There are a handful of tablets out there that can dual-boot Windows 7 and Android. But Evolve III feels dual-boot tablets are still one operating system short of perfection. The Australia-based company, a tablet manufacturer that started out in the digital screen business, has decided to take things in its own hands with its dual core Oak Trail Atom-based Maestro tablet that can boot not one, not two, but three OSes: Windows 7, Android and MeeGo Linux. The 10-inch Maestro features an Intel Atom N475 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB SSD, Wi-Fi, and 3G. Evolve III hopes to launch the Maestro in the second quarter of 2011. The company has yet to reveal the slate’s price.
CES was hectic for all of us. Even if we had a staff of 50, we'd be hard-pressed to get every single photo and video on the site immediately. That said, now that things have cooled down, and we've found our bearings, we decided to publish a few more photos for todays Photo Awesome. All of these and more can be seen on our Flickr page, by the way, so please stop by and check out hundreds of photos of new and exciting pieces of tech.
And, as always, happy Friday everyone! See you on the other side.
Yale showed off an extremely cool Z-Wave entry lock with a touch-sensitive glass keypad. A proximity sensor causes the keypad to illuminate when you place your hand in front of it. The glass is impervious to everything from fire to a concrete saw. And you don't need to worry about dust mucking up the keypad, either.
We're all just getting our wits back after an excruciating tour of CES, where we filmed a ton more video than we had time to post. As such, we'll be adding videos to the site for the next couple of days that we simply didn't have time to upload from the showfloor.
In this video, Editorial Director Jon Phillips takes a brief look at the GoPro's compact Hero camera, and the hundred dollar kit that enables 3D video recording. The camera itself picks up some really impressive high-def video, and can be mounted virtually anywhere. Check it out below!
The Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet Motorola unveiled last week at CES 2011 in Las Vegas is expected to go on sale in the first quarter of 2011. Xoom, as the upcoming tablet is called, not only grabbed quite a few eyeballs but was also adjudged the best gadget at the official Best of CES awards and best tablet at Maximum Tech’s FTW awards. The initial buzz certainly must be heartening for Motorola.
Thanks to Digitimes’ sources at “upstream component makers,” we can actually quantify Motorola’s initial sales expectations. According to the site’s sources, the mobile device maker has already placed orders for around 700,000-800,000 units, with every possibility of the eventual order for the first quarter touching the one million units mark.
The new Onza Tournament and Standard Edition Xbox 360 controllers will give console a gamers a glimpse into the world of Razer, which up to this point has focused entirely on PC gaming peripherals and assorted gear.
Razer says the two new controllers are "built for the hardcore competitive gamer," but how do you do that with an Xbox 360 controller? The Tournament Edition offers adjustable resistance analog sticks that gamers can twist one way or the other.
Aside from that differentiating feature, both versions sport Multi-Function Buttons (MFB) on the controller's shoulders that allow remapping of buttons. Razer pitches this feature not only as a great way to increase efficiency, but also to make things easier for gamers with disabilities who might have trouble reaching specific buttons on a standard controller.
Other features include 4 backlit Hyperesponse action buttons, non-slip rubber surface, quick-release USB connector, and a 15-foot lightweight, braided fiber cable.
Both the Standard ($40) and Tournament Edition ($50) will be available for preorder starting January 17 and will ship later this month.
There were plenty of smartphones on display at CES, including Acer's upcoming "liquidmini" device. This compact phone will ship in "jet silver," "royal blue," "piano black," "lime green," and "light pink," each one showing off chrome edges and wrapped in a soft touch casing.
Aesthetics aside, the liquidmini is an Android Froyo device with somewhat subdued hardware. It comes with a Qualcomm 7227 processor (600MHz), a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive multitouch display, 512MB of RAM, a 5MP camera, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS support, microSD card slot (2GB card included), 3.5mm audio jack, and a 1300 mAh batter Acer says is good for up to 6.5 hours of talk time or 480 hours on standby.
The liquidmini is DLNA certified, so you can stream content from your home network to your phone, and from your phone to your DLNA HDTV.
Acer says the liquidmini will ship in the U.K. in April, with no word on when it will hit U.S. shores or how much it will cost.
Darth Vader and a band of Storm Troopers made an appearance at CES to let the tech world know that the entire Star Wars saga will finally ship on Blu-ray in September, 2011.
"With all six episodes available for the first time in one collection, this a great way for families and home audiences to experience the complete saga from start to finish," said Doug Yates, Vice President of Marketing, Online, Distribution, Lucasfilm Ltd. "And with the quality of high-definition, Blu-ray provides the most immersive home experience possible."
Star Wars fans will have three different sets to choose from, including:
Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu-ray (9-disc set includes all six films) - $140
Star Wars: Prequel Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes I-III) - $70
Star Wars: Original Blu-ray Trilogy (3-disc set includes Episodes IV-VI) - $70
Amazon is already taking pre-orders on the upcoming high-definition versions, with pre-release pricing promotions for each set. The Complete Saga is selling for $90, while the other two sets are marked down to $45.
Speakal spent its time at CES showing off a handful of outlandish speakers sets, including a new line designed to appeal to fans of some of the most popular sports.
The company demoed lifelike replicas for football, basketball, and soccer, each one a 2.1 speaker dock, as well as a pair of Bluetooth stereo speakers for golfers. Each 2.1 sets features 360-degree sound distribution, a 15W subwoofer, and volume touch controls.
"The Speakal Sports Line shares passion for the game with the die hard sports fanatics," said CEO David Solomon. "These speakers are the ultimate display of fanhood with high quality audio that will rock your tailgate party with pulse pounding sound. Kick off the new season in style!"
Klipsch announced a host of new products at CES, but the news was largely eclipsed by Audiovox’s announcement of its intention to acquire the storied company outright.
Klipsch fans universally shuddered at the prospect of their favorite speaker company being gobbled up by Audiovox, a massive corporation with a long history of acquiring great audio brands and only to slap them onto dreck products (see Advent, Acoustic Research, and Jensen for three prime examples).