CES buzz and a Bluetooth-enabled battery
Every January the gadget-heads of the world gather in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to see what the high tech company development labs have been up to for the past twelve months. I like to keep track of what happens at this massive event and each year I share some of the trends and highlights identified in the geek press.
- Large tablets – 20″ and 27″ models are on display – not something you’d carry in a purse or coat pocket.
- Windows tablets – lots of them and in different sizes, running the app-centric Windows RT operating system
- Touch screens – not only on phones and tablets, but also on desktop and laptop computers
- OLED – displays based on organic light-emitting diodes (vs. LCD, plasma, or plain LED) should be lighter, brighter, more flexible, have better viewing angles, and use less energy.
- 4K – (4000 pixels) ultra HD displays boast double the resolution of recent high-end models.
- Wireless power – revive your phone or tablet without plugging in; simply lay it on a charging pad
- Wi-Fi enabled cameras – sync photos to computers and phones — or bypass them and post directly to the Internet.
In terms of computers, the Asus Transformer AIO (image above right) looks pretty impressive. It’s an all-in-one with two processors and it can switch between Windows and Android operating systems at the tap of a button. Here’s the clincher: the 18-inch screen detaches to act as a tablet! The unit is not ridiculously expensive and is set to ship this quarter.
There’s always something out of the ordinary that really grabs my attention. This year it’s TetherCell, a Bluetooth-enabled AA battery pack. Apparently, its outer shell contains Bluetooth circuitry and inside is a removable AAA battery. Replace a single AA in any device with a Tethercell, pair it up with your smartphone, and you can turn the device on and off from the phone. TetherCell is currently in beta, but is supposed to ship this summer at a cost of $30. I can’t wait to see the ideas that creative people think up for this baby!
I have never been to CES. I’d love all the swag but would probably get claustrophobic. Here are my sources: