CES 2011 Highlights
CES 2011 had plenty of tablets, TVs, and phones; but what were some of the showstoppers? Below are some of the top picks of this year’s CES.
Motorola Atrix 4G
What makes this smartphone unique is its ability to dock into a lightweight laptop/desktop computer. Once docked, a desktop UI interface loads while being powered solely by the phone. The phone itself is gorgeous as well with a 960×540 display as it ran on Froyo. No release date was announced though the phone will be supported on AT&T.
As gaming has shifted to portable devices, hardcore PC gamers still find themselves locked down by high spec requirements and heavy gaming units. Razer’s new concept not only brings PC gaming into a light and portable device, the keyboard, somewhat reminiscent of the Optimus keyboard, shifts the key-specific LCD displays accordingly to the game (or program).
RIM Blackberry Playbook
The makers behind the popular Blackberry franchise came out in full force with the Playbook. While much smaller than the iPad, the Playbook still packs quite the punch. Not only did it handle multitasking smoothly (running video, webpages, gaming without a pause), the UI was easy to use.
Qi Wireless Charging
Fulton Innovation showed a wide range of practical applications for wireless charging. From recharging (Tesla) electric cars to heating soups to cereals and toys animated on store shelves, this new technology may bring about change from your desk to the store.
CNET’s Best of CES 2011 went to the Motorola Xoom. The first tablet to use Android’s 3.0 Honeycomb. Honeycomb is made specifically for the tablet experience. Though limited to pre-recorded video, Motorola showcased their tablet, highlighting revised interfaces for Google Books, YouTube, and browsing.
LG Glasses-free TV
3-D continued to reign supreme on the floors of CES. With the consumer backlash against the need for glasses, several companies revealed glasses-free technology. While these new TVs were still limited around three ideal viewing apots, it’s at least a small step in the right direction.