The people at the Consumer Electronics Show actually get to see some of the cooler gadgets we’ll see later… now. So let me show you some of the cool random gadgets that you’ll probably sink your money into later on.
Random gadgets. You could say I am obsessed.
Video conferencing never really took off and while it’s become more commonplace with the creation of video-phoning over third-generation mobile networks, Creative are going to try to get the video conferencing thing back on its feet again. This year Creative will launch the InPerson, a small video conferencing device that looks like a small laptop with a web cam in the hinge and a 7 inch screen. Running off of a 2 hour battery and utilising H.264 compression, you’ll be able to make video calls via either Ethernet or WiFi without compromising on video quality even in low light. Something to look for if you’re a frequent traveller that needs to call home.
Now have you always wanted to play the guitar but never quite got the hang of it and settled for Guitar Hero instead? Well, SoundTech are releasing a device for your guitar called the Ediface. With the Ediface, you’ll actually be able to play Guitar Hero and Rock Band with a real guitar thereby making learning a lot more fluid and easier. And for those of you who can play already, the Ediface can essentially transform your guitar into a MIDI synthesizer. I can just see how many Daft Punk’s and Fatboy Slim’s the world will create with guitars…Do you like Lego? How about Kinetix? Am I the only one that knows what Kinetix are? Bug Labs have created a system that lets you build your own gadget (like a Lego block). You’ll buy modules like a camera or LCD screen that you can plug into a base module and then you can either write software for it or download software other people have written. Pretty cool stuff.
Do you trust your children? In an age of terror and fear and all that jazz, isn’t it nice to know you can tag people with a personal GPS like the Pocketfinder. Actually, the idea is pretty sound especially if you’ve got loved ones who suffer debilitating diseases like Alzheimer’s and get lost easily.And if you’ve got the spare cash, Nikko Electronics are releasing an R2-D2 for you to own. He won’t be programmable but he will project movies at 480p onto a wall from an in-built DVD player, iPod dock, SD slot, or external connection and he beeps. BEEPS! What else do you need in life when you’ve got a beeping & projecting R2 unit?!