Many have signaled Microsoft’s departure from future CES events as a death knell for the massive industry convention, however if that’s true, the numbers certainly don’t back that assumption up. According to CES officials, 2012 set an all-time record for attendance, exhibitors and claimed floor space. As a result of the overwhelming success, CES 2013 has been scheduled for January 8-11 next year, and will feature a new lead keynote speaker to replace Microsoft.
CES reminds the best of us of our frailty. Eyes, nose, lips, and hands dried out by the desert air; feet and knees signaling that they weren't designed to traverse miles of flat concrete per day, we nonetheless carried on motivated by our obsession with computer tech. Our physical sufferings were rewarded with gifts of new and cool laptops, enclosures, motherboards, mobile devices, connected home hubs, and even a robot or two.
Soon, we'll haul our carcasses to the airport and attempt to revive. But for now, check out more new gear from CES 2012!
Back in October, Canonical shared its vision for the future of Ubuntu at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Orlando. It’s a strategy that will see Ubuntu venture beyond PCs with a fair amount of abandon. According to Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth, the company plans to put Ubuntu on tablets, phones, TVs and other “smart screens” by 14.04 LTS. The Linux distro vendor seems to be on track with those plans, having managed to get an Ubuntu TV prototype ready in time for the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
CES, that craziest of trade shows, is underway again and two of our intrepid editors are exploring the show floor and getting a first look at some of this years biggest tech products. We'll have a more detailed writeup about CES 2012 tomorrow, but for now take a look at some of the most interesting things we've spotted so far.
Read on for images of 36 killer new products from CES 2012!
Google TV had a rough launch last year without a doubt. Although things are starting to look up for Google’s living room push with a slew of new devices being announced, and now a partnership with OnLive. At CES today, OnLive confirmed that its game streaming service will be shipping pre-installed on all Google TV devices. Let the gaming begin.
When is a gaming peripheral not a peripheral? When it’s an accessory. Peripheral maker MadCatz is hoping that fashion-conscious gamers will want to accessorize their accessories this spring when the company launches its new FREQ 5 gaming headset, which were specifically designed to match the look of its Cyborg line of products (like those nifty Cyborg RATs). What, looks alone don’t do it for you? Don’t worry – it looks like the FREQ 5 will also include all the bells and whistles needed to make a kick-ass gaming headset.
The market for routers is pretty well established at this point, but that isn’t stopping companies from trying to build in new features to get you to upgrade. D-Link’s newly announced offerings are looking to connect you in a variety of ways, and at a variety of price points. The company is offering up a low-cost cloud router, a pricey media-enabled option, and more networking goodies.
Intel may have trademarked the name “ultrabook” — its neologism for Wintel-based ultra-thin and -light laptops, but there is someone whose approval matters even more than that of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. We are talking about you, the consumer, of course. For its part, the chip maker is doing almost everything to make 2012 the year of the ultrabook.
The introduction of Intel's Cedar Trail platform might spark some renewed interest in the netbook category, especially as buyers looking for an affordable and highly portable machine grapple with whether to overspend on a underpowered/under-equipped tablet PC, or really overspend on a newfangled Ultrabook. A new generation of netbooks could be just the thing these folks are looking for, and Asus will try to entice them with its upcoming Eee PC Flare series.
While AMD’s Bobcat-based Fusion APUs have been pretty successful in the ultra-portable notebook market, the chipmaker’s lone tablet-optimized Z01 “Desna” APU has found few takers. But even that wasn’t enough to stop Taiwan-based company BungBungame from building a business tablet around the Z01, which combines two 1GHz Bobcat cores and a Radeon HD 6250 graphics core on the same die. Hit the jump for more.