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Tag Archives: CES2011

Rotor Concept’s ID1-SWAT RC Helicopter

Rotor Concept's ID1-SWAT RC Helicopter (Images property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

While it looks like one of those professional RC helicopters that should only be controlled by an experienced pilot lest someone loses a limb, the ID1-Swat from Rotor Concept’s actually looks as easy to fly as those palm-sized Air Hogs models. At least the demos at their small booth at CES were impressive since the electric chopper effortlessly hovered in the air, even when there was no one at the controls. Thanks to a “state-of-the-art high performance heading hold gyro” if things start to get out of control you just let go of the sticks and the ID1-Swat will level itself and remain hovering where you left it.

Its 11.1V, 1500mAh lithium-polymer battery, which powers two electric motors, is good for about 15 minutes of flight time, and the 4-channel, 2.4GHz remote gives it an impressive flight range of a 1 mile radius and up to 2,000 feet high. And to top it all off there’s even a wireless video camera in the front giving you a first-person view of the entire flight. $499, back-ordered until mid-February.

[ Rotor Concept ID1-SWAT RC Helicopter ]

Just Mobile’s Chunky AluPen iPad Stylus

Just Mobile's Chunky AluPen iPad Stylus (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Wandering around the iPod/iPhone/iPad accessory neighborhood of CES I came across this chunky looking touchscreen-friendly stylus that caught me eye. It reminded me of the thick crayons and fat Crayola markers I use to use in grade school, but since it’s made of brushed aluminum I doubt it would pass the ‘kid-friendly’ test these days. But from time to time I’ve pondered taking the iPad for a spin with a stylus, and the soft rubber tip of the AluPen and its overall design put it at the top of my list for possible contenders. It’s also available in black, blue, gold, green and red, for $24.95.

[ Just Mobile AluPen ]

Orbotix’s Sphero – The Best Thing To Happen To The Ball Since Bouncing

Sphero (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

We first brought you news about Sphero around a month before CES 2011 was set to begin, and it immediately became one of the things I was most excited about seeing at the show. And given the amount of time I spent playing with their white plastic ball at their booth, suffice to say it didn’t disappoint.

The most common question raised by other attendees while I loitered around the Orbotix booth was “why?” and it’s exactly that question that has me most excited about Sphero. At the moment most people see it as nothing more than an RC toy, but it’s the endless possibilites of what it can also be that I think will be its ‘killer app’. Just like how every day a new app comes along that takes advantage of the iPhone’s capabilities in a unique and interesting way. More of my thoughts and hands-on impressions of Sphero after the jump.

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BotJunkie’s Evan Ackerman Takes A Stroll In The HAL Suit

Evan Ackerman Tries on the HAL Suit (Images courtesy IEEE Spectrum)
By Andrew Liszewski

Evan Ackerman, tech-blogger extraordinaire and Senior Editor of BotJunkie, was the first person in the United States to don Cyberdyne’s ‘Hybrid Assistive Limb’ or ‘HAL’ robotic exoskeleton suit. Or more specifically, just the pants. Using four sensors attached to his waist and his thighs the suit reads the signals being sent to Evan’s legs when he wants to walk, but its electronic muscles end up doing all the work for him. The suit is designed to help those who are unable to walk on their own, and as a result has 4 different strength levels. Because Evan is still able to walk they left it at level 1, but according to him it was still remarkably powerful even at the lowest setting.

So based on how my legs and feet feel right now after a week roaming the CES show floors, I think I’ll be adding a set of these to my blogging kit for next year.

[ BotJunkie – CES 2011: Cyberdyne Preview ] & [ IEEE Spectrum Automaton – Robot Suit HAL Demo at CES 2011 ]

Casio’s Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Prototype Watch

Casio's Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Prototype Watch (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

While its current aesthetics leave something to be desired, Casio is definitely on to something with their prototype Bluetooth Low Energy watch designed to communicate with smartphones. It’s not the first watch on the market designed with such functionality, but its BLE technology means that on a single CR2032 cell button battery you’ll get about 2 years of life, assuming it’s communicating with your phone ~12 hours a day. Other wrist-worn devices, while sporting lovely full color LCD displays, require you to charge them on a weekly basis which is simply annoying.

Of course functionality is a bit limited as a result, but I think the watch strikes a good balance between battery life and capabilities. A scrolling dot-matrix LCD display provides information on who’s calling, who txt’d or who emailed, and the watch can control or silence alarms and notifications on a smartphone in your pocket by simply tapping its face. There’s even a locator and/or security function that can let you know if your phone has been left behind, or simply help you find it by sounding an alarm.

However, as you can see the prototype being demo’d at Casio’s booth was communicating with an Android-based phone since the current limitations with the iPhone and Bluetooth connectivity when it comes to third-party apps once again means that Apple’s offerings might not be able to play nice with these devices that Casio is hoping to get to the market sometime in 2011.

[ PR – Casio Develops Watch That Communicates with Smartphones VIA Bluetooth Low Energy Link ]

Victorinox’s New Slim & Slim Duo Flight-Friendly Flash Drives

Victorinox Slim & Slim Duo Flight-Friendly Flash Drives (Images property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

As a tech blogger I keep an open mind about new gadgets, but at the same time, I still have my favorites. And when it comes to USB flash drives, for the past few years I’ve only been using Victorinox’s (aka the people who made the original Swiss army knife) offerings for my important stuff. At CES this year the company introduced a handful of new models including these Slim & Slim Duo drives which are lacking the traditional knife blade so that they’re safe to bring on a plane when traveling. In fact I’ve yet to have agents even bat an eye at them when passing through airport security.

Available in 32GB size capacities, or 64GB with the Duo which simply doubles the number of flash drives, the Slims are not only some of the largest compact flash drives available, but also some of the fastest. What I like most though is that Victorinox doesn’t skimp on the components. Even the 32GB model is one of the fastest flash drives I’ve ever used when it comes to writing data. And the fact that they’re also waterproof and shock-resistant makes them a durable travel companion. But would you expect any less from the people behind the Swiss army knife? The Slims even come in a choice of 5 different colored housings including green, blue, orange, pink and silver. Pricing and availability TBA.

[ Victorinox Swiss Army ]

Mimoco Adds DC Comics Characters To Their MIMOBOT Line, Starting With Batman

DC Comics MIMOBOTS (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

As they pointed out to me when I stopped by their booth at CES on the weekend, Mimoco’s MIMOBOT flash drives are a subtle way to express your real self at work, particularly if you happen to be a geek stuck in a world of suits and ties. To date the company’s biggest franchise has been their Star Wars themed USB flash drives, but at CES they announced their latest licensing agreement which now brings characters from the DC Comics world into their fold.

First up is a limited edition 5,000 piece run of a vintage 1939-era Batman to be followed by other characters come February including a more recent Batman, Robin, The Joker and Catwoman. And further down the line we’ll be seeing characters from other DC Comics’ franchises get the flash drive treatment like the Green Lantern, Superman and The Flash. And as with previous versions, the drives range in size from 2GB to 16GB and include pre-loaded character specific content like wallpapers and screensavers.

[ PR – CES 2011: Mimoco Joins Forces With Warner Bros. Consumer Products For DC Comics Inspired Designs Kicking Off With A BATMAN x MIMOBOT® USB Flash Drive Collection ]

SanDisk Takes Compact Flash Cards To 128GB

SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB CompactFlash Card (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

It may not have made headlines like 3D TVs or tablets did at CES this year, but SanDisk, who thankfully skipped a booth for a quiet back-hall private meeting room this year, introduced their new 128GB compact flash cards which for the time being claim the ‘king of the castle’ crown. Not only do their Extreme Pro CF cards feature gargantuan capacities, but they’re also now the fastest CF cards on the market with up to 100 megabytes per second write speeds thanks in part to their UDMA-7 interface. The kicker? (You knew this was coming.) Available in the latter part of Q1 2011 for $1,499.99.

[ PR – SanDisk Announces World’s Fastest High-Capacity CompactFlash Card ]

[CES 2011] Don’t Worry PS3 Bowling Fanatics, CTA Digital Hasn’t Forgotten You

CTA Digital PS3 Bowling Ball (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Looking like some giant, creepy, glowing eyeball plucked from one of Michael Bay’s Transformers abominations, CTA Digital’s PlayStation Move compatible bowling ball accessory makes playing motion-based bowling games on the PS3 extra embarrassing. You may remember the company’s first bowling game accessory was released for the Wii a couple of years ago, and now that the other consoles have caught up in terms of motion-based gaming, we can expect to see a lot more accessories like this that were once Wii exclusives. Hooray right? Available sometime in the end of Q1, pricing TBA.

[ CTA Digital ]