LAS VEGAS — Motion control was a pretty hot topic at this year’s CES, and though the buzz centered around Microsoft, Samsung and Tobii, they aren’t the only companies with ideas for how you can use your body to guide on-screen activity. Enter AikenLabs. Its new technology can motion-enable virtually any interface.

Its Immersive Motion Sensory System makes you look, admittedly, a little silly when you wear it. It consists of a headband with a small plastic box on the front and two smaller, similar bands and boxes — one for each hand (you can actually wear up to eight of these sensors). Inside each box is a collection of motion sensors, including a magnetometer, accelerometer and gyroscope. They combine to read the exact position and movement in space of your head and hands. All deliver their readings to a special, wireless server box, which is then connected to your PC.

Using AikenLabs’ software, programmers and users can connect any number of pre-defined real-world actions to on-screen activity. I used it to play a rudimentary PC game. When I looked around in the real world, my view on screen changed. I could look left, right, up and down in the CES show hall and my on-screen view looked all around in the virtual world, as well. With the two sensors on my hands, I targeted virtual trees with one hand and pushed them over with the other. It made me feel just a little bit like a Jedi Master.

AikenLabs will be selling the Pro Server, two wireless sensors and the programming software for $499 sometime this spring. They’re also offering a desktop version for consumers and $149 Bluetooth-enabled motion sensors for use with smartphone games.

Do you want to control your computer and with your body or are you satisfied with a good-old-fashioned mouse and keyboard? Tell us in the comments.


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1. Sony Crystal LED TVs




Sony announced its new Crystal LED TVs, which boast some of the brightest, crispest displays.

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1. Sony Crystal LED TVs




Sony announced its new Crystal LED TVs, which boast some of the brightest, crispest displays.

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Last week thousands of exhibitors, journalists, marketers and electronics aficionados hopped on planes to Las Vegas for the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. Mashable‘s own team covered all the events leading up to and happening at the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Venetian Hotel.

While many agreed that CES didn’t hold a candle to the glory of previous years, there was still plenty to see and be impressed by this year. While one single gadget or announcement didn’t steal the spotlight, in general CES toys were bigger, faster, lighter and brighter. Images on brand-new OLED TVs from companies like Samsung, Sharp, LG and Sony seemed to pop out at you, and speaking of, 3D technology — both with goofy future glasses and without — became widely available. There were also gadgets that could detect motion, similar to Kinect, and some with face detection. TVs averaged 55 to 84 inches, sure to dominiate even the most opulent living room.

Even without Apple’s direct presence at CES, the company’s technology still made waves. Other companies hopped onto the two big bandwagons Apple pioneered: tablets and extremely thin, powerful laptops. Intel devoted a massive booth to Ultrabook technology, which included offerings from Acer, Dell, HP and convertible tablet-PC hybrids by Lenovo.

But CES was also home to concepts and innovations, including concept cars, iAccessories galore and toys for the young and old. Along with the devices on display, there were plenty of celebrities in attendance, as well as parties to attend. Mashable hosted its own MashBash on Jan. 11 at the 1OAK Nightclub in the Mirage Hotel and Casino. The event sold out several days before, in anticipation of dancing the night away with mashup DJs and enjoying plenty of digital distractions.

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1. Samsung 55-inch OLED HDTV

There were a couple of examples of the latest in OLED HDTV technology at CES 2012, and this one was from Samsung. It’s a 55-inch display that looks simply spectacular, with rich, deep blacks, supersaturated color, extra sharp picture and it’s thinner than my little finger.

Look for this one to be available before the end of the year, at an as-yet-undisclosed price, probably around $8,000. Because these screens are relatively easy to manufacture, expect those prices to drop precipitously within the next year or two.

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LAS VEGAS — Taking a tumultuous trip to Las Vegas this week, your intrepid Top 10 Tech This Week correspondents encountered a veritable feast of gadgetry and technological innovation. So we deemed it fitting to show you the best tech we saw at CES 2012, of course keeping with our theme of sticking with all things techy and futuristic — ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous.

For those of you who don’t care for CES 2012, stick with us — you might find a surprise or two that wasn’t shown at CES but dazzled us all the same. Sit back, prepare yourself for astonishment, and join us for the Top 10 Tech This Week, brought to you this week from fabulous Las Vegas.

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LAS VEGAS — The Fisker Karma is an electric car on a nationwide tour, and one of its stops was at CES 2012. We got a chance to sit in it and experience all its luxury appointments, both interior and exterior.

Easing our 6-foot+ frames down into the vehicle, we found it’s seriously low-slung (as any good sports car should be). Once you sit down it feels like you’re wearing it rather than sitting in it. We liked its swank leather interior, made of “low carbon” leather that was manufactured in the greenest possible way, in keeping with the overall theme of the vehicle.

We’re also fond of its solar panels on the roof, which actually do more than the Prius’s solar panels, which are used to run a fan to keep the car interior cool as it sits in parking lots on hot days. Nay, the Fisker’s batteries actually assist in the charging of the car while it’s in the sunlight. And just look at that styling.

The car is said to have a 50-mile range on a single electric charge. Lately it’s had a bit of trouble with its batteries — 50 of the cars were shipped last month with batteries that presented a potential fire hazard. The company’s still working out that issue.

The super luxurious interior and sporty exterior of the Fisker Karma is certainly not cheap, with prices starting at $100,000. We saw the car in the middle of a hotel ballroom, slightly disappointed that we couldn’t take it out on the road for a quick spin.

Fisker Karma

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Hewlett-Packard unveiled its version of an Ultrabook at CES today, called the Spectre. The laptop has been designed to the nines — the back of the monitor is sleek black glass, and the 14-inch display is beautiful. But is it a real Ultrabook?

Since the term is licensed and controlled by Intel, the answer is yes in the strictest sense. But here’s the rub: Ultrabooks are typically extremely thin and light, and the HP Spectre (technically the HP Envy 14 Spectre) doesn’t score well in either department. It clocks in at 3.79 pounds and 0.78 inches thick. Contrast that with the MacBook Air, which began the sleek-laptop trend, which weighs 2.4 – 3 pounds (depending on screen size) and has a tapered design that’s starts with a thickness of 0.68 inches but shrinks all the way down 0.11 inches.

Besides that, the Spectre just feels kind of bulky. In a hands-on with the device, I was taken aback by its heft. Don’t get me wrong — this is clearly no bulky gaming laptop — but super-sleek, it is not. Intel publishes a list of “targeted features” for Ultrabooks, and they say that a laptop should be lighter than 3.1 pounds or thinner than 0.71 inches at its thickest point, or it doesn’t make the cut. By that definition, the Spectre doesn’t qualify.

Does it really matter, though? The Spectre is still an impressive piece of hardware, with a beautiful HD Radiance Display and a Beats Audio system. It’s powered by either a Core i5 or i7 processor, depending on how you configure it. The backlit keyboard is better than in other HP Envy laptops, and it has a power-saving proximity sensor that only lights it up when someone’s using it. Battery life is rated as nine hours.

The Spectre also has a weird but potentially very interesting feature: near-field communication (NFC). The technology is usually built into phones as a mobile-payment system, but HP uses it to make transferring things like links and maps to your PC as easy as waving you phone in front of it. Once you set it up, just tap your phone to the Spectre and the URL shows up in the laptop’s browser. Kind of neat, and has lots of potential.

Scoring in its favor on the Ultrabook question is the 256GB solid-state drive, which helps speed up boot time along with Intel’s Rapid Start Technology. For connectivity, it has so-called “gigabit” Ethernet, USB 3.0, HDMI and Mini DisplayPort.

The HP Spectre goes on sale in February, starting at $1,400.

What’s your take? Is the Spectre an Ultrabook or not? And more important, would you buy it? Let us know in the comments.

HP Spectre




The Spectre is HP’s first Ultrabook, a new category of relatively affordable ultra-thin laptops with fast bootup times.

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LAS VEGAS — AT&T unveiled new tools for app developers Monday, making it easier for them to create and distribute apps made with HTML5.

AT&T said it will launch the HTML5 storefront for its App Center later this year, and that the new tools will allow developers to collect fees from customers by adding expenses to phone bills.

The big news for developers is that they no longer have to make apps that run natively on Android or iOS — they can develop the app in HTML5, a universal standard. This will let them start selling their apps sooner. AT&T’s App Center promises to be less populated than the Android Market or App Store, and at the same time it will be curated — so customers would in theory have an easier time finding your app.

HTML5 apps usually run via a mobile phone’s browser. AT&T’s new platform appears to be aimed mainly at Android developers, but since HTML5 is supported on most smartphone browsers (including the iPhone’s), it could be extended to iOS as well.

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As part of the HTML5 developer API, AT&T is making it easy for developers to bill customers right on their phone bills. Some other mobile APIs already allow this, but AT&T’s support for billing via HTML5 should bring the service to more customers.

Besides the billing feature, other new developer tools include AT&T Cloud Architect, a “fast way to pick, provision and deploy servers over the web within minutes or hours, not days,” and an Application Resource Optimizer, which will optimize apps so they consume the minimum amount of data and power.

Are you a developer? What do you think of AT&T’s new HTML5 app store and API? Let us know in the comments, and browse some of CES 2012′s coolest gadgets in the gallery below.


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Thermador Cooktop

The Freedom Induction Cooktop by Thermador allows the user to place pots anywhere on it’s surface for cooking.

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1. Sync by 50 Wireless Headphones

Crispy and thump-filled music fills your head with these wireless cans from SMS Audio, a new company started by rapper 50 Cent.

They sound fat, punchy, crunchy and delicious, coming to you wirelessly and losslessly for a steep $399.95, but hey, big sounds don’t come with small price tags.

It’s a cinch to pair up the phones with their wireless dongle, which plugs into any music-playing device with a standard audio jack. Then it’s time to dance with this Kleer wireless tech, delivering audio with super-clean clarity. Good luck trying to stay still with this rousing ruckus going on.

See my bonus gallery after item #10 for more pics and value judgements of Sync by 50.

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CES 2012 is taking over the tech world for the next few days, but that doesn’t mean we’ll stop looking ahead into the future.

This week, we’ve chosen some of the most groundbreaking products to be rolled out in Vegas, and then sprinkled in a healthy dollop of futuristic fare to keep all of you forward-looking technology titans satisfied.

So get ready to click through some of the finest tech the world had to offer this week, and don’t miss our special bonus gallery pics we took as we tested some shiny new wireless headphones. All that and more, in the latest edition of Top 10 Tech This Week.

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Vizio, known for its low-cost but good-quality HDTVs, will introduce five new desktop PCs and laptops at CES 2012.

Although the official announcement hasn’t been made yet, we obtained pictures of some of the surprisingly complete group of products Vizio will introduce, starting with a 27″ all-in-one PC and ranging down to a 14″ thin-and-light notebook. In between will be a 24″ all-in-one PC, a 15.6″ notebook and a 15.6 ” thin-and-light notebook

In an interview with Bloomberg, Vizio’s Chief Technology Officer Matt McRae said the new line of Vizio PCs will selling at prices “substantially less” than similar hardware from Apple. McRae wouldn’t share any other specifics about the products. According to Gizmodo, the new line is expected to be available in June.

It looks to us like Vizio is aiming straight for the heart of Apple’s iMac and MacBook business, undercutting it with lower prices and taking advantage of the “Apple tax” that many think makes people pay extra for that Apple logo.

Take a look at the gallery of teaser pics below, and let us know what you think of Vizio’s new line of PCs. We’ll have more details as Vizio announces the products on Monday.

Update: We stated in an earlier version of this post that Vizio’s Chief Technology Officer Matt McRae said Intel Ivy Ridge processors would be in these new PCs, but he was misquoted. Vizio hasn’t yet announced chip partners. The text has been updated to reflect this. We regret the error. -CW

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As our Mashable team begins its trek to Las Vegas for CES 2012, cartoonist and Editor-in-Chief Lance Ulanoff speaks for all of us: Too many chargers! Can’t somebody standardize all this stuff?

Stay with us for an action-packed week of gadgetry, technology, celebrities and more as we cover the enormous and spectacular Consumer Electronics Show.

It all starts with pre-show press events Sunday night and all day Monday, leading into the show itself, beginning Tuesday, January 10.

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