CES 2010

Spring Design Alex hands-on

Spring Design Alex hands-on

CES 2010 proved to be the half-week that ereaders tried to dominate the stage, with E Ink devices you can buy now or imminently vying for attention with next-gen screen technologies that will be video and/or color capable together with just as frugal.  One of the more distinctive models is the Spring Design Alex, a dual-screen reader with 6-inch E Ink up top and 3.5-inch capacitive LCD below.  We stopped by for a chat with Albert Teng, Spring Design's co-founder and CTO, who demonstrated the Alex on video for us together with showing us why he reckons it's better than Barnes & Noble's nook.

Video hands-on after the cut

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Notion Ink Adam hands-on

Notion Ink Adam hands-on

We first told you about Notion Ink and their Adam tablet back in December, and since then they've captured plenty of attention at CES 2010 for including NVIDIA's new Tegra 2 chipset and being the first use of a Pixel Qi display. We caught up with Notion Ink, company founder Rohan Shravan and the Adam prototype today for an extended discussion, not only about the hardware but exclusively about the company's plans and expectations for content and usage models.  Check out our exclusive photos and never-before-seen video after the cut.

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Boxee Box by D-Link demo

Boxee Box by D-Link demo

Boxee have already developed something of a cult following with the software incarnation of their media player, and with the unveil at CES 2010 of the standalone Boxee Box by D-Link we've a feeling they're about to go mainstream.  We stopped by to check out the latest version of Boxee, together with the Tegra 2 packing hardware D-Link have put together for it; you can see our hands on video after the cut.

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MSI demoes 1080P Projector PC concept

MSI demoes 1080P Projector PC concept

MSI’s new projector concept isn't only just a projector.  Demoing at CES, MSI is “combing the brilliance of a projector with the versatility of a PC”.  That’s right – it’s a projector with a built-in PC, and cam project up to of 60 glorified inches of HD video on to any white screen, wall, or if rotated 90 degrees (with help from the attachable stand), even the ceiling.

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Promise releases hassle-free SmartStor Zero NS2600 NAS server

Promise releases hassle-free SmartStor Zero NS2600 NAS server

Promise has just released a new NAS box called the SmartStor ZERO NS2600, which the company claims is the first no-hassle NAS server to hit the market.  According to Promise, all you need to do is plug the server in, power it on, and install the included software and the rest is automatic. The software will map an open network share, allowing instant access for data backup and DLNA media sharing via digital media players.  The server also functions as an iTunes Media Server, allowing music and video to be streamed via iTunes.

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Qualcomm mirasol color ereader hands-on

Qualcomm mirasol color ereader hands-on

Qualcomm's mirasol display technology grabbed attention back in November 2009 when it graduated from tiny PMP status displays to a legitimate, video-capable and full-color e-ink alternative.  Back then, the company had a working display but a mock-up ereader, a real mirasol panel frozen with a single image.  They've brought along a new prototype to CES 2010, and this time it's capable of playing full video.  Check out our demo video after the cut.

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