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CES 2013 Part 2: Wearable Tech

clock January 11, 2013 00:08 by author Jeremy

It seems CES has created a new category this year named "Wearable Tech," which features, you guessed it, technology that you can wear. This has come in the form of mostly wrist accessories; whether they tell time or measure your heart rate, however, depends on the product.

One of the more popular items is the Pebble Watch, claiming itself to be the "first watch built for the 21st century." Funded through Kickstarter, this smart-watch will sync to your phone and provide a multitude of functions, from displaying messages and caller information, to custom alerts. Depending on the app that you use, the Pebble Watch can even function as a bike computer (to display distance traveled or change songs playing on your phone) or a golf rangefinder. Pre-orders are available now in 5 different colors for $150.

Other watches are a little more health-oriented, however. The Basis Band, for example, serves as a sleep tracking and heart monitor. On top of measuring your blood flow and skin temperature, it can also take logs of how many steps you've taken and calories you've burned, all while keeping the simple functionality of telling you the time of day.

To see more products like these, check out CNET's video recap of the Wearable Tech category.

Sources: CNETtv, Pebble, Basis

 



CES 2013 Part 1: Tablets Galore!

clock January 10, 2013 20:09 by author Jeremy

What has tons of batteries and chargers available, and is currently present at CES? eBatts, of course! We're roaming the halls of Las Vegas, seeing what fancy new gadgets are coming out from the woodworks.

What caught our eye on this particular morning, you ask? Not one tablet, but four! Archos has introduced their Titanium series, consisting of the Archos 70 (7-inch), 80 (8-inch), 101 (10.1-inch) and 97 (9.7-inch). Each tablet will tout a 1.6Ghz quad-core processor, and will range from $119 to $250 depending on which size you get. Fairly good pricing, considering what you're getting.

If you lean towards Windows-products, don't feel left out - CES has already seen some intense Windows 8 tablets snatching the eyes of gadgeteers-on-the-go. For those that believe bigger is better, Vizio's 11.6-inch aptly-named Tablet PC will be running a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1080p screen. Also in the running for new 11" tablets are Gigabyte's S1185 (for consumers) and S1082 (for businessfolk).

Of course, you could be entirely different and aim for a slider, courtesy of MSI. The Slider S20 was actually seen even before CES began (having been seen at Computex last year), but nonetheless impresses with its admirable specs: 11.6-inch 1080p screen, i5 processor, USB 3.0 and 720p front-facing camera.

CES isn't over just yet, though, so perhaps we'll see even more of these portable inventions!

Sources: engadget (Archos) (Vizio) (Gigabyte) (MSI)

 



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