ThinkGeek has some really cool products and accessories for all sorts of gadgets and gear in their line. The company is also famous for making things as jokes that have enough cool to them to be appealing and enough realism to fool people. If I had laid eyes on the Joystick-It a few months from now around April I would have called BS on this thing, it looks too cool to be a real product.
It's a shiny chrome joystick that claims to stick to your iPad screen and allow you to control games that use a virtual joystick with a real joystick in your hand. The thing has a thin stalk and a big ball on top that reminds me more than a bit of the arcade sticks I grew up playing at the arcade.
The Joystick-It has a patent pending and needs no batteries. It is shown with the iPad, but it will work with any capacitive touchscreen device. ThinkGeek will sell the controller for $24.95 with limited quantities available at the end of January.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Corsair has unveiled a new computer chassis at CES 2011 along with lots of other gear for computer fans. The new chassis fits into the Obsidian series that Corsair has been peddling for a while now. Corsair says that it built the case to last an enthusiast through years of hardware upgrades and still look good.
The case is made from steel with matte black on the inside and outside of the case and a brushed aluminum faceplate for good looks. The front of the case has a dust filtered 200mm fan and shoots the hot air out the top and back for efficient cooling with a 200mm fan on top of the case and a 120mm fan on the rear of the case. The dust filters of the case are easy to access to clean and the side panels are quick release. The chassis also has an integrated fan controller.
The case has a CPU back plate that is cutout for easy installation of a CPU cooler and it has a routing system for internal cables to keep things clean. The drive cages are removable and can be located in different areas. The case also has room for long power supplies and video cards inside. The case will sell for $199.99 and will ship in April.
Quirky is infamous for offering up gear that really lives up to the company name. Most of the gear isn't stuff you can just order and have show up at your house in a few days. Typically, stuff from Quirky is in the concept stage and the company takes pre-orders until the interest is high enough that the product gets built. The most recent of the products from the company is called the Perch.
The Perch is a docking station for charging your iPhone or other gadgets that also has an integrated wireless speaker. The speaker has Bluetooth connectivity for wirelessly streaming music from any compatible device. The base of the speaker has an alarm clock and can charge just about any USB device there is.
The Perch will work with the iPhone, Android devices, and anything else. The speaker even has a mic built-in to allow for hands free calls. You can pre-order the Perch right now for $179.99 and before the thing goes into production 1600 of them have to sell. So far, only 12 have been spoken for so it may be a long time coming.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - CES is in full swing and all sorts of announcements and gear is being seen for the first time at the show. Some of the announcements aren't things that will happen right away, but are cool nonetheless. One of the announcements that will happen down the road came from Skype. Skype has announced that its video calling service will be coming to two new HDTV brands.
The new brands that will offer Skype video calling include Vizio and Sony. Vizio is the largest TV brand in the US and the company has a lot of web connected TVs in the market so that will mean Skype will find a lot of new homes. Skype isn't giving a specific date for the service to be offered only stating that it will happen "later this year."
If you don't have a web connected TV, but the thought of video calls in your living room is appealing Skype also announced a new tie in with Panasonic and Sony that will bring Skype video calling to dumb TVs. Skype will also be coming to Blu-ray players made by Panasonic and Sony. The players will need a webcam for the service to work naturally.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - We caught up with Bryan from NVIDIA during Digital Experience here in Las Vegas last night. We didn't see any Tegra 2 devices, but of course NVIDIA didn't forget to add some 3D action to it's booth.
One thing they did have on display was a 3D keg. No, I mean the kegputer, as the graphics firm is calling it. One of their case modding friends took a beer keg, greenafied it, added in a bunch of NVIDIA parts and create a full a fully working PC and keg in one. Get a close up look at it in the video above.
While the keg was empty at the time, we are told that it can hold 40 beers at a time. The perfect PC for LAN gamers? Most likely. I just need to put in an order for the show nexr year with something big enough that dispenses whiskey and I will be all set.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - I'll let Sean come up with an article for that catchy title since that's his realm but I wanted to show everyone what AMD was handling out last night.
Leaving the very funny AMD Fusion event I was handed a handful of new AMD Fusion processors / GPUs / Northbridge chips. Yes, all of those key components are now packaged on a single piece of silicon. Here we get to see a naked AMD APU. The size of the APU is tiny, really tiny. In the past enthusiasts have made key chains out of their old processors but you can't really do that with the new APU because it's so small.
I have a handful of these AMD Fusion key chains and will be giving them out in the next couple of weeks to the TweakTown faithful. Just keep posting in the forums like you always do and when I see something that catches my attention you will get a private message asking for your shipping address.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Of course by now you will probably know that AMD's big thing at the moment is Fusion.
We have been hearing about this Fusion thing for a while. AMD is out with its first Fusion APU and during Digital Experience last night here in Las Vegas, a simple AMD poster sign showed a pretty good story of AMD's focus currently.
We can run you through benchmarks and technical stuff, but at the end of the day, you do get a good appreciation of the AMD APU in the video above. 18 watts in a single small chip including the northbridge, GPU and CPU. See above in true to life size - pretty cool stuff!
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Few companies know how to really start CES off like ioSafe. ioSafe has already shown their products in simulated house fires, under water in the pool and even being ran over by heavy machinery. This year ioSafe had to do something different and they did it this year with a bang!
That's right, CES this year started out with live fire on the shooting range.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - Our first stop during the Digital Experience event last night here in Las Vegas was with Crucial Memory who showed us some recent software improvements to its line of Ballistix Tracer Smart memory.
Many of you will know what Ballistix Tracer memory is all about from our reviews with its fancy flashing LEDs. What Jeremy from Crucial explained to us in the video below is that they have been spending considerable time improving the accompanying software that goes along with it to give the user a high level of control over the funky lights.
The new "lights" tab in the software gives you a huge range of control over the lights so you can setup your RAM to just how you want it.
CES 2011, Las Vegas - The enterprise SSD market is really heating up. Just yesterday we showed a Toshiba enterprise SSD that will ship with a claimed 515MB/s read speed. If 515MB/s doesn't impress you then maybe this will, 535MB/s! Hitachi and Intel have teamed up to take on SandForce and Toshiba in the enterprise market, no surprise there, the announcement went out back in November.
The Hitachi / Intel drive was on display here in Las Vegas and we were able to snap a few pics. Most of us don't get all that excited about enterprise drives but what is exciting is how close Intel's enterprise drives are to their consumer product line. Intel has been fairly quite about their upcoming consumer SSD but the new Hitachi Ultrastar gives us a glimpse of what to expect.