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The Great CES Swindle: Five Years of Flaunting and Failing 6

2009: The Year of Getting Small It is the unwritten destiny of all consumer electronics to be as small and convergent as possible. Despite the economy being soundly in the crapper, engineers decided to pursue that goal with a fervor, costs be damned. Fulfilling the dream that apparently no one ever really cared to dream, a host of companies pumped out unbelievably small Pico and Micro and...

The Great CES Swindle: Five Years of Flaunting and Failing 3

2006: The Year of Lackluster Wireless and Movie Format Wars It was an evolutionary year for CES; there were no blockbuster releases to mention -- just emerging ideas. Joining HDTV as a CES constant was the hype surrounding all things wireless. We saw the first versions of wireless HDMI and media streamers, which are now, thankfully, coming to fruition. But then there were these: Intel went...

The Great CES Swindle: Five Years of Flaunting and Failing 5

2008: The Year the Other Shoe Dropped As the beginnings of the sub-prime mortgage disaster were becoming apparent, and as the U.S. economy began to hiccup before it nose-dived later that year, CES's usual celebration of pricey high-end gear was decidedly out of step with the national mood. Intel showcased WiMAX by hosting wireless service from a truck, and LG debuted a purported WiMAX...

The Great CES Swindle: Five Years of Flaunting and Failing 4

2007: The Year of Cloudy Vistas and Unforeseen Gamechangers It's fitting that 2007, when the stock market was soaring to new highs, when hubris and irrational exuberance were the national mood, was also the year that produced some of the most spectacular fails in tech history. Nokia, Sony-Ericsson, Motorola, Palm, and the rest of the phone makers blissfully showed off their latest wares on...

CES Answers 'What Product Will You Actually Buy?'

CES whips journalists, exhibitors, and gadget fans into a frenzy every January, and it's easy to lose sight of the near future with all the new product announcements. Yes, in only a couple weeks we, and our technologically-savvy brethren, will be playing tech support for all the new products coming out. For those that have gotten a first look at the year's newest gadgets here in Vegas, we ask...

Light Touch Pico Projector Creates Touchscreen Out of Anything

Rumors of the Light Touch projection system have been in the pipeline for a little while, and we finally got to do a hands-on demo with the device here at CES. The basics: Light Touch converts any flat surface into a 10-inch screen, from tabletops to walls -- and it's interactive. The surprisingly bright, high-resolution image responds to touch, thanks to an infrared sensing system that tracks...

Does Vegas Buy the 3-D TV Hype?

Timed barely a month after the release of James Cameron's 3-D behemoth 'Avatar,' CES picked a great time to display the latest and greatest 3-D TV technologies. We've seen some impressive setups so far, but we took to the sidewalks of Vegas to poll the public. Despite having to overcome the clunky glasses, the high costs (during a recession, no less), and the label of gimmick, 3-D TV didn't...

Polaroid Hires Her, Monster Endorses Her, But We Just Love Lady Gaga

She could team up with any industry in the world, but songstress and superstar Lady Gaga has a taste for tech. "Pokerface" debuted with her Heartbeats headphones, and a Wii even appeared in "Bad Romance." But yesterday, Polaroid announced that the platinum provocateur will be its new creative director, shifting parts of the brand back to the instant film development that made it...

Switched on the Streets: What Does 'CES' Mean?

No, we're not talking about what the yearly Consumer Electronics Show implies about a potentially unhealthy cultural obsession with all things geek or even what it does to the blood pressure and stomach linings among the Switched team. We hit the Las Vegas strip to see if local Las Vegas-ites and visitors know about the year's biggest consumer tech show (regularly packed with over 100,000...

CES Unveiled Video: Sneak Peek at the Year's Geekiest Week

Our camera crew tagged along last night at CES Unveiled, and we got some hands-on time with some of the coolest new gadgets coming out of Vegas. Check out the video after the break for a preview of what to expect once the show kicks into full gear tomorrow....

David Gray Talks iPhones, Downloading, and the Music Industry's Failures

English singer-songwriter David Gray sat down with us to talk tech. Though he's made the giant leap into modernity by using an iPhone, he's only recently started downloading music. Sometimes the uninitiated often have the clearest perspectives, and all the downloading led to an epiphany: "you can get any piece of music, any time, anywhere." He goes on to rail a bit on the music industry's failed...

Video: Camera Pro Chase Jarvis Preaches iPhone Photography

Share Our culture is more saturated with images than ever, but we're also more involved in creating and spreading those pictures through easily available technology and the Web. Cameraphones -- the standard phone type now, rather than the exception -- are plugged straight into the Web, enabling uploads in just a few clicks. Wi-Fi storage cards, as photographer Stephen Ferry explains, are...

We Poll the Populace: 'What is a Poke?'

Share In the cold, dark days pre-Facebook (BFB, as we say in these parts), a "poke" was a polite way a nurse described the feeling of a shot to a patient, or an annoying thing siblings did to each other in the backseat of a car. When we signed up for the Web wonderland that is The Book, there were several options underneath a person's profile: "Message This Person", "Report This Person", "Add...

'What is Google Wave?' Stumps the Streets

Share The days of extreme hype preceding the release of Google Wave invites were torture for geeks like us. Everyone wanted access to what was being touted as the next generation Google product, sure to make e-mail, tweeting, and face to face communication ancient history on its release. The Wave invitation was like a prom date: desired, a sign of acceptance, and the hardest thing to get in town....

Switched Asks, 'What is an SMS?' Save My Soul? Send Me Something!

In our quest to discover just how nerdy we are, we continue to head to New York's Times Square to ask the crowd to define the terms we use at Switched every day. Most flunked on Flickr but many could talk about Twitter, so we kept the faith that, just because we knew what a "tweet" was doesn't make us hopeless nerds. Our next question tested our subjects' attention to detail. Most of the...