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Tag Archives: CES Unveiled

[CES 2009] Meade ETX-LS Telescope With LightSwitch Technology Is Actually Affordable

Meade ETX-LS (Image property of OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

While the new ETX-LS telescope from Meade looks suited for a rooftop observatory and experienced astronomers probing the depths of the cosmos, it’s actually very easy to use, even for amateurs trying to find the Big Dipper. It features a new technology that the company calls ‘LightSwitch’ which is a self-alignment system that works at the touch of a button. At startup, the telescope’s integrated sensor module and ECLIPS CCD (Electronically Controlled Locate Identify Position System) basically looks at the sky and uses the available celestial objects to not only determine where you’re located, but how to find other constellations you might be interested in. All with no input from the user at all.

Meade ETX-LS (Image property of OhGizmo!)

It also features the Meade Autostar III controller which allows you to select from a database of over 100,000 celestial objects at the push of a button. (Complete with a night-vision friendly orange backlight.) You just find the constellation/star/planet you want to see, hit the ‘GoTo’ button and the telescope will automatically orient itself so the object appears in the center of the eyepiece. The best part is that you can get a 6-inch model for just $1,299. Obviously larger telescopes like the one they had on display at the CES Unveiled event won’t be as affordable, but if you’re starting out, it’s definitely a cheaper way to ease into it.

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[CES 2009] Corsair Flash Survivor – Takes A Freezin’, Keeps On Runnin’ PowerPoint

Corsair Flash Voyager (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

I reviewed Corsair’s Flash Survivor USB Drive a while back, and of all the tests I did, I never thought to (or had the motivation to) encase it in a giant block of ice emblazoned with the Corsair logo. And it’s too bad too, since it probably would have made for an eye-catching center piece like this one.

Corsair Flash Voyager (Image property OhGizmo!)

And even though the drive was encased in ice, it was still being used to run a Corsair demo on a nearby laptop. Now something tells me a lot of flash-based memory devices would be capable of surviving a similar scenario, but at least Corsair is putting their money where their mouth is. And it makes for an eye-catching demo.

[CES 2009] Interactive Toy Concepts’ Duck Hunter

Interactive Toy Concepts Duck Hunter (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

If I had to choose my favorite new gadget shown at CES Unveiled, it would be this Duck Hunter game from Interactive Toy Concepts. It features a free-flying, flapping duck that you try and shoot down with a miniature infrared shotgun. On just a 12-second charge (it connects to the shotgun) the duck will fly for about 30 seconds, and it takes just 3 direct hits to knock it out of the sky. It will hopefully be available sometime this Spring with an SRP of $29.99, and there’s also a 2-player version in the works which allows a second person to actually control the duck’s flight.

Interactive Toy Concepts Duck Hunter (Image property OhGizmo!)

But I think what really endeared me to the Duck Hunter game was this guy. Not only was he dressed in fatigues and an orange safety vest, but he was demoing the game every few minutes and driving the surrounding exhibitors crazy. The duck always seemed to take a different flight path each time, and usually ended up crashing in the most awkward of places. If I can annoy people half as much as this guy did with one of these, it would totally be worth it.

[CES 2009] Hands-On With The Lenovo W700ds – It’s Giant And Awesome

Lenovo W700ds (Image property of OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

So Lenovo had their new beast of a laptop on display at CES Unveiled, and I managed to elbow my way through the crowds to spend a bit of time with it. First off, the W700DS is massive, though I have to admit it was a lot lighter than I thought it would be when I picked it up. This isn’t a laptop you’re going to use on a plane or while sitting in a hallway at the Venetian pounding out a story, but if you need a portable photography workstation, it would easily fit the bill. The slide out display is less gimmicky than I thought it would be, but it definitely doesn’t have the color fidelity of the full size one, so you’ll only want to use it for widgets or stuff like Photoshop’s palettes. The integrated Wacom tablet is also a nice addition, though I’d probably find it hard to do any serious brushwork with an area that small.

Lenovo W700ds (Image property of OhGizmo!)

But the one thing I loved about the W700ds was the built-in screen calibrator. It actually uses the Pantone (Gretamacbeth) Huey Pro software in conjunction with a small calibrator located near the upper right corner of the Wacom tablet. Normally you’d have to attach a calibrator to your screen for the software to properly run its color tests, but with the W700ds you just start the program, close the lid, and 40 seconds later you’ve got yourself a custom color profile. Needless to say, I want one.

[CES 2009] Krown Sign Language Translator

Krown Sign Language Translator (Image property of OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m all for gadgets designed to assist those who might be ‘differently abled’ than I am, like this sign language translator from Krown Manufacturing, Inc. It’s basically a touch screen PDA-like device that will translate any word in its 3,500 word vocabulary into sign language, through the use of videos of a guy doing the signing. The vocabulary can be expanded via software updates and the rechargeable battery is good for about 6 hours of use on a single charge. It’s expected to be released in May of this year, and the $199 price tag seems relatively accessible.

Krown Sign Language Translator (Image property of OhGizmo!)

However, I have to wonder why the deaf person you’re attempting to speak to in sign language can’t just look over your shoulder while you’re entering the words? Seems to me this device would better find its niche with those attempting to learn sign language.

[CES 2009] CES Unveiled – We’ve Arrived, So Has CNN, And The Whole World

By David Ponce

The madness begins.

This here is Nicole Lapin from CNN, on the showfloor of CES Unveiled (a pre-CES event where manufacturers show you their stuff before the actual show). She’s here along with what looks like the entire planet: throngs of sweaty reporters with ginormous DSLRs sticking out their chests, elbowing their way to overcrowded booths; slick reps trying their best to convince you that the new coat of paint they’ve put on their product somehow repositions them favorably in a dismally competitive market. While this is going on, an endless stream of waiters constantly refills tables with food fit for a king. Booze is plentiful, and before you know it, like Jason Alexander and Britney Spears, the world’s press has been seduced.

That’s not to say there aren’t any cool things here. Innovation is alive, somewhere, and we’re going to try and dig it up for you. Stay tuned!