High-end audiophiles with the money to get the best often end up eyeing the McIntosh line of gear. This stuff apparently sounds really good (not that I would know since I can’t afford to listen to one) and it’s crazy expensive at the same time.
It’s not only iOS devices that have a good grasp of touchscreen UIs, Microsoft isn’t bad at them either. However, there are only a few computers available that allow you to use gestures, and one of those is the Microsoft Surface.
This cool little portable speaker is named Perch and it will connect to your favorite Bluetooth devices. It will also charge your cell phones.
It even comes with an alarm clock, microphone, and will work well with most smartphones.
Here are two things that might not be that familiar to young gamers: LiveScribe pens are magical little buggers that record written notes and audio. Zork on the other hand, is a legendary interactive fiction-type series of computer games.
Games are better when you can beat someone at them, right? That Mindflex game that came out a couple of years ago looked pretty cool, right? I mean, who doesn’t want to play a game that uses the power of your thoughts?
A start-up company called Viewdle showed off some interesting smartphone software at CES. Their app can recognize faces in real time and automatically tag them, using either data from social networks or a user-created database from videos and photos on the phone itself.
My favorite thing to do at CES is dig around the smaller booths for the more unusual gadgets out there. With thousands of booths, it takes some serious legwork, but occasionally I find something worthy of a mention.
We’ve seen Angry Birds migrate from iOS devices to Android, as well as to the PC and consoles. There’s even a board game version coming out. What about the poor BlackBerry owners? They could use the distraction from time to time… although this might not be what they have in mind:
Here’s an unusual add-on I stumbled onto at CES earlier today. It’s made by a Korean outfit called Touch UI, and the case is called the Back Touch. It does exactly what it sounds like – it gives you a second touch surface on the back of the iPhone 4.
I’m not quite sure how I missed this thing at CES. It must have been shown behind closed doors, or maybe some doors I just didn’t bother to peek through. At least the guys at Mashable shot some footage of this goofy looking two-seater, the GM EN-V.
There are all kinds of uses for a good USB microphone connected to your computer. You can use it to play games with speakers rather than having to use a headset with a mic, for making podcasts, and you can even use it to record your own music.
If you are the early adopter sort, you know being the first to get your hands on a gadget that is the world’s first this-or-that is never cheap, and often that stuff you pay out the nose for just doesn’t work like you expect.
BodyMedia unveiled their latest FIT Armband BW that will connect to your devices using Bluetooth. This means that it will connect to iOS devices, as well as cell phones, etc.
It will collect information about how many calories are burned, steps are taken, and real time physical activity.