For Gadget Lovers: 8 Cool Tools Sure to Impress
For Gadget Lovers: 8 Cool Tools Sure to Impress
Check out some of the latest tech gadgets unveiled at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
Each year the tech industry's Consumer Electronics Show showcases some of the latest in technology, from James Bond-like gadgets to the downright bizarre. The 2011 CES in Las Vegas offered up plenty of shock-and-awe products to impress techies, from tablets to super-fast 4G networks, 3-D cameras, and more. Here we feature nine gadgets unveiled at CES that also may provide a glimpse at what trends are in store for technology.
This isn't just any digital camera. This Casio camera can twist, turn, hang, and stand so that you can snap photos of your properties at angles you never thought possible. Casio's Tryx is a 12-megapixel, compact digital camera that can do everything from capturing 360-degree panoramic images to flipping or rotating every which way to shoot whatever image you want. It has a wide-angle 21mm lens so you can fit more into the frame. You also can record high-definition 1080p video or slow-motion video and set it to upload images and video automatically to the Web.
Sony's 3D Bloggie MHS-FS3 camcorder is the first 3-D pocket camera that features two lenses for capturing 3-D high-definition video. You'll be able to view your 3-D videos right from its 2.4-inch LCD screen without using any special 3-D glasses, or you can connect it to a 3-D HDTV (which you'll need 3-D glasses to view). You can also view any 3-D video in 2-D. It features two LCD screens, image stabilization, and a built-in USB arm for charging or uploading your video to a computer. The camera also has a "share it later" feature so you can tag video clips and photos for quick uploading next time you're online.
Transport yourself from one place to another via a robotic videoconference device. This remote-controlled Vgo allows you not only to be seen and heard in your videoconference calls but also to move around and interact even though you're not physically there. The 4-foot-tall robot includes a camera, microphone, and video display that will project your image and voice in the location. You'll then be able to use a remote control to move your robot around the room, look up and down, pan around the room, move around tight spaces, or even join a colleague for a walk down the hall.
Is it a smartphone or a laptop? Motorola's Atrix 4G may look and act like a smartphone, but use its external laptop docking station and it works as a computer. When they're connected, you'll have all the features of a laptop: keyboard, monitor, speakers, and access to your programs, including a full Firefox desktop browser and all of your productivity applications. But everything is ultimately saved to the Atrix, which operates like a portable computer's hard drive. The Atrix is an Android smartphone that can run on AT&T's superfast 4G network, featuring a 4-inch screen, front and rear-facing cameras, high-definition video recording capabilities, and up to 48 GB of storage.
Power your electronics with the sun. You'll be able to charge your iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, DSLR cameras, or other electronic devices with solar cases from Voltaic. The Voltaic Spark Solar Tablet Case provides an hour of iPad runtime for every hour in the direct sunlight. The Spark also includes a battery to power up your devices; it can later be recharged from the sunlight or a wall charger. The bags feature four two-watt solar panels on the front of each bag and two USB ports to connect devices.
Motorola's Xoom Tablet, expected to be a major iPad competitor, offers a wide array of features. The 3G and Wi-Fi tablet features a 10.1-inch touch screen with a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats and a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera for photos or videos. The tablet uses the Android 3.0 operating system, especially designed for tablets, and allows for a 4G upgrade over Verizon's network when it becomes available. It'll have 32 GB of storage and an SD card slot and will support 1080p high-definition video and Adobe Flash.
A lightweight, compact tracking device can be clipped onto a purse or bag so others can track you as you go from listing to listing with clients. The Garmin GTU 10 Tracking Unit uses a Web-based tracking service with GPS technology. You'll be able to view the location of the person or object being tracked on mobile applications. You can also set it to notify those whom you wish to receive a SMS or e-mail alert when you leave or enter certain areas.
Is all the fine print in those real estate contracts leading to eye strain? PixelOptics' Empower Glasses offer electronic corrective lenses that make your glasses smarter. The glasses look like any other pair, but each lens has a transparent LCD layer that can electronically adjust itself and automatically change its focus. These glasses can detect motion and automatically change the prescription so your image remains clear. The glasses are intended for those who wear bifocals or progressive lenses.