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[CES 2011] This Is How The House Of Gaga Re-envisioned The Polaroid Camera

Polaroid GL30 Instant Digital Camera (Images property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

A while ago Polaroid appointed Lady Gaga their Creative Director and at CES this year we’re finally starting to see the fruits of that collaboration. One of the big reveals at their booth, by Lady Gaga herself, was the Polaroid GL30 seen behind glass above. Like the original Polaroids the GL30 is able to spit out actual printed photos thanks to the company’s instant next generation ZINK technology. And while at first glance its design appears to be a retro homage to the Polaroid cameras of yesteryear, it’s size is probably more a result of needing somewhere to store that ZINK printer.

But as a result of its overall size one of the GL30’s other striking features is an incredibly generously-sized LCD display which makes sharing photos with a group of friends a bit more feasible. And taking a cue from the popularity of the iPhone’s Hipstamatic app, the GL30 also includes a number of filters and borders to make your prints look unique… just like everyone else’s. Available later this year, pricing TBA.

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[CES 2011] Someone Went To A Lot Of Trouble To Create These Detailed Mini Cooper Flash Drives

Mini Cooper Flash Drives (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Are you a fan of the Mini Cooper and moderate levels of flash memory? You’re not alone because a Chinese company has gone to a lot of trouble to license the Mini brand and create surprisingly detailed USB flash drives. The retracting USB port is hidden inside the Mini’s trunk and can extended via a sliding switch on the underside of the vehicle, but besides that these things were surprisingly detailed. And when plugged into your PC the headlights even light up. Available in 1, 2, 4 and 8GB capacities, though I’m not sure if they have a distributor in North America just yet. (There’s a reason they were at CES after all.)

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[CES 2011] Dynamics’ MultiAccount Credit Cards

Dynamics' MultiAccount Credit Cards (Images property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’ve already made my disdain for large wallets well-known, but another approach to minimizing the amount of crap in your pockets is to minimize the number of cards you have to carry. Dynamics Inc.’s MultiAccount credit cards do that by conglomerating several accounts onto a single card, allowing you to select which one you want to use at the time of purchase. The selected account has a small blinking light next to it so you know which one’s active, and the pertinent details are written to the magnetic stripe on the back automatically so you can swipe it like a normal credit card.

The cards, which are apparently already in use in the U.S., have a built-in battery that’s good for about 4 years of regular use, but if you spend too much time showing it off to friends, it will automatically let the bank or credit provider know the batteries are low and the card needs to be replaced. The company also had a few other cards on display that are still ‘coming soon’ like the Dynamic Credit Card pictured above which has a small e-ink display for displaying a unique security code that has to be entered at the time of every purchase.

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[CES 2011] Hands-On With The Sifteo Game System

Sifteo Game System (Images property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Hasbro’s new Scrabble Flash was a popular gift over the holiday season, and if you had a chance to play the multi-interactive LCD cube game you already have a good idea of what the Sifteo gaming platform is all about. It’s Scrabble Flash taken to a whole new level. The most obvious improvement are the cubes themselves which each feature a full color and clickable LCD display, a gyro/motion sensor so they know how they’re oriented and the ability to store multiple games at one time. The cubes wirelessly interact with each other allowing gaming elements to be spread across all of the LCD displays which allows for more creative games than just spelling out words.

During our hands-on we got to play a sort of Bejewelled clone where matching pieces across multiple cubes would all disappear, and the individual colored elements could be sifted around by just picking up and rotating the cube. Another example had a character traversing a maze which extended in different directions depending on which side of the cube you decided to place the next one.

The Sifteo system is definitely pretty unique and original, and if they manage to inspire and excite game developers it has a lot of potential. Though they can only be used with a running computer nearby which facilitates their wireless communications and presumably some of inter-cube processing. And while the charger included with the base kit features 6 slots, when available later this year Sifteo will only come with 3 cubes for $149. With additional cubes running $45 each.

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[CES 2011] Sony’s Glasses-Free Portable 3D Blu-ray Player Concept

Sony's Glasses-Free Portable 3D Blu-ray Player Concept (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

They have no plans to put it into production at the moment, but at the ‘Future 3D Technology Demo’ section of their CES booth, Sony had this fully-working glasses-free 3D Blu-ray player on display. While 3D was still the prevalent theme of the show this year, there was actually quite a bit of glasses-free 3D technology on display. But I’m sorry to report that the 3D demos playing on this weren’t exactly mind-blowing, though I suspect it was the content to blame since it didn’t look like genuine 3D footage. Sony had other glasses-free 3D technology on display at their booth that looked quite impressive.

[CES 2011] Angry Birds Go Analog

Angry Birds Knock On Wood Game (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Since the original iPhone version must not be selling so well, Mattel has come to the rescue with this real-life version of Angry Birds where players build and destroy structures just like in the digital version. Players take turns drawing cards which feature structures they have to build out of the included blocks, pieces and pigs. Then it’s the other players job to topple those creations by launching the disgruntled birds at the structures using a miniature working catapult. Available in May for just $14.99 it includes three angry birds, four pigs and 14 structure pieces.

Angry Birds Knock On Wood Game (Image property OhGizmo!)

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[CES 2011] Mattel Crams A Video Camera Inside A Hot Wheels Car

Hot Wheels Video Racers (Images property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Ever wondered what it would be like to ride inside a Hot Wheels car as it raced through loops of orange track? Sadly CES is still devoid of any shrink ray technology, so instead Mattel has gone and crammed a video camera inside their 1:64 scale Hot Wheels vehicles giving you a first-person perspective view of what it would be like to ride in one. Its limited on-board memory can only capture about 12 minutes of VGA-quality video which can be offloaded to your PC via a USB connection, or watched on a tiny LCD display located on the underside of each car. Available sometime in the Fall of this year for $59.99.

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[CES 2011] Smartfish Technologies’ Engage Keyboard Automatically Moves When You Forget To

Smartfish Technologies' Engage Keyboard (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

The easiest way to prevent wrist strain while working at a computer is to keep your hands moving, and varying their position throughout the day. But as a blogger I can attest to the fact that the hours can easily slip away without you realizing you haven’t moved an inch. And before you know it you’re left with sore wrists, that only gets worse over time. And this is what the Engage Keyboard from Smartfish Technologies is designed to address.

The keyboard is split down the middle, and both the right and left sides are able to subtly shift up and down and left to right thanks to a set of whisper-quiet electric motors working inside. The movement is barely noticeable while you’re working away, but it’s apparently enough of a difference in position to prevent your wrists from feeling sore after working all day. By default the keyboard automagically makes its adjustments every hour, but it will also monitor your typing patterns and adjust it more frequently if you’re furiously typing away. Available now for $149.95.

[ Smartfish Technologies Engage Keyboard ]

[CES 2011] Ty Personal Loss Prevention Device

Ty Personal Loss Prevention Device (Images property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

We’ve written about Bluetooth-based personal alarm systems designed to stop you from leaving your smartphone behind, but the Ty system is designed to work the other way. The thin, poker-chip sized discs attach to your personal accessories like briefcases, laptops, jackets and even family members, while a downloadable app on your smartphone will let you know when you’ve become separated from them.

They have a decent range of about 50 feet, though in the Ty app you can specify different ranges for up to 7 different discs at once. So for example you may always prefer to keep your wallet no farther than an arm’s length away, but you don’t want the alarm going off when you’ve gone to the bathroom at a restaurant and left your coat on the back of your chair. The app is also GPS location aware allowing you to setup safe zones, so no alarms will sound when you’re at home or at the office and things get separated. The discs will be available in March of this year for ~$70 each, with accessories like clips selling for between $5 to $30. The only downside, it won’t work with the iPhone because third-party apps apparently can’t constantly run in the background as needed for this to work.

[ Ty Personal Loss Prevention Device ]