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Best of CES 2014 Ubergizmo Awards

Ubergizmo Team January 17, 2014

Last week, we gave 10 Best of CES awards, and the physical trophies have already been delivered, but as a last look back on CES 2014, here’s the list for the record, and why we like those products or technologies. Here they are, in no particular order and see you next year for another crazy week in Las Vegas. Drop a comment to let us know what your favorite CES product was!

1/ Intel Edison

Best of CES 2014 Ubergizmo AwardsIntel wants to enter the wearable tech market and their Edison SD-Card sized computer may just get them there much faster. We have seen some pretty small computers in the past, some as small as a shirt button, but Intel’s is basically a PC shrunk into the size of a memory card. The choice for using the SD card format is astute because device makers can already have access to a wealth of options to build their hardware. While the card uses the SD Card physical format, it is not limited at all by the SD protocol, so developers are free to build any system they want. We can’t wait to see the first prototypes. (more…)

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    Dive Is The $89 Alternative To The Oculus Rift

    Tyler Lee January 10, 2014

    We’re sure there are some of you guys out there who would love to get in on the Oculus Rift action. After all based on what we know and what we’ve seen, it is indeed a cool piece of technology. Unfortunately it is not available commercially at the moment, meaning that if you wanted to get your hands on one, you’d have to fork out $300 for its development kit, which is probably $300 ore expensive than what some are willing to pay. Well the good news is that if you don’t mind an alternative, Dive unveiled an Oculus Rift-like device at CES 2014 which can be had for $89, although we’re not sure if it might provide the same experience.

    Basically how dive works is that it is worn strapped to your head, but instead of having separate displays built into it like the Oculus Rift, Dive will instead rely on your smartphone to act as a display instead. There will be lenses built into it which is said to provide some kind of 3D effect, but according to the folks at Android Central who managed to check it out, they said it was not the same as the Oculus Rift. However like we said with Dive being priced at $89, it is a cheaper alternative to the Oculus Rift and for those interested in getting their hands on the device, you can do so by heading to its website for the details.

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    The Matias SecurePro Keyboard Comes With 128-bit AES Encryption

    Tyler Lee January 10, 2014

    The Matias SecurePro Keyboard Comes With 128 bit AES EncryptionWith all the reports of the NSA listening in on our calls, reading our emails, and just generally spying on us, we’re sure there are some out there who are starting to get a bit paranoid and want to secure their information anyway they can. Well if that is the case, does an encrypted keyboard sound like something you might be interested in? If so, Matias has a new keyboard for you in the form of the SecurePro (announced alongside the Ergo Pro at CES 2014). Different keyboards appeal to different types of users, naturally, but it seems that the SecurePro could be targeting quite a niche audience.

    Not only does the keyboard come with an 128-bit AES encryption, it is also features a wireless Bluetooth connection, and appears to be compact enough to take around with you. So if you wanted a wireless, compact, encrypted keyboard, we guess Matias has you covered! According to Matias, the SecurePro has the strongest level of encryption ever to be offered in a keyboard, which would apparently take “a billion-billion years to crack”. The keyboard’s keys will be of the ALPS-style switches, so while it does offer that satisfying clacking sounds when typing, it will be quiet enough so as not to drive everyone around you crazy.

    Priced at $170, Matias will be releasing the SecurePro keyboard in March, but for interested buyers they can head on over to Matias’ website to pre-order it today.

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    Audi Demonstrates Qi Wireless Charging At CES 2014

    Edwin Kee January 10, 2014

    Audi Demonstrates Qi Wireless Charging At CES 2014[CES 2014] At every edition of CES, you can be sure that there will also be an area that showcases vehicles as well as the different kinds of technology that has been incorporated within, or in this particular case of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), from without. We are referring to how German automaker Audi has been demonstrating Qi wireless charging capability at this year’s edition of CES.

    This would place Audi alongside the ranks of Daimler, Toyota, Jeep and others who have already incorporated Qi wireless charging capability in current and future car models. Needless to say, cars are but a natural fit for wireless charging, so to have Qi wireless charging capability just about everywhere the consumer needs it makes perfect sense. The Audi phone box that debuted in 2012 has been refreshed to include Qi wireless charging capability, where the electricity in the floor of the phone box will flow to a receiver coil in the smartphone via induction. Future versions will see the very same Audi phone box provide perfect cell reception, in addition to making sure that a user’s smartphone will remain fully charged all the time. Apart from that, Audi makes use of the WLAN hotspot in the car so that it can combine the world of smartphones and tablets with the automotive world in an intelligent manner. [Press Release]

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    Mushkin Unveils FrostByte Heatsink For Blackline And Redline Memory Modules

    Edwin Kee January 10, 2014

    Mushkin Unveils FrostByte Heatsink For Blackline And Redline Memory Modules[CES 2014] Mushkin has just announced the release of their refreshed FrostByte heatsink for the Blackline as well as Redline memory modules, and you know for sure that these are chock-full of quality. Specially cut from aircraft-grade aluminum, the FrostByte would be the newest model of durability and functionality. It will make use of the spanking new vortex thermal design that will dissipate and control accumulated heat all the while maximizing PC performance.

    Having said that, the FrostByte will be an ideal solution for computer enthusiasts and gamers, and you can be sure that the heatsink’s diamond cut design will be able to turn heads. You cannot pick it up just yet though, as the FrostByte heatsink will start to release to the masses from February 2014 onward, on both Redline and Blackline performance memory module offerings. Brian Flood, the Director of Product Development at Mushkin, shared, “What is great about the new FrostByte heatsink is that it allows us to push the limits of our Redline and Blackline memory to new levels while effectively managing heat. Mushkin is constantly innovating to achieve stronger results. The new FrostByte heatsink is just the beginning of what’s to come from Mushkin in our high-performance memory category.” [Press Release]

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    Sony Ultra Short Throw Projector: Hands-On

    Hubert Nguyen January 10, 2014

    Sony Ultra Short Throw Projector: Hands OnIn a corner of Sony’s CES Booth, the company was demonstrating inspirational home electronics like a huge 147-inch projected 4K image, a projected table computer, or innocuous display art on the wall. While everything was interesting, the star of the show was this ultra short throw projector that can project a very nice 147 inch image on a nearby wall, from a distance of about 1 or 2 feet. (more…)

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    Finsix Debuts Laptop Charger Small Enough To Slip Into Your Pocket

    Tyler Lee January 10, 2014

    Finsix Debuts Laptop Charger Small Enough To Slip Into Your PocketLaptop chargers, safe to say, aren’t exactly “portable” in the sense of the word. They tend to be bulky and in some cases, have pretty huge power bricks which means that you will need to bring a bag with you if you want to carry around your laptop and your charger at the same time. However wouldn’t it be cool if your laptop charger was small enough to slip into a handbag or maybe even your pocket? Well that’s pretty much the concept the folks at Finsix were trying to achieve with their portable laptop charger that they unveiled at CES 2014. Granted chargers aren’t exactly the most exciting of technology, but Finsix’s creation let’s us take a look at a problem we didn’t really think needed solving to begin with.

    Through the use of technology they developed at MIT, the company managed to shrink the innards of a regular laptop charger into the gadget you can see pictured above, which upon first glance looks like a smartphone charger. What’s impressive is that the end result is a highly portable, 65-watt power adapter that also comes with a USB port that you can use to charge your smartphone, tablet, or any other USB-powered device at the same time, and given that it is a two-prong setup, it saves you the trouble of searching for a three-prong outlet, which sometimes might not be as convenient. Now the good news is that for the most part, the Finsix charger will be compatible with most laptops, save for Apple’s MacBooks.

    This is because Apple does not license out its magnetic power connector for use with third party adapters, either for safety or proprietary reasons. However Finsix is hoping Apple will have a change of heart down the line. Priced at an affordable $90, the Finsix charger will be available middle of the year with pre-orders taking place in March.

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