Few things are more frustrating than scratching the display of your expensive smartphone or tablet. The rest of the device could be banged and bruised, but a blemish on its screen changes everything. The window to your apps, videos, and books is suddenly tarnished. Corning is moving one step closer to solving this problem, with a new and improved version of its Gorilla Glass.
Samsung’s PC division is kicking off the CES festivities a little early this week, with the unveiling of two new products in its high-end Series 7 line. The all-new Series 7 Ultra and updated Series 7 Chronos boast some impressive specs and are set to be in full attendance at the company’s CES booth next week.
Over the past decade, Sweden’s Tobii
has been working on adding eye-tracking technology to a mix of user inputs that includes keyboards, mice and touchpads and screens. After demonstrating its GAZE UI for Windows 8
at last year’s CES, the company is set to showcase its first eye-tracking consumer peripheral device which brings the GAZE functionality to any Windows 8 PC at CES 2013. By tracking their eye movements, the Tobii REX allows Windows 8 users to scroll, zoom, navigate and select using their peepers in conjunction with a mouse or touchpad.
With Android and iOS dominating the smartphone wars, several platforms are campaigning to be the mythical third option
. Windows Phone
and Blackberry 10
may have higher profiles, but several open-source platforms are also vying for your attention. One of the more intriguing options is a new mobile facelift for the most popular Linux distribution, Ubuntu.
When we talk about revolutionizing television, we usually mean new approaches to content and connectivity, expecting the television's form factor to remain roughly the same. But if a new teaser is any indication, Samsung may turn that idea on its head … or perhaps on its side.
Families will have even more games to play on their LG CINEMA 3D Smart TV, which LG will be demonstrating at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2013). The new additions follow the company's launch of gaming apps in July. Some of the games will take advantage of its 3D capabilities with a Dual Play feature that gives two players their own full-screen view of the action, unlike traditional split-screen modes. The games are played with the company's new motion-sensing Magic Remote
If you asked 100 tech pundits which company will revolutionize television, many would say Apple
. Some might insist that Google or even Samsung will eventually shake things up. A name that you probably wouldn't hear, though, is Intel. Apparently the chip-maker didn't get the memo, as it's reportedly set to launch its own virtual cable service and TV set-top box.
There is no doubt that smartphone- and tablet-based apps have had a huge impact on music creation. While there seems to be plenty of plastic devices that extend functionality and creativity beyond the touchscreen (from the toy-like Fingerist
to the iTar
), if you yearn for wood then you're options are a little less abundant. After spending two years in development, the first images of Artiphon's intriguing, hardwood-bodied INSTRUMENT 1 for iPhone have been released ahead of a product launch in early 2013.
Samsung’s newly revealed GALAXY Grand smartphone might live up to the “grand” moniker in terms of the 5-inch size of its TFT LCD touchscreen, which is even larger than the 4.8-inch AMOLED display in Samsung's flagship GALAXY S3
, but the somewhat underwhelming 800 x 480 pixel resolution underlines its positioning at the lower end of the smartphone market.
Polaroid CEO Scott Hardy has confirmed to Imaging Resource
that the company will unveil a new Android-powered camera at CES 2013. Though there are currently few confirmed specs for the device, we do know that it will be mirrorless and will feature interchangeable lenses.