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Lamborghini Partners with NVIDIA for Android Super Car

Posted by Alan at 7:38 PM on January 12, 2012

It’s not a place you expect to see a Lamborghini Murcielago, but the one of the world’s hottest super cars made an appearance at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show.  The Italian car maker has partnered with NVIDIA, who have strong ties to Android.

The Lamborghini Murcielago, which was recently replaced by the newer and faster Aventador, has quite a cockpit inside, with center console video display, powered by NVIDIA, that is expected to eventually run Android, and touch screen dashboard interface.  NVIDIA powers many of the Android smartphones today and is also entered into many automotive technology partnerships, but those partnerships involve proprietary Linux-based operating systems.  However many of those car makers reportedly have an interest in moving to Android in the future.

We may still be a little ways away from a full Android operating system for cars, but reports seem to indicate that we are heading in that direction and perhaps Lamborghini will be the first to run it.  It may not get to a lot of drivers, given the price of these cars, but it would make quite a splash in the tech and automotive news.

The video below is courtesy of Phandroid.

Craftsman Introduces the Connected Garage

Posted by Alan at 5:45 PM on January 12, 2012

One name that you may not expect to hear associated with the Consumer Electronics Show would be Craftsman, the famous tool maker who is part of the Sears brand.  In fact though, Craftsman have set up a booth at CES to show off some of their cool new tools and their mobile app that allows you to control those tools.  Here are the highlights of what they announced.

  •  A full-sized working demo of the Craftsman AssureLink Garage Door Opener– which allows homeowners to monitor and operate their garage door from virtually anywhere w/ their Internet-enabled device (iPhone, iPad, Android Blackberry) and the Craftsman app.
  • New features are being added to AssureLink – including the ability to control garage lighting and indoor lighting on the app for when you’re out of town or want a well-lit home upon arrival.
  •  Noise-cancelling headphones that are perfect for use while working with loud tools like drills and saws. They cancel out ambient noises while allowing you to hear music, voices, etc.

Other tools that Craftsman was showing off at their CES booth include Craftsman AssureLink indoor lighting controls for both lamps and switch-controlled lights; the Craftsman Contour Tool Storage, which not only stores and protects your tools, but has a built-in stereo that you can connect your MP3 player or smartphone to; and Craftsman Lighted Pliers, that have a sealed center-hub LED light that is protected from water, oil, and chemicals.

You can get more information and see pictures of these tools and more, by visiting Craftsman CES.  The AssureLink mobile app is available for iOS, Android, and Blackberry.

D-Link Unveils New Home Networking Products and Services

Posted by Alan at 3:24 PM on January 11, 2012

D-Link, who make one of the most popular home routers on the market, have announced a new line of products that integrate their routers and with their new cloud services.  The list of new products includes a cloud-enabled WiFi router, a camera, an HD media router, and an all-in-one mobile companion.

The new D-Link DIR-605l is available now for a retail price of $39.99.  This isn’t just a standard WiFi router, but also comes with mydlink capabilities which allow users to share files remotely and also use the available iOS and Android apps to manage your home network from anywhere.

The new HD Media Router 3000 comes with “speeds of up to 900 Mbps, HD Fuel® for automatic bandwidth prioritization and new SharePort Cloud to remotely manage and share content, the D-Link® HD Media Router 3000 provides high-performance connectivity to support a range of bandwidth intensive applications. Delivering industry-exclusive 500Mbps PowerLine bandwidth, the D-Link Wireless N PowerLine Gigabit Router taps into a home’s existing electrical wiring to extend wired and Wi-Fi networking to hard-to-reach places for enhanced gaming, HD media streaming and super-fast Internet. ”  It will be available in late January for an MSRP of $169.99.

For more information on these two products and all of the others that are currently being displayed by D-Link at the CES 2012 show you can visit this link.  You may also want to explore the D-Link Cloud Services.

iOnRoad

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 5:57 PM on January 10, 2012

iOnRoad More than twenty percent of all car crashes and sixteen percent of all fatalities are caused by distractive driving in the United States. In response to this growing issue back in December 2011 the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a report, which recommended that all drivers should be banned from using portable electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. iOnRoad by Picitup took a completely different approach to the problem. They said instead trying to ban the use of cellphones, why not use their capabilities to prevent accidents.
How it works
iOnRoad is an Advance Driving Assistance System (ADAS) which warns the driver if they are getting too close to the object in front of them. It uses both the phone’s camera and sensors to do this. It has to have a clear field of vision in front of the car.  The camera then sees what is front of the car and the sensors can tell how fast the car is going. Using these two variables iOnRoad can then calculate what is the safe distance between the following car and the car in front. If the following car gets too close to the car in front, the warning light goes from green (ok), to yellow (caution) and then red (danger) and that point a warning sound is also issued. Recently iOnRoad announced that they have added a Lane Departure Warning and a Photo-base car locator. For this they received a Honoree in Software and MobileApp at CES 2012. The iOnRoad can also read aloud text messages and automatically start the speaker phone feature. There is the Road Snap Assistant button which you can push and take a picture of any road hazard you see and upload it automatically to Facebook. iOnRoad can run in the background and only issue warnings when necessary.

Advance Driving Assistance Systems is a growing business worth over $10 billion today and expected to reach $130 billion by 2016. Most OEM ADAS can cost anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to a couple of thousands. The iOnRoad is free and is available in Android Market today and should be available for iOS devices soon. I am sure this isn’t a solution that the NTSB would approve of, but in my eyes it is a more practical one. Trying to ban cellphone use by drivers is not practical, it is similar to the attempt to ban booze during Prohibition, and I suspect the results would be similar.

Verbatim SSD Drives

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 6:22 PM on January 9, 2012

Verbatim One of the categories that you will see a lot of at CES 2012 are Solid State Drives (SSD). With the price of regular hard drives going up due to the flooding in Thailand. (Although the price of standard hard drives seem to be going back down at this time.)  As SSD drives becoming more reasonably priced they increase in popularity among consumers. Verbatim a leader in the data storage business since 1969 will be introducing some new SSDs at CES 2012. They will be introducing both new SATA II and SATA III drives. They will be bundled with NTI Echo smart cloning software which will allow an individual to copy their entire hard drive including operating system without having to reinstall drivers. It is simple to use and secure helping to eliminating the lost of data. There will also be a casing included that will allow you to convert your current internal drive into an external drive for extra storage. Also available will be a 3.5 bay adapter which will allow a desktop computer to be updated also.

What makes the Verbatim SSD drives special is the fact they have no moving parts are shock resistance and run silently.  The SATA II SSD comes in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB. They have read speeds up to 270MB per second and write speeds up to 225MB per second. SATA III drives can reach both read and write speeds up to 500MB per second. SATA III drives use Sandforce 2281 controller. Garbage collection algorithms which help to maintain stability and reliability. There is also have advance wear leveling. The SATA III drives come in 120 GB, 240GB and 480GB capabilities. These drives will work with Window 7, Window XP, Mac OX 10.4 and greater and Linux 2.4.0 and higher. Verbatim will be showing off these drives and other products at Booth MP25374 in the South Hall at CES 2012.

ASUS to Show Two New Tablets at CES

Posted by Alan at 10:44 AM on January 7, 2012

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ASUS was so excited they couldn’t wait for CES next week.  Vice President Samson Hu laid out the company’s 2012 plans at a press event in Taipei and what he had to say was certainly attention-grabbing.  There were some things that had already been rumored – like an ASUS ARM tablet running Windows 8, which he confirmed will be coming by the end of this year.  But he also let everyone know about two new tablets that are coming a lot sooner than that.  In fact they will be shown at CES in just a few days.

At CES we will see a 7 inch tablet called the ASUS Eee Memo Pad and a new, as yet unnamed, 10 inch tablet with a high-resolution screen.  With the 10 inch tablet it’s unclear if this will be a completely new device or a revamped version of the ASUS Prime.  ASUS has beefed up their development department in hopes of reaching their goal of 6 million tablets sold in 2012.  With a combination of Android and Windows 8 tablets coming this year they just may reach that goal.

Source: Netbook News

CES 2012 Coverage Schedule

Posted by geeknews at 11:22 AM on January 6, 2012

While the team here will be busy kicking out CES related articles, we will have live coverage 24/7 starting on Sunday Dec 8th @ 12 noon Pacific. I wanted to give you an idea what to expect in posting the schedule. I also very pleased to announce we will have an Audio Stream for those of you at work next week to listen in on as well. If you missed live coverage, do not worry we will be in replay mode each day at 6pm

  • Tuesday Jan 10th @ 10am Pacific Live Coverage
  • Wed Jan 11th @ 9am Pacific Live Coverage
  • Thur Jan 12th @9am Pacific Live Coverage
  • Fri Jan 13th @9am Pacific Live Coverage

We already have more than 130 vendors scheduled to show you the latest and greatest gadgets.  I head out to Vegas today and we will set the studio up tomorrow. Keep your eyes peeled you may seem some back channel coverage here as well.

LG Releases More Info on OLED TV for CES

Posted by Alan at 9:24 AM on January 2, 2012

You may have seen the news and pictures floating around the internet the past few days of the LG 55 inch OLED TV that they plan to show at CES.  Now some more information has been released about this ultra-thin beauty.  Before you get too excited and start pulling out your wallet, the TV is only a prototype and it will be unveiled at a private, media-only event.

This is the largest OLED TV yet produced.  In a blog post to their UK website yesterday LG claimed that, “By incorporating the company’s 4-Color Pixels and Color Refiner features with LG Display’s advanced OLED (organic light-emitting diode) panels, LG OLED TV generates the most natural colors of any TV set at a much lower price point than could have been achieved using the standard manufacturing process.”

LG claims that this TV has been produced at a significantly lower cost than past OLED TV’s.  They are also claiming an infinite contrast ratio, the utmost clarity and sharpness, and color capabilities that are “technically impossible with LED and LCD display panels”.  They also claim the display is 1,000 times faster than traditional LED and LCD displays.  The TV will be unveiled at CES on January 9th at 8pm.