Our editors have compiled a list of the top five coolest gadgets showcased at CES 2007. Don’t agree with our list? Leave us a comment with your own picks.
Honorable Mention – $15,000 D-BOX GP-100 Race Chair
John Chow was fortunate enough to test out the $15,000 D-BOX GP-100 race chair at CES 2007, which sports “full three-axis motion — turning right and left, braking, accelerating through the gears, and even feeling the textures of the road.”
Future updates will allow the chair to add on first person game modules for shooting, combat, fantasy, sports, flight sims, and more
Source] 5. Widgetstation
We bring you our own hands-on preview of emTrace Technologies’ WidgetStation. In the video, you’ll see this device displaying a Google News feed (right) and the local weather forecast (left). Just to recap, it sports dual TFT-LCD displays, NAND Flash or SDRAM memory, USB connectivity, an Ethernet controller, USB connectivity, and touch-sensitive controls. First thoughts: excellent image quality; touch-sensitive navigation was very responsive; beautiful interface.
4. OQO Model 2
This handheld computer features a 1.5GHz VIA CPU, 1GB of DDR2 memory, a 5-inch TFT-LCD display, 60GB HDD, EV-DO, Bluetooth 2.0, HDMI, and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi.
The Model 02 also has a few other slick features, like the ability to zoom to 1000×600 and 1200×720 interpolated modes, a sensor that automatically protects the hard drive in case of a drop, and an optional docking station with a DVD+-RW drive, HDMI and VGA video out, three USB 2.0 ports, and a 3.5mm audio jack
[ Source] 3. Sony’s OLED TVs
Sony demonstrated their OLED TV prototype at CES 2007 and we’ve got some preview footage (courtesy of T3) after the jump. We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.
Despite their size the screens pack in full HD resolutions and pictures look jaw droppingly rich. That’s because Sony’s squeezed a million-to-one contrast ratio out of their achingly beautiful frames, and even created a big screen 40-inch version
[ Source] 2. Novint Falcon
Novint Falcon is one of the first PC controller interfaces to offer force feedback, perfect for games. You grasp the ball-shaped object and move it around in any direction for real time interaction.
We demoed the Falcon with Half-Life 2 and were blown away. Shotgun blasts produced hard, lurching recoil, while automatic machine gun fire was fast and light with an upward pull on the handle, simulating the barrel-rise effect of automatic fire. Three articulated arms attach to a center grip that can control games just like a mouse, and highly-developed algorithms apply appropriate forces of resistance to create realistic impressions of weight, recoil, and shock
1. LG Flatron M4200D – 3D LCD Display
LG’s Flatron M4200D is the world’s first 2D/3D switchable display. This 32-inch LCD boasts a lenticular filter to produce the snazzy 3D effects without the need for special glasses, 25 perspective views, and 500 nits brightness.