January 7, 2011 20:14 by Jeremy
It really brightens up your day when you have a piece of news about something that could bring "futuristic life" that you see in movies, closer to a reality. That particular piece of news for this morning coming from the 2011 CES show was the PenTouch TV.
Now, this isn't the first time that LG has introduced a television with touch-capability. And more than likely, we'll see businesses use this equipment before it hits the regular market. And unfortunately, there isn't much to go on besides the fact that it's made by LG: how useful the touch-pen will be, whether that affects what you're watching, and if this product is actually in the works...who knows. What we *do* know, is that John Madden impersonations around the world just got a bit more real.
"Here you see the PenTouch, and you use this pen to touch the tv and leave marks, and thats why it's called the PenTouch. And if the buttons start beeping, just knock over the pinata." Oh, Madden, how I love the things you say.
January 7, 2011 00:17 by Jeremy
Straight from CES, our crew from EBatts managed to snag a few shots of the BlackBerry PlayBook and Toshiba's Tegra 2 powered tablet.
Ah, the BlackBerry Playbook. The top part has physical buttons for power, locking, volume, play and pause. The bottom part is the plug-area: there are slots for mini-HDMI, micro-USB, and the charger. There's a front-facing 3 megapixel camera, too. The downside? Certain parts, such as the email and calendar, are tethered to the consumer's BlackBerry phone; the PlayBook doesn't have an email or calendar to use by itself.
Here we see the PlayBook connected to a fairly large tv above it. You know, in case the normal screen just wasn't cutting it for you. The bigger, the better, right? At least we know the mini-HDMI slot will come in handy.
As of now, there's no release date on the PlayBook.
The EBatts crew also stumbled upon the often-whispered-about Tegra 2 powered Toshiba Tablet, which is still unnamed as of now. This tablet was confirmed to be running the latest version of Android in the future (aka Honeycomb), but for CES' sake, Toshiba has powered the device up with Android 2.2. Details about the inside of this tablet are still largely unknown, but we did find out that the rubberized back cover is replaceable. This brings a number of options for customization, such as a different color, and also battery replacement. However, we'll wait to wait for futher details to really take a look at how Toshiba's unnamed wonder-child will fare against competitors.