January 8, 2014 |
Detroit has invaded Las Vegas. With a dearth of eye-popping new gadgets coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show, attention has shifted to automobiles and all the cool electronics being stuffed into them. Nine automakers are at CES, and Jessica Naziri has been checking out many of them, including getting a test drive in a BMW i3 concept electric vehicle. Full CES 2014 coverage Join me, the Times' technology editor, and Naziri as we talk autos via Google+ Hangout at 1 p.m. PST today.
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 2, 2014 |
Ford Motor Co. will debut a solar-powered plug-in hybrid at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week. The C-Max Solar Energi Concept has solar panels on its roof that can charge the vehicle's battery. If the technology proves viable in testing this year, Ford thinks it is a way to free some rechargable vehicles from wall sockets. But there's a catch. The solar panels on top of the C-Max can capture only enough energy to charge up the battery to about one-eighth full - good for maybe three miles of electric-powered driving - during the day. PHOTOS: Ten cheapest cars that get 35 mpg or better “While solar panels have been making strides in terms of efficiency, even if we put them on the hood, you still couldn't recharge the battery enough,” said Mike Tinskey, Ford's director of vehicle electrification and vehicle infrastructure.
January 9, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Pity the poor laptop. The darling of the tech world just a couple of years ago, laptops have become one of the biggest casualties of the tablet phenomenon. For consumers enamored of touch-screen tablets, laptops suddenly seem like stale, clunky gadgets whose basic clamshell design hasn't changed all that much in two decades. It opens. It shuts. Yawn. But this week at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the laptop is attempting a comeback.
January 8, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - At this year's International Consumer Electronics Show, everything is getting a bit "smarter. " Smartphones ushered in the notion that cellphones didn't have to be limited to just making calls, and tablets uprooted the definition of the personal computer. Now, the buzz at the world's largest tech gadget conference has shifted from the devices themselves to the growing crop of accessories and technologies that are piggybacking on their massive popularity. Connectivity is one of the main reasons smartphones and tablets became blockbuster hits among consumers, and tech manufacturers want to bring that feature to other objects - many of them everyday, non-digital household items.