While there’s an app for everything from the weather to what to wear, we’re still stuck getting out of bed to make coffee in the morning. But – no longer! LG has finally forced the rest of the household to catch up to your computer – from the microwave and the fridge to even the closet, LG’s ThinQ line is overclocking your appliances abilities.
Everyone's been making a pretty big deal about the integrated graphics capacity in Intel's Sandy Bridge platform (as well they should, it kicks ass), but what use is it to a PC enthusiast with a discrete graphics cards? Well, thanks to technology from LucidLogix, that graphics chip might not be wasted space after all.
In the video below, Intel's Dave Salvator explains to our very own Gordon Ung how LucidLogix's software solution allows you to run a discrete graphics card and still take advantage of Sandy Bridge's graphics capabilities. To demonstrate, he uses the Sandy Bridge chip to do a Quick Sync video encode, while simultaneously running Unigine's heavy-duty Heaven benchmark on the discrete graphics card. Check it out!
Straight from the showroom at CES, here's a brief look at LG's new energy saving, ThinQ washing machine. The machine will utilize a new and fully functional touch screen interface, which will allow users to monitor their daily, weekly, and monthly power usage. The machine will also communicate with the user, displaying power-saving information and making recommended wash times for the cheapest point of each day.
Cleaning has evolved! Check the video below for proof.
Today at CES we got our first look at Blackberry's Playbook Tablet, and color us impressed (the "screensaver" mode, in particular, looks amazing). Don't take our word for it though, check out this awesome device in action in the video below!
Scared to shell out the dough for laser eye surgery? How about purchasing one of the most technologically complex glasses ever, instead?
In this video from CES, Editorial Director Jon Phillips takes a look (that was easy) at PixelOptics snazzy new, crazy-intricate electronically focusing glasses. The glasses are programmed to respond to different touches, including a tap to the temples and a dramatic swipe across the frames. Each of these commands changes your "viewing mode", whether you're reading, or looking at wide angles from afar.
This is all made possible by liquid crystals that are imbedded in the frame, which, when charged with electricity, take on a different refractive index altogether. If all this sounds pretty complex, well it is. Hit the video to let a pro explain it to you better.
Passive 3D has never impressed us, but Vizio’s new Theater 3D HDTVs have managed to reopen our minds about the technology.
Passive 3D offers numerous advantages: Passive glasses don’t reduce brightness nearly as much as active-shutter glasses do, they’ll never give you a headache, they don’t rely on batteries, they’re lighter, and they’re a whole lot cheaper. And Vizio’s technology is RealD compatible, so you use the same glasses at the theater that you do at home.
But none of that matters if you don’t get a great 3D experience, and what we saw at Vizio’s booth yesterday really impressed us.
Android has begun bridging the hardware gap, it seems, as it can now be found as the operating system running a car head unit, according to Parrot. The head unit will include standard radio, and, more interestingly, a slew of USB ports that will allow you to connect things like a GPS antenna, or a 3G dongle meaning, that's right, full blown internet in your car. Editorial Director Jon Phillips takes a look from the floor of CES.
The fastest single videocard on the planet belongs to AMD, but that's only because the HD 5970 sports a pair of GPUs under the hood. Nvidia, meanwhile, owns the single-GPU performance crown with its GTX 580 videocard, but it may soon steal the overall performance crown from AMD, too.
According to Tech Report, EVGA is all too happy to show off Nvidia's next dual-GPU monster, though the company isn't willing to give many specifics. As an exclusive Nvidia partner, we suspect what you're seeing is a dual-GPU GeForce 500 series card -- probably a GTX 595 -- equipped with two GF110 GPUs.
From the pictures, we can see there's at least 1GB of memory (and probably much more), three DVI outputs, and a pair of eight-pin power connectors. Cooling is provided by a custom heatsink with three fans.
Another "Best of Innovations Honoree" at this year's CES convention, Smartfish claims its new Engage keyboard is the first-ever automated plank designed to provide the ultimate comfort typing experience.
Other keyboard makers might balk at that claim, but unlike other planks, even ergonomically designed ones, the Engage sports a patented motion system that "studies your typing frequency and makes subtle, comfortable adjustments" to prevent your hands and wrists from getting stuck in a fixed position.
The idea is to get your hands moving ever-so-slightly, which Smartfish says is "crucial for increasing flexibility, circulation, and alleviating stress and pain." Is it a gimmick? According to Smartfish, the Engage was developed in collaboration with The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, and a portion of their proceeds get donated to the Special Surgery Rehabilitation Education Fund.
There are several places where you should make sure your smartphone is turned to vibrate, or off completely. The movie theater, for example. You should also silence your phone at the doctor's office, during lectures, and while attending class. But what if you forget? Just tap your watch.
That's part of the idea behind Casio's new watch using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology. Casio's been showing a prototype version at CES, demonstrating how it communicates with your smartphone by sharing a two-way data link. One of the things you can do with it is stop your smartphone's ring or vibration alerts simply by tapping the watch rather than feverishly fumbling around your pants pocket.
The watch will also alert you to email messages and provide accurate time information from the smartphone. According to Casio, you can do all this and still wear the watch every day without recharging it because it doesn't consume any more battery life than a conventional wristwatch.