The Other Releases of CES
A product receiving a good deal of buzz post-CES is the new JellyWash+ Touch Lamp from Taiwanese company Yantouch. A couple years ago, the company released the JellyFish lamp and took the lamp industry to a whole new level. While the term "lamp industry" isn't necessarily something you would normally see on this website, a lamp of this caliber could really enhance photography as well. Using it as a prop in a shoot or as a color changing lamp, the JellyFish would certainly set you apart. People who had a hands-on experience with the lamp say that it is extremely bright and does one hell of a job lighting up a space.
If you check out the video below, you can see the Wake-Up setting that simulates a natural sunrise. With a 16 million color database, you'll undoubtedly find a color that suits your mood. After all, it was a mood ring that inspired Yantouch to craft such a marvelous device. But this year, the JellyWash+ found its place in the limelight (pun totally intended). Instead of being touch sensitive like the JellyFish, it is gesture sensitive. Using technology similar to hand dryers in a bathroom, the swipe of a hand can change the color, the sound and the function of the lamp. Running $150 for the motion sensor JellyWash+ or $100 for the JellyFish Black, it can be a pricey bedside companion. But imagine how phenomenal your house will look with the sun setting on the wall.
Primpo iSONIC Cane
No, it's not a new Wii remote. It is Primpo's newest creation aimed at aiding the handicapped. The iSONIC cane is specifically engineered to use the sense of sound and touch to help the visually impaired get around in a whole new way. While standard canes for the blind and visually impaired are simple and collapsible, they only inform the person when they are near an object once the cane touches it.
With the iSONIC, it emits a vibration in the handle once the cane is within 2 meters of an object using ultrasonic sensors, not unlike echolocation. On top of that, the sensors can also detect color and will actually voice the color to the user from the handle's speaker. Plus, it can tell you how bright an area is in terms of bright, dark and medium light, again through the handle's speaker. Though it is significantly more expensive than a $20 cane from Amazon.com, $800 seems like a small price to pay for the ability to hear and feel what you are looking at.
Eton TurboDyne Series
Come Christmas time 2011, we are nearly 100% certain every grandparent will be gobbling these up to pass on to grandchildren around the world, our grandparents totally included. The Eton TurboDyne series is endorsed by the American Red Cross and built to help out in disastrous situations. Portable, rechargeable and Johnny-on-the-spot, the TurboDyne series includes the Road Torq, Axis and Rover. The Road Torq is a 1 watt LED flashing light. It can be charged by using either the hand-crank or plugging into your car's AC/DC outlet. One minute of hand cranking and the Torq will yield fifteen minutes of light. The beacon is hinged sitting atop a tripod of reflectors making this useful in a number of ways: changing a flat in the middle of the night, alerting passer-bys that your car is broken down or using it as a means to light up your face in a tent during scary story time.
The Axis is perfect for your Emergency Weather Kit (which everyone should have already packed and ready to toss in the car or basement). It is an AM/FM/NOAA radio that can charged with batteries, hand-cranked or with DC power. Complete with LED lights, headphone jack (so the zombies don't hear you) and a telescopic antenna, it is the perfect emergency package (minus food, water and shelter). The Rover contains all the same elements of the Axis except for the fact that is charged only by the hand crank. With every purchase, a portion of the proceeds is donated to the American Red Cross so when you actually do need to use the TurboDyne series, the ARC is funded and ready to save you.
Angry Birds Board Game
If you have an iPhone, iPad or Android phone, you have undoubtedly played Angry Birds. Over Thanksgiving both my cousin and brother spent entire days playing the game. Mattel sunk their claws into the phenomenon and spun it into gold. Understanding that family time is more important than the time spent with our handheld devices, Angry Birds Knock on Wood was developed as a two player game.
A card is drawn, a stage is built and a bird goes flying. The video below shows an excellent demonstration of how the game works. If you get creative, you can add your own flying objects, building pieces and rules to the game. PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, XBOX and Wii are all getting their hands on fully developed console versions of the game as well. Not a shabby year for a mobile app development company. You fly Rovio, you fly.
ION Book Saver
Instant response to this product upon watching the How-To video: "WHAT?!?!?! Now? This couldn't have come out when I was still in college?!?! &%$#!" This is honest-to-goodness the absolute coolest, most helpful device for the digital world at CES 2011. A book is placed onto the angled frame that is set at just the right angle for the two cameras with built-in flash, the upper frame that supports the camera is placed on top of the two pages, a picture is taken of both pages within a second, the images are saved onto an SD card where it can then be uploaded to the computer and then e-reader.
With the help of a friend, a 200 page book can be recorded in 15 minutes eliminating the need to carry around 45 pounds of text books. New e-readers coming out with color technology will greatly benefit from the release of the ION Book Saver. Imagine the possibilities this thing opens up: personal journals, photo books, cookbooks, ANYTHING can be converted into an e-book. Mind blowing. Check out the How-To video below to see how simple the process really is.