Gadget Porn: My Top Five CES Picks

My Top Five CES Picks

No, I didn’t go to Las Vegas, but with all the CES 2008 coverage online (especially via Gizmodo), I feel right there. Since I got a chance to see photos and videos of almost everything on display, here are my top five picks from this year’s show…

1. The Pacemaker by Tonium Laboratories
It’s not an artificial heart, but it does come close if you’re an electronic music aficionado. This is perhaps the most sought after gadget in a production DJ’s arsenal. It’s a complete mobile DJ box which comes with a 120GB hard drive, support for MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG Vorbis, FLAC and WAV, with an 18 hour playback time. You have to watch their demo videos to truly appreciate how it simulates two decks and an effects mixer in such a small form factor. Here’s a great video in particular which highlights the visual touch gesturing system Tonium Laboratories developed. A last point to note is that the Pacemaker lets you record your mixes and upload them to the Pacemaker website, which Charlie Sorrel at WIRED believes will be a kind of YouTube for DJs. Pre-orders estimated to ship on February 2008, and after conversion, I estimate a serious price of US$750+

2. Rovio by WowWee Robots
The Rovio has a few innovations up its sleeve, but here’s what its about: It’s a telepresence wifi-enabled drone. Last year, I mentioned a similar consumer model available for trial called iRobot ConnectR. Both drones let you drive, watch (onboard camera) and communicate (via VOIP) with lifeforms remotely via the web. Still, I think the Rovio trumps the ConnectR for three reasons: 1. Rovio’s Northstar system creates a mini-GPS system for your home, allowing the Rovio to navigate your home with pinpoint accuracy (you can preset key locations). 2. The Rovio has a unique tri-wheel design which lets it go any direction easily, including sideways (as in strafing). 3. Apparently Rovio’s controls work from any modern web browser, where ConnectR’s controller works only on Windows XP. Here’s an Engadget video demonstrating the Rovio’s capabilities. Expect it in Fall 2008 for about a decent price of US$299.

3. Eton FR1000 Voicelink Survival Radio by Grundig
Sure, there are plenty of neat survival radios out there, but this one stomps them all in both capabilities and design. Okay ready? The Eton FR1000 uses 4 AA batteries but has a dynamo-powering hand-crank. It lets you listen in on AM, FM, and NOAA Weather, as well as communicate via 22 GMRS radio channels. Finishes off with a flashlight, siren and a cell phone charger. Gizmodo says it’ll be US$150 while Eton’s web site says it’ll be out on February 2008. I should get one just in case…

4. DiNovo Mini Bluetooth Keyboard by Logitech
While its intended for controlling your Windows Media Center PC connected to a TV, it’s said to work elsewhere too, including a Sony PS3. I think it’ll work for UMPCs (useful if I’m using a Head Mounted Display) and I’m hoping it’ll work with the Mac (think Mac mini and TV). It’s small, beautiful, has backlit keys (woah!), as well as a nifty ClickPad which can be used as a touchpad to point, scroll and click, or as a directional media center remote. It’ll be available in February for US$149.99.

Alienware's Ginormous Curved Monitor

5. That Super Widescreen Curved Monitor by Alienware
I’ve saved the best for last. I believe Gizmodo first broke news of this unofficially named “Alienware Curved Monitor”. As they put it, “… four sharp DLP screens lit by LEDs give you this 2880×900 monster is well over three feet wide and is said to have an other-worldly .02ms response time, great for gaming”. Hit up Gizmodo for a video and more photos. No price, no dates. Maybe… just maybe, we might start seeing kidneys sold on eBay. šŸ˜‰

Well, these are my picks… what’s yours?

6 thoughts on “Gadget Porn: My Top Five CES Picks

  1. There were alot of new and really REALLY thin screens. Sony’s OLED prototypes are SO THIN and Sleek!, i really want one! unfortuantely, was told they are not in stores yet and God knows how much they would cost.

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