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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...

LG's HOM-BOT Is Roomba on 'Roids, Texting You and Feeding Fido

Crushed by the lines at Lady Gaga, we stumbled aimlessly around the convention center until we noticed a group of people crowding around a small, seemingly empty stage. Was it an invisible Pico projection? A telepathic social networking demonstration? No, it was the massive, fluorescent LG booth, and the object of attraction was a small, circular vacuum cleaner with tiny spinning brushes. We bent ...

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...

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,...

Memjet Bringing Its Mind-Bogglingly Fast Printers to Market

Thirty pages per minute is fast for an ink jet printer. Very fast in fact. So, how do you react to an inkjet printer that pumps out between 60 and 70 pages per minute? We think the proper response is stunned silence. Memjet's new inkjet printer tech is able to spray a page with ink in a single pass, rather than having to travel across the page several times to produce an image. At CES, the company...

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...

Focus Electric Takes Ford Into the Electric Car Market

Ford decided to use CES as the stage to announce its foray into the field of electric vehicles. In late 2011, the American car company will begin selling the Focus Electric, the first member of its all-electric fleet of vehicles, which will grow to a total of five by 2013. Though the company would not say how far the car can travel on a charge, or what the MPG-equivalence is, it promised that the...

Dispatches from CES: Gaga, LG Hom-Bot and Excessive Dancing Make Us Crazy

The CESpool of Sin City may have gotten to us. Or maybe the rest of the world is taking crazy pills. Maybe it's the sleep deprivation, the sludgy coffee or the fact that our editor in chief literally asked aloud, "Is this lettuce or chicken?" The dry air is getting to our heads. And everyone else's, too, because it is clear that the world inside of Vegas has completely lost it. We are surrounded ...

'Star Wars' on Blu-Ray This September. We Issue a Resounding "Meh."

Here's the news: The entire 'Star Wars' saga is being released on Blu-Ray, and you can buy the entire thing for $139.99, or just the prequels/sequels for $69.99 each. It comes out in September and includes over 30 hours of unreleased footage, yadda yadda. But why would you care? You don't, because this is the version where Greedo shoots first and the "Lion King" soundtrack replaces the beloved "Yu...

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...

Nike+ SportsWatch GPS Hands On: Slapscreen Counts Your Laps

Nike's been connecting and tracking runners since the 2006 launch of the Nike+ line of running products, and this year it's finally launching a GPS-enabled watch that tracks location, pace and heart rate. The SportsWatch, developed in cooperation with TomTom, has a large, black and white dot matrix display that's easily readable at a glance. It's also slap-enabled; just hit the face to activate t...

We Manhandle Motorola's Xoom Android Tablet

Motorola took the wraps off its new Honeycomb-based tablet, the Xoom, yesterday afternoon at a press conference. Just a few hours later, we had the handsome slate in our greedy paws. When the Xoom lands later this year, it will be pushing the just-announced Android 3.0, which, designed specifically for tablets, features a dual core 1Ghz processor and 1GB of RAM. (All that power is needed to push ...

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...