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Las Vegas is probably a lovely place to live. But spending a week in the desert at a trade show like CES — talking to thousands of people, handling hundreds of devices that countless others have touched, spending all your time going from taxi to casino to buffet along the Strip — it can leave you feeling incredibly grungy.
CES 2013 was undoubtedly about big screens. 110-inch, 4K, OLED, 3D, lenticular, smart, self-aware: we saw it all. Each manufacturer showed off its CES 2013 wares in a booth on the show floor. LG's booth had what I'm calling the best gimmick of CES 2013: an installation of 122 Cinema 3D screens pumping out the best sights and sounds you've ever seen.
When we first saw the Zboard, an electric skateboard with weight-sensor controls, we hoped it would be the first powered skateboard that could actually ride, well, like a skateboard. We tested it out late last week and it's exactly that: a fun skateboard that can move on its own.
We like Lenovo's Yoga a lot, but until now, the 11-inch version was stuck with Windows RT, instead of full Windows 8. That's fine, more or less, but everyone who wanted the total package at 11-inches was pretty let down. Now, though, the 11-inch is getting the full Intel i-Series treatment.
New gadgets take the spotlight at CES. And though we're occasionally blinded by the bright, shiny things, we know where our loyalties lie. Behind the barrage of posts and sprinting between booths, the real stars of the show are the tried and true bits of gear we're using behind the scenes. Each of us has our own beloved item — tech or otherwise — that we'll swear is the only reason we made it out of Vegas alive. Spoiler: There are a lot of batteries mentioned in this post.
LEGO Mindstorms are incredible. It was teaching kids, students and grown-ups alike about programming long before devices like the Raspberry Pi mini-computer were even conceived. I stopped using them a while ago and while I wasn't looking, Mindstorms suddenly got amazing. Here's a bunch of robots working together to simulate a Las Vegas table game.
At the end of December, a PR agency representing American footballer Tim Tebow's new signature line of Soul brand headphones — model number SL300, $US299.95 retail — emailed us to invite us to a CES event at which Tebow himself would be showcasing his headphones and "speaking with the media". The event was total bullshit. Just like celebrity headphones.