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]
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Every Christmas list has names you dread buying for. But hold up: Before you wave the white flag and get them yet another gift card, scroll down a few. We’ve got 15 items that run the gamut from stylish old-school lighters to cutting-edge audio tech, enough variety to please any Scrooge. And the best part? […]