CES 2009 CoverageBosco - January 7, 2009
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Unless you’re in the FBI or CIA, when you hear the word “Intel” you immediately think of processors. But here at CES, you quickly learn that Intel is about way more than just processors, though of course that is still its main focus. In fact, the first product we saw was the “innovative ergonomic workstation” named iClubby. The iClubby is essentially an all-inclusive workstation, consisting of a complete PC, three large portrait LCDs, an ergonomic chair equipped with speakers, and of course a keyboard and mouse. As seen below, it looks like something you’d find in a NASA training facility.
Next we saw some Mobile Internet Devices using the Intel Atom processor. Two such examples were the Compal JAX10 and OQO Model 2+, both supporting WiFi and featuring touchscreens. The Compal runs Linux on a 4GB or 8GB solid-state drive (SSD), while the OQO can run either Windows Vista or XP on a standard hard drive or SSD.
Continuing the “Intel is more than just processors” trend, we saw Intel’s award winning SSDs.
Next we saw some PCs that were roughly two-foot long models of the Dodge Challenger, complete with an optical drive and all the outputs you’d expect from a typical PC.
Lastly, we saw Intel’s gaming chair. Hydraulic rams jolt and tilt the chair around as an extreme force feedback output device to give the kind of gaming experience you get at a video game arcade.
Next we headed over to Toshiba and saw some very interesting and unique products. The first we saw was a laptop featuring 4th Generation EasyGuard Technology. The model on display had a constant stream of water running over the keyboard, but in reality, EasyGuard automatically saves your work and shuts down the system if you spill a drink on your laptop keyboard. This automated shutdown sequence preserves your data. Spillage accidents occurring on laptops without EasyGuard would almost certainly result in data corruption. The model on display had a video on infinite loop, but unfortunately the exhibitor would not let us touch the laptop to prove full functionality. In addition, though Toshiba claims EasyGuard automatically shuts the system down without causing damage to your hard drive, the laptop warranty does not cover damage to the rest of the system.
Continuing with the water-resistant theme, Toshiba had a “water-resistant internet viewer” on display, completely submerged in water and playing a movie… you know, in case you’re scuba diving and wanting something to keep you busy while you wait for a cool fish to swim by.
Next we saw some automotive “industrial strength” hard drives. What makes these hard drives special is their high resistance to extreme temperatures and vibrations, making them perfect for use in automobile in-dash computer systems; thus the “Automotive” moniker.
The last thing we saw at the Toshiba booth was also the coolest; a “Minority Report”-like gesture control system featuring a “Spatial Motion Interface”. Still in development, Toshiba describes the device as a “new interactive experience of hand motion operation for next generation digital TV’s.” Essentially what that means is that you use your hands in free air to operate and navigate your television. Though the demonstrator made it look extremely simple to use, Andrew (ClayMeow) tried it out, and it was anything but; it’ll definitely take some time to get accustomed to, but it certainly has potential.