The CES….Electronic HeavenJanuary 7, 2010 - 10:55 AM | by: Adam Housley
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You’ve probably heard of the Consumer Electronic Show (or CES), but unless you’ve been here, know someone who has, or are a gadget freak, understanding electronic heaven can be tough to grasp. More than 2,500 exhibitors, showing off more than 20,000 new products fill virtually every nook and cranny that hasn’t been crammed with gamblers here in Sin City. Throughout today and tomorrow we will be live at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the hub of all things gadgets, to show you what will be on store shelves in the very near future. Some of it practical, some of it not so much.
Here are the first few gadgets that have caught my eye. The first is wireless electricity from ‘ecoupled’. For less than $100 you can already buy the Case-Mate Hug which charges your cell phone without connecting it to a cable. What they are also showing is the countertop of the future. Basically power is transferred through a little silver dot on your counter about 1/3 the size of a dime. As Fulton, the company developing this technology explains, power is a current which takes the path of least resistance when broadcast across an open space – unless it is controlled. Traditional power cords serve as physical channels for power to travel through, controlling the path of the energy. eCoupled technology eliminates the need for power cords by creating an electromagnetic conduit combined with an intelligent control system that constantly monitors the power flow to insure optimal efficiency and safety. Whew!
Also below is a picture of the Pocket Radar, which will be available in stores within the next few months for about $250, but you can buy it right now online at pocketradar.com for $199. It is the size of an iPod and can chart how fast your kid throws a fastball, or even the speed of a car barreling down the street. It is nice and can come in quite handy for baseball and NASCAR fans.
Our first live reports also featured Wilson Electronics. Their technology might be the one you’ll care about the most. Simply put, it improves the cell service inside your home/condo/apartment. The unit is real small and light and attaches to the window in your home and then strengthens all cell phone signals into your unit. There are also car models available and for less than $200 you can find them on Amazon or even at Best Buy.
Next Philips had some cool items that caught my crews eyes. First they have the Wake-Up Light which gradually lights up over a 30 minute time frame to re create the rise of the sun. It also has an iPod connection to play music out of the speakers that go along with the light. Also, the GoLite provides important light for your health, those rays you might miss especially in winter when you are stuck inside from dawn till dusk. We also liked the DirectLife. You wear this little necklace around your neck and after 8 days plug it into the computer. By entering height, weight and a few other details, a personal life coach will help you calibrate it to monitor your daily activity.
Verbatim has a ton of new sleek and portable hard drives for the consumer. One of many companies showing off their portable memory, Verbatim’s drives have some cool cases that keep the drive small enough to fit in your pocket and with shock-resistant technology.
Victorinox, the Swiss Army Knife maker, has a couple of cool new gadgets. They both are the famous red knives that fold up and go into your pocket, but they also have 16GB flash drive with biometric fingerprint security. One of them even has a presentation master laser pointer.
More video, pics and info coming throughout today and tomorrow.