Monday, January 12, 2009

8 Cool Gizmos at CES

Here are my 8 favorite gadgets from the recently held Consumer Electronic Show:

1) Mattel's Mind Flex teaches kids fake telekinesis, by requiring players to concentrate really hard in order to power a fan that floats a ball through a hoop (video).

2) LG's Digital Photo TV displays a static picture like fine art or vacation pics when not showing TV and only uses 10-15 percent of the power. I think this is a cool idea to allow your TV to be a digital picture frame. Seems simple enough to do, I don't know why there aren't more TVs that do this. Or why Tivo and cable boxes don't integrate this function.

3) LG's Dick Tracy watch phone. I don't get if you are always supposed to have a bluetooth headset with you, or if it you can hold it up to your ear to use it.

4) Flexible OLED display that can be worn on the wrist.

5) Palm Pre, the new smart phone from Palm. Looks really good. I thought Palm was dead, but they might be in the midst of an Apple like rebirth. The wireless recharge via the Touchstone is also cool.

6) Samsung's cell phone with a built in pico projector. Oh dear God. Do I really want to live in a world where anyone can spring a PowerPoint presentation on me from their phone?

7) Wireless power and recharging of gadgets: Fulton and Powermat.

8) Networked TVs. All sorts of manufacturers are working with Netflix, Amazon and Yahoo to get content from the internet directly on your TV. It will be interesting to see if this catches on more than Blu-ray disks.

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