Android-powered all-in-one PCs are all the rage... or at least that's what desktop manufacturers are hoping at CES. HP is the latest to enter this particular fray with the Slate21 Pro, an all-in-one design that runs any OS you want, as long as you want Android. The 21.5", 1080p IPS touchscreen hides a respectable NVIDIA Tegra 4 system underneath, with Android 4.3 and access to the Google Play Store.
This model is aimed squarely at businesses for a kiosk environment - think hotel business suites or elementary school computer labs. The bundled software certainly has this market in mind, with pre-loaded Google Docs/Google Drive and Kingsoft Office Suite, plus support for remote Windows operation with Citrix Receiver and 50GB of Box.net storage.
Parrot's AR.Drone has changed only slightly in its short history, but today the company has expanded the line in a big way. They're showing off two new models at the pre-CES Unveiled event: the smaller and impressively flexible AR.Drone Mini and the ground-only roller/jumper Sumo. To see what makes each version special, check out the promotional video below.
The Mini is indeed a smaller take on Parrot's popular AR - the housing itself fits in the palm of your hand. That smaller size comes with the removal of the drone's recording and viewfinder camera, but as a consolation, it can carry a set of removable wheels that let it roll along the ground, walls, and even ceilings.
To get an early start to CES 2014, electronics giant Lenovo announced a new 28" Android-powered all-in-one 4K display to add to its substantial line of display products. According to Lenovo's press release and spec sheet, we can expect Android 4.3, a Tegra 4 processor, and a plethora of other features. Here's the official list according to Lenovo's spec sheet:
High performance SOC with Android 4.3 and powered by NVIDIA® Tegra® for a new entertainment experience
Full 10-point touch display for PCs
“Tap to Connect” technology allows for seamless syncing of secondary devices to the monitor
Miracast with back control for smart device connectivity
Extra USB ports for phone charging and peripherals, as well as additional HDMI ports for extreme connectivity
FHD 2.0 megapixel camera for high definition video
Powerful 5W stereo speakers
Noise-cancelling dual array microphones for clear voice recognition
Ergonomic design for users with slim/sexy ID (dual side diamond-cutting)
As its release date draws closer, Lenovo will most-likely release more details in the hopes of exciting the "tech savvies", like a full list of inputs and what services it will be compatible with at launch.
Another year has passed, dear readers, and with that year comes another CES conference in Las Vegas. This year's pilgrimage is being made by me and my esteemed colleague Cameron Summerson. We're not exactly sure what to expect this go around, but CES always brings something of interest and, given our very packed schedule, we're bound to see at least a few neat things.
As always, Monday is the big crunch day for members of the press, with press conference after unrelenting press conference unleashing barrages of product announcements ranging from smartphones to refrigerators. With names like LG, Samsung, ASUS, and Sony on the docket, there's bound to be a few surprises.
The Archos name isn't unheard of around these parts, but while the company has introduced more than a handful of affordable tablets into the market, it isn't the first brand to come to mind when thinking of smartphones. It has produced some before, but they were nothing particularly exciting. Now the company will up its game by rolling out not one but two 4G LTE-capable smartphones at CES next week - the largely identical-looking 45 and 50 Helium.
As you would expect from Archos, neither of these handsets will be particularly groundbreaking, but if you're in the market for a phone priced reasonably competitively with the $179 Moto G, there's something to see here.
We all know about Google's experimental self-driving cars, but according to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Mountain View is partnering up with Audi to tackle the entertainment aspect of the automobile first. The companies are expected to announce a new Android-based in-car entertainment system at CES in January to combat Apple's already tight relationship with auto manufacturers.
Google hopes to establish Android as a core element of future cars to provide music, navigation, apps, and Google voice search. Chip maker Nvidia may also be in on the deal to provide a hardware platform for the system. Apple has traditionally seen greater support in the auto industry, with some vehicles even coming equipped with (now obsolete) Apple dock connectors.
Spend a little time in the technology industry and you'll begin to dread December. It's the time when everyone and their grandmother's PR agent invites you to go to an off-floor presentation in Las Vegas to talk about the latest advances in iPhone accessories. ASUS isn't quite that bad, but their CES teaser is a little strange nonetheless. I'm going to assume that the Statue of Liberty in the following promotional video is the one from the New York, New York casino.
The "green or blue" imagery is an unmistakable indication of a combination Android and Windows device, which isn't necessarily new in the ASUS lineup - consider both the Transformer Book Trio and the oddball Transformer AiO (all in one).
The long, long wait is finally over, at least for those of you who backed the phenomenally successful Pebble Kickstarter campaign. After initially promising to ship orders in September, then getting swamped with almost 70,000 pledges and more than $10,000,000 in funding, Pebble Technology has committed to shipping its e-paper Bluetooth watch on January 23rd. The email was sent to backers to coincide with Pebble's CES press conference. There is no word on when Pebble's watches will be available for general purchase.
The four months between the initial release date and the now confirmed shipping date have not been idly spent.
It seems like every month we get a new world's thinnest smartphone, but Chinese manufacturer ZTE knows that's a mug's game. They've decided to go for broke with the Grand S, which sports a 5-inch 1080p screen (like all the cool kids do) and still manages to fit into a case that's just 6.9mm thin at the thickest point. For what it's worth, that makes the Grand S the thinnest 5-inch, 1080p phone out there. (The current holder of the coveted "world's thinnest" title is the 6.45mm Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra, introduced just yesterday.) Other drool-worthy specs include a 1.7Ghz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 13MP rear camera.
So, the idea of an Android-powered camera with a swappable lens intrigues you, yes? Well, last night we got a chance to play with such a device, the Polaroid iM1836... and moral of the story: execution, execution, execution. Polaroid, we think, got it wrong. While we were playing with a pre-production model, I can't help but feel Polaroid took a half-decent idea and managed to totally flub it. First, the video.
Even after a few short minutes with the iM1836, we were able to assemble a formidable list of problems with the device. First, the actual image sensor for the camera is located inside the lens.