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[CES] LevelUp offering new furniture for 2011

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[CES] LevelUp offering new furniture for 2011

Video game storage manufacturer LevelUp is expanding its product lineup in 2011 to include a folding ottoman licensed for the Wii, Playstation, and Rock Band, and a Wii Fit-licensed full ottoman.

The new furniture, like the universal ottomans available since 2009, incorporates a compartment for video game controllers, titles, and other paraphernalia. Like other LevelUp furniture, it is constructed of robust material; most of the models on display were cushioned and padded with leather on the outside and felt on the inside.

LevelUp will sell the new products through major retail outlets in the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Australia such as K-Mart, Best Buy, Toys “R” Us, JC Penny, and  Bed Bath and Beyond. The folding ottoman has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $29; the universal ottoman is priced at $79.

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[CES 2011] Digital Storm’s Hailstorm gaming rig running at -5.19 degrees Celsius

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[CES 2011] Digital Storm’s Hailstorm gaming rig running at -5.19 degrees Celsius

It’s not every day you see almost an inch of ice caked to a heat sink inside a fully-functional, high-end gaming PC. Much less in a comfortably room temperature suite beneath the snowline.

Digital Storm specializes in such computing marvels. Their suite at the Venetian for CES required only a single example of their craft: one of their Hailstorm gaming PCs with its case open to reveal its Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System, a conspicuous temperature readout displaying a temperature of -5.19 degrees Celsius.

The Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled System does exactly what its name implies. It is a liquid cooling system containing fluid kept at subzero temperatures, allowing components such as the processor to be overclocked to staggering speeds of over 4.5 GHz. The system’s core includes a series of TEC peltier coolers without any moving parts, increasing its reliability.

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[CES 2011] Aerielle offering new Stream XR and StreamBase audio transceivers

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[CES 2011] Aerielle offering new Stream XR and StreamBase audio transceivers

Aerielle Technologies representatives said their StreamBase and Stream XR wireless audio transceivers will be available for purchase on Amazon.com around the end of January.

Already available through Costco’s Canada branch, the Fremont-based developer’s transceivers extend the broadcast range of home entertainment systems, iPods™, MP3 players, televisions, and gaming systems. The portable Stream XR connects via a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, while the StreamBase is intended for use with home entertainment systems and includes RCA, Digital Coaxial, Digial Optical, and headphone connector plugs alongside two Mini-USB charging parts.

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[CES 2011] Swiftpoint Ltd offers remarkably innovative laptop mouse

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[CES 2011] Swiftpoint Ltd offers remarkably innovative laptop mouse

Swiftpoint Ltd is off to a fine start with its Swiftpoint wireless mouse, awarded the CES Innovations 2011 award.

The diminutive mouse is a radical departure from conventional wireless and laptop mice, developed with a focus on mobile users. Held with three fingers in a pen-style grip with buttons arranged in a row along the mouse’s crest, it fits easily into the palm. The Swiftpoint is designed for use atop the laptop’s palm rest next to the touchpad, but has a wireless range of 30 feet. It can zoom, page, and scroll with specialized gestures, and includes two buttons and a track wheel.

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[CES 2011] Ergonomic products from Smartfish Ltd.

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[CES 2011] Ergonomic products from Smartfish Ltd.

CEO Jack Atzmon presented Smartfish Technologies’s lineup of ergonomic mice and keyboards and a prototype for a new gaming controller to a flurry of interest on the CES showroom floor.

“All technology until now has been designed for the benefit of the equipment,” said Atzmon, who drew upon his chiropractic experience for inspiration in his product designs. “I’m looking to design it for the benefit of the user.”

Smartfish’s lineup is designed to reduce stress on the user’s hands. Currently on the market are their Engage keyboard, which employs a motor to regularly shift the slant of the keyboard at periodic intervals based on the user’s typing patterns, and the Whirl, a mouse mounted on a pivot base to achieve similar goals and developed as a happy accident during the Engage’s development cycle.

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[CES 2011] Day One Impressions

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[CES 2011] Day One Impressions

Well, first day of CES is done! Here are the Jameses’ impressions of the show today!

Trauben’s Impressions

Well, what to say about the day?

CES is far more chaotic than the other conventions I’ve attended, although that might just be an issue of scale. If I had to compare it to the other ones I’ve attended I think the best analogy is the Game Developers Conference- it’s clearly an industry event, attended largely by industry leaders and financiers as opposed to creative or cultural leaders. That’s not to say there aren’t creative people here, but they aren’t on center stage- executives and managers are.

The Dell press conference really surprised me — but in a good way. I agree with Huneycutt — this is most definitely a more mature, savvy Dell then the Dell of a few years ago, even if their leaders still evidently feel the need to put on a clunky “hip” aesthetic. Apple’s been complacent about their relative dominance over the “stylish gadget” slot of the industry for long enough, and it’s good to see them getting some serious competition from a strong industry figure like Dell.

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[CES 2011] Nyko displays Perfect Shot Pro, Power Shot prototype, and other peripherals

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[CES 2011] Nyko displays Perfect Shot Pro, Power Shot prototype, and other peripherals

Nyko’s CES suite featured a diverse lineup of gaming peripherals on display.

Shooting peripherals for motion controllers dominated the exhibition. First was the Perfect Shot Pro, a lightweight pistol-style peripheral used by the Wii and designed for a WiiMote, Wand, or Want+. It features force feedback running off the controller battery and comes in white, digital camo and black and orange varieties. The Perfect Shot Pro retails for $14.99.

It was joined by a bigger brother, a Perfect Shot designed for the Playstation Move™. The new Perfect Shot for the Move™ features a larger, heavier grip and uses two AA batteries to power a force feedback function. The Perfect Shot is scheduled for a March release for $14.99.

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[CES 2011] Guillemot displays new simulator and audio peripherals at CES

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[CES 2011] Guillemot displays new simulator and audio peripherals at CES

The award-winning HOTAS (Hands-On Throttle and Stick) Warthog flight controller and T 500 RS racing wheel were among the new products on display by Guillemot Corporation at CES.

Both the Warthog and T 500 RS are aimed at high-end simulation gamers. The Warthog, awarded the Innovation Award at CES, replicates the controls of the A-10C Warthog and has been licensed by the U.S Air Force, while the T 500 RS is the official high-end racing wheel for the Playstation 3’s Gran Turismo 5.

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[CES 2011] Dell Press Conference – Highlights and Impressions

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[CES 2011] Dell Press Conference – Highlights and Impressions

Dell showcased a selection of its most promising and innovative products during a press conference today at The Palms in Las Vegas.

“At Dell, we’re putting the customer in the middle of everything we do,” said Paul Henri Ferrand, Dell’s Chief Marketing Officer. It’s evidently been working; according to Ferrand Dell is the “Number one technology site” in the world, with one in twelve people having purchased a Dell product on their website.

Dell announced its new Streak 7, a 4G tablet running Android 2.2 designed to take advantage of T-Mobile 4G network. The Streak 7 features a Tegra dual-core processor, a robust 7″ multi-touch screen, and both WiFi and Bluetooth capability. With its video chat capability assisted by front- and rear-facing cameras, the Streak 7 is clearly designed for high-performance social networking.

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