Howdy, Hey There, and Hello everyone! It’s another year, which means it’s time for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Now that the official first day of CES is complete, I want to give a few briefs about the products/stories introduced today at the show. I will be doing this for the rest of this week, so now, here are my top 5 favorite stories from day one of the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show.
1) NVidia’s “Project Shield” Portable Gaming Console
Last night, Nvidia unveiled its Project Shield portable gaming device, which is shaped and feels like a gaming controller that can be described as an Xbox 360 controller with a 5-inch screen at the top. The system is powered by the new and powerful Tegra 4 processor and can play Android games as well as play some PC games streamed from a nearby computer over a local Wi-Fi network (if your gaming rig houses a GeForce GTX 650), making it feel like 50% WiiU and 50% OnLive. The device also sports a headphone jack, USB, mini SD card support, and HDMI output. Nvidia plans to release Shield in the second quarter of 2013, but the question that remains is its price.
2) 1080p?!? HA! It’s All About the 4K’s, Baby!
Companies like Sony, Samsung and Toshiba have been talking up a storm about 4K televisions for some time now, and this year at CES, they are showcasing the to-be-released AT RETAIL 4K resolution TVs; THIS SUMMER for the Toshiba 4K TV sets! To catch some of you up, 4K refers to the horizontal resolution of these formats, which are all on the order of 4,000 pixels, which is twice the horizontal and vertical resolution of the 1080p HDTV format, with four times as many pixels total. 4K ultra high-definition (UHD) has a resolution of 3840 × 2160 (8.3 megapixels), making it one of the two resolutions of UHD television, the other being 8K. I don’t know if my eyes can handle all of that awesome!
3) The long-rumored Steam Box, the Valve Piston, is A THING *kinda*!
Valve, through a partnership with Xi3, announced a “development stage system optimized for computer gameplay on large high-definition television monitors.” Xi3’s product, code-named Piston, will be a “uniquely shaped, grapefruit-size” computer chassis with hardware based on the company’s own higher-end X7A Series computer, and is designed for Steam and Steam’s Big Picture mode. The Piston is rumored to have 1TB of storage, and sport some updated features based on the current X7A system, which sports a quad-core processor, supports up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and outputs a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels. No price has been announce yet for the Piston, but the comparable X7A system starts at $999. (UPDATE: Actually, this is just a box that CAN play Steam Games; Valve is working on another device that will be its “Steam Box,” not this Xi3 product)
4) A Robot That Will CLEAN YOUR WINDOWS!!
The new Winbot 7 uses the power of suction to stick itself to and clean your windows instead. It comes out this April for around $400 to $500, uses a pair of suction rings powered by a powerful motor to cling to the side of a smooth window surface, while a set of soft silicone treads drive the device around. After a strong seal is made (as the color-changing LED will let you know), the Winbot 7 will quickly examine the whole window, calculate its size, and then create a proper cleaning plan. After all of that setup, the cleaner uses a pad soaked in cleaning solution to wipe off all of that dirt and grime. The Winbot’s power is provided by a cable that is tethered to the unit, which also acts as a last resort if the bot loses both power and suction. Along with that, a three hour backup battery is included as well, keeping the suction motor going until the device can be rescued in such situation.
5) You Knew This Was Coming: The ONE TERABYTE USB Flash Drive
Kingston announced a huge 1TB flash drive that is USB 3.0 compatible and is due out at the end of this quarter. The USB drive has SuperSpeed support and with the USB 3.0 capabilities, Kingston claims that results in speeds of 240MB per second while reading and 160MB per second when writing. To protect this likely-expensive device (and it’ll be NO surprise if it IS expensive), the drive is encased in a zinc metal alloy, which definitely protects it from getting crushed if it is ever sat on. The drive will be compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8, OS 10.6+, and Linux 2.6+.