Amongst the cloud of announcements, press releases, PR
stunts, and associated chatter coming out of this week’s Consumer Electronics
Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, a few odds n' ends have caught our eye.
Here’s a quick list, in no particular order, of items that we've seen so far that we thought might be of interest to
photographers in one way or another.
There’s been a raft of new tablet, or slate, devices
announced. Some are available now, or will be soon; others were previewed and
won’t be available for several months. (This list is not comprehensive):
- Samsung’s WiFi-only version of the Galaxy Tab, a 13 oz.,
7-inch screen Android 2.2 tablet.
- Samsung also showed its first “sliding tablet PC”, a 2.2
lb., 10-inch multi-touch tablet that also has a slide-out keyboard and
runs Windows 7. (Press release.)
- Toshiba previewed a yet-to-be-named 10-inch Android
tablet. (Press release.)
- Enspert previewed a line of new Android tablets but gave few
details. (Press release.)
- Cydle showed its M7 MultiPad, a 7-inch Android tablet that
will come with a detachable stand.
- Motion announced the moisture and impact resistant CL900
ruggedized Windows 7 tablet.
- Dell and T-Mobile unveiled the Streak 7, a 7-inch Android tablet compatible with T-Mobile’s 4G data network.
Android Powered: The Dell Streak 7 (Photo courtesy Dell)
Samsung announced several new 3D displays and projectors
suitable for displaying not only 3D games but also 3D photographs and videos. (Press release.)
The FreeOneHand is an iPad holder and stand designed to
facilitate one-handed use of the iPad.
i.Sound announced the Portable Power Max for iOS and USB
a 16,000 mAh battery capable of charging iPads and iPhones (up to 5 USB powered
devices simultaneously), and the Power View Pro,
a dual charging dock for iPad and/or iPhone.
Five Up: The i.Sound Portable Power Max (Photo courtesy i.Sound)
Kensington showed several upcoming gadgets for iPads and
iPhones, including the Powerlift backup battery/dock/stand for the iPhone,
the BlackBelt protection band for the iPad,
the Virtuoso combination iPad stylus and standard ballpoint pen,
and the Dual USB Wall Charger for charging two USB devices simultaneously.
Padded: The Kensington BlackBelt (Photo courtesy Kensington)
ThermaPak announced four new products—essentially
heat-absorbing pads—designed to provide passive cooling of iPads and laptops. (Press release.)