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Bending Spoons and Giving Barbie the Finger

J. Kevin Ament
Thursday, January 15, 2009

It was a slow year for gaming at the CES, and one glimpse of the future left us scratching our heads. Mattel’s Mind Flex, described by the pitchman as the “future of gaming,” converts theta brain waves into radio frequency signals that direct a small fan to move a light-weight ball through an obstacle course. We recognize and respect the potential, but wonder whether this simplistic application of the technology will inspire or underwhelm potential investors. Mattel also unveiled the Barbie Digital Nail Printer, which connects to your pc and prints custom designs directly on the fingernails. We love that the product, much like the recent ad campaign, promotes parent-child play and individuality.

Web TV. For Real this Time?

Monday, January 12, 2009

In the long run, LG’s partnership with Netflix to bundle the online movie rental system into its new flat-screen TVs might prove to be the biggest news from CES last week.  The announcement didn’t get the press other gadgets received from the show.  After all, the idea for the technology has been around since you still had rabbit ears on top of your idiot box.  But the South Korean underdog turned household name - together with the leader of online rentals - may be the first to make the inevitable marriage of TV and the Web work.

Palm Springs, Apple Fritters

Senior Editor
Monday, January 12, 2009

In the wake of the Consumer Electronics Show, we look at the most promising products for 2009 and discuss our favorites from 2008... Palm stock jumped 34% Friday after the company wowed CES with the prē, the first real contender for iPhone killer. Noteworthy features include quick scrolling though open applications, a three megapixel phone with flash and slide-down QWERTY keyboard.

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The Smart Home And Office Devices From CES

David Lumb
Jan 15, 2014

The best part about the future is, baby, you’re living in it--literally. The “smart home” is becoming a real thing, and we’re finally getting choices in our intelligent devices. Here are the best of the bunch.

We Pick the 10 Best Gadgets at CES

Gadget Lab Staff
Jan 10, 2014

Of all the consumer electronics (and other products of varying origin) we saw at CES 2014, these are our picks for the most interesting, the most important, and the most awesome.

Will Washington Move to Quickly to Regulate the Internet of Things?

Katy Bachman
Jan 9, 2014

Walk the halls of the International CES and listen to tech titans like Cisco’s John Chambers and it’s easy to believe that the Internet of things is the next big thing and that it’s all but here. But while the tech industry may be embracing it, Washington policymakers, fretting over data security and privacy issues, still aren’t sure what to do about it.

Why Curved Glass Will Change Gadget Design Forever

John Brownlee
Jan 7, 2014

The smartphones in our hands, the tablets on our laps, the computers on our desks and the televisions on our walls. We live in a blocky world of glowing glass rectangles. But yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, industrial glassmaker Corning announced an innovation that may finally end the rectangle's domination over gadgets, and usher in the era of the organically curved and super-resistant devices of the future.

'Internet of Things' in Reach

Don Clark
Jan 6, 2014

From meat thermometers monitored with a smartphone to Wi-Fi-equipped dog collars, devices and services in homes and businesses are increasingly being connected to the Internet, a long-awaited trend that is causing a surge of optimism in the tech sector. Large and small companies are churning out a number of Internet-connected gadgets, a central theme as the Consumer Electronics Show opens this week in Las Vegas.

Why Pandora Is on Virtually Every Device

Jan 18, 2011

If it seemed like Pandora was everywhere at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, it's because, well, it was.

Why Marketing's Big Guns Are Winging Their Way to Las Vegas

Michael Learmonth
Jan 4, 2011

The slow collision and then merger of media and tech has been underway for more than a decade, and it's playing out again at the Consumer Electronics Show, which has become a required stop for media, agencies and, increasingly, brands. For tech brands such as Intel, Microsoft, Sony and Samsung, this is the Super Bowl, but non-tech marketers are playing too, in part because, well, there really is no such thing as a non-tech brand.

3 Non-Tech Business Trends From CES That Matter For All Of Us

Jan 14, 2010

The end of last week was the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which attracts more than 120,000 people from all parts of the technology industry together to Las Vegas to share their latest innovations and visions for the future. NBC was reporting live from the tradeshow floor, all the big tech publications were there and anyone who works in the technology industry spent the weekend either talking about all the things they were doing, or wishing they were in Vegas to be part of it. The hype this year was definitely around the promise of 3-D TV technology, with ebooks following as a close second. But what about if you are not in the technology industry at all?

Giving Electronic Commands With Body Language

Jan 12, 2010

The technology industry is going retro — moving away from remote controls, mice and joysticks to something that arrives without batteries, wires or a user manual. It’s called a hand. In the coming months, the likes of Microsoft, Hitachi and major PC makers will begin selling devices that will allow people to flip channels on the TV or move documents on a computer monitor with simple hand gestures. The technology, one of the most significant changes to human-device interfaces since the mouse appeared next to computers in the early 1980s, was being shown in private sessions during the immense Consumer Electronics Show here last week.

What to Take Away From CES

Chris Dannen
Jan 11, 2010

Sometimes it takes a million square feet of gizmos to understand where humanity is headed. After all the pageantry and pixels, here's what the world learned about tech in 2010.

Apps: They're not Just for Your Phone Anymore

Jan 10, 2010

To most people these days, an "app" is something you download on your smartphone to help you do a specific task -- say, find a good nearby restaurant. But big tech companies, seeing how applications have boosted the appeal of gadgets such as Apple's iPhone, are starting to view apps as low-cost enhancements for a broader range of products, from netbooks to TVs and beyond.

4G Approaching: Why Mobile Is About to Control Your Life

Jan 8, 2010

We stopped by the LG Electronics booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to talk to Josh Lovison, practice lead for gaming and mobile at IPG's Emerging Media Lab. For all the talk about 3-D TVs, widgets, e-readers and tablets, Mr. Lovison thinks the most disruptive technology on display at CES is one that has been talked about a long time, but is quickly coming to fruition: 4G mobile networks.

Microsoft, Kia Plan Phone, Music for Cars

Jan 6, 2010

Kia Motors America and Microsoft Corp. are forming a partnership to equip Kia vehicles with a system that drivers and passengers can use to make phone calls and control the car's audio system using voice commands. The hands-free system, called UVO, will be offered in several Kia Motors Corp. vehicles by the end of the year, according to the auto maker. The first vehicle to offer it will be the 2011 Kia Sorento crossover, likely to be out around July.

Tablets, TV Phones Among First Glimpses From CES

Jan 6, 2010

The 2010 Consumer Electronics Show doesn't officially kick off until Thursday, but some forthcoming gadgets, including tablet-like wireless devices and phones that can show live TV, are already getting buzz here.

Apple's News Strategy: Steal Google And CES Thunder

Jan 5, 2010

Apple just announced that its App Store has blown past three billion app downloads, which is impressive. But the timing is curious, as are the swirling rumors about the upcoming Apple Tablet. Is Apple trying to out-PR CES and Google?

10 Meaningful CES Trends That Won't Stay in Vegas

Jan 3, 2010

We've become a nation of early adopters -- now can the consumer electronics industry lead the U.S. recovery? That's what CE manufacturers (who happen to include a few of the world's biggest consumer marketers) hope for as they gather in Las Vegas this week for the annual Consumer Electronics Show.

'Smartbooks' Latest to Join Crowded Computer Market

Dec 30, 2009

Companies gambling that they can shake up the portable-computer market plan to lay some cards on the table in Las Vegas next week. The 2010 Consumer Electronics Show will be a coming-out party for a new breed of ultra-small laptops that act more like smart phones—designed to be always on and connected to the Internet via 3G cellular networks, ready to call up a Web page or post an update on Twitter. Promoters of the new devices have been pushing the term "smartbooks," partly to distinguish them from the low-end portables called netbooks that have been the hottest thing in the PC industry over the past two years.

3D Is Coming To a Living Room Near You

Jan 15, 2009

Three-dimensional TV is coming to a living room near you. But will the technology spur a consumer spending spree like digital and high-definition TV did before it? Or will 3D end up being the next big flop?

CES 2010 to Shift to Affordable Gadgets?

Jan 15, 2009

As we look back on the CES conference of 2009, it is clear that there have been some notable and exciting announcements.  The unveiling of the new Palm Pre, the Polaroid PoGo and the implementation of wireless charging just to name a few.  Wired Senior-Editor Dylan Tweney expects to see more electronic manufacturers pitch more affordable gadgets as the economic situation tightens wallets and even noticed that this years CES was more subdued than previous years. Check out his full report.

Don't Shoot the Measurer

Jan 13, 2009

My comments yesterday about CES notwithstanding, such a large agglomeration of smart people is sure to yield come valuable insights.  I believe that the panel conversation that I moderated was one of those moments. There were at least three conclusions that I thought were very powerful.

Possibilities, Not Necessities

Jonathan Baskin
Jan 12, 2009

I just finished walking through the exhibits at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and my shopping list is blank. I don't need anything that I saw.

CES And The Recession: What Was The Impact?

Jan 12, 2009

Actually, it's been very hard to judge the effect of the recession on this show, which in the past has been one of the largest in the world. Ask five different CES veterans what they thought, and you get five very different answers.

Microsoft Releases Windows 7 Beta as a Free Download

Jan 8, 2009

Microsoft's excitable CEO Steve Ballmer showed off Windows 7 -- the slick, fast, user-friendly successor to the much-maligned Windows Vista -- and said it will be available as a public beta on Friday. Unveiled by an intense Ballmer during his keynote address on the eve of CES 2009, Windows 7 will offer better performance on underpowered machines such as netbooks, support for multitouch interfaces, and simplified home networking.

Backstage at CES 2009

Jan 8, 2009

It's the eve of the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, and the floor is a flurry of activity as thousands of vendors set up their wares. Wired.com took a backstage tour of the preparations to bring you a glimpse of what, in a few short hours, will be the latest incarnation of North America's largest technology tradeshow.

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