Eric Mack has been covering technology and the world since the late 1990s. As well as being a Gizmag regular, he currently contributes to CNET, NPR and other outlets.
It wasn't long ago that bringing a rugged PC along literally required lugging a rigid office-in-a-suitcase sort of setup into the field. But new systems like the Durabook R11 from GammaTech combine touchscreens and the trend towards smaller, lighter and thinner devices into a much more portable package.
The wait is set to continue for those that have laid down some cash and cleared a space in their garage for Elio Motors' US$6,800, tandem seat, 84 mpg (2.8 L/100km) American-made three-wheeler. The company has announced the vehicle's launch has been delayed ... again.
Kodak revolutionized and modernized photography, but the company has no such ambitions with its first branded smartphone. Instead, it's banking that its name and history will convince seniors to take a brave jump into the touchscreen world.
The wearables trend was on full display at CES 2015
in Las Vegas earlier this month, where we spotted lots of new wearables, including many that we'd be shocked to ever see in the wild.
Microsoft has unveiled an early version of Windows 10
, the company's latest attempt to bridge the gap between desktop and mobile operating systems with a new platform for phones, tablets and PCs that will be available for free for its first year for those upgrading from Windows 8.1
and for those still using Windows 7 a year later.
Last year's International CES (the 2014 show) was chock full of Bluetooth speakers, and one of the few that stood out from the pack was Nyne's floating, waterproof Aqua speaker. Gizmag has since had the chance to test one out and see if it truly sinks or swims.
The original Sony Walkman was introduced over 35 years ago, and has since been supplanted in popular culture by first the iPod and more recently iPhones and other smartphones. But Sony isn't giving up on its original portable music brand that easily – the company introduced a new high resolution digital Walkman at CES 2015 and we had the chance to test it out.
Polaroid has been teasing us with the release of its Socialmatic
camera for a while now, and after some delays it is finally shipping. We got our hands on the company's big square Android-based digital camera with built-in zero-ink printer at CES 2015
and can also confirm it actually works as advertised.
It was an unusual year for mobile tech at CES 2015
, with two of the most intriguing mobile devices coming from companies we'd never heard of before. The smartphone we drooled over most was the Saygus V2
from a small American company, and as for tablets, it was the Chinese startup founded by a trio of ex-Googlers called Jide and its upcoming "Remix Ultra Tablet" that was the most intriguing large screen device.
InMotion has added to the growing list of portable urban "transport appliances
" by showing a redesigned version of its flagship R2 device and a companion unicycle at CES 2015
. Gizmag took them for a ride in Las Vegas.