My 5 Favorite CES 2013 Stories: Day 3/4

DAY 3 of 4Thursday, January 10th, 2013
DAY 3 of 4
Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Welcome one, welcome all. Day 3 of 4 of the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has come to an end, which means that it’s time for some new briefs about the products/stories introduced today at the show. So, here are my top 5 favorite stories from day three of the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show.  

1) Illuminating Your WHOLE Room is a New Trick  Your Xbox 360 Will Do, Soon..

Microsoft’s Illumiroom, shown off at CES, uses the Kinect camera and a projector to transpose relevant video and images around the TV, on walls and furniture, while playing enjoying a single-player experience of pwning others on Xbox Live.  The Illumiroom can also add flickering lights, particles and ambiance to particular games, as well as expand the environment in some others, though it’s a proof-of-concept prototype at this time.

2) Legal Issues Can’t Hold Down Aereo’s Live-Streaming Broadcast TV Ambitions

Aereo is a the service that allows you stream live broadcast TV over the world wide web, Apple devices (Android soon) that going to aggressively expand its coverage from the New York City and westward to 22 new markets, thanks to $38 million of new funding, announced at CES. Aereo was immediately sued by major broadcasters for copyright infringement in March during its initial launch, but the company argues that the service is legal since it’s analogous to legally-sanctioned “rabbit ears” that enhance broadcast signals in the home, thanks to the company’s own data servers.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this legal battle ends sooner than later, because I REALLY like this idea.

3) Neonode Rises From the Ashes to Present Infrared-Based UI Tech

Neonode has gone from their beleaguered N2 handset, filing for bankruptcy, and has now reinvented itself as a component manufacturer, much thanks to its infrared-based user interface technology. The company demonstrated its proof of concept hardware that showcases a way to add touch to any surface. A square of IR bars cross-fire light above a surface and when your finger(s) interrupts the beams of light, it tracks your motion with pretty accurate results.

4) New Bamboo For You: Impecca’s Compact Bamboo Bluetooth Keyboard

I guess it’s possible to go from bamboo furniture to bamboo flooring; why not biodegradable bamboo computer accessories?  Impecca also makes standard-sized bamboo keyboards and mice, but this compact keyboard (that will be shipping soon with a price of $99) is designed for tablet users and the keys feel very smooth. The company claims that the keys have a finish that prevents them from looking worn-out over time.

5) TransView, the Touch-Sensitive Transparent Display Case

IL WOO was demoing some of its Transview display cases utilizing see-through Samsung panels, intended for interactive advertising and other commercial uses. One model is a 22-inch, 1,680 x 1,050 model with infrared touch control running a handy Flash program to show how the cases could be used with apps, widgets, and so forth.

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