Rambling about . . . CES 2013

Hi and welcome to another rambling post. This past week has been mostly been dominated by one of the tech industries biggest events of the year. The Consumer Entertainment Show (CES) in Las Vegas. After the break I’ll share with you what I thought were the highlights of the show. If only I could have been there myself.

I’m doing these in no particular order so here goes.

First we have the Jamstik from Zivix.

Jamstik. Image courtesy of Engadget.
Jamstik. Image courtesy of Engadget.

This nifty little gadget lets you play guitar on your PC or iPad. Wirelessly. That’s right this cut down MIDI guitar gadget connects to your iPad and lets you strum away to your heart’s content on real strings. Its shorter neck is ideal for popping into your purse or man bag and having a little shredding session on the train. More details here Engadget:-jamstik portable midi guitar lets you play and learn on the ipad.

Project Shield. Image courtesy of Nvidia.
Project Shield. Image courtesy of Nvidia.

Next up we have quite possibly one of this years biggest announcements in gaming. A handheld game console from Nvidia, the company that makes those big powerful graphics cards for gaming amongst other things. They announced at CES Project Shield. Shown right. A handheld android game console built on Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processing power. With a 1280 x 720 multi-touch display, built in speakers, wi-fi and Android Jellybean. But wait that’s not all. It will also allow you to play your Windows games on the shields screen if you have an Nvidia graphics card in your computer, allowing the Sheild to act as a wireless controller and display. It’s also compatible with Valve’s Big Picture mode for Steam. More info: Nvidia Project Shield.

Steam Big Picture. Image courtesy of Valve.
Steam Big Picture

Speaking of Valve they also made a rather big deal about their Big Picture mode at CES showing off various Home Theatre PC’s hooked up to some HD TV’s at their booth. No official update yet on whether Valve are releasing their own game console/pc However many manufacturers including Alienware and Xi3 were on display running a Linux version of Steam showing off the big picture mode. More info on Valves Big Picture mode: Steam Big Picture.

Steam Big Picture. Image courtesy of Valve.
Corning Willow Glasss. Image courtesy of Corning.

Corning Willow Glasss. Image courtesy of Corning. Would you be interested in a flexible phone? How about one with a curved display? Corning the people who make the glass that covers the screens on such phones and tablets as Samsung’s Galaxy S2 ,S3 and Tab 10.1 , HTC’s One X and One S, Asus Pad Slider, Transformer and Transformer Prime and many more devices by other manufacturers. Has announced a new flexible glass. At only the thickness of an average business card Corning’s Willow Glass looks to be the next big thing in Smartphone and tablet screens. More info Corning’s Willow Glass.

iPotty by  CTA Digital. Image courtesy of CNET.
iPotty by  CTA Digital. Image courtesy of CNET.

I know I already shared this on both Facebook and Google+ last week but I got to include it here. It’s quite possibly the strangest product at CES. It has definitely been turning heads according to Amanda Kooser who wrote the article over at CNET. I really hope that CTA Digital manage to get this one from the CES show floor to a UK shop floor near you/me. I know a toddler who would really like his own seat/potty to play with a tablet on. Definitely an upgrade from the comic book or cartoons which I’m sure I was potty trained with :). There is no specific app from CTA Digital but apparently there are a few potty training apps already in the store. If someone with an iPad could check and confirm. More information: iPotty by CTA Digital



Nuance logo
Nuance.

Nuance the heavy hitter in the speech recognition market with their Dragon line announced that as well as the Dragon Mobile Assistant app that was launched last year for Android smartphones running Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) they are working on a project codenamed Wintermute. A virtual assistant that much like Siri and Google Now, will allow you to do the same things. While not being tied to a particular platform, rather keeping your user profile in the cloud. This will allow you to use any device with the app/software installed. Obviously still in the development stage this does look to be something to keep an eye on. The question is. Can it handle a Glaswegian accent? More information Wintermute from Nuance.

Well that’s a fair few things that have caught my eye this week. There was many more but I think this has been my highlights. If you’re looking for more CES 2013 coverage just Google CES 2013 there are many sites covering it and many lucky, lucky people attending.

Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you on either Facebook or Google+

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