Posts with tag ces 2013

Forget 3D TV, I want this

Cool: Microsoft IllumiRoom pushes TV past its borders

I’ve been pretty openly against 3D movies and television sets due to the requirement that you wear silly plastic glasses for a pretty subpar payoff, and that’s exactly why I could not be more excited about Microsoft Research’s new IllumiRoom project. A unique projection system that pushes the television’s screen far beyond the borders for a “more immersive gaming experience”, this is definitely something you need to see to believe – so check out Microsoft’s proof-of-concept demo video above.

Via: TheNextWeb

The reinvention of the watch coming soon

Pebble smartwatch shipping January 23rd

Pebble, the guys behind the amazing looking, internet connected Pebble smartwatch announced at CES 2013 today what everyone on Kickstarter has been eagerly awaiting for – the time to ship has finally come. CEO Eric Migicovsky announced onstage today that Pebble will be shipping on January 23rd. The watches will ship in the orer that orders were received, starting with those 85,000 backers that signed on during the Kickstarter campaign.

The watch syncs with your Android phone or your iOS device and brings over various bits of handy information right on your wrist, including e-mail alerts and caller ID, as well as a jubilee of custom watch faces. And of course there will be an app store to bake in some extra functionality as time goes on. Paired with the watch’s 1.26 e-paper display (just like what can be found on e-readers such as the Kindle, or the Nook). Battery life is advertised at seven days and the watch can be re-charged using the built in USB port.

Pebble smartwatch goes for $150 and is available for pre-order, though if you buy today I’d be willing to bet that you’ll be waiting just a little while longer for your watch than January 23rd. So readers – I’m in, are you?

Source: The Verge

11 inch tablet? Too mainstream.

Panasonic’s 20″, 4k-res Windows 8 tablet

Image credit: Engadget

You know, 4k television sets are so yesterday. Where’s the touchscreen? Or the app market? Or the stylus for the touchscreen? Never fear, Panasonic is here.

Unveiled today at CES, Panasonic’s new tablet is a 20-inch monster with a 4k resolution. It is powered by Windows 8, features a highly accurate stylus and touch screen and… well, that’s all we know right now. Details such as battery life, CPU and GPU, etc., are scarce on this particular tablet. It is aimed more for the business market instead of the consumer market, however.

Update January 8th, 2013 – 12:29 PM: Engadget is reporting this monster is powered by an Intel Core i5 and will get around two hours of battery life.

Source: The Verge
Image credit: Engadget

Little box, big picture (mode)

Is this Valve’s “Steambox?”

Image credit: The Verge

Valve has shown interest before in making a set-top game system. And now, this might just happen. Valve has invested some money into a rather new computer manufacturer, Xi3. We don’t know how much money they invested, but we presume it’s a lot.

Reportedly, this little system is being fine-tuned for Steam and Big Picture Mode. And if you’re looking at the above picture thinking it’s a bit familiar, you’d be right – the case has not changed much (if at all) since Xi3’s first entry into the market in 2010.

Both Valve and Xi3 will be attending CES, so we’ll let you know if anything more comes of this.

Source: The Verge

The ultra-high definition TV comes to the marketplace

4K TVs go mainstream at CES 2013

Nobody can say that there’s anything wrong with a nice 1080p television, but we live in a very different time than we did years ago when 1080p was new and exciting. Today, we live in a world where a 9″ tablet has 51% more pixels than your average 42″ TV. It’s a good thing that television manufacturers are kicking things up to high gear at CES 2013 this week with the next big thing in TVs – “4K ultra-high resolution” sets.

Samsung, Sony, LG, Vizio, and most of the other guys have all been busy showing off 4k TVs today, and mainly are slated to be released this year. These 4K televisions should have a very noticeable improvement in picture detail and quality over the 1080p televisions of today, though as LG demonstrated it won’t come cheap – their 55″ LG OLED 4k TV, which is slated for release this March, will cost a whopping $12,000.

Still, prices are bound to go down before too long, and early adopters should be pretty used to having to pay through the nose for the latest and greatest tech at this point. The question is whether or not manufacturers can convince consumers that paying the extra for 4K TV is really worth it over the already often dazzling picture that 1080p can produce.

Makes the Samsung Galaxy Note II look like a toy

Huawei announces ridiculous 6.1″ smartphone, the Ascend Mate

You know, if there’s one thing that bugs me about the current state of the smartphone market is that the phones are just so darn small. Thankfully Huawei has noticed this major glaring issue and has just announced the comically large Ascend Mate smartphone with a 6.1″ display. Yes, you read that right – 6.1″ – as in just about 1″ smaller than Google’s flagship Android tablet, the Nexus 7. The 6.1″ display runs at a 720p resolution, and the device houses a mega 4,000mAh battery to assure all-day usage despite the ginormous screen.

Launching with an unnamed 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and Android (presumably 4.1 Jellybean) later this year, Huawei is the only choice consumers will have if they’re in the market for a smartphone so large, it may as well just be called a tablet with cellular capabilities.

And thus the madness continues.

Source: Engadget


NVidia announces Tegra 4 mobile SoC

NVidia at CES has just announced their next generation mobile technology, the Tegra 4. Successor to the impressive Tegra 3, NVidia claims that the new Tegra 4 is the “world’s fastest mobile processor”. The new SoC contains a five-core processor (with one of those cores underclocked for battery life purposes) and “72 GPU cores” – yes, that’s right, 72.

Though all of this sounds impressive, there’s still plenty we don’t know for sure here – what the processor will be clocked at, or what nm processess the new chips are being built on (some rumors peg it at 28nm, up from the Tegra 3’s 40nm, but that’s far from confirmed) which should help with battery life, something the Tegra 3 was notoriously subpar at.

NVidia’s remained tight lipped about its release date, though we suspect it’ll be going head to head against whatever new chip Qualcomm brings to the table late this Spring.

Source: NVidia

January 8th - January 11th

Haverzine covering CES 2013

As many of you may be aware, the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) trade show takes place next week, and like many other tech outlets Haverzine will be covering all the biggest announcements as they happen! Check back January 8th – January 11th (Tuesday – Friday) for the latest top stories in tech – we’re expecting some big news on multiple fronts, and it should be a great week!

We at Haverzine work hard to provide you with only the most influential and important stories in tech, so only at Haverzine will you be able to avoid through all the minor stuff and get right to the meaty good stuff. We will also be keeping an eye out for any major news that might occur outside of CES as per usual, because while CES is a big source of news, it sure as heck isn’t the only one next week!

So hope you’re ready for a great week, and we’ll see you then!