Jason Brooks from Beanstalk Computing reports back from CES 2011 in Las Vegas. Jam packed with cutting edge technologies from hundreds of companies, here are our favorites.
Samsung: World’s Largest FullHD 3D LED TV at 75 Inches
Samsung demonstrated the worlds first 75 inch 3D LCD TV. This prototype television was being oogled by lots of people trying to work out if they could fit it in their home and how many of their own children they would have to sell in order to afford it.
Panasonic: Worlds Largest 152 Inch Plasma 3D Display
What can I say, this thing is MASSIVE. Unbelievable, but can anyone afford it? It is in Panasonic’s Professional series, and costs half a million dollars!
3D was huge at CES this year, but mostly in TV screens. What about computer monitors? There have been a few monitors around over the last year, but they were based on NVidia’s proprietary technology. Available in March 2011, Samsung has created the first 3d computer monitor for use with any computer. Samsung’s SA-950 3D monitor will allow users to be able to enjoy 3D Movies, 3D TV and user-created 3D content like 3D photos and 3D videos. Even better, the technology in the display can automatically analyze and render 2D content in real-time to stunning 3D!
All other processors cease to matter in the wake of Intel’s new high-performance CPU. The Winner of CNet’s Best of PC Technology Award
Intel’s Sandy Bridge renders all previous quad-core and dual-core processors obsolete in both performance and price. Intel has added a video processor (GPU) on to the same die as the CPU. With the CPU and GPU on the same chip, this will allow for smaller and less expensive laptops, tablets and desktops to have 3D performance built in for gaming, FullHD 3D viewing, sharper smoother HD video, 1080p wireless video to your TV and more. Buy your new computers at Beanstalk Computing for a fraction of the price.
Note: When shopping for a new computer, make sure the sticker has a yellow line through it, the only discernable way to know that you have the second generation Sandy Bridge processor.
Microsoft Multi Touch Mouse
Available in May 2011, the technology in this mouse makes it easier to control your computer using multiple fingers. The multi touch gestures maximize your efficiency in Windows 7, see how in the video demo below.
The LG Booth
Looking for super slim monitors, touchscreen technology and breathtaking design? I found it all at the LG booth. I went back every day just to marvel at the technology, beautiful presentation and energy at the booth. I will never look at LG the same. Check out this video:
Surprise! The Marley’s (Bob Marley’s Family) announced a new line of eco friendly headphones and iPod docks at CES 2011 ranging from $29.99 to $499.99 , and bonus, we got to see them perform live! I know what my next pair of headphones will be…Marley headphones. See their full product line here.
Toshiba Eyeglass-Free 3D Laptop Prototype
Watch 3D without the glasses! We saw quite a few displays, including large TV’s from LG, Sony and Samsung, Smartphones from Sharp, and the Nintendo 3D DS, but the most interesting was the Toshiba laptop.
The Toshiba laptop is unique because it monitors your eyes with a webcam and focuses the 3D image to where you are looking at the screen. This helps adjust the 3D effect to your specific location. Now, don’t get me wrong, using glasses still looks much better on larger displays.
There were three types of 3D technologies at E3 2011
1. “Active Shutter” 3d Glasses – This is the most common type of 3D display you will see, and provides the highest quality 3D image, especially on larger displays. The disadvantage is that the glasses are expensive at $100+ a pair.
2. Passive 3D Glasses – These are the kind used in movie theatres and on some new lower priced TV’s from LG (who now has both active and passive TV’s in their lineup.) The glasses are much cheaper ($10+) bringing down the total cost. But the 3D resolution is cut in half compared to active shutter systems.
3. Eyeglass Free 3d – Still in its early stages, and better suited for small displays. The 3D depth and clarity are the lowest, but this type of display is more convenient for laptops and smartphones.
4. Easter Egg: You can watch 3D YouTube videos NOW with 3d Anaglyph (red/cyan) glasses here
Want to record 3D movies at home? Now you can for only $249.
This competitor to the Flip cameras adds 1080P FullHD recording, and a 2.5 Inch 3D display that doesn’t require glasses based on parallax barrier technology, similar to what lenticular printing produces for printed products.
Best San Diego Company
Starting at $30, Marchon 3D makes “passive” polarized 3D glasses with a curved lens. For about $100 you can buy a pair that double as sunglasses, the lens automatically darkening in bright light. Passive 3D is used in all movie theatres so bring these stylish glasses with you. These glasses will work with the affordable new batch of passive 3D TV’s announced at CES. They will also be bundled with future Vizio sets.
Turn your Android Phone into a Laptop
Imagine having the flexibility of your phone turned into a laptop or TV. This phone can morph into a laptop allowing to access your data and the Internet more conveniently. Got a presentation, simply plug your phone into a monitor or TV. You can even use your own keyboard and mouse. Great for people on the move that don’t want to carry multiple devices.
CNET Best of CES Design Award Winner
A completely unique design, this camera can swivel, tilt, or hang allowing you to capture the perfect moment.