Notwithstanding the good reasons to be forgiving of CES, I still find it difficult to work up enormous enthusiasm for most gadgets, representing, as they so often do, small incremental improvements over existing technology. However, Wired's top ten CES gadgets report has two items that caught my eye and my interest:
The first is Sony's Short Throw Projector, which does some clever optical tricks in order to allow you to paint high-resolution projections on surfaces from a baseboard-mounted projector, at enormous sizes -- 147 inches! Being able to turn walls into video screens without ceiling-mounted devices could seriously change the way we think about rooms.
The other is Christine, a concept PC from Razer that allows you to stack up computer components as simple, interlocking bricks that snap into place. So when you want a new video-card, you just undock the video-card's lozenge and slot another one in. It's an interesting answer to the problem keeping desktop PCs relevant and up to date in a world of ever-faster-expanding capabilities.
We Pick the 10 Best Gadgets at CES [Wired]
Behold, the Blue Marlin, a “semi-submersible heavy lift ship” that is capable of hoisting and transplanting other, full-sized ships (that is ships as big or bigger than a US Destroyer-class vessel) all around the oceans.
Mister Alphabet is an action-figure designed to cleverly bend and contort into every letter of the Latin alphabet; the website is long on trademark warnings and arty Instagram photos, but short on details, like, “Is this an object of commerce?” and “If so, where does one buy it?” (via Kottke)
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