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Bill Gates puts up with us, having granted us three interviews in the past three and a half years. It's an intense experience: Bill isn't always fond of making eye contact, and is known to snap at reporters who ask dumb questions. After all, he's not just the Andrew Carnegie--or Emperor Palpatine--of his time. He's also a guy who gets interviewed a hell of a lot, and doesn't stand for bush-league Q&A. But we have always enjoyed the guys company and even have had the opportunity to make him laugh a few times. Here's a quick look back at our three Bill interviews, in a Retromodo re-run fashion:

What's a Bill Gates sendoff without this January's CES video interview with the man? That there's the full 20 minutes--digitally remastered and with all of my awkward stuttering intact. If you just want to re-live the juiciest bits, including the famous "What Did Bill Just Say About Windows?" moment, you can pick and choose from the list: Part 1 - On the difference between Microsoft and Apple Part 2 - On his changing public image Part 3 - What he worries about most Part 4 - On Windows Vista maybe, just maybe, sucking -Video and Digital Remastering by Chris Mascari

Samsung unloaded a whopping 27 plasma and LCD TVs on us at CES, but didn't get around to saying how much they cost. We just got the prices on all of them, from the US$430 18.9" Series 4 LCD to the US$5000 mammoth 63" Series 6 plasma. The whole list, after the jump.

While responding to the press reaction to our CES prank, I neglected to mention one important thing on the mind of some readers: So far, no AV techs have gotten in trouble for it. Making sure no one ever gets in trouble for it is my highest priority, and I'll be taking the rest of the week to call around and double check that is the case. Honestly, I'd rather resign than have that happen to anyone.

CES is filled with thousands of gadgets and lots of people to talk to. But most of these "new" products are really just moderate updates. So in case you missed the goodies in the wave of CES news, here's just our favourite stuff after the jump. Yes, lazy people—life takes care of you again!

It looks like a concept—in fact, the only pictures we have of it are fancy 3D renderings doctored up in Photoshop. But according to the press release (after the jump), MediaStreet's 1GB eMotion solar-powered portable media player is already shipping for $US169. That's a lot for a typical 1-gig audio-video player, but when you consider that this device can, according to claims, provide power for "most portable devices such as mobile phones, MP3/MP4 players, laptops, digital cameras" and presumably itself, it's chump change. We'll get to the bottom of this, hopefully getting a review sample in, but in the meantime, have a closer look and feel free to stretch your skeptic muscles.

The crazy folks from over at Camcorderinfo.com who made that sweet CES rap and tested out a digital camera in a fishtank last week also happened to interview noted porn star Belladonna about digital video cameras. I don't know how we managed to miss this one, as we know how familiar many of you are with the work of Belladonna, but here it is. I'm pretty shocked that Chen didn't think to bring a porn star onto the show floor for an interview, but he's a shy boy, as you all know.

A Gizmodo writer has been banned from CES for a prank. But when I see some fellow press damning us for the joke, I feel sorry for them: When did journalists become the protectors of corporations? When did this industry, defined by pranksters like Woz, get so serious and in-the-pocket of big business? This is totally pathetic.

Consumer electronics tech journalism is very tricky. Those who strictly cover commercial CE depend on a powerful handful of companies for the very lifeblood of their content. That's a dangerous position. A "favour" by a company can turn into the laziest kind of "scoop" imaginable, a scrap from the dinner table for the dogs of journalism. And every gadget journalist has wrestled with his conscience as he gains more access and becomes inseparable from the industry and depends on more and more of these scoops.

Somehow slipping under our toilet-obsessed butts at CES, the iTouchless Auto-Flusher saves you the effort of pressing down on that flush handle once you've gone. Using IR to sense you, it does make using the toilet a little more hygienic and its 4 "C" batteries will last for 23,000 flushes, which seems incredibly reasonable (3 years of use, apparently). Buy it for $US199.95, install it in your toilet cistern and you could impress your visitors with that "Oooh... it's just like a 5-star hotel!" feeling. Thankfully a manual override is available.

The latest edition of Nature magazine details a new method scientists have derived for converting heat energy into electricity, using silicon to instigate the conversion. Researchers have more investigations to carry out, but if preliminary findings are indicative of what is to come, appliances that charge using your own body heat may be on the horizon.

Spotted on the floor of CES by Kotaku, Fenda's "On Play" 2.1 speaker system has speakers that resemble a Wii Nunchuk and a subwoofer that looks like the Wii itself. In addition to having a dock for the Wii to sit on, Kotaku's Michael McWhertor says the speakers sound pretty good and will only cost around $55 when they come out later this year.

While much of the internet may be up in arms over Richard Blakeley's recent IR-induced video stunt, a 14-year-old boy from Poland allegedly took an IR hack to more tragic proportions this week, and has been accused of hacking a standard TV remote to override track switching at rail junctions in the city of Lodz. Four trams were derailed and (luckily) only 12 people were injured with none killed. The youth in question was described by teachers as an "electronics buff and exemplary student," according to The Register.

The lesson? From here on out, Blakeley takes a cab. And he stays the fuck away from our train set.

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We've shown you snippets throughout the week, but we wanted you to have access to the full 20 minutes, too, so you can catch every little nugget from the conversation, and see how the chat evolved to the point where Bill could be frank and open about all things Microsoft. It's in YouTube so you can share it or do whatever. Just remember it's long, so you may want to get a beverage or a snack before pressing play.

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Amidst the 16 new Sony camcorders at this show, the HDR-S12 is the best HDD model they make, with a Carl Zeiss lens, 5.1 Dolby surround, 120GB of space, 1080p resolution, and face detection during video. It also take 5mp native photos and simultaneous slow motion (240fps) and regular movies. Not bad.

Blasting HDTV from one place to another without wires is a revolutionary concept that made evolutionary strides at CES 2008. We found numerous companies showing the technology that's able to move luscious HDTV video either across the room, or in some instances, through walls and around the house. Some of these systems are shipping soon, while others are only in the experimental stage. The remarkable thing is, all except one of the transmit/receive concepts we saw looked indistinguishable from wired HDMI video to the eyes of a normal person:

You're telling us you can't get enough of the booth babedom, so we found a few more shots from the leches at Think Computers. We give you the best on the next page, but you'll have to mosey on over to the Think Computers site for 30 more.