CES 2011 Unveiled
The 2011 International CES pre-show Unveiled event, open exclusiverly to reporters, offered a sneak peek at some of the hottest products take the show floor tomorrow. From smartphone and tablet accessories to wireless streaming devices, 3D, personal health gadgets, power solutions and much more, the event attracted hoards of eager onlookers.
Here is a brief look at some of what we saw:
The Contour Internet-connected digital radio and media streamer with retractable iPod®/iPhone® dock features powerful Clearsound™ technology for clear dynamic audio, higher volume levels and low power consumption. Designed with an acoustically tuned and sealed cabinet with dual bass ports, Contour delivers unparalleled volume, clarity and response. This low-power consumption product also includes video outputs (component, S-Video and composite) to enable users to view videos from their iPhone or iPod on their TV.
BodyMedia FIT is a lightweight armband device that tracks health indicators and weight loss information, including the body's sweat production, heat, ambient temperature. The Bluetooth device syncs to smartphones, both iPhones and Android devices, and complements an online weight loss program, where users can log their food intake, etc. According to the company, it has been proven to be three times more likely to help users lost weight than going it alone. The device is not waterproof, but can edit "off body" time.
The Slice pico projector audio clock includes a DLP light engine for projection on walls and ceilings from eight to 10 feet away. It also serves as a dock for iPods, iPhones and iPad and includes outs for HDMI, VGA and A/V. MSRP is $429.99 and it is available for preorder; it will be available in retail outlets this spring.
Cobra's iRadar provides Bluetooth radar detection for smartphones as well as red light alerts, dangerous speed traps and more. It is available now for iPhone and will be available for Android devices this March. Additional features include radar detection sharing, which can alert users in close proximity to a recently detected alert.
D-Link has made streaming content easier with its Media Router and Wi-Fi booster, or smart antenna. According to the company, it offers wireless connectivity products that turn your home into the hottest spot to connect, share, work and play.
iHome highlighted several products, including the iDM70 tablet case and iPhone and iPod accessories/docks. The iA17 iPod dock/clock radio glows, changing color based on tempo. The company's new iA100 is a iPad charging and docking station with Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, iHome app-enhancement and Bongiovi Acoustics DPS.
Seagate has announced a new program to allow third-party companies to incorporate slots on their products to support removable GoFlex™ external hard drives. The GoFlex™ family include external hard drives providing the ability to use an assortment of storage products and interfaces to correspond with consumer’s needs.
The PowerPak by Technocel offers nine tips, making it suitable to charge most mobile devices. Once charged, it provides up to 4.5 hours of battery life. When plugged into the wall, it can charge both itself and a phone connected to it.
The ComfortLinkII digital thermostat is wireless-enabled; provides the five-day weather forecast and monitors energy usage in the home. Features include a seven-inch LCD screen; customizable features; digital photo frame and more. Multiple zones can be controlled by one main command center interface.
The LaCie wireless space device with Wi-Fi allows users to store content and stream it wirelessly to any source in the home. Also showcased from the company was the LaCie FastKey USB 3.0 SSD with DRAM cache, which holds 30 GB of data with speed up to 260 MB/s.