CES 2008

CES 2008: Shogo Touchscreen WiFi-enabled digital photo frames

CES 2008: Shogo Touchscreen WiFi-enabled digital photo frames

Billed as the world's first touchscreen WiFi-enabled digital photo frames, Shogo has launched two battery-powered models that are supposedly so straightforward to use that a tech-shy grandparent could figure them out.  Differentiated by the amount of onboard memory - a rather measly 1GB or 512MB, although they say that's enough for up to 25,000 photos at 800 x 600 - both have an 8-inch screen, integrated SD/MS/MMC/xD/SDHC memory card reader, stereo audio, ethernet, USB and WiFi b/g.

 

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CES 2008: Orbitsound promise stereo audio from single speaker enclosure

CES 2008: Orbitsound promise stereo audio from single speaker enclosure

Some might say it's the holy grail of audio: getting stereo sound out of a single speaker enclosure, and ridding your room of the cables, multiple boxes and other detritus we've relied on before.  British company Airsound have developed what they're calling airSOUND, a "single point stereo" system that apparently has no 'sweetspot' position but instead provides total balanced audio in a space, and just to prove it works they've set up the Orbitsound product range launched at CES 2008.

 

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CES 2008: Pacemaker pocket-sized DJ system released

CES 2008: Pacemaker pocket-sized DJ system released

No, not a medical device for ageing Ibiza veterans, the Pacemaker is actually a 120GB-packing PMP capable of playing two tracks simultaneously, allowing users to mix the two together, beat-match and add effects.  Pacemaker can automatically work out the BPM (beats-per-minute) of each track and display it on the 45mm 262k colour TFT screen, letting you match the speeds for a professional mix.  Two output channels are provided, one for headphones and the other a line-out for external amplification, and the Pacemaker is compatible with MP3, AAC, OGG Vorbis, FLAC and WAV files.

 

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CES 2008: Sony reveals the new Alpha, DSLR-A200 DSLR

CES 2008: Sony reveals the new Alpha, DSLR-A200 DSLR

Sony has revealed the latest in the Alpha line of DSLRs, the A200, at CES 2008. The ten megapixel APS size CCD has higher sensitivity, faster AF, a larger LCD screen compared to the previous model, the A100. Like all Alpha, the A200 has an In-Body Super SteadyShot® image stabilization to allow shooting in low light conditions: up to 3.5 stops advantage. The exposure meter is backed by Sony’s D-Range Optimizer (DRO) and has a fast 3 fps continued auto-focusing system at 1.7x, better than the last model, on top of a powerful BIONZ image processing engine to reduce noise.

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CES 2008: TASER unveil shocking leopard-print C2 stun-gun & MP3 holster

CES 2008: TASER unveil shocking leopard-print C2 stun-gun & MP3 holster

For anybody who has looked at a TASER device before and thought "oh, but it won't go with my outfit", the company has released a leopard-print version of its C2 personal protection device, and are busy describing it as "fashion with a bite".  Capable of pumping electricity through barbs with an up to fifteen foot range, the device is the latest in TASER's range to be aimed at women.

 

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CES 2008: Goodbye Bill Gates, from SlashGear with love

CES 2008: Goodbye Bill Gates, from SlashGear with love

Dear Bill,

Thanks for sharing your last day at Microsoft with us, here at CES 2008. Despite all the product announcements, PR people wrestling for our attention and press releases firing out of the fax machine like a gatling gun, we wanted to take a special moment to say thanks for everything you've done for the consumer electronics industry. We might not have always agreed with you, we might have occasionally hated your products and even replaced the 's' in Microsoft with a dollar sign, but at least you gave us something to write about.

Hell, we even loved Ctrl+Alt+Del!

Love from SlashGear
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CES 2008: Samsung’s 128GB Solid State Drive

CES 2008: Samsung’s 128GB Solid State Drive

As solid-state drives (SSD) continue to move from PMPs and into notebook computers, manufacturers are pushing the limits so as to give picky customers as much room as they'd get on a traditional hard-drive.  Samsung is leading the charge, having announced a whopping 128GB SSD at CES 2008.

 

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CES 2008: Interactive Toy Concepts Unveiled M.A.V. – The World’s Smallest Flying Helicopter

CES 2008: Interactive Toy Concepts Unveiled M.A.V. – The World’s Smallest Flying Helicopter

This teeny helicopter comes in at just 2.5” tall, less than 4” long and has a diameter of 3.5”. It fits in the palm of your hand. Interactive Toy Concepts used advanced micro motor technology and patented dual rotor design to enable this Micro Aerial Vehicle (M.A.V.) to have a precise and stable flight. It will have seamless turns, ascents, descents and hovering abilities within a 20ft. range.

It has a rechargeable lithium polymer batter for 7 minutes of flying with only a 5 minute charge. That doesn’t seem like a lot of time but since it’s for kids 10+ I’m sure it’ll be plenty with their attention spans. Expect to see it out this year for around $50....

CES 2008: Pyramat Laptop Sound Booster

CES 2008: Pyramat Laptop Sound Booster

Pyramat had one other game enhancing product that was really hard to miss, the Laptop Sound Booster, and I can vouch for the boosting ability… I could barely hear myself think as I came up to it.

It has two full range illuminating speakers and connects via USB. It definitely amplifies the sound and can support laptops up to 17”. A good feature of this is that it will prevent your laptop from overheating on your legs or your furniture. It also doubles as a writing desk.

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CES 2008: Pyramat PM450-WR Gaming Chairs

CES 2008: Pyramat PM450-WR Gaming Chairs

Pyramat which is all about performance gaming had a few different gaming chairs on show tonight. I got a relatively good look at two of them, the PM450-WR Sound Rocker and the PC Gaming Chair 2.1.

The PM450-WR Sound Rocker has speakers and a subwoofer with wireless audio reception. It has a cordless rechargeable battery and iPod,Mp3,DS Lite and PSP input. There’s a 24GHz wireless transmitter and it’s made from breathable microfiber fabric. It comes with a multiplayer connection, volume/base controls, headphone jack, a storage pocket and it folds away for storage and has carrying handles for easy transport.

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