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CES 2011: Casio Bluetooth Watch interfaces with your Smartphone

While at the Casio booth at CES we ran into a prototype watch that was very interesting to say the least. Casio was calling it a Bluetooth watch? The watch looked like any other ordinary digital watch we have seen before but with an interesting bluetooth feature.

The watch is able to connect to your smartphone and notify you of incoming calls or emails. When a call is received on your smartphone the watch will make a audible alert and display the caller information on the screen. The user can either double tap the watch to silence it and the phone or answer the call. When an email is received on the smartphone, the watch will also display who the email is from by their email address. The watch will also track your speed and distance for running and relay that data back to your smartphone.

Another awesome feature of this watch is the locate phone option. If you have misplaced your phone and are in bluetooth range of it you can press a button on the side which will sound an audible alarm on your smartphone.

Now you would think that bluetooth would drain the battery on the watch rather quickly but it doesn’t. Casio claims that the battery in the watch will last you an entire 2 years of normal usage. When I heard that my jaw dropped to the floor.

The watch is also very plain and black in the video below because it was still in prototype. Casio claims that it will line up with their G-Shock series of watches and be priced around $89 – $120. With a price point that low why not get this watch from Casio. Press read more for the video demonstration.

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Samsung Wi-Fi capable Refrigerator at CES 2011

Samsung Wi-Fi Fridge RF4289

We are still sifting though all of our CES 2011 data so we will be posting CES articles throughout the week. While touring the Samsung booth at CES, we came across an interesting piece of hardware which caught our eye. Imagine your refrigerator having the ability to download recipes for you, maintain temperature and allow you to listen to music. Looks like the folks at Samsung imagined the same thing but decided to add some more features to this imagination to create their new prototype refrigerator which they will be releasing this year.

To start off, this fridge can connect to a wireless network and be able to utilize the applications stored inside its memory. The applications include Twitter, Pandora, Epicurious, AP news and so forth. The user can customize the background as well. A detailed interface is shown with the video extension with this article. In other words, this refrigerator connects with basic networking tools and applications to provide the user with primitive information which might be relevant to most users. The interior is very resourceful and is well designed. It has a modern look to it and is very compact. It consists of an upper cabinet, a middle drawer and a freezer at the bottom. When I said resourceful, I really meant it since it is designed to place all sorts of food items in a nicely discrete manner. However, a few flaws can be seen.

First of all, the applications seem to be limited and specific. This doesn’t allow users to customize and/or add application/s to the interface. Maybe, Samsung might change this prior to release. Another flaw is that it’s generally a refrigerator and most users will not be interested in using it for networking or internet consumption. Read more for the conclusion and video demo.

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CES 2011: Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series

At the CES 2011 Microsoft Keynote Microsoft brought out some new computers. One of the most amazing computers was a Samsung Sliding PC7 Series. The most special part of this device is its functionality. It is both a tablet and a laptop. The device starts out as a tablet and you can slide the device just as a slide out keyboard in a phone and out a keyboard appears. Then you can flip it upright and it transforms into a laptop.

The laptop that was shown was probably the most awesome part of the keynote. When that device came out from behind the stage the whole crowd loved it. I think this device will be able to cover the tablet and laptop market because it contained both of them in one. This device has a Intel ATOM running at 1.66GHz. Windows 7 Home Premium. 2GB of DDR2 memory. Comes in both a 32GB or 64GB model. had a 10.1 inch 1366 x 768 HD Touchscreen. Two integrated speakers. One USB 2.0 port. 4-in-1 memory card reader. HMDI out. A 1.3 MP webcam. A long lasting battery up to 9 hours. More features include:
• Wireless: 802.11b/g/n; WiMax; 3G
• Dimensions: 10.47 x 6.88 x 0.78 inches (W x D x H)
• Weight: Starting at 2.18 lbs.

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CES 2011: 4G LTE HTC Thunderbolt from Verizon

Looks like Verizon Wireless has several plans for this year as far as new phones and wireless devices is concerned. The new 4G HTC Thunderbolt is no exception. With the new video calling enhancement via Skype, this HTC powerhouse utilizes the capabilities of the 4G LTE technology and possesses some really good looking graphics using its 480 x 800 resolution screen. Another added feature is the HTC ‘sense’ which allows the user to drag and drop items on the frontal interface. With an 8GB internal memory, expandable to 32GB, it has surround sound feature along with a 1GHZ processor. The camera is 8MP while the frontal camera is a 1.3MP. So after this sneak peak, we are keen to explore more about this new smartphone.


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CES 2011: Notes on Microsoft Keynote with Steve Ballmer

To start off the Microsoft Keynote speech Steve Ballmer talked about Microsoft’s gaming achievements. With this subject in the air Ballmer talks about how the Xbox 360 integrates social networks and your media collection.

Ballmer moves on to when the Kinect for the Xbox 360 was released. He explains how you are the controller and how you can control the UI of the Xbox 360.

Ron Forbes a Program Manager at Microsoft shows us how the Xbox Kinect can control the UI of the Xbox 360 and the Zune interface on the Xbox 360 with full 1080p functionality.

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