) after seeing Fraunhofer's clever and creepy SHORE facial ID system. On show at CeBIT, SHORE can not only identify a face in a still image or real-time video stream, but figure out gender, age, and even what mood the person is in: happy, surprised, angry, or sad. Meanwhile, while Intel's home entertainment tracking system is already mired in controversy, Fraunhofer tells us commercial implementations of SHORE are already out in the wild.

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GlassUp AR glasses hands-on: Google Glass gets competition

GlassUp AR glasses hands-on: Google Glass gets competition

Gagging for Glass but can't afford Google's $1,500 Explorer Edition? GlassUp thinks it may have the answer, a wearable display that looks almost like a regular set of glasses, and harnesses the power of your existing smartphone to flash real-time information into your eyeline. On show in prototype form at CeBIT, and set to ship later in the year, GlassUp takes a more humble approach to wearables than Google does with Glass, making its headset a companion display rather than a standalone computer.

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MyMultitouch 84-inch 4K touch-display hands-on: Angry Birds goes massive

MyMultitouch 84-inch 4K touch-display hands-on: Angry Birds goes massive

Angry Birds on an 84-inch 4K tablet? Not quite, but if your iPad or Nexus 10 simply isn't big enough or high-res enough, MyMultitouch has an 84-inch beast to offer instead. The Germany company is showing off its biggest multitouch table/display to-date at CeBIT, a vast 3.840 x 2,160 Ultra HD screen called the Alvaro GIANT capable of running Windows, Android or most anything else, and we couldn't resist getting our fingers all over it.

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Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX2 hands-on: Extreme Yoga

Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX2 hands-on: Extreme Yoga

Windows 8's finger-focus has spawned some interesting form-factors, and following in the footsteps of Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga comes the Panasonic Toughbook CF-AX2, a rugged twist on the 360-degree hinge concept we've been playing with here at CeBIT 2013. A compact 11.6-incher with a 1366 x 768 10-finger multitouch display, the CF-AX2 runs Intel's latest Core i5 processor for lengthy runtimes - Panasonic claims up to eight hours on a single charge - and, thanks to some hot-swappable battery magic, allows you to switch out for a new power pack without shutting down.

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CeBIT 2013 Opening Ceremony keynote pours telecommunications necessities

CeBIT 2013 Opening Ceremony keynote pours telecommunications necessities

This week the Hannover, Germany-based international technology conference known as CeBIT began with a welcoming keynote hosted by four extremely influential minds. First was Prof. Dieter Kempf, President of the German Association of Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media e.V. - BITKOM. Also speaking were Dr. Thomas Enders, Chief Executive Officer of EADS, H.E. Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, and Dr. Angela Merkel, Chencellor of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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MSI AG2712 Gaming All-in-One PC hands-on

MSI AG2712 Gaming All-in-One PC hands-on

MSI is in a froth of gaming frenzy at CeBIT 2013, with a new 27-inch gaming-centric all-in-one PC taking pride of place in the updated range. The MSI AG2712 squeezes Windows 8, Intel third-gen Core i5/i7 processors, and a touchscreen into its slimline chassis, but also finds room for a discrete graphics chip. We caught up with the new model to find out whether that made it special.

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Valentines cards gain video screens in Printing in Motion/Spreengs joint effort

Valentines cards gain video screens in Printing in Motion/Spreengs joint effort

This week the folks at Printing in Motion and their sister-company Spreengs are letting the world know that you may be seeing a very thin video screen in your Valentine's Day card thanks to them. In addition to adding very small screens to greetings cards, Printing in Motion works with groups like Mercedes to add displays to brochures for high-powered vehicles. Spreegs concentrates on the consumer end of the spectrum, making it their mission to create the greatest greeting cards on earth - all through a simple USB interface!

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