CES 2013: latest info from the tech current


CES 2013 has kicked off in Las Vegas, with laptops, tablets, and smartphones dominating the data.

This yr’s current can have a particular actually really feel, with Microsoft stepping away from its long-running keynote and Samsung and Qualcomm stepping in to fill the opening.

Proper right here, we’ll be sharing updates through-out the week from CES 2013, with all the bulletins from the current flooring along with the fascinating enhancements from up-and-coming tech corporations, and totally different bits and gadgets from this key tech event.

PC Skilled’s Greatest Hits of CES 2013

11 January 2013 – It’s been a busy week in Vegas. Near the tip of it, we put out seven nominations for Best innovation of the current, and mean you can vote in your favourite. Now it’s time to reveal the winner, along with prizes for Best laptop computer pc, Best smartphone and Best tablet of CES 2013. Listed below are our Greatest Hits of CES 2013.

3D printing: what’s available on the market and the best way loads does it worth

11 January 2013 – 3D printing is one factor we’ve been seeing for a variety of years, and steadily getting additional excited by – nonetheless it’s always been out of financial attain. That seems to be altering, with this yr’s current boasting 4 large producers hoping to bring 3D printing to the masses.

The easiest and worst robots of CES 2013

11 January 2013 – Let’s be honest, that’s what we’re all proper right here for. An unlimited, driveable spider robotic.

Robot Spider

That’s not the one robotic at CES. The easiest and worst robots of CES 2013 reveals off a variety of the previous, from automated medical medical doctors and cleaners to a big robotic snake; and the latter – certain, we’re talking about Justin Bieber.

Administration a helicopter collectively along with your ideas

10 January 2013 – NeuroSky’s funky cat ears are an elective part of a system that measures EEG brainwaves in real-time by the use of sensors on the forehead and the ear. The readings are 97% medically right, the company claimed. The ears will reply to mood. Nicole is joyful.

Nicole ears

One different company, PuzzleBox Orbit, makes use of the brainwave finding out {{hardware}} to fly a helicopter, which is always going to get consideration.

Vote in your favourite product of CES 2013

10 January 2013 – The current’s into its closing phases now, which means we’re capable of get to work on deciding what’s excited us most – and you’ll get involved too. Merely go to our Greatest Hits of CES 2013 internet web page and solid your vote sooner than 6pm in the mean time. The vote is now closed.

Microsoft’s best use for Kinect however

10 January 2013 – Microsoft Evaluation gatecrashed Samsung’s keynote to level out a fantastic demo of its IllumiRoom experience. It’s nonetheless in development, nonetheless it will probably hopefully ultimately delay our gaming environments previous the boundaries of the TV show and onto the encircling partitions.

Check out the demo, which Microsoft claims was recorded stick with no post-processing or outcomes.

Fingers-on with 3M’s 84in multitouch present

10 January 2013 – The centre-piece of 3M’s stand at CES is “an infinite 84in, 1080p multitouch present, organize as a desk larger than most people eat dinner on”.

3M 84in multitouch table

This monster has 60-point multitouch and makes use of palm recognition, and the software program program is as a lot because the particular person – slap Residence home windows 8 on it in case you want, or go for OS X or Linux in case you don’t. Apparently most purchasers put their very personal app extreme with maps or shopping for guides. It’s practically as if this issue isn’t truly meant for residence prospects. Shame.

Fingers-on with the Samsung Assortment 7 Chronos

10 January 2013 – Tim obtained an excellent check out Samsung’s new Series 7 Chronos laptop, which boasts 11.5hr battery life, a 15.6in 1080p present and some hefty internals: assume Core i7 and top-end AMD graphics.

Samsung Series 7 Chronos

It’s out there in two flavours though, and whereas he was impressed by the Chronos H (for Extreme-end), the Chronos M (for Medium – seen the pattern however?) has a mediocre show and fewer stellar components. Everyone knows which one we have to get into the Labs.

Pebble smart watch arrives end of January

9 January 2013 – The Pebble smart watch, which raised better than $10m on Kickstarter, is about to ship 23 January after three months of delays.

The $150 smart watch choices an e-paper LCD present, which reveals completely totally different watch faces along with notifications pushed from a Bluetooth-connected smartphone. These can embrace emails, texts, calls and messages from internet corporations.

HP Envy 27in is world’s first Beats Audio monitor

9 January 2013 – HP has put out a nice-looking 27in monitor with two points going for it. First, the HP Envy 27in makes use of a high-quality IPS panel, and second, it’s claimed to be the world’s first monitor with Beats Audio experience built-in.

HP Envy 27in with Beats Audio

Created in collaboration with Beats by Dre, the monitor boasts “studio prime quality” sound, as properly it should provided that it costs £350. No phrase however on the show resolution, which you’d assume might be the very very first thing on the press launch.

Fingers-on with three very completely totally different merchandise

9 January 2013 – The keynotes are roughly over, so the workforce has been roaming the current flooring for the prospect to play with the latest package deal.

First up, Panasonic’s 20in tablet with a 4K show. It’s solely a prototype for now, nonetheless it’s undoubtedly spectacular. If solely you had a 4K show at residence so you possibly can accurately admire the machine’s 4K show on this video…

The Samsung Assortment 7 Extraordinarily is a premium (full with sticker saying so) Ultrabook with a touchscreen. Packing a Core i5 or i7 and devoted AMD graphics, it should hit the extreme end of the effectivity scale after we get one in for testing. It appears lovely too.

Samsung Series 7 Ultra

Lenovo seems keen on uncommon hybrid designs – the TV adverts for the IdeaPad Yoga 13 reveal that – and proper right here’s one different one: the ThinkPad Helix.

Lenovo ThinkPad Twist

It’s a keyboard base and a detachable tablet, and the gimmick is that the tablet may be slotted once more in backwards when you want to stand it as a lot as watch the show. Tim moderately most well-liked it.

MakerBot locations out 3D printing API

9 January 2013 – MakerBot, which sells 3D printers for “prosumers” for only a few grand a pop, has put out a model new API for its Thingiverse website that allows digital objects to be uploaded for others to configure.

As an illustration, MakerBot has launched an iPhone case app, so anyone with a Replicator can customise their very personal and print it with out having to work out the correct dimensions.

Makerbot Replicator 2

The company moreover launched the model new MakerBot Replicator 2X, which works with ABS moderately than PLA, allowing two colours to be used throughout the printing course of.

Nectar charger affords two weeks of mobile vitality

9 January 2013 – Take the 235g Nectar Mobile Power system, insert a Nectar pod – a butane-based cartridge – into its aspect slot, and it converts the gasoline into energy to value any USB machine you be part of.

Each pod has enough gasoline for 55,000 mW-hours, which the company claims will give ten full recharges of a smartphone or two weeks of vitality. The machine will worth $300, whereas each pod is $10, and cartridges are recyclable.

Wise bike mechanically changes gears by the use of app

8 January 2013 – To date at CES 2013, we’ve had smart fridges, smart homes and smart healthcare, and now one company has a smart bike.

Cambridge Advisor’s smart bike system isn’t a mere biking computer, it allows you to automate digital gear changers by the use of a smartphone app, making it easier to keep up cadence or tempo the similar for teaching.

The system makes use of Bluetooth and sensors to keep up observe of your pedaling, feeding it once more into the app’s algorithm to look at progress and make picks about when to change gears.

Is that this Valve’s Steam Subject?

8 January 2013 – Everyone knows Valve is engaged on a bit of bit gaming PC to sort out the consoles, everyone knows it’ll be based spherical Steam’s Enormous Picture mode to make it as residing room-friendly as potential, and everyone knows Valve has given funding to US startup Xi3.

Put all that collectively, and it appears similar to the Xi3 Piston is the early prototype of the anticipated Steam Subject. We’re saying early prototype on account of we don’t know what’s in it or what OS it’s working, and Xi3 is stressing the reality that it’s an early prototype.

Xi3 Piston

We’d take a punt on it being an AMD APU and Linux, nonetheless we’ll need to attend and see like all people else.

Samsung T9000: the Android fridge that runs Evernote

8 January 2013 – Certain, proper right here’s the obligatory internet-connected fridge, delivered to you by a hopeful CES yearly since 1983. This time it’s made by Samsung, and it runs Evernote.

Asus presents Residence home windows 8 the vote of no confidence

8 January 2013 – What larger choice to make a convertible PC and tablet additional usable, than by stripping out Residence home windows 8 from the tablet half and altering it with Android. That’s how Asus has approached the problem with its massive 18.4in Transformer AiO.

When it’s docked in its all-in-one basestation it’s a Residence home windows 8 PC engaged on a Core i3 processor and Nvidia GT 730M graphics. Pull it out and it leaves these parts behind, along with most of its storage, and switches to Android 4.1 on an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor.

This crazy hybrid is yours for a mere $1,500.

AMD unveils Richland, Temash and Kabini processors

8 January 2013 – AMD may have fallen behind Intel in current occasions, nonetheless it’s nonetheless pushing out the processors – the company unveiled three new households at CES 2013.

The best-of-the-line Richland A8 and A10 APUs will give laptops and desktop a claimed effectivity improve of as a lot as 40% over current AMD A-Assortment APUs.

Temash is designed to run Residence home windows 8 on “true effectivity” tablets and hybrids. It ought to double the graphical effectivity of its predecessor, Hondo.

Kabini is for ultrathin notebooks and boosts effectivity by 50% over its predecessor Brazos 2, and is claimed to be the enterprise’s first quad-core x86 SoC.

All electrical units “should have internet connection”

8 January 2013 – Netgear’s agency mission for the next decade was spelled out in its keynote: “The whole thing within the residence that is powered by electrical vitality have to be linked to the online.”

They’re not talking consoles and TVs, nonetheless all these totally different models throughout the residence – and monitoring is significant. “Our dedication is to make monitoring strategies on the market and make them installable by people themselves,” talked about chairman and founder Patrick Lo. For instance, Lo unveiled the VueZone Add-On Night Imaginative and prescient Digicam.

Qualcomm unveils next-gen Snapdragons

7 January 2013 – Throughout the opening keynote for CES 2013, Qualcomm CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs unveiled two new assortment of the company’s Snapdragon chips.

The 800 assortment is the model new flagship Snapdragon, he talked about, calling it “most likely probably the most superior wi-fi processor ever constructed”. Designed for smartphones, tablets and laptops, the quadcore CPU affords 75% sooner effectivity than earlier Snapdragon traces, and affords assist for LTE Superior for as a lot as 100Mbit/sec connections.

Dr. Jacobs moreover unveiled the 600 assortment, which is 40% before current Snapdragon chips, and cheaper than the 800.

He talked about merchandise that features the chips might be in prospects’ palms by the second half of the yr for the 800 Assortment, and the second quarter for the 600 assortment, with over 50 design wins already chalked up.

Steve Ballmer reveals up at CES keynote

7 January 2013 – Steve Ballmer made a shock go to to CES, making an look in a speech from Qualcomm’s CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs – persevering with a streak of getting a Microsoft CEO throughout the opening keynote for the historic previous of the tech current.

Last yr, CES-organiser the Consumer Electronics Affiliation was pressured to admit Microsoft had pulled out of the annual tech current, which has opened with a keynote from Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer for better than 20 years.

All through Dr. Jacob’s keynote, Ballmer walked on stage to talk about Microsoft’s efforts to shift to mobile, with ARM assist, Residence home windows’ shift to the contact, and Residence home windows Phone’s arrival.

The seems to be will enhance questions of whether or not or not Microsoft will return to the current with each a keynote speech or stand subsequent yr. Ballmer was solely the first of a star-studded line-up, along with band Maroon 5, a Nascar driver, director Guillermo del Toro, actress Alice Eve from the model new Star Trek film, and Enormous Chook from Sesame Avenue.

Ballmer at CES

Intel: Ultrabooks now require touchscreens, wi-fi reveals

7 January 2013 – Intel launched that Ultrabooks will now be required to include touchscreens along with its private Wi-Di wi-fi present system. At CES 2013, the chip maker moreover revealed it was transferring vitality reductions from its 4th period chips into its current line-up, offering processors as little as 7 watts moderately than 15.

Intel talked about its next-gen line-up, Haswell, remained on observe to achieve this yr, and would ship a very powerful battery life obtain throughout the agency’s historic previous. Bay Path-based tablet models are moreover due sooner than the tip of the yr.

The company moreover unveiled a model new reference design for smartphones, working its new low-power Atom platform, code-named Lexington. Handset makers along with Acer have already signed up, the company talked about. Intel confirmed off an Ultrabook reference design code-named North Cape, which features a detachable tablet with battery lifetime of as a lot as 10 hours, and 13 hours when docked.

Intel moreover confirmed off its work on enter methods, along with voice, gestures and facial recognition.

Lenovo unveils “rip and flip” ThinkPad Helix, IdeaPad Yoga 11S

7 January 2013 – Lenovo has unveiled additional laptop computer pc designs at CES 2013 – the “rip and flip” ThinkPad Helix and a “mini Ultrabook” known as the IdeaPad Yoga 11S.

The Helix is an Ultrabook that converts proper right into a tablet by detaching the present from the underside, which can even be used as a stand for watching movies or making shows.

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix

The 11.6in machine weighs 835g with the keyboard detached, and Lenovo ensures ten hours of battery life in laptop computer pc mode and 5 for the tablet alone. It features a full-size keyboard, stylus and over-sized clickpad, along with a 1080p IPS present, and assist for LTE and NFC.

The IdeaPad Yoga 11S is a convertible laptop-hybrid. This mannequin is smaller than the sooner Yoga 13, with an 11.6in multitouch IPS present. Similar to the Yoga 13, it comes with gesture controls, and runs Residence home windows 8 with as a lot as an Intel Core i5 processor.

The Helix might be on the market in February, whereas the Yoga 11S will hit cupboards in June. Pricing wasn’t revealed.

Panasonic targets internet corporations with new TVs

7 January 2013 – The highway between the place the online stops and the TV begins turned rather more blurred because of a group of bulletins all through Panasonic’s CES press conference.

We seen our first transient demonstration of YouTube on TV, which no longer desires a Google TV or any extra {{hardware}} to work, adopted by an illustration of residence shopping for full with mini motion pictures of the merchandise being demoed.

The home-shopping service is US solely, and the YouTube service will solely be in new Wise TVs transport from the spring, nonetheless it’s a clear sign of what’s to return.

Acer unveils €119 7in Iconia B1-A71 tablet

7 January 2013 – Acer has launched a €119 7in tablet, the Iconia B1-A71. It weighs in at a light-weight 320g, and runs Android Jelly Bean on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. The Iconia B1-A71 features a 1,024 x 600 WSVGA present and 8GB of storage, which may be expanded by 32GB with a microSD card.

The specs aren’t top-notch, nonetheless Acer talked about it was specializing in the 7in tablet as a low-cost selection for these in search of to get into tablets, or as a second machine for households for his or her kids. It’ll be on the market from mid-January in Europe, Acer talked about.

Plastic Logic unveils versatile tablet computing with PaperTab

7 January 2013 – English agency Plastic Logic – in affiliation with Intel Labs and Queen’s School in Canada – will unveil its versatile, Core i5 tablet pc techniques at CES tomorrow, nonetheless launched particulars and photos in the mean time.

The PaperTab affords 10.7in greyscale touchscreen, and is designed to be used in groups, with completely totally different gadgets acutely aware of the presence and train of various PaperTabs, most important the designers to ponder a future by which the usual stack of paper can a raft of current duties.

Toshiba updates high-end laptops with hybrid onerous disks

7 January 2013 – Toshiba has added hybrid onerous disk experience to its high-end Qosmio X875. The model new drives now present 1TB of strange mechanical storage, plus 8GB of NAND flash memory which Toshiba claims will improve be taught/write speeds by as a lot as thrice. We’ll preserve judgement until we’ve seen one, nonetheless the rest of the specs – a Core i7 processor and as a lot as 32GB of RAM – should all-but guarantee superb effectivity.

One Laptop computer pc Per Teenager hybrid tablet previewed

7 January 2013 – The newest mannequin of OLPC’s hybrid laptop computer pc, the XO-4 Contact, has been previewed, as the company makes one different try to inject low-cost computing into rising economies.

The machine, which weighs under 2kg, works as every a traditional laptop computer pc and as a tablet PC, with its 7.5in coloration LCD supporting as a lot as two contact inputs directly.

Nvidia declares Tegra 4 and Android gaming console

7 January 2013 – Nvidia has taken the wraps of its next-generation Tegra 4 mobile chip, full with 72 graphics cores and a quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor. It’s talked about to be 45% additional power-efficient than Tegra 3.

And what larger choice to current it off than inside your particular person gaming machine? The Nvidia Mission Defend handheld has a 5in 720p touchscreen and performs Android video video games – nonetheless may additionally stream PC video video games wirelessly from any desktop system with a enough Nvidia graphics card.

Lenovo embraces touchscreens, unveils “desk PC”

7 January 2013 – Lenovo has revealed a new line-up of Windows 8, touchscreen devices. It unveiled two new Ultrabooks, the IdeaPad U310 and U410, and updated its laptop computer pc range with the IdeaPad Z400 and IdeaPad Z500, and its all-in-ones with the 27in IdeaCentre A730 and 23in IdeaPad C540. All attribute ten-finger multitouch assist.

The company moreover unveiled a model new monitor, the ThinkVision LT1423p Cell Monitor Contact, and confirmed off a desk PC – and that’s not a typo for “tablet”. The 27in IdeaCentre Horizon Desk PC is designed to place flat on a desk excessive, making it an ideal computer for having fun with video video games akin to Monopoly, the company talked about. Lenovo may also be engaged on a 39in mannequin.

Smartphones not for making calls

7 January 2013 – Calling and texting at the moment are not the precept focus of smartphones, based mostly on an analyst presentation ahead of CES 2013.

Shawn DuBravac, an analyst for CEA – the organisation that runs CES – talked about 65% of time spent on smartphones is on “non communication” duties, suggesting a switch to a “submit smartphone interval”. He talked about that sample will proceed as apps add additional capabilities to smartphones and tablets, notably with in-car strategies and health-care corporations.

Ubuntu for smartphones

3 January 2013 – CES visitors might be among the many many first to get their palms on a model new mannequin of Ubuntu being tailored significantly for smartphones. PC Pro was given a hands-on demonstration of Ubuntu on smartphones at a preview event in London.

The OS shares many of the components found throughout the desktop mannequin of Ubuntu, along with typically used apps working down the left-hand aspect of the show, the Head-Up Present that permits you to talk menu directions into the phone, and a cross-device search engine.

PC Skilled unveils Greatest Hits of CES 2013

20 December 2012PC Skilled might be choosing the ten best merchandise at CES 2013 – and wishes your help to do it. There might be 4 explicit lessons – tablet, laptop computer pc, phone and innovation – and 6 fundamental awards.

Management the current info proper right here, and drop a contact upon the Greatest Hits of CES 2013 weblog submit to inform us which gadget you assume should win.

Samsung anticipated to reveal versatile OLED reveals

20 December 2012 – Research counsel Samsung might be unveiling OLED reveals at CES that are versatile, based mostly on Know Your Mobile. The rumours say the 5.5in show was being developed for smartphones and its Galaxy Phrase tablets, sporting a 1,280 x 720 resolution.

The reveals are anticipated to really current up in merchandise throughout the first half of 2013.

Polaroid planning an Android compact digital digicam?

19 December 2012 – Polaroid could very effectively be in search of to adjust to Samsung’s lead with an Android digital digicam of its private, based mostly on leaked photographs. The interchangeable lens digital digicam is predicted to be unveiled at CES, marking a comeback for the company that stopped manufacturing of its immediate print cameras in 2007.

Samsung ensures “one factor new”

10 December 2012 – Samsung has kicked off the build-up to CES with a short – very fast – teaser video promising “one factor new”.

No matter not displaying or mentioning a single product, the Samsung video has kicked off speculation that the company is about to reveal the Galaxy S 4 handset, nonetheless that rumour had been circling prolonged sooner than the video arrived.


Intel releasing thriller machine at CES

3 December 2012 – Mooly Eden, president of Intel Israel, revealed the chip massive is planning to launch a {{hardware}} machine at CES 2013 – nonetheless wouldn’t share any particulars previous the reality that it was shopper centered.

In response to the report from ZDNet, the SDK that goes along with it is already throughout the palms of a restricted number of builders.

CEA: we want Microsoft once more

16 November 2012 – Microsoft last yr launched it wouldn’t be headlining CES with the principle keynote in 2013, with its long-running spot going to Qualcomm in its place.

Whereas Microsoft isn’t giving a speech or looking for flooring home for a stand, Gary Shapiro, CEO of the CEA, well-known the company was nonetheless sponsoring the event. He added the CEA would “favor to have them once more”, nonetheless well-known that flooring home was completely purchased out for this yr.

He moreover added that Microsoft isn’t the first agency to step away from CES, with RIM moreover not looking for a stand this yr. “Firms come and go, that’s a actuality,” he talked about.

Capsule product sales set to double over Christmas

16 November 2012 – Christmas product sales of tablets will double last yr’s tally, based mostly on evaluation from the Consumer Electronics Affiliation, the physique that runs CES.

Analysts for the CEA talked about at a London event that tablets product sales might be up 110%, with 32m purchased ahead of Christmas.

“Tablets and smartphones will dominate the holiday season throughout the US, UK and the rest of the world,” talked about CEA analyst Shawn DuBravac, noting the models excessive wishlists of surveyed prospects – coming above even money and, moderately selfishly, world peace.

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