Hardly a Geek could help but smile at the R2-D2 digital projector from Nikko. The latest incarnation of the licensed R2 franchise is functional: The large version of R2 hooks up with any standard media, but doesn't do High-Def nor does it really save you from the evil galactic empire as its made of shiny plastic and the Millennium Falcon that comes with it only doubles as a remote control. A lightsaber you want, it is, then your option is to get the smaller version of R2 that is actually a webcam and the lightsaber is a remote for … Read more
The Koncept folks, who've already won design-of-the-year accolades, launched further designs of the LED-based desk and floor lamps at 8 to 9 watts. Banks and rows of LEDs provide light instead of compact fluorescent, incandescent, or halogen bulbs.
I'm not sure how they look away from the convention hall, but the fact that you can grab onto them without burning yourself, and the fact that they were right near the entrance got my attention.
Not burning yourself may be a key thing if you've happened to fall asleep at your desk and wake up, for example. It'… Read more
Philips has announced plans to release a new portable video player named the GoGear SA6500. The Philips PVP features a 4.3-inch wide-screen display, SDHC memory expansion, Rhapsody subscription music integration, built-in speakers, and an included pair of high-end, in-ear headphones. An 8GB version of the GoGear SA6500 (the SA6585) should hit shelves in July, priced around $200.
While a budget, flash-based PVP might not seem groundbreaking, one of the GoGear SA6500's most compelling features might be its multicodec, multiresolution support. Flash PVPs are sprouting up everywhere, but few support drag-and-drop video transfers without requiring tedious video conversion. Along … Read more
Netgear has rolled out some new Draft N products, including the RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Router (WNDR3300). This dual-band router is based on the draft 802.11n 2.0 spec and operates on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, so you can avoid interference from other wireless devices in your home. It manages to cram eight internal antennas into its compact 8.8x6.0x1.2-inch body, which also includes the ubiquitous four 10/100 LAN ports. It features QoS to help prioritize voice and video packets on your network. Price is $130.
For $30 more, the new RangeMax Wireless-N … Read more
Maybe Brian Williams just needed a better GPS system. Or maybe, after appearing in Bill Gates' keynote video, he was busy hanging out with the Microsoft chairman.
The actual reason for the switch was not immediately available.
Samsung showed off a series of new cell phone speakers at CES. On the bottom row are the cube-shaped ASP800 (left) and the ASP600 (right), and on the top left is the circular ASP700. The white color scheme is an interesting design choice, but we like the minimalist look.
As they were behind glass, we weren't able to inspect them closely, but we did get a short demonstration. Like the similar products from LG and Sony Ericsson they seemed decent on the whole. No, they won't replace your living room sound system, but they're perfectly fine for … Read more
At CNET, we take HDTV power consumption seriously, which helps explain our excitement when Philips announced its Eco TV. The 42-inch, 1080p resolution, flat-panel LCD, model 42PFL5603D (due in March, $1,399 MSRP), is packed with power-saving features.
Chief among them is the ability to dim the backlight--by up to five times peak brightness--in response to program material, much like the "local dimming" found on Samsung's LED-based LN-T4681F. Dimming the backlight in darker scenes has the dual benefit of saving power and improving black-level performance, according to the company. The backlight can also be dimmed via a room lighting sensor, so in dark rooms it will use less power. There's also traditional a "power-saving" mode that caps the peak light output.… Read more
But this is the year, the company insists, that the long-awaited product will indeed be on sale. No specific date has been set, but the word is sometime in the second quarter. Though it originally planned to have it out in time for holiday sales, "… Read more
The Nintendo Wii uses a wireless remote to begin with, but that remote still manages to use a cord half the time. Most Wii games use both the Wii Remote and the Wii Nunchuck, an analog stick peripheral that plugs into the base of the remote via a long cable. Nyko first cut the Wii cord with the Wireless Sensor Bar and is taking away yet another tether with the Wireless Nunchuck.
The Nyko Wireless Nunchuck connects to the Wiimote via a little wireless dongle that clicks into the controller's accessory jack. Once plugged in, tapping the connection buttons … Read more
Ultraportable laptops are usually pretty sharp-looking, but dressing one up in a leather-covered chassis is even better. Taiwanese PC maker Asus has had leather laptops for a couple of years now, but the latest version, called the U2E, packs in plenty of high-end computing features on top of the slick looks.
This 11-inch notebook weighs about 2 pounds and features a 32GB solid state drive, which helps with weight and heat, as well as power consumption. The LED backlit display also consumes less power and allows the screen to be thinner than traditional LCD screens.
The built-in Webcam offers an … Read more