Gadgets, gizmos and much more

Our Bureau Chennai | Updated on January 11, 2011


The Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer's much-awaited keynote address at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, saw him gushing over Microsoft products — right from XBox, Kinect and Bing to Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7. He announced a few performance upgrades on the phone and described the ‘Avatar' feature on Kinect that can detect facial expressions and features while gaming. Microsoft also gave a sneak peek into the next version of the Windows OS (expected to be called Windows 8).

“We're entering a new era of technology for consumers where you'll be able to use Windows anywhere you go, from the small screen to the big screen. It has the gaming, the TV, the movies, the music, the productivity, the social networking that today's consumers are seeking,” signed off Ballmer.

Tab tale continues

It is raining tablets everywhere. This time it is from Motorola which announced the Android-powered ‘Xoom'.

Xoom comes with front- and rear-facing cameras — the rear one can record in high-definition. The tablet, which works on the Verizon network, supports 3G and can be upgraded to 4G later this year.

And others...

Other gadgets at the show include the Yahoo! Connected TV, the Samsung sliding PC, the glasses-free 3D TV from Toshiba, and 3D cameras and camcorders from Sony. Samsung unveiled a ‘smart' refrigerator', which comes with a built-in LCD screen and an array of apps, such as calendar, photo display, twitter, sports and weather.

Green is in

The Consumer Electronics Show is not just about gizmos and gadgets. There are also points for being green and responsible. According to the Greenpeace product survey released at CES 2011, the products that scored the highest in the ‘green' list for Q1, 2011, include the Asus VW-247H-HF computer monitor, the Sharp LC-52SE1 television, the Sony Ericsson Aspen smartphone, the Samsung GT-S75550 mobile phone, the Acer TM8172 netbook computer and the HP Compaq 6005 Pro Ultra-slim desktop.

“Our survey shows electronics manufacturers have made demonstrable progress over the past few years by producing products that are free of the worst toxic chemicals, more energy efficient and more easily taken back for reuse or recycling,” said Renee Blanchard, Greenpeace International Toxics Campaigner.

“Major brands are responding to consumer demand for greener gadgets, and we expect them to continue to innovate and make all their products, and not just a niche few, with these higher green standards.”

Published on January 11, 2011

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