January 7, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- Huawei said Monday that its 6.1-inch-screen Ascend Mate has the largest display of any smartphone on the planet. The Chinese company announced the device and its smaller sibling, the 5-inch Ascend D2, at CES. Huawei CEO Richard Yu said that besides having large displays, the two phones are also more durable than their competitors. To make his point, Yu held one of the phones over a tank and poured a pitcher of water on the device. Yu then walked back to the center of the stage, boasting about the phones' toughness before dropping the device.
January 10, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- We've seen a lot of random stuff at CES, but one of the things that made me do a double take as I roamed the massive show floor was the Solowheel , an "auto balance one-wheel vehicle. " Really, it looked more like a tiny unicycle without handles, and I was baffled as to how Solowheel reps were zooming around their booth in circles like human hamsters. The small wheel didn't even have pedals per se -- just two silver foot rests -- and riders appeared to not be exerting any effort. Shane Chen, president of Solowheel maker Inventist, said the electric Solowheel, which reaches a max speed of 10 mph, takes about half an hour to learn.
December 19, 2013 |
South Korea rivals Samsung and LG are squaring off again, this time when it comes to gigantic televisions with curved screens. The two companies Thursday announced they will showcase 105-inch curved-screen Ultra HD TVs at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month. LG set off the fight by announcing its TV first, claiming the model is the largest curved-screen TV to ever be made. Not to be outdone, Samsung shot back later in the day with its own announcement, saying that its upcoming TV model is the "most curved" 105-inch Ultra HD TV ever, whatever that means.
January 6, 2014 |
Michael Bay is known for his big, loud action spectacles, but an appearance at CES 2014 in Las Vegas on Monday afternoon found the "Transformers" director awkwardly, uncomfortably quiet. While participating in a Samsung news conference to hype the company's new curved UHD TVs at the Consumer Electronics Show, Bay was rattled by a teleprompter glitch, then flubbed his lines and walked off stage. Bay was initially brought up with "Transformers" footage playing and said, "My job as a director is I get to dream for a living.
January 7, 2013 |
Amid the big and small ideas floating around at a Sunday evening media preview at CES 2013, Lenovo and 3M seemed to hit the sweet spot in terms of bringing a big idea closer to reality while still capturing our imagination. The two companies demonstrated table-top PCs that allow multiple users. It's a relatively new form factor, although it's one that people have been dreaming about and showing off in beta for years now. Indeed, I can remember one Microsoft executive showing off a table-top PC during a talk at the UC Berkeley three years ago. FULL COVERAGE: CES 2013 Although there are key differences in the approaches by both companies, each product points to the way that touch interfaces, thanks to tablets and smartphones, are coming to dominate computing and expanding the types of forms it takes. I'll start with Lenovo's IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC. This product is clearly aimed at consumers.
January 8, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - Tucked into the tiniest of corners of the gargantuan Consumer Electronics Show one night this week was Sonny Vu, the founder of Misfit. The Redwood City, Calif., company did not have an elaborately constructed trade booth with flashing lights or blaring dance music. It just had Vu, undeterred by his lack of props, standing next to a table displaying a few samples of Shine, the company's new activity monitor that's about the size and shape of a Nilla Wafer. Though the company and product are small, they are emblematic of the biggest trend on display this week at CES: This has become a golden age for consumer electronics start-ups.
January 4, 2014 |
To glimpse the future of consumer electronics, get a grip on the world's first Internet-connected tennis racket. With tiny sensors embedded in the handle, the racket measures a player's strokes, topspin and just about everything else that happens when the ball is struck. All that information is instantly relayed via a wireless Bluetooth connection to a smartphone app. The player can later view and analyze it on the Web. "It's going to be a huge change for the tennis player," said Thomas Otton, director of communications for Babolat, the French tennis company that invented the original cow-gut racket strings 140 years ago. "They are going to have access to all kinds of information and data that will help them progress much faster and have more fun. It's a true revolution.
January 11, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - For a corpse, the International Consumer Electronics Show was pretty lively. The 2013 trade show, which ended a four-day run Friday, attracted a record 3,250 exhibitors and was on pace to match last year's 156,000 in attendance despite being pronounced all but dead before it started. The reason for the grim diagnosis by some pundits and analysts was simple: Many of the most influential tech companies in the world didn't officially participate: Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., Google Inc., Facebook Inc., Amazon.com Inc. Although this year's show won't be remembered for any ground-shaking innovations or jaw-dropping product launches, it did highlight several ways the global technology industry has evolved.
January 10, 2012 |
At the Consumer Electronics Show, models walked around with large, lightweight flat-screen televisions showing vivid nature scenes, executives waved next-generation "magic" remote controls and audiences were treated to demonstrations of massive, wall-size TVs. On Wall Street, Apple Inc. pulled off its own TV trick as its stock hit a record high. Though the Cupertino, Calif., iPhone maker didn't attend the CES, Apple cast a huge shadow over the world's largest personal electronics show Monday as rumors continued to spread that it had its own TV in the works.
December 22, 2011 |
Microsoft Corp., a 20-year stalwart of the annual Consumer Electronics Show, has decided to pull out of the largest trade show of its kind. The company's chief executive often gave the keynote address, highlighting its own products and broader tech trends. But the company said it would stop doing so after the 2012 CES. It also will no longer have an exhibit. CES is one of the world's largest trade shows and annually attracts more than 100,000 visitors to Las Vegas from all over the globe.