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The Best Designs of CES 2011

It's a strange paradox: at the world's largest consumer electronics show -- the circus extravaganza in which the work of thousands of industrial designers is laid bare before the masses -- most of the stuff we find is total crap. Students and experimental designers don't often find their way to CES, probably due to a lack of startup capital or a conceptual design that's unfeasible on a large scal...

These Designs Are Really Sexy: The Best Sex Tech in Vegas

From the Consumer Electronics Show to the Adult Entertainment Expo, we looked at the forward-thinking objects meant to bring (and create) pleasure. At Switched, we are big proponents of rethinking the way women (and men) can use technology for pleasure, and the days of anatomical, phallic sex objects -- for us at least -- are over. These gorgeously designed devices are intuitive and feminine, dem...

Gadget or Porno? CES Edition!

Every little company that comes looking for fortune and glory at each year's CES faces one primary task: memorable branding. Taking cues from the heavyweights, some might opt for a sleek neologism (like Microsoft), a symbolic portmanteau (Verizon), or even something familiar in the natural world (Apple). A bad name, though, can wreck a brand image from day one. So, why would anyone opt for a na...

3-D TV at CES: Going Small and Cheap, Whether You Want It or Not

As we wandered the halls of CES 2011, one thing became abundantly clear: that this 3-D thing just isn't going away. We'd previously written off 3-D TV and movies as gimmicky and prone to producing headaches, but the industry is clearly taking it very seriously. Last year, all the major TV manufacturers were pushing 3-D sets, and all were back this year with upgraded displays, new glasses and impro...

Best Tablets of CES: Xoom, VIA, Tab and PlayBook Lead the Way

We're quickly coming up on a year since the iPad was released, and while opinions may have been divided early on, there's simply no questioning now that Apple's take on the tablet PC singlehandedly made that long-failing device category suddenly viable. Apple didn't invent the tablet; it was simply the first to craft one that was compelling enough to finally win over consumers. Along the way, it h...

Better, Stronger, Faster: The World's Most Powerful Phones, Coming Soon

Share Though it's accepted wisdom that 2011 is "The Year of the Tablet" (we're pretty sure it falls between the year of the Hare and the Dragon), apparently someone forgot to tell smartphone manufacturers. Tablets were as common as rollie suitcases and bad skin at CES, but what's really crushed our craniums has been the bevy of ultra-powerful cellphones. We've seen several models that will take a...

Dispatches from CES: 'Wall Street,' Balloon Porn and a Nasty Case of Gastroenteritis

Like Cinderella's magnificent chariot turning back into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight, the wondrous luster of CES quickly transformed into a big, rotten vegetable as we entered Day Two. Maybe it was the fact that the whole Switched crew came down with violent food poisoning (we're looking at you, CES-provided media luncheon), or maybe it was the fact that, despite its metastasizing breadth,...

DLNA: The Secret Sauce Behind the Best of CES

Chief among the handful of dazzling revelations at this year's CES have been the scores of devices that can be interconnected seamlessly, finally delivering on the years-old promise of the fully connected home. So, now you can, say, hook your home network up to your TV, your gaming system, your home stereo, your laptop and desktop PCs, your Blu-ray players and DVR, as well as your audio receiver a...

Sifteo Hands-On: We're In Love With These Little Interactive Gaming Blocks

We had the chance to do a hands-on with one of the most innovative gadgets we've seen this year: Sifteo's modular, digital gaming blocks. These tiny cubes sport touchscreen LCD displays, along with three-axis accelerometers, neighbor-sensing technology and wireless networking, to create a hybrid physical and digital gaming experience that was difficult to put down. While we've seen some concepts ...

Glance Into the Crystal Ball of CES: Our Top Picks for the Best Gadgets of 2011

Share Your fancy iPod case, your Palm Pre, even your fantastic GPS-enabled directional unit: it all originated here. This is the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where every tech company worth its salt comes to show off its wares, and where tech writers, for the most part, question the validity of their jobs. In the past, we at Switched have been pretty right on: we still think 3-D TV is a...

Motorola Debuts Xoom Tablet, Droid Bionic and Cliq 2

With a tablet, new phones and some intriguing docking functionality for mobile handsets, Motorola isn't messing around at this year's CES. The company just finished detailing some of its Android-heavy lineup for 2011, and the big news is clearly the serious-looking new Xoom tablet. Head after the break for a breakdown of what you need to know....

Samsung at CES: Smart TVs, Sliding Tablets and Tweeting Fridges

By Terrence O'Brien and Leila Brillson What Samsung got right is exciting: thin, beautifully designed bodies and bright, vibrant screens. The new Notebook 9 Series weighs in at under three pounds and is a half-inch deep, and the CES audience gasped when Tim Baxter, president of Samsung America, removed the black frame from around his "smart TVs", the D8000 and D7000. The Galaxy player, Samsu...

CES Unveiled: Parrot and iHome Score, the Rest is a Snore

Every January, the world pauses and becomes tech-centric. CES is the home of 3-D TVs, all-encompassing tablets, gadgets and gizmos that make our life easier and more modern! But, in reality, it's the same people shilling the same thing, every year. Oh, LaCie is still excited about its Rugged hard drive that debuted in 2006? USB 2.0 -- you don't say! And of course, the industry's brief hallucinati...

CES 2011: Tablets, More Tablets, and What Else to Expect

The Switched team braved security lines, crowded airports and screaming children in the annual trek to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Otherwise known as CES, it's the world's biggest gathering of gadget makers (sans Apple), tech journalists and general electronics enthusiasts, and it's one of the best places to see firsthand what's in store for consumer tech in 2011. Attendance should...

The Worst of CES 2010

We saw plenty of cool gadgets at this year's CES. But for every 3-D screen that needed no glasses, and for every hybrid laptop, there was at least one piece (but, more likely, two or three or ten pieces) of utter crap. There were digital photo frames, iPhone cases, video game controller trees -- so many useless and poorly conceived products, in fact, that it was tough to narrow it down to just ...