ShowStoppers 2013

WildTangent game renting service expands to Xperia smartphones

WildTangent game renting service expands to Xperia smartphones

This week the folks at WildTangent have revealed that they've worked with Sony Mobile Communications to release their game rental service for Xperia smartphones such as the Sony Xperia Z, this continuing their team-up into the future. Back in September of 2011, WildTangent high-fived Sony and began to partner with them in both desktop and mobile products. You'll find WildTangent pre-installed on VAIO PCs as well as Sony Tablets S and P in Europe already - and the fun continues!

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Indigo assistant takes on Siri: she’ll be everywhere

Indigo assistant takes on Siri: she’ll be everywhere

This week we've gotten to speak with the folks behind the cloud-based personal assistant project known as Indigo, taking the form of an app for both Windows Phone and Android. What we're seeing here is the developers at Artificial Solutions creating a natural language service that you'll not easily get away with speaking about without mentioning Apple's Siri. The biggest difference is in the genes: unlike the iOS-based Siri, Indigo is coming to every platform the developers wish it to - iOS included (though later this year instead of immediately).

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EyeVerify eye-vein biometrics hands-on

EyeVerify eye-vein biometrics hands-on

Your eyes may be the window to your soul, but they're also another potential source of biometric security, and that's something EyeVerify wants to see baked into smartphones and laptops. Relying on the fact that the pattern of veins in each person's eyes is unique - no matter if you're a twin or even if you've been somehow cloned - the EyeVerify system creates a digital fingerprint from a snapshot, and then uses that to verify your identity in future.

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Moen MotionSense Touch-Free Faucet hands-on

Moen MotionSense Touch-Free Faucet hands-on

This week we got the opportunity to take a peek at the newest Moen water distribution system for your sink, the MotionSense Touch-Free faucet. Moen's own Maribeth Kwasniewski showed this system off with us at ShowStoppers during CES 2013, revealing the multiple ways you're able to activate it when you get it for yourself in the very near future. The first of these is the Wave Sensor - that black dot at the top of the neck of the faucet, able to toggle the water's flow when you move your hand over or across it.

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Lenovo ThinkPad Helix extended hands-on: Rip and Flip up close and personal

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix extended hands-on: Rip and Flip up close and personal

We've been given another opportunity to get right in deep with Lenovo's newest convertible tablet running full Windows 8: the ThinkPad Helix, and this time we're making a point of checking out not just the ripping and the flipping, but the spoiler on the back and the precision ruined craftsmanship as well. As you may well know from our previous look at this machine, you're able to open it up in its notebook form to use it as a full-function Windows 8 laptop, press the button on the lower left of the display, "rip" it out, use it as a tablet, and place it back in place the other way around - then you can push it back down flat and have a massive battery capacity as well.

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Boogie Board Sync 9.7 hands-on

Boogie Board Sync 9.7 hands-on

These days, it seems that the art of taking down handwritten notes is dying. Why use a pen and paper when you've got a tablet or ultrabook in your bag that you can use to type things up instead? There is something to be said for handwritten notes, however - sometimes it's much faster to write down something by hand, and during big shows like CES, taking along a pen and some paper ultimately cuts down on the amount of stuff you're taking onto the show floor.

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Spigen SGP New-Coated Backpack Series hands-on

Spigen SGP New-Coated Backpack Series hands-on

This week we got the opportunity to have a chat with Sue Choe of Spigen SGP at ShowStoppers during CES 2013, and she brought with her a backpack full of goodies for us to look at - the backpack itself being one of the best! This is the Spigen SGP New-Coated Backpack made specifically for the multi-device citizen amongst us, working with so many pockets inside that you'll never be able to fill them all up! And it's rather fashionable, too.

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HoverCam Mini 5 pocket scanning camera hands-on

HoverCam Mini 5 pocket scanning camera hands-on

Today at ShowStoppers during CES 2013, we've seen a lot of nifty gadgets, but one in particular is really impressive. The HoverCam Mini 5 is a pocketable scanning camera that plugs into your computer's USB port, and it folds out into an overhead scanner. We ended up stopping by the company's booth and getting a hands-on session with the new device.

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