LAS VEGAS -- Want to learn to play the guitar? I speak from personal experience when I say it's tough, especially if you rely on apps or videos that merely show you what to do without providing any feedback.The JamStik teaches you guitar by way of a wireless fretboard, real strings, and a couple innovative iPad apps. I just got a demo here at CES and came away impressed.
To look at the JamStik is to see a six-string, 15-inch fretboard that requires no tuning, instead relying on infrared sensors that track your finger placement and a Wi-Fi-powered … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- It's hard not to gasp when laying eyes on the ridiculously enormous Ora-S AR eyewear smartglasses. But in this early stage of smart spec development, looks take a back seat to demonstrating functionality. In this case, Optinvent, the company behind the Ora-S, is focused on augmented reality.
Sure, the Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth-capable smartglasses will display notifications, directions, and all the rest, but what really gets Optinvent going is the software developer kit that is designed to engender more AR apps. For instance, the Ora-S will launch with the Wikitude augmented reality browser.
The company also … Read more
Samsung debuted its new "Chef Collection" suite of kitchen appliances this week at CES, including the DW80H9970 dishwasher. With a sleek, stainless steel finish and reinvented washing mechanics, it's looking like a dishwasher worth keeping an eye on in 2014.
The Chef Collection dishwasher's marquee feature is "WaterWall," which Samsung is hailing as an entirely new approach to cleaning. Instead of a revolving circle of jets, WaterWall uses -- you guessed it -- a linear wall of water which sweeps back and forth during the wash cycle. Samsung calls this corner-to-corner cleaning, and claims … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- At CES, Intel was keen to show off its new dual-OS switching technology that's been implemented in collaboration with Asus.
It takes about three and a half seconds to switch between operating systems, as Intel demonstrates in the video below.
The switch can be done with either a hardware or software key.
What Intel enables is the rapid switching, but the way the switching and file- and memory-sharing is implemented is a proprietary Asus technology. That will likely apply to other dual-OS devices from other vendors also.
The Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 tablet is a … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Driver assistance systems that will enable the autonomous car rely on radar, lasers, and cameras to see the road, but all that information also needs to be analyzed and understood. Nvidia demonstrated how its new K1 graphic processor, announced at CES 2014, can recognize street signs, lane lines, and other vehicles.
At its booth, Nvidia fed a test bed fitted with the K1 chip a recorded video of a drive down a road from a single camera. Using image recognition libraries, the chip analyzed the video and highlighted speed limit signs in red, other vehicles in blue, … Read more
Sharp's top of the range TV offers a true 4K panel with four 60Hz-compatible HDMI inputs. Given the dearth of native 4K content, Sharp's UD will upscale regular programming to 4K using its upscaling engine.
LAS VEGAS -- Jigabot's developed an intriguing system for action shooting, the AIMe, composed of a wearable (or mountable) IR transmitter -- called EmIT -- and a motorized mount that pans and tilts your camera (or camcorder, or smartphone) to follow the subject. You can attach multiple Emitters to the subject, and they've got a range of up to about 150 feet. The mount rotates 360 degrees horizontally and tilts 120 degrees up and down.
This has a boatload of potential applications. Though the initial version will require line-of-sight, the company has plans for RF, and non-line-of-sight IR … Read more
The Yellow Jacket stun-gun case first showed up as an Indiegogo fundraising project back in the middle of 2012. That original model reached the world in early 2013, but a major redesign geared for the iPhone 5 and 5S has now landed at CES.
The original Yellow Jacket was a bit chunky-looking. The new one is a little more streamlined, but best of all, it's also detachable. You can easily remove your phone to let the kids play with it without also allowing them access to a 650,000-volt stun gun. There's also a big difference in the terrifying sound the new case makes. The original had kind of a fizzy zap to it. The new one is throaty and intimidating.… Read more
There's no question now that 2013 was a historic year for T-Mobile. The company reported Wednesday that it added a total of 4.4 million new subscribers to its network in all of 2013, turning around a business that had steadily been losing customers.
Company CEO John Legere reported an early update on T-Mobile's fourth-quarter subscriber growth during the company's press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show. Legere said that for the fourth quarter, T-Mobile added a total of 1.6 million new subscribers, a huge change from a year ago when it lost 515,000 postpaid … Read more