When you push the limits, boundaries, and conventional wisdom with a device, you’re bound to hit a few snags—even if the idea is really awesome. FreedomPop’s iPhone case/data device they have been showing off at CES is stuck in the FCC approval process because nothing like it has ever been done before.
Lots of us have had our iDevices get dunked. From the simple to the stupid, it happens. Here in Vancouver, since it rains so much of the year (most of the fall, winter, and spring), it’s a little risky to take your phone out when you’re walking around. It doesn’t take long for the device to get pretty wet. Liquipel launched last year with their service to completely waterproof your iPhone with their nano process. At CES Liquipel 2.0 is out and it isn’t just better…it’s coming to a mall near you.
There have been a lot of Bluetooth “finding” gadgets at CES. From the release of the Stick-n-find for anything and the Kensington fob for other things, Bluetooth 4.0 has made location based devices easier to make and power. Hipkey is like these other two options, but is designed to make sure you and your iPhone don’t get too far away from each other.
One of the things that kept me in the world of Blackberry for so long was the physical keyboard. I might not have been the fastest typist on it, but I was sure that it was better than what I would get from the iPhone. A few years now with the iPhone keyboard, I’ve gotten the hang of it—pretty much—and while I don’t long for a physical keyboard for my iPhone, a Kickstarter project called Spike would let me have it.
Kickstarter sensation Pebble raised over $10 million in pledges for its smart watch that paired with iOS and Android devices over Bluetooth, receiving 85,000 pre-orders from backers. The huge number, though, introduced a lot of delays into the manufacturing of the watch, with the initial September release date pushed back indefinitely.
Today, like most of this week, is going to be spent picking through all the CES product announcements to find a few gems to summarize for you later. “Real” news is going to be hard to come by this week. Why bother announcing something when most of the tech world is focused on the goings on in Vegas? Buzzfeed has a contrarian view that CES, and all trade shows in fact, is only marginally important. So maybe we’re not missing out after all?
In an amazing effort from Plastic Logic, Intel, and Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario), we have a prototype tablet that is flexible, thin, and indestructible. While we look at our current crop of tablets with amazement (at least I do), this device could really change how we do things. How? Because these tablets all natively work together for simple tasks like email, document sharing, and reading.
CES kicked off yesterday and instead of swamping you all with all the gadgets that are being announced, we’re going to hit you with periodic roundups of things we think are cool, interesting, and maybe a little off the wall. Of course, if there is something we think is particularly awesome, we’ll give it the attention it deserves.