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Tactus first look: the screen technology that adds a physical keyboard to a tablet

Friday, January 11th, 2013

We wouldn’t have believed this if we hadn’t seen it with our eyes, but Tactus has created a way to add a genuine, physical keyboard to any touchscreen device. The cleverest bit: it appears when you’re typing and disappears when you no longer need to enter text.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S review: first look

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S main view

There are a lot of them at CES 2013, but is this the Windows 8 convertible Ultrabook you’ve been waiting for? Built using the same innovative design as the Yoga 13, the IdeaPad Yoga 11S’s screen flips around a 180-degree axis, allowing you to use it as a full-powered laptop when you want it and then move to tablet mode in a single, slick movement.

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3D printing: what’s out there and how much does it cost

Friday, January 11th, 2013

MakerBot printing

3D printing suggests an intriguing future: forget going to the shops to buy an item, simply design and print your own.

For the present, however, 3D printers – which “print” items by layering liquid or melted plastic – continue to be just out of reach for all but the most enthusiastic early adopters, because of high prices and the skills needed to use CAD software.

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Best and worst robots of CES 2013

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Giant Spider

Robots are one of the promises of the future — like flying cars — that just don’t seem to be happening. Where’s our robobutler, eh?

While we don’t yet have a multitalented robot to act as personal assistant, there are many on show here at CES 2013 that have mastered specific tasks — one will clean the gutters on your house, for example, while another crawls over your back for a massage. While that may not sound as impressive as the sci-fi movies imagined, on the upside these single-minded bots are unlikely to overthrow humanity and stomp us out of existence.

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Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 not-review: hands off

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 under glassLenovo was showing off six new Android phones at CES 2013, but the most enticing of them all is the IdeaPhone K900. So enticing that it was protected from prying fingers by a screwed-down glass cabinet.

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Samsung Series 7 Chronos review: first look

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Samsung Series 7 Chronos at CES 2013

Don’t be fooled by their similar names: the Samsung Series 7 Chronos couldn’t be more different to its much smaller sibling, the Series 7 Ultra. This is a 15.6in behemoth designed for the heaviest of duties – Samsung uses the phrase “ultimate performance for professional creation” – and that’s obvious from the moment you pick it up.

That said, compared to other 15.6in laptops, the Chronos is quite light: Samsung claims it weighs 2.35kg. Mind you, it also claims that it’s just 20.9mm thick – we’ll have to measure it with the office callipers when the final sample arrives in the office, but we suspect it’s closer to 30mm at its fattest point.

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Greatest Hits of CES 2013: PC Pro’s pick of the best products

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

PC Pro CES 2013 Greatest HitsThe world’s largest consumer electronics show is now into its final throes, which means we can reveal the shortlist for our pick of the show’s innovations: PC Pro’s Greatest Hits of CES 2013.

Now we need your help to decide the winner for the Best Innovation. Read the descriptions below and then cast your vote using the link at the bottom of the blog — but be quick, because voting closes at 6pm (UK time) on Thursday 10 January. [Edit: the vote is now closed]

In addition to the winner of this category, on Friday we’ll also be announcing our pick of the tablets, phones and laptops that have been unveiled at CES 2013. (more…)

3M’s 84in multitouch display: (several) hands on

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

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3M clearly thinks bigger is better: the centerpiece of its stand at CES 2013 in Las Vegas is a massive 84in, 1080p multitouch display, set up as a table larger than most people eat dinner on.

The new prototype is the biggest in 3M’s lineup of projected capacitive technologies — the same systems used in smartphones — and the dimensions aren’t the only impressive number about the massive multitouch display.

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Samsung Evolution Kit, smart TV and the colliding worlds of phones, PCs and televisions

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Samsung Evolution KitCES has always been associated with TV, but this is the first year I can recall so many companies’ press conferences and announcements being dominated by the big screen that sits in our living room. Hell, they’re even upgradeable: we saw the Samsung Evolution Kit, which upgrades the “brain” in your TV so you can use this year’s big features.

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Polaroid iM1836 Interchangeable Lens Android Camera review: first look

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Polaroid iM1836 Android

The Polaroid’s iM1836 Interchangeable Lens Android Camera follows the lead of Samsung’s Galaxy Camera by running Android on a touchscreen-backed camera, giving the ability to edit and share photos instantly. The camera runs Jelly Bean, which was unveiled here at CES 2013, and will be upgradeable to newer versions of the mobile OS.

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