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DeLorean DMC-12 EV eyes-on at CES (update: video of its show floor exit)

Posted on January 15, 2012 in Design, Origins, Uncategorized by dulce303

This isn't the first time that the DMC-12 DeLorean EV has graced Engadget's pages, and we feel certain it won't be the last. However, we know how much you love Doc Brown's ride, and when we saw it on the show floor we had to snap some pics for your viewing pleasure. So head on down to the gallery below to see the electrified version of Hill Valley's most famous whip inside and out.

Dante Cesa contributed to this report.

Update: And now we've got a video of the DeLorean leaving the show floor. Check it out after the break. Thanks, Angel.

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Vuzix augmented reality Smart Glasses prototype hands-on (video) | Tablet PC Comparison

Posted on January 13, 2012 in Immersive by dulce303


Remember those wicked holographic augmented reality glasses that DARPA was so hot to build? They’re almost here. Hiding out at Vuzix’s CES booth we found a functional prototype for its Smart Glasses industrial class monocular display — a special lens attached to a proprietary display driver that produces a bright, 1.4mm holographic picture for one of your peepers. Vuzix told us the lenses were the fruit of a DARPA project, and could allow soldiers involved in air-to-surface operations to track jets, check their ordinance and mark targets for destruction. The military / industrial monocle will go on sale in Q3 of 2012 for somewhere between $2500-3000.

Want to look a little more, well, normal while you’re augmenting your reality? You’re covered — or at least you will be in 2013. Not only will Vuzix’s consumer facing smart glasses offer you the same holographic heads-up technology that’ll power its military bound brother, it’ll cost you a bundle less, too: between $350-600. The unit we saw wasn’t final, but were told the final unit will be able to accept connections over HDMI, and may even be capable of displaying stereoscopic 3D content — you know, in case the real world wasn’t real enough. Hopefully, we’ll be able to tell you those fit next year. Ready to see how you’ll be gussying up reality in the future? Hit the break for our hands-on video coverage.

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Joseph Volpe contributed to this report.

Polaroid SC1630 Android HD smart camera hands-on, is it a cameraphone or a phonecamera?

Posted on January 11, 2012 in Origins, Uncategorized by dulce303

The camera modules in smartphones continually improve, and these days there are phones like the iPhone 4S and the Nokia N9 who can take snapshots as good -- and sometimes better -- than point-and-shoots. Polaroid's known for making cameras, but its newest device, a rebrand of the Aigo A8 we saw at CES last year, flips the script by taking a 16 megapixel point-and-shoot and shoving an Android phone inside.

The Polaroid version's called the SC1630 Android HD Smart Camera, and it's packed with 850/1900/2100MHz WCDMA and 850/900/1800/1900 GSM radios, along with WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and an FM antenna thrown in for good measure. The SC1630 sports an 800 x 400 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, while underneath there's 512MB of built-in storage and 512MB of RAM, along with proximity and G-sensors, micro SIM slot, Micro USB and a 2.5mm headphone jack. As we said above, the camera is a 16 megapixel unit, with aperture of F3.1 - F5.6, 3X optical zoom and 5X digital zoom, a max shutter speed of 1/1400 and ISO tops out at 3200. It's got geotagging and anti-shake support as well, and can shoot videos in 720p. Scheduled to arrive in April for $299, the device still has a few kinks to be worked out and there may be some changes to that hardware before it makes it to market. Here at CES 2012, we got a chance to lay hands on the phone and speak with Emanuel Verona, Polaroid's Executive VP and COO about the company's first Android offering, so read on past the break for our impressions and his thoughts.

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CES 2012 kicks off with a flood of this year’s coming gadgets (video)

Posted on January 9, 2012 in Origins by dulce303

CES Unveiled kicks off the Consumer Electronics Show 2012 with a roomful of new gadgets and journalists.

You’re going to see a whole lot of stories from us in the next four days, so fasten your seatbelts: This week is going to be one big flume ride through the consumer electronics industry.

The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show is where the U.S. tech industry gathers its forces to push into a new year. It’s a flood of new products, and it all started tonight with the first pre-show event, CES Unveiled, where the VentureBeat crew has just landed.

Although the tradeshow itself won’t start until Tuesday, members of the media were stuffing themselves into this ballroom to get a peek at some of the show’s highlights: Multi-touch screens, flying iPhone-controlled toy helicopters, Wi-Fi-enabled baby scales, updated Android tablets and lots of skinny, svelte Ultrabooks. (And once inside, many of them were stuffing themselves with shrimp and weird blue cocktails.)

It’s not just about goofy gadgets. Read up on the CES trends that will shape tech in 2012, and then read our interview with Consumer Electronics Association president Gary Shapiro, who says CES “is doing phenomenally well.”

VentureBeat is sending its biggest ever team of reporters to the show this year. Dean Takahashi, Devindra Hardawar, Sean Ludwig, Christopher Peri and myself are on the scene, shooting video, taking pictures and filing stories.

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Hold on tight, and keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle!

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Lenovo’s IdeaPad S2 tablet is thin, light and can dock for 20 hour battery life

Posted on January 9, 2012 in Origins by dulce303

lenovo ideapad s2 tablet dockLenovo has come out swinging at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

Along with its first TV, the Taiwanese company today has also announced a revamped tablet, the IdeaPad S2, which weighs only 1.1 pounds and is one-third of an inch thick. Even better, it has a keyboard dock accessory that has a battery of its own — when connected to the dock the tablet can achieve up to 20 hours of battery life, Lenovo says.

The IdeaPad S2 comes on the heels of Asus’ popular Transformer tablets, which also sports a keyboard dock. In a sense, the IdeaPad is the Decepticon to Asus’ Transformer Prime, though it can’t compete when it comes to horsepower since it doesn’t feature a quad-core CPU.

The 10-inch tablet instead runs a dual-core SnapDragon CPU, and it will also come equipped with Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich.” The IdeaPad S2 is slightly lighter than both the iPad 2 and Asus Transformer Prime, so it may appeal for those looking for a 10-inch tablet that’s particularly portable.


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Design and print 3D objects from your iPhone with a new app from Sculpteo

Posted on January 9, 2012 in Origins by dulce303

Someone used the new Sculpteo app to create a 3-D vase based on a person's profile.3D printing service Sculpteo today announced a new iPhone app that you can use to design 3D objects, upload your designs to the cloud, and receive a ceramic object in the mail a few days later.

The designs are based on photographs you take of yourself or a friend. Sculpteo’s app turns your face’s profile into a 3D object, such as the vase shown here. You can also transform it into a number of other objects, such as a bowl, plate, or mug. Once you’ve completed the design, you upload it and Sculpteo sends it to a local 3D printing facility which manufactures the object using a ceramic printing process.

Pricing depends on the size and complexity of the object: Large objects such as the vase (pictured right) cost about $300, while a small cup costs just $70. The app itself is free.

Sculpteo is also partnering with designers such as Jen-Louis Frechin to find other ways of transforming “human data,” such as facial profiles, into designs that you can personalize. In effect, the designer is creating a set of parameters instead of a finished design, and the customer is applying the final touches to instantiate the design in a particular object.

It’s an interesting application of “mass customization,” which allows each customer to have their own, personalized product while still giving manufacturers some of the advantages of mass production. Thanks to the rapidly decreasing cost of 3D printing, other companies have also been pursuing mass customization: Bespoke Innovations makes custom prosthetic fairings that give prosthetic limbs a more personal look; computer companies such as Dell have experimented with giving customers the option to personalize their laptop designs; and MilkorSugar provides a catalog of mass-customized products, from personalized underwear to rowboats.

But this app also shows just how far 3D printing has come. Just for fun, here’s an amazing 3D skull created by artist Joshua Harker and printed in plastic using Sculpteo.

Photos: Dylan Tweney/VentureBeat.com.

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Solar-powered Kindle cover means you never have to plug it in again

Posted on January 9, 2012 in Origins by dulce303

solarfocus-kindle-caseIf you’ve ever wanted a Kindle that you never have to plug in, SolarFocus has the accessory for you with its solar-powered Kindle case.

Green tech has dominated the conversation around cars, but now it seems these trends are edging into mobile at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, where SolarFocus is debuting its Kindle case. Taiwan-based SolarFocus has other solar-panel products that have USB ports, but its Kindle case might be its most interesting, specific device.

The solar-powered Kindle case fits only the fourth-generation Kindle, but it should be available for the Kindle Touch in the sprint. The front part of the case features one long solar panel, which is bit inelegant. On the inside, there is a light that can help you read at night or in low-lighting.

SolarFocus says its Kindle case will make the Kindle battery last three times the normal duration, which amounts to three months. But because you can charge solely off the solar charger, you could essentially never need to plug it into a wall or computer USB port in the future.

The SolarFocus solar-powered Kindle case is a 2012 International CES Innovations Design & Engineering Awards Honoree. The device will be available online on Jan. 15 for $80.

A few other photos of the innovative solar-powered case can be viewed below:

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Acer has a quad-core, 1080p Iconia Tab on the way

Posted on January 8, 2012 in Origins by dulce303

Being first has its advantages.

Taiwanese computer maker Acer was the first major company to hold a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show today, where it briefly showed off a powerful new Iconia Tab slate with a quad-core processor and high-res 1080p display.

Acer VP of mobile computing Campbell Kan teased the 10.1-inch Android tablet to the CES crowd today in Las Vegas, saying simply, “Isn’t it cool?”

The new Iconia Tab will be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip, but other than that we don’t have any other details about the device.

While the specs initially sound interesting, I can’t help but see this as the CES equivalent of an obnoxious Internet commenter shouting “First!” in a comment thread. We expect many quad-core tablets to be unveiled at CES 2012 (Asus has already released its quad-core Transformer Prime), and many of them will likely be more tempting than Acer’s, especially since the company has failed to impress with any of its Android tablets so far.

Via Engadget

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Nokia’s killer Lumia 900 Windows Phone hits CES on Monday, says NYT

Posted on January 8, 2012 in Origins by dulce303

Just as we expected, Nokia will unveil its Lumia 900 Windows Phone — which will be tasked with reinvigorating the mobile platform as its new flagship device — on Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Lumia 900 will be initially available on AT&T and is described as “sleek” and “metallic,” sources tell the New York Times. It’s a particularly exciting device for Nokia and Microsoft because it will likely be the first “must have” Windows Phone for many consumers.

The Lumia 900 may end up being call the Nokia Ace when it hits the US, according to previous rumors, which also pointed to it being the first LTE 4G device available for Windows Phone. It’s said to sport a larger 4.3-inch display than the Lumia 800 (which only has a 3.7-inch display), and a front-facing camera, according to leaked images. Under the hood, it’ll run the same 1.4-gigahertz processor as the 800.

While it may seem confusing for Nokia to launch yet another high-end Windows Phone only a few months after it debuted the Lumia 800 (and its inexpensive sibling the Lumia 710), I don’t think anyone will complain about the Lumia 900′s specs, as it seems to fix all of the issues I had with the Lumia 800 (in particular, the small screen and lack of a front camera).

Image via PocketNow

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WowWee shows off its latest App Gear toys that interact with downloaded apps

Posted on January 8, 2012 in Origins by dulce303

Toys and electronics are mixing more than ever these days. That’s why toy robot maker WowWee has created a new line of collectible toys, dubbed App Gear, that interact with free downloaded apps for smartphones and tablets.

At the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas, WowWee is showing off more of its recently introduced App Gear line, extending the idea of connecting apps with traditional toys to create something called “amplified reality.” You can expect to see a lot more of this blending of real-world toys and digital apps in the years ahead.

Rather than take a backseat to the digital experience of video games, toys can help enhance it, according to WowWee, which produces the Robosapien robot toys and Paper Jamz electronic toy guitars.

App Gear toys will give retailers a piece of the app pie, with toys selling for $9.99 to $19.99. The goal is to get beyond the gimmick and make the toys true parts of the games. App Gear products work with all of the iOS and Android mobile devices.

Rivals include toys such as Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure from Activision Blizzard and the Appmates mobile app toys from Disney.  AppToyz also recently launched an AppBlaster toy gun that uses plastic extensions to tap the screen of an iPhone when you fire. The game inserts creatures to shoot at into the environment as you move around a room.

One of the newest App Gear toys is Akodomon, where kids starts out with a collectible kid monster, a terrarium and an environment marker piece. The users can see the animated creature come to life on screen. You can raise your creature, teach it to play, shape its personality and evolve it into a unique interactive character. You can play against other players and purchase upgrades for the app via micro transactions. You can go online and share your unique creation in the online part of the app.

Every App Gear toy will connect or interact with the free downloaded app. Collectible figures, interactive play sets and customizable toys will be included with each pack.

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