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[CES 2010] Hands-On With The L5 IR Remote Dongle For The iPhone & iPod Touch

L5 Remote Dongle (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

In addition to bring a damn fine phone, the iPhone always seemed to me like it would make a half-decent universal remote as well, with its large touchscreen display and accessory-friendly dock connector. But oddly enough it’s taken this long for a 3rd party to create an IR remote add-on, though I guess the wait was worth it. The L5 Remote doesn’t add much bulk to the iPhone, it just hangs off the bottom, though the placement of the iPhone’s dock connector does mean you’ll have to use it upside down when controlling your entertainment center.

The accompanying app, which unfortunately is still awaiting approval in the App Store, is pretty robust too. It supports learning functionality, and since the iPhone is graced with a fast processor capturing commands from your other remotes is very fast according to their rep. The button layout is also completely configurable, with little sliding areas to hide buttons like numeric layouts that you aren’t necessarily using all the time. In fact the only downside I can see is that since using the remote requires the iPhone’s display to be on all the time (the IR dongle just sips power, and isn’t much of a drain) it will be the first remote you have to charge every night. The L5 should be available sometime in February, pending approval of their app of course, for about $40 I believe.

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[CES 2010] SuperTalent Ships First USB 3.0 Flash Drive (And It’s Fast!)

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By Chris Scott Barr

Over the last year or so, we’ve heard a lot of talk about USB 3.0. The new standard has the obvious advantage of speed over its earlier versions. While we’ve seen manufacturers release add-on cards and even motherboards equipped with these newer ports, there haven’t been a lot of drives that truly take advantage of the throughput that can be achieved. While walking the floor at CES, I came across one company that was showing off just such a product.

The new USB 3.0 RAIDDrive from SuperTalent is boasted as the first such drive to actually hit the market. Utilizing a pair of drives crammed into one case and setup with a RAID 0 configuration, this flash drive is by far the fastest I’ve ever seen. After the jump I’ve got a shot of the monitor on which they ran the CrystalDiskMark test. These numbers are in many areas higher than some of the SSD’s that I’ve benchmarked. With that sort of speed and capacities ranging from 32GB-128GB, it walks that line between oversized flash drive and undersized hard drive.

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[CES 2010] Casio’s Digital Art Frame Turns Your Photos Into True Works Of Art

Casio's Digital Art Frame (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Even though it may be digital, looking through a gallery of someone’s photos on an LCD picture frame can be just as tedious as flipping through an actual photo album or sitting through a slideshow. But Casio hopes to make things more exciting?, interesting maybe?, with their new Digital Art Frame which essentially lets you apply a small collection of Photoshop-like filters to your photos. The effects include water color painting, color pencil sketch, pointillism, gothic oil painting, oil painting, pastel painting, airbrush and fauvist oil painting, and are cheesy enough to be appreciated by anyone’s grandparents.

Casio's Digital Art Frame (Image property OhGizmo!)

The various effects are applied through the use of an included remote, there’s no touch screen here, and if you’re particularly happy with the results from one of the effects you can actually save them back to the memory card. The frame is expected to be available sometime in the Spring of this year, but pricing info had yet to be determined.

[CES 2010] If There Was Any Doubt That Google Was Slowly Taking Over The World, Behold The Android Powered Microwave And Washing Machine!

Touch Revolution NIMble Concepts (Images property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

The idea of a microwave oven or a washing machine running Android might seem like a bit much, but the company behind these two concepts, Touch Revolution, actually has a pretty clever product. Their Android-powered NIM1000 Touch Module can be integrated by an OEM into a wide range of products (hence the proof of concept microwave and washing machine on display) adding gesture-based touch controls to almost any device.

Touch Revolution NIMble Concepts (Images property OhGizmo!)

It saves a company from having to research and develop their own touch-screen hardware and software, and because it does run Android, the possibilities of what that touch screen can do are almost endless. The brief demo I saw had them loading Pandora on the microwave and playing a bit of Jason Mraz through a pair of built-in speakers.

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[CES 2010] Hands-on With The WikiReader

WikiReader (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m still a bit skeptical about the need for a $99 monochrome device that simply provides an offline copy of Wikipedia, but I had a chance to play with the WikiReader today, and found myself utterly entranced with the random button. The device itself is light and simple, and if I had to sum up the monochrome display and touch screen in one word I would definitely call it ‘usable’, but I instantly warmed up to that ‘random’ button you can see in the lower left corner which provided a kind of a ‘word-of-the-day’ calendar experience. Now normally I don’t sit at my computer all day looking up random articles on Wikipedia to pass the time, but I could probably find myself killing a moment or two of boredom with this device.

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[CES 2010] Panasonic’s 152-Inch 4096×2160 Ultra HD Plasma Display

Panasonic's 152-Inch 4096x2160 Ultra HD Plasma Display (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’ve got a device capable of pushing a 4K signal, might I suggest picking up one of Panasonic’s lovely 152-inch, 4092×2160 Viera plasma displays? I’ve no idea what one of these would set you back, but I’m going to file it away in my ‘you probably can’t afford it and probably never will’ drawer. Unless I can find a booth giving away 152-inch tote bags that would let me discreetly slip this out of Panasonic’s booth.

[CES 2010] Kodak’s Giant Multi-touch River Of Products

Kodak's Giant Multi-touch River (Images property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

A lot of times at CES a company’s booth can be just as fun to play with as their products. And that was definitely the case with Kodak who had this massive interactive multi-touch display featuring a virtual river of products at their booth. Their various devices would come down a waterfall and then slowly drift their way down the river, but at any point you could grab one, drag it to the side, and pull up additional product information.

Kodak's Giant Multi-touch River (Images property OhGizmo!)

You could also simply touch the river at any point to get a cool ripple effect (isn’t that a pre-requisite for virtual water?) and at one point I must have counted 14 people interacting with the display at once, with absolutely no slow-down. It’s not always easy to make devices like printers or digital photo frames exciting, but given the crowd around this setup Kodak definitely found a way!

[CES 2010] Tiffen Reveals Their Steadicam Smoothee For The iPhone 3GS, Droid And Flip

Steadicam Smoothee (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Because of their compact size and light-weight designs, video-capable smartphones and pocket-friendly camcorders can be rather difficult to keep steady when filming. But that won’t be an issue any longer since Steadicam-Tiffen, the company that pretty much wrote the book on camera stabilization, has revealed their new Smoothee stabilizing device initially designed for the iPhone 3GS, the Droid and the Flip. Now in order to use one of the devices with the Smoothee you have to place them in a special case, but besides providing a quick-release mount, the cases are actually strategically weighted for each device ensuring the setup is always in proper balance.

Steadicam Smoothee (Image property OhGizmo!)

What that means is that you don’t have to go through the calibration and tweaking process like you would with larger Steadicam rigs, making the Smoothee extremely consumer-friendly. Of course there will always be slight adjustments needed, but those are done with a couple of easy to use knobs that really only require the slightest of turns to put the Smoothee back in perfect balance. At this point there’s no pricing info for the Smoothee or even an ETA since it was just unveiled at CES this morning, but all you cellphone cinematographers no longer have an excuse for posting poorly shot videos to YouTube.

[CES 2010] Hands (And Fingers And Fingers And Fingers) On With 3M’s New Multi-Touch Display

3M Display M2256PW (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Besides 3D, ebooks and media players, another popular phrase thrown around this year’s CES is multi-touch. And one of the more impressive pieces of multi-touch hardware I’ve seen so far is 3M’s new M2256PW LCD display. Using the company’s ‘projected capacitive technology’ the display is able to recognize up to 10 simultaneous touches, with a response time of less than 15 milliseconds. Now the response time is faster with less touches at one time, but even when using every finger on both hands the display is very, very responsive. I was expecting there to be a lot more lag, but it’s barely even noticeable.

3M Display M2256PW (Image property OhGizmo!)

Besides random doodles and sketches, the new 22-inch 1680×1050 pixel resolution display will let you interact with more real-world applications like the Autocad demo 3M was also showing at their booth. But let’s face it, I can’t think of 10 different things I’d need to do at once in a 3D application, or any app for that matter, so the technology seems better suited for larger displays where multiple people could interact with content on-screen at once. However the M2256PW will be available for sale sometime this year.

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