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CES 2012: Best gaming gadgets

Posted: 16 Jan 2012 05:11 AM PST

Shahnawaz Naaz:

The annual Consumer Electronics Show is a paradise for technology lovers because they get an opportunity to watch several upcoming gadgets at one place. Besides TV, smartphones, tablets and other gadgets, gaming has always remained an integral part of the show. Renowned electronics firm including Sony and Nintendo use the CES to unveil their gaming devices. In 2012 CES also, many companies released their new and interested gaming gadgets. Here is a list of seven most interesting game gadgets of CES 2012. Have a look.


CES 2012: Best Tablets

Posted: 16 Jan 2012 04:26 AM PST

Abhinav Shrivastava:

Personal Computers and laptops are things of past. It is the tablets that are making waves this year. At CES, hordes of tablets were reviewed and spotted last year, but only a few of them were good enough to knock our socks off. The sparkle of most of these tablets was dimmed by the rival Apple’s iPad 2 which is leading the tablet market with highest global share. But still, some of the tablets were good enough to compete the shining rival with their impressive specs, innovative technologies and affordable prices. In this list we are not going to mention all of the tablets that made to the market this year. Instead, we are simply going to talk about the brands that impressed us with their tablets. Acer, Asus, Samsung and Toshiba delivered tablets that made them enter the list of CES 2012 best tablets. Here is our roundup of the tablets that had great software, higher resolution display, thin and attractive design, good utility and reasonable prices. Check this out!


Puma Baton MP3 Player features a built-in heart rate monitor and GPS

Posted: 16 Jan 2012 03:15 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Puma is a leader in sports, fashion and lifestyle products though it does not yet have a range of consumer electronic products in its repertoire. One the largest sports brands in the world, Puma is known for producing quality sports products and the brand has also positioned itself at the forefront of fashion in the sports lifestyle brand category with a unique range of fashionable gear and clothing. To add to the brand's unique fashion/sports lifestyle identity, designer Maynard Payumo has created the Puma Baton, a versatile mp3 player that is designed especially for runner and joggers.

Puma Baton
Puma Baton

The dedicated runner/health junkie in the age range of early 20s to mid 30s is the target consumer of the Puma baton. An avid runner and a health conscious fitness junkie, a user like this usually likes to track his miles, heart rate and route and also likes to carry an mp3 and a bunch of other health monitors while running. For a user like this, the Puma Baton would be the ideal all-in-one device that would be a fully-functioning mp3 player and would also have the functions of several runner-specific health monitors as well.

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Puma Baton
Puma Baton MP3 Player by Maynard Payumo

The form of the Puma Baton was inspired by track batons and the long lean structure of the player was thus evolved to provide a secure yet comfortable feeling of holding something while running. The baton-like mp3 player is also easy to grip which negates the chances of the mp3 player accidentally slipping out of one's hand while running.

The basic functions of the Puma Baton are very simple. A capacitive touch screen allows users to quickly scroll through their music files on the go. To use the mp3 player, the user can simply plug in the headphones and clip the player to their clothes or simply hold it in their hand. If the user doesn't want to listen to music while running, they can also detach the headphones, wrap them around the mp3 player and secure with the magnetic clip. Since the baton comes with a built-in heart rate monitor and GPS chip, users do not need to carry any extra gadgets to monitor their pace, distance and heart rate.


Trax MkII watch has fetched inspiration from military tanks

Posted: 16 Jan 2012 03:09 AM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Changing times have seen a change in shape of timepieces as well, which have become all the more eye-catching and trendy. Designers are creating watches that not only tell us the time, but also decorate our wrist and manage to capture attention. Peter, a designer from UK, has crafted the Trax MkII watch, which has fetched heavy inspiration from driven belts and tanks.

Trax MkII watch
Trax MkII watch

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Trax MkII watch
A great industrial design with unique time telling method

Peter wanted to incorporate the design of caterpillar tracks that are an important part of military tanks. The design is quite industrial and will manage to impress people who have a fascination for military hardware. The watch has tracks on either sides and has a 24 hour format. The tracks or belts on the left side are used to represent the hour hand, while the ones on the right represent the minute hand. The time is put on show by any of the three tracks or belts out of four featured on the face of the watch on either sides. These belts or tracks are either driven by a mechanical movement or small motors.

The time telling method of this industrial-styled watch is what makes Trax MkII stand out of the crowd. The center of the watch features a rocker button, which acts as a marker for the time. The center row of numbers that is placed directly towards the rocker button is the time. Apart from acting as a marker for time, the rocker switch also helps control all the settings and mode of the watch. The Trax MkII watch has a notable appeal and its way of telling time is definitely unique.

Via: Tokyoflash


8to5 Wrist Watch lauds and critiques corporate work culture at the same time

Posted: 16 Jan 2012 02:30 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

In the world of modern fashion, accessories are seldom worn for adornment. Rather, they are worn to make a statement, though more often wearers settle for making the simple statement showing they are in touch with latest trends. However, the 8to5 Wrist Watch Prototype designed by Paul Kweton is intended to be more than a fashion accessory. The timepiece draws on the rhythmic certainty of perpetual daily work and routines that are part of the corporate work structure.

8to5 wrist watch
8to5 wrist watch

No matter how tedious these work schedules are, they give us a sense of timelessness and a certainty that is somehow missing in these economically uncertain times. Though the piece is intended to strongly critique the monotony of such a work culture, it pays a tribute to its accomplishments at the same time thus serving as an oxymoron which plays on contrast quite wonderfully.

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8to5 wrist watch
8to5 wrist watch by Paul Kweton

Commonly used in the field of construction, the standard I-Beam provides the central theme for the outer watch case design albeit in a geometrically altered state. The beam is scaled down to half the size of the watch case itself and deliciously bent in a half-circle to mimic the silhouette of the watch face. With their ends facing each other, two of these semi-circular bent beams form the watch case's outer shell.

This intricate detailing of the first design process is particularly significant for the second one which draws on plumbing connections as an inspiration. The interpretation of connection details used in plumbing expresses itself via the multi-layered watch case which helps the casing stand out with its strong formal appearance and becomes something of a focal point for the whole design with its sturdy and raw physicality.

With distinct inner and outer shells, the geometrically simplified watch case design features a hard coat anodizing finished-glass bead blast post and CNC milled high grade aluminum masculine exterior which contrasts with the sealed container-like inner shell that is radiant and feminine with the serenity of glass and the gentle movement of the hands.

The watch itself features a self-winding caliber 2824-2 ETA movement which helps it stay precise for longer durations and makes it easier to synchronize and correct. The case of the 8to5 Wrist Watch Prototype measures 55mm x 50mm x15mm and is fashioned out of sturdy aluminum. The 24 mm broad wrist band that comes with the watch is crafted either out of rubber or leather. The designer has refrained from using a metallic wrist band since it would be antithetical to the premise of the design itself, shackling rather than liberating the wearer.

Source: Paul Kweton


iNuke Boom to be the world's loudest iPhone dock

Posted: 16 Jan 2012 01:56 AM PST

Asmita Prasad:

iPod docks are a dime a dozen at events like the Consumer Electronics Show. But we found one at the 2012 CES that not only costs a fortune but also contradicts every reason behind people buying a petite iPod instead of a bulky music system. In what can only be dubbed an oxymoron of the most moronic kind, this iPod Dock called the iNuke Boom mocks the size of the pint-sized music device with its eight-feet-wide frame which incidentally weighs over 700lb so you know you definitely cannot carry it around in your pocket along with your iPod.

iNuke Boom
iNuke Boom

At $30,000, the iNuke Boom is also the priciest iPod dock out there though that isn't what your neighbors would hate you for. No sir, if your neighbors ever decide to call the cops on you for buying this iPod Dock, it would be for the window-shattering 10,000 watts of amplification that the sound system provides you with.

iNuke Boom
iNuke Boom

The speaker system is created by a German maker of professional audio and music equipment called Behringer who claim that the dock can also be used with other non-iPhone/iPod devices via Bluetooth. The prototype was developed as a gimmick to promote the brand’s new home audio equipment line called Eurosound though they are more than willing to manufacture more of this menacing iPod docks on demand!

Via: Daily Mail


CES 2012: Best Smartphones

Posted: 16 Jan 2012 12:57 AM PST

Arjun Wadia:

The 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) witnessed a neck-to-neck competition of the world's largest technology manufacturers. The show kicked off in Las Vegas this year with over 31,000 exhibitors from across the globe. Around 140,000 visitors gathered to have a look of this year's latest gadgets. As predicted, smart phones remained a highlight of the show with the newest and the best releases from big brands. Here's a look on the best smart phones of 2012 CES, which are likely to take the market by storm.


Soundscape Sofa: Lounge in style while you shop for electronics

Posted: 15 Jan 2012 10:06 PM PST

Asmita Prasad:

Designed and built for Japanese brand Audio Technica, the Soundscape Sofa is a free-standing retail concept conceived by David Caon Studio. Created in conjunction with Juicy Design, a local Sydney design firm, the lounge allows customers to sample Audio Technica products while seated in a relaxed atmosphere.

Soundscape Lounge
Soundscape Lounge

The structure is designed primarily keeping in mind the needs of the customers and comes with six touch screen listening docks that let users plug in their own audio device to listen to their own collection of music. Alternatively, users can also sample an ‘inboard’ catalog of headphones or music via the touch-screens. The lounge allows customers to sample the various products with ease while they explore the sofa’s rugged landscape.

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Soundscape Lounge
Soundscape Lounge by David Caon

Since each dock in the Soundscape Lounge is fitted with a different headphone product, users can differentiate between the qualities of each and make intelligent purchases. The Soundscape Sofa is truly a bespoke product and the touchscreen software was specially developed for use in this particular application which makes the experience more exploratory and engaging for customers.

To achieve a truly 3D shape and to keep the costs low, Soundscape was originally created as a 3D sculpture and was ultimately constructed using 12mm Echo Panel board shaped by a water-jet, of which 66 layers were used. The curved design of the lounge makes it an ideal in-store relaxation-cum-product sampling area since the touchscreens can be used by both seated customers as well the ones who prefer to stand.

The bright-colored seating used on the lounge offers a dramatic yet pleasing contrast to the sharp grey construction of the lounge and makes the whole station look ultra chic and modern as well.


Qooq: A multi-featured culinary tablet to help you cook delicious food everyday

Posted: 15 Jan 2012 08:41 PM PST

Ruchika Pahwa:

Many of us sometimes feel the need of a cooking assistant in the kitchen, who could keep guiding us about the preparation methods for various mouth-watering recipes. Especially for those who are amateur cooks and can prepare just basic-level dishes, here is a unique device that may not only help in planning about your weekly recipes, but could also provide you ingredient lists, preparation steps and recipe videos. Pronounced as “cook”, this special culinary tablet is named Qooq.

Qooq Culinary Tablet
Qooq Culinary Tablet

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Qooq Culinary Tablet
The Qooq culinary tablet is a slate designed specifically for the kitchen

This slate is specifically designed for usage in the kitchen and also has other tablet features, which include an MP3 player and a Flash-capable browser. Qooq has been designed to be water and heat resistant by providing it a special enclosure and kickstand. This device additionally features a covered headphone jack, SD card slot and Ethernet and USB ports. It is powered by a dual-core 1GHz Cortex A9 processor and has a display of 10.1 inches with a screen resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Considering the special usage purpose of this device, its operating system is kept to be a tailored version of Linux.

Qooq has some user-friendly features that include automatic recipe scaling and meal planning for the whole week. You would also be able to generate a shopping list per your needs if you are using this specialized digital cookbook. On the home screen of this device, a sliding bar may let you use the weather shortcut and some other web shortcuts. So, you may comfortably use it in the kitchen for everyday cooking information needs. There are commissioned chefs who produce delicious recipes to be added to Qooq. Though this device has been available in France for some time now, but with a price tag of around $400, it will soon be launched stateside. So, gear up with Qooq to prepare yummy food for yourself and your family.

Via: The Verge


Brunton solar-powered iPhone case is a complete solution against impacts and shocks

Posted: 15 Jan 2012 02:44 PM PST

Jaspreet Kaur Walia:

Apple iPhone has a class of its own and so are the accessories that are made to complement this beautiful gadget. There are a lot of cases available in the market to protect the fine-looking mobile gadget from getting bruised, but the solar-powered iPhone case by Brunton is definitely attention-grabbing.

Solar-Power iPhone Case
Solar-Power iPhone Case

A lot of iPhone cases come fitted with solar panels, but most of them are not very tough to withstand shocks. Brunton is famous for coming up with off-grid things and outdoor gears that are strong. The solar-powered case has been crafted for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S and is a rugged solution to keep your phone protected from any kind of impact. It is extra tough and the rubberized shell vows to lend complete protection as it will absorb all the shocks and damages that may shorten the life of your beloved gadget. The case also has a 2.4 Amp rechargeable battery, which will prove to be useful apart from lending the much needed protection.

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Solar-Power iPhone Case
Brunton Launches Extra Rugged Solar-Power iPhone Case

Brunton solar-powered iPhone case has been wedged with a solar panel that can be pulled out just like a kickstand. It can be used to charge the case and also keep the phone in a standing position. The 0.1Amp solar panel can be used to charge the phone's battery not once but twice, which is quite commendable. This means that the phone can be charged while traveling and it will also save you from the trouble of hunting a charging socket every now and then. Just place the case in direct sunlight and use it to juice up your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S in an environmentally-friendly way.

Brunton solar-powered iPhone case will accessorize your iPhone in an Eco-friendly manner, ensuring complete protection without compromising on style.

Via: Treehugger


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