Fisher Price Kid Tough DVR CES 2012

  • January 23, 2012
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Fisher Price Kid Tough DVR CES 2012

I wish I had this as a kid! The experience of being a parent is very rewarding. Molding the life of a person while teaching that person about the world in which we live can be very fun, particularly if you have the same interests. Chances are, however, if you’re interested in gadgets, your children has shown interest in the toys you tinker with on a constant basis. Regrettably, kids can place some heavy risk on your electronics and gadgets, do giving them hands-on time with your costly possessions maybe rather nerve wrecking. Many gadgets won’t stand a chance against butter fingers and sticky fingers from a three year old, and that is why the Fisher Price Kid Tough electronic line is so attractive. At CES 2012, in the 2nd week of January, a portable DVR was unveiled by the company which is tough enough to hold its own against horseplay with your kids.

This device, which is dubbed as the Kid Tough Portable DVR comes in either blue or pink and is designed for kids between ages 2 and 5. Although it is called a DVR, this recent addition to the Kids Tough electronics line is really more than a media player as it features a 3.5” touch screen and a headphone jack to let them watch stuff while on the go. The rechargeable battery that it has can last for up to 6 hours and it can be recharged using a docking station. In order to use this device, you just have to dock the DVR in the station, attach it to the set top box and then set the time and length you want recorded.

The device greatest feature is definitely not storage space, as it only has a standard of 2GB. You can however, expand this o up to about 32GB if you need to place more stuff on it. It is set to be released in stores in the month of May, and the price is about 150 dollars. Do you wish to buy one and have your 4 year old test out its ruggedness?

You will be able to buy it in either pink or blue. It has a comfortable but tough case, with tactile areas which softens its ruggedized display, thus making it easy to hold. It has nice big buttons which makes it easy for young children to use.

The Portable Kid Tough DVR can be attached to a TV satellite system and programmed to record and save TV shows to its hard drive. You then unplug, give it to your child, and make a 4 hour car ride much better. It has a built in stereo speaker as well as 3.5 millimeter headphone jack.

In June 2012, it will be sold retail at a price of 149.99 dollars.

Watch the demo video to see it in action!

Review of the Sensics SmartGoggles by CashSherpa.com

  • January 12, 2012
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Review of the Sensics SmartGoggles by CashSherpa.com

The Consumer Electronic Show, or CES, is the place where new hardware and gadgets get introduced all the time. This year is no different, and CES 2012 was home to a lot of new releases. One of which was the Sensics SmartGoggles 3D, a massive helmet and screen combination that reacts to your movements to provide real time display feedback from your own actions. But will this prove successful, even useful at all? Not everything from CES ends up as an actual product.

The Sensics SmartGoggles looks like a big helmet, along with a visor. Except that this visor is actually a display, providing 1280×800 resolution for games or other applications. The company describes it as entertainment goggles, providing 360 degree view and tracking. Indeed, when the system is on, moving around or turning your head is registered. Even jumping will produce the desired effect. The way it works is an array of cameras are mounted on top of it, and scans the environment around you. Then, the virtual world you see, whether that’s a game or other, is updated in real time as the world around you changes from your movements. Even your hands can be recognized and integrated into the display. This would allow someone to control a virtual avatar simply by spinning around, rather than spinning a mouse. It could bring Minority Report style technology to the real world, which could be pretty useful.

However, the technology isn’t without it’s problems. First, these goggles, which are really more like a helmet, are massive. They weight a lot, although the weight is well balanced. You probably couldn’t wear that for a long period of time without feeling it. Then, when you do all kind of movements with this on, you do look very weird, and it also takes a lot of space around you to do those movements safely. It wouldn’t work in any small or crammed home. Finally, it would require specialized software to go along with it, since the input methods are completely different. Still, it does have the advantage of being completely self contained into the device, along with a 1.2GHz dual core processor and a 3D accelerator graphics chip, which is pretty powerful. There are use cases when it may be useful. The helmet may look gigantic, but in the proper work environment, like for training pilots, it could replace much bigger devices.

Overall, while this isn’t exactly new technology, it’s been implemented in a new way that makes it fairly easy to use and could potentially become useful. It might not catch on amongst gamers or home users, but there could be specialized use cases. There’s still no hint at a price or release date, although it’s doubtful a lot of software would support it quite yet.

Steve Ballmer CES Consumer Electronics Show Video

  • January 7, 2010
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Watch Steve Ballmer’s keynote address at the the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show. Check out the full video at Microsoft.com.

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