Monthly Archives: January 2011

Impressive Tech at the Consumer Electronics Show

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.

Samsung 75 inch TV
Beanstalk Computing Covers the Samsung’s Booth


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!

Panasonic 152 inch TV
Beanstalk Computing Covers the Panasonics Booth


Samsung: 27 Inch 3D Computer Monitor

computer monitor

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!

3D computer monitor
Beanstalk Computing Covers Samsung’s 3D Computer Monitor


Intel Sandy Bridge Architecture

All other processors cease to matter in the wake of Intel’s new high-performance CPUThe Winner of CNet’s Best of PC Technology Award

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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.


Sandy Bridge processor
Beanstalk Computing Covers Intel’s Sandy Bridge Booth


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.

multi touch video demo
Microsoft Touch Mouse Demo


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:

LG touchscreen monitors
Beanstalk Computing Covers the LG Booth CES 2011

The House of Marley


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.

Marley line of headphones
Beanstalk Computing Covers Marley Tech at CES 2011
Marley Bros at CES
Beanstalk Computing Footage from House of Marley Booth

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

3d youtube videos with anaglyph
Beanstalk Computing and Toshiba Eyeglass-Free 3D


Sony 3D Bloggie: 3D Video Recording for the Masses

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.

flip camera
Beanstalk Computing and The Sony 3D Bloggie

Marchon 3D: Hi-Def Premium 3D Optics

Best San Diego Company

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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.

Motorola Atrix 4G Phone and Docks

Turn your Android Phone into a Laptop

turn your phone into 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.

laptop doubles as phone
Beanstalk Computing Covers the Motorola Atrix 4G

Casio Tryx

CNET Best of CES Design Award Winner

casio camera


A completely unique design, this camera can swivel, tilt, or hang allowing you to capture the perfect moment.


swivel and tilt camera
Beanstalk Computing Covers the Casio Tryx


Beanstalk Computing’s CES Bonus Footage

bonus CES footage
Beanstalk Computing’s CES 2011 Bonus Footage
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Beanstalk Computing’s Blog now available on Kindle!



For all you Kindle users out there, our blog has now been published to the Kindle!  Click here to subscribe, and thank you for your support.

“A blog of IT support and tips from Beanstalk Computing, a leading IT support provider in San Diego and Southern California.”

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Amazon Kindle 3: Learn to Love Reading Again for $139



I recently upgraded my original 2007 model Kindle (Originally $399) to the all new Kindle which came out a few months ago.  Smaller, Lighter, Faster with 50% Better Contrast.  For those of you who don’t know what a Kindle is, it is a wireless e-reader device.  This is a device specifically designed for reading books.  But can also receive periodicals such as newspapers, magazines, and blogs wirelessly automatically as well as Audible Audiobooks and now even games!

But at its heart, it’s a reading device for books.  You can carry 3500 books with you and the glamor is in the e-ink technology which you have to see in person, as the screen looks just like a piece of paper.  Kindle can last up to a month on one charge as the device actually uses NO power to read a page, it only uses power when changing pages. Unlike backlight LCD screens on your phone or an iPad, the screen has no glare and can be viewed in direct sunlight.  Check out this commercial to get an idea of what I mean:

Amazon kindle commercial
Kindle Vs. Ipad Commercial


Bonus Easter Egg, get the new Kindle for $64 Shipped:  If you have the original Kindle, there is an upgrade program from Amazon just for you!  Simply call up Amazon and ask for the upgrade promotion from the original Kindle to the new Kindle.  They will provide you with a $75 credit which brings down the cost of the new Kindle to $64 shipped.  And you can give the old one to a friend or loved one, no need to send it back!

Note:  The Barnes and Noble Nook Color does have a color screen, but it is based on LCD display technology which is NOT a recommended reading device.  If you would like a color reading device, wait until the E-Ink Triton color displays become available later this year.

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