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[CES 2010] Case-Mate iPhone Wireless Charging Pad & Case

Case-Mate iPhone Wireless Charging Pad & Case (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

I wouldn’t necessarily say that charging my iPhone with the included sync cable is inconvenient, but I can definitely see the advantage of being able to just drop it on a table to top off the battery. And the Hug from Case-Mate uses Fulton Innovation’s eCoupled Wireless Power system to enable you to do just that.

Case-Mate iPhone Wireless Charging Pad & Case (Images property OhGizmo!)

Now since the iPhone’s battery isn’t removable or even accessible the Hug enables wireless charging via a plastic case. And because there’s an induction coil inside there and other electronicy bits, you’ll have to deal with a bit more bulk than you may otherwise be used to. But the case does still allow the use of the camera and access to the dock connector on the bottom, and it comes with a charging pad that’s compatible with other eCoupled devices if you don’t happen to have a desk with that functionality built-in.

The Hug will be available sometime around early to mid February, for a hefty $90.

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[CES 2010] LEGO Clearly Knows The Way To A Lot Of Blogger’s Hearts

LEGO CES Booth (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

LEGO had a fairly decent-sized booth at this year’s CES showing off their slightly-delayed LEGO Universe game which will finally be released sometime this year. And sure, playing around in their bricktastic online MMOG was fun, but LEGO, you had me at “Build your own minifig!” And let me say thanks for not strictly enforcing that “One minifig per person” limit.

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[CES 2010] Onkyo Dual Screen Convertible Tablet Netbook

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By Evan Ackerman

We spotted this thing in the Microsoft press room, where at first glance it looks like an unassuming little netbook running Windows 7… There’s more to it than meets the eye, though:

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And more:

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The Onkyo DX1007AS stores a second 10.1 inch (1,366 x 768) monitor behind the first (kinda like the Lenovo W700DS), and you can slide them apart and double your desktop space in just a few seconds, or flip them around to make yourself a hella long tablet. The dual screens are supported by an ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics card, but otherwise the insides are basically ho-hum netbook. The price, however, is not… You can buy this, but it’ll cost you just over $1100.

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[CES 2010] Sony Distance Alert Tells You To Step Off

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By Evan Ackerman

I don’t have a big screen TV, but I can pretend that I do by sitting just inches from the screen. Sony is having none of that, though, with their Distance Alert system, which uses a small camera to measure your distance from the TV screen. If you get closer than about a meter to the TV, a message pops up advising you to back away, and it won’t restore the picture until you do.

The same technology is used for a couple other things, too… Since the TV knows where you (and any other people in the room) are, it can optimize its sound and light output so that if you’re all sitting off to one side, everything still looks and sounds balanced. Also, if the TV doesn’t see anyone in the room, it shuts its backlight off and will turn itself off completely after 30 minutes to save power. Neat tricks, but since the little camera is hardware integrated, Sony is currently only planning to release one model with these features so far this year, and it’s going to be (to quote the Sony rep) “expensive.”

[CES 2010] RCA Airnergy Charger Harvests Electricity From WiFi Signals

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By Evan Ackerman

This thing is, seriously, the highlight of CES for me (so far) this year. 3D TVs and eBook readers are fine, but there’s nothing amazing about them.

The Airnergy Charger is amazing. This little box has, inside it, some kind of circuitry that harvests WiFi energy out of the air and converts it into electricity. This has been done before, but the Airnergy is able to harvest electricity with a high enough efficiency to make it practically useful: on the CES floor, they were able to charge a BlackBerry from 30% to full in about 90 minutes, using nothing but ambient WiFi signals as a power source.

The Airnergy has a battery inside it, so you can just carry it around and as long as you’re near some WiFi, it charges itself. Unlike a solar charger, it works at night and you can keep it in your pocket. Of course, proximity to the WiFi source and the number of WiFi sources is important, but at the rate it charges, if you have a home wireless network you could probably just leave anywhere in your house overnight and it would be pretty close to full in the morning.

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Here is the really, really unbelievable part: RCA says that the USB charger will be available this summer for $40, and a battery with the WiFi harvesting technology will be available soon after. I mean, all kinds of people are pushing wireless charging, but this would hands down take the cake… It doesn’t need a pad and it’s charging all the time, for free, in just about any urban environment.

We didn’t think you’d believe all this, so we made RCA explain it all on video:

Yeah, we’ll definitely be keeping you updated on this one.

[CES 2010] Maplock GPS Anti-Theft Device

Maplock GPS Anti-Theft Device (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

GPS devices have definitely come down in price over the years, but they’re still not at the point where you wouldn’t care if one was stolen from your vehicle. So the Maplock ensures that when you leave your car with a GPS unit still attached to the windshield, it will still be there when you return. A locking, adjustable clamp that fits GPS units from 3.5-inches up to 5-inches in size attaches to the device itself, while a steel cable is looped through the steering wheel essentially tethering it to your car. Now it doesn’t 100% guarantee that your GPS in unstealable, but the bright colors also serve as a deterrent telling would-be thieves to swipe the unit from the next guy’s car instead.

Maplock GPS Anti-Theft Device (Image property OhGizmo!)

$49.99 available in April, though you can pre-order one from Amazon right now.

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[CES 2010] Hands-On With Light Blue Optics’ Light Touch

Light Blue Optics' Light Touch (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Remember the I-Tech Virtual Laser Keyboard? It was a little pod-like device you sat on your desk that projected a red virtual keyboard you could actually type on. Well the Light Touch is basically the same idea, but with about 5 years of technological advancement behind it. Instead of just a red keyboard you get an actual full-color, WVGA 10.1-inch virtual touch screen which is powered by the company’s Holographic Laser Projection technology. No DLP here.

Light Blue Optics' Light Touch (Image property OhGizmo!)

The touching part functioned well enough, I mean it was no iPhone, but the infrared technology it was using even allowed for parts of the GUI to be dragged around. However, even in their subtly darkened booth the projected display was kind of washed out, particularly when compared to the results seen from 3M’s and other companies’ latest crop of pico projectors. But the Light Touch is really just a proof of concept anyways since the company has no plans to produce the device themselves, but will be licensing the technology to other OEMs.

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[CES 2009] SplitFish Dual SFX Evolution Brings Console Gaming To A New Level

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By Chris Scott Barr

I’ve been a PC gamer for a long time. Sure, I have my consoles for certain games, but you just can’t beat the keyboard/mouse combination on the computer. Not long ago I finally picked up a copy of Modern Warfare 2 for my 360 for the simple reason that I have a number of friends playing on Xbox Live. I get by with the controller, but I still long for a mouse that can be used with a console. While at CES, SplitFish showed me their new Dual SFX Evolution, which is exactly what I need.

I got to sit down with not only the SplitFish crew, but Denis zDD Dozier (the #1 ranked COD player in the world) to check out this awesome controller for the PS3. Essentially what you have is half of a modified controller for one hand, and a fairly standard mouse for the other. The result is having the best of both the console and PC worlds together in one package.

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[CES 2010] Yurbuds Earbud Enhancers Use A Custom iPhone App To Find The Perfect Fit

Yurbuds Earbud Enhancers (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

If someone had told me that at one point at CES I’d be holding a quarter under my ear while someone took a picture of it with an iPhone, I probably would’ve been a bit skeptical about their claim. But that’s exactly how you get ‘fitted’ for the Yurbuds earbud enhancers. Made from silicone they’re designed to attach to most earbuds like the ones that come with the iPods, mobile phones and bluetooth headsets, but their unique shape not only makes them stay in even during rigorous physical activity, but it also does a better job at directing the sound into your ear canal so you don’t need to have the volume cranked anywhere near as loud as you normally would.

And while they take a while to get used to wearing, particularly when it comes to putting them on, they’re actually designed to be more comfortable than a standard pair of earbuds. How you ask? Well in the photo above you can see a series of rounded notches on the Yurbuds. These are actually strategically positioned so that they’re not touching key nerve endings in your ear, reducing pain and soreness from prolonged usage.

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But what’s particularly unique about the Yurbuds is that they come in a variety of different sizes to fit most people’s ears. And to determine what size you need, there’s an iPhone app you can download that will analyze a photo of your ear to determine the perfect fit. When taking the photo you hold a quarter just below your ear which is used as a size reference so it knows how large or small your ear is, and once the photo’s snapped it will report back the size you need to order. If you’re curious, I’m a size 5. Best of all, you can order a set of Yurbuds right now for a very reasonable $19.99.

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