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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...

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...

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...

Sphero Lets You Play Ball with Your Phone

The Sphero, from Orbotix, is one of the toy hits of CES 2011. Like the AR Drone, the toy hit of CES 2010, you control the Sphero with your smartphone (a remote control app is available for iOS and Android). Your phone connects to the Sphero via Bluetooth, and to control the ball you can use a virtual joystick or the accelerometer (simply tilt your phone). In our brief hands on, the Sphero proved...

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...

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...

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...

Ford Announces MyFord Mobile App, Teases Unannounced Electric Car

Ford has not officially announced an all-electric vehicle yet, but that hasn't stopped the company from unveiling 'MyFord Mobile,' an app specifically designed to work with a (currently non-existent) battery-powered car. Ford announced Android, iPhone and BlackBerry versions of the app, along with an HTML5-powered Web-app, accessible from a PC and many dumbphones. The app allows a user to do all...

Sonomax Makes Custom-Fit Earphones for the Common Man

Custom-fit earbuds are nothing new, but usually such audio gear costs in excess of $400, requires a trip to the audiologist and takes weeks to arrive on your doorstep. Sonomax wants to bring the luxury of custom headphones to a broader audience. The core of that effort is the SonoFit system, which creates custom ear-wear in four minutes, without the need for a trip to a professional. The folks at...

Parrot Asteroid Puts Android in Your Dash, Makes Car Stereos Cool Again

The Asteroid from Parrot has been one of the early sensations at CES. It drew such at crowd at the CES Unveiled event that we could barely get near it. This morning, though, we swung by the Parrot booth, and spent some time poking and prodding the in-dash device. The big news about the Asteroid is that it runs Android. It's not just a car stereo; it's a Web-enabled, app-running mini-computer with...

Parrot's DIA Makes Us Reconsider Our Digital Photo Frame Prejudice

We got our first look at Parrot's DIA digital photo frame a few days ago, and we knew immediately that we had to see it in person. So the first thing we did this morning was head over to the Parrot booth to spend some time getting acquainted with the first digital frame we've ever seen that actually induces true gadget lust. Beyond the stunning, lightbox-like design, the frame actually packs some...

Hard Drive Peppered With Buckshot, Lives to Tell the Tale

ioSafe loves its gimmicky demos at CES. In years past, the company has drowned drives and run them over, just to show how durable they are. This year, ioSafe fired four 12-gauge shotgun shells into one, and, needless to say, it survived. We wish ioSafe would have invited us to shoot a drive, but we'll just have to make do with the video below....

Eyes on With Samsung's Stunning D8000 TV

The Samsung D8000 is the company's new top-of-the-line TV, and it's a stunner. It's a miraculously thin, Internet-connected, 3-D, LED-backlit piece of beauty. It even comes with a touchscreen remote that lets you watch video and check your social networking accounts. But the most impressive things about the D8000 are the incredible viewing angles (the picture being almost perfect even from the...

The Vyne Lets You Embarrass Yourself and Wear Your iPhone

We're not sure who would want to wear their iPhone -- or, for what reason -- but the company behind the Vyne figures that there must be someone out there who wants to do it. The Vyne is a flexible plastic strap with a clip on the end for holding your iPhone or iPod touch. Bend the plastic strap to fit around something -- like, say, your neck or a favorite household pet -- and you can relax and...

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...