Murata isn't in the business of making electronics. Rather, they're one of the companies that make all the stuff that makes electronics possible. To that end, they've come up with some cool concepts to demonstrate what they've been working on lately, like this solar-powered flexible remote control.
So, pulling back the curtain a little bit here: for the press, CES is segmented into three distinct parts. There's the "first day" (Sunday), which is when a big press event called CES Unveiled kicks off the festivities. It's really just a meet and greet, but some times you see some cool stuff — a waterproof tablet or a surprisingly alluring thermostat, for instance. After that, even though Monday is really the second day, it's known as Day Zero. All the big press events go down, and it's mostly spent standing in long lines and hoping whatever you're waiting for doesn't fill up (and, as a result, you're turned away). Even though the Las Vegas Convention Center show floor didn't open until today — Day Zero is, as you have no doubt seen, packed full of goodies. These are some things we saw, liked and wanted to tell you about while we're off running around looking for more awesome concepts and prototypes (like this guy). Raymond Wong and Evan Ackerman contributed to this post.
At Intel's 2012 CES press conference, it showed off a prototype laptop with something you never knew you needed: a completely transparent ultrawide touchpad. What's the point? We'll show you.
We're two days away from dropping in on Las Vegas for the start of CES 2012. Before we get started on all the crazy new stuff that'll get shown off in a convention center full of bloggers, journalists and business folk, let's hop in our time machine and take a trip back to CES 2011. Was last year's CES just smoke and mirrors, or did the companies that promised their gadgetry deliver? Follow us through as we warp back to last January.
We all know we should unplug our appliances to stymie standby or "vampire" energy, that trickle of power that occurs even when they are not in use. Now there's a concept wall socket that physically ejects unused cords from the wall so we can go green without thinking about it.
We all expect concept cars to turn heads at Tokyo Motor Show 2011, but buzz bubbled over during the unveiling of Mitsubishi Electric's conceptual EMIRAI automotive interface. Projected to be deployable in about ten years, the key innovation is the curved, touch-screen rear projection display.
There are a bajillion smartphone cases out there that come with extended battery packs, as well as all manner of other accessories of varying degrees of usefulness that let you tailor your phone to your needs. So, why not just extend that concept to electric cars? Makes total sense, right? Right!
Samsung recently put a stake in the ground stating it will ship "bendy screened" gadgets in early 2012. Though company officials say it will be a cellphone, the Korean manufacturer has just released a promotional video of a seemingly magic tablet hinting towards a more complex future around the corner.
This magical glass keyboard right here looks like something that came out of a design student's final project. And who knows, it might have. But thanks to Kickstarter, it's going to be made real, and you can sign up to buy one. Supposedly, it'll even work, too.
If you didn't feel like any of those LA Auto Show concept cars were quite concept-y enough, Toyota has come out with something that should get those juices flowing: the Fun-Vii, which they're calling "a smartphone on four wheels."