Do not be fooled by it’s size the Sony Pocket Vaio is a powerhouse and is absolutely not a netbook but a powerful PC with design considerations for the user with the device built around the keyboard.
Take a closer look and that’s all it takes to realize what makes a VAIO notebook special. With unrivaled attention to detail and style that always makes a statement. Each series features a unique blend of textures and colors that can’t be ignored. It comes in four colors green, black, red and white. Easy to use, comfortable to use and it has this full type in keyboard that’s very easy and functional to type on. Weights 1.4 lbs with 8 inches ultra wide screen with 1600×768 resolution that can easily display two web pages side-by-side. Connectivity: with built-in Verizon 3G mobile broadband technology, embedded GPS and Microsoft Streets 2009 software. It uses lithium polymer removable battery. The standard battery gives you two to four hours of use and the extended battery is double the capacity and available for $129. It has Bluetooth built-in and a connections on the side called display LAN adapter for VGA-out and hardwire LAN out. The Pocket Vaio is available now starting at $900. Find this unit at www.sonystyle.com.
The Sony Webbie is a game changer for Sony. A camera designed for the YouTube generation with default file format in H.264, MP4 which is simply amazing if you think about it. A great camera with a great recording capability.
Webbie HD Camera is Sony’s new stylish cameras that make it easy to capture and upload MP4 video and still photos directly to the Web. The MHS-CM1 and MHS-PM1 Webbie HD™ cameras capture daily events in high definition video (1440×1080/30p) and 5-megapixel still photos. Embedded software makes it possible to quickly upload content online in a few simple clicks. By connecting the camera to your computer via the supplied USB cable, the embedded PMB Portable software quickly transfers content to video and photo sharing websites. It includes direct upload to Shutterfly™ and Picasa™ Web Albums photo sharing sites, YouTube™ and Dailymotion™ video sharing sites and Photobucket™ video and photo sharing site. You can also simply drag and drop video files from the camera to your personal computer folders. Unlike other cameras you can put up to 16GB card on it. The CM1 is available now for $199 and PM1 is available for $169 price point. The Webbie HD cameras will be sold at Sony Style® retail stores, online at www.sonystyle.com/webbiehd and through authorized dealers nationwide.
Check out what the folks at Chumby have planned for 2009. They are focusing on community and hope to see some changes in the hardware department. The unit they show in the video is a “proof of concept” device and they are looking for manufacturers who want to take over the product.
Chumby is a personalized internet content on connected screen. Last year they present a personal internet media player that you can configure the play of your favorite parts of the internet that is encapsulated in widgets. Today they are showing a prototype hardware and software, a chumby enabled photo frame. Full featured photo frame with has gigabit internal memory. You can attach USB devices and SD Cards with a touch screen interface. When you buy the frame it comes up with set of widgets. You can widgetize all photo contents. On chumby enabled device you can look at photos from all different sources in a multimedia stream and it has also internet radio. With the social networking aspect of the device you can send photos to other people. They have also the concept of Grandma mode where the frame is very easy to configure. The original chumby (shown in the product picture above) cost $199.95 at www.chumby.com
The team from Sling Media are coming out with an iPhone application to communicate with your Sling Media player. Some pretty exciting new functions coming to you from Sling Media.
Sling Media is whole experience to access your content from any place that you have internet connection. The BETA version for blackberry has just released. It allows to control slingbox from the blackberry as well as other mobile devices like PPC smartphones, iPhones, etc. Check out http://www.slingmedia.com/ for more info.
Are you a drummer? If you are you will want to check out what the team from Roland have put together. Watch as team member Jeffrey Powers jams out on the main stage.
The TD20S Drum set which is the highest V-drums that Roland has to offer with new TDW20 expansion cards. With 50 new drum sets inside it provide different ambiances. The TD-20 sound module has improved mesh-head V-Pads™, highly acclaimed V-Cymbals™ and innovative new V-Hi-Hat for complete playability. The HD1 drum set is the entry level model called the V compact series and has ten drum sets and designed with five variation push buttons on the front. These are really amazing drums. Check out www.roland.com for more exciting products.
A team member from Zune catches us up on what is happening with Zune and talks about some of the new great media players out there.
Zune MP3 comes with new colors Black, Red and Blue. The 120GB hard drive can store up to 30,000 songs, 25,000 pictures, or 375 hours of video. They enabled the “buy from FM feature” so when you are in a wireless hot spot you can buy the song and instantly download it to your device. The biggest feature in Zune is when you have Zune pass subscription: dock your Zune and stream 3 million songs wirelessly. A Zune Pass subscription is a great deal for music lovers becaue you can download all the music you like and pick 10 MP3s to keep forever for only $14.99 a month. There’s also another feature that they enabled where you can subscribe in Zune Channels — combining the best features of podcasts and playlists, subscribe to channels by Billboard, The FADER, and radio stations like KROQ and KEXP channels. Mixview is dynamic representations of your collection, as well as artist and song recommendations based on what you and other members of the Social are listening to. There are great reviews of the Zune software and its available to download for free at www.zune.net
Beamz probably captivated us the most of any product we saw at CES. A truly innovative device that will provide hours of creativity in creating music. Watch at team member Andy McCaskey is just about besides himself as he tries this device out.
The beamz is a unique, first-of-its-kind product that allows anyone to create harmonious music regardless of musical talent or experience. The product has six laser beams. Breaking any one of the beams with your hand triggers the system to play streams of musical notes or sounds. Every performance is a success because whichever beam you break, the music will always be harmonious. Play it alone or with friends and family for a fun group experience. This is a USB device with an Intel dual core processor and sells for $300. Visit www.thebeamz.com
Professionals are giving Gibson major props for coming out with a Guitar that self tunes itself. Watch as team Jeffrey Powers from the Geekazine podcast jams out with this self tuning guitar
The Gibson guitar, Dark Fire, cost $3900 and comes with an analog-to-digital Firewire converter box and software. This is the answer to every guitar player’s nightmare.
Watch as we meet with an Intel official advocating safely overclocking a notebook and in fact providing tools for overclocking with select Intel chipsets.
Each notebook manufacturer can choose which method they want to do to cool the CPU. What Intel provides is a safe way to unlock the chips to easy overclock and provide a software utility that allows them (OEMs) to overclock within the same parameter (and still keep it cool). For core 2 extreme quad-core processor each OEM is provided with the utility for this overclocking capability and its to them to decide whether they want to built it in to the BIOS or not. The overclocking utility is out now so check it out at www.intel.com.
Moms and Dads keep track of the kids by having them simply wear a watch. This new technology will allow you to track where your kids are with a tamper-proof device that if removed, will alert you that there is a issue. Lok8U uses GPS and Satellites to track where your kids are at all times and GSM technology to alert you via text/email.
This is the world’s first GPS locator device that has been specifically designed with children in mind. It will tell you exactly where your child is, whenever you feel you need to know – at home or even abroad. All you need is a mobile phone or a computer to find their precise location. And unlike similar locator products, num8 has been cleverly concealed in a child’s digital watch that is securely fastened to your child and cannot be removed or deactivated without your knowledge. Another great feature of num8 is the ability to set up a virtual fence as a ‘safe zone’. If your child steps outside this zone you’ll know it right away. It means total security, absolute peace of mind, all day long. num8 uses the same Pinpoint precise GPS technology used in SatNav systems and is accurate to within 3 meters. Just text WRU from your phone and within 30 seconds you get information back including street name, building number, zip code and linking to the Google maps. The battery standby times is 100 hours and 2 to 3 days of battery life in normal use of 8 to 10 interactions with the device a day. (If you are checking your kid every 2 or 3 minutes you will get 8 to 9 hours of the battery life.) The information is available on the website www.lok8u.com. The price point is $200 USD with a monthly subscription of $10 USD.