CES is like being in gadget heaven: all sorts of technology you've never even imagined. But it's hard to know how much of it will make it to market. Here are six products from CES 2013 that just began shipping.
CES is like being in gadget heaven: all sorts of technology you've never even imagined. But it's hard to know how much of it will make it to market. Here are six products from CES 2013 that just began shipping.--John Brandon
After raising almost $1 million in crowdfunding on IndieGoGo, the .15-ounce StickNFind is ready for the limelight. These coin-sized stickers have an embedded Bluetooth chip. You can stick one on a laptop or your wallet, then use the iPhone app (Android coming soon) either to locate the object or get an alert when the sticker moves out of a contained area. The chip lights up and chimes, lasts about a year, and has a range of 100 feet.
This 23-inch monitor for Windows 8 computers has a 10-point touchscreen that responded more accurately to finger swipes and touches. You can connect up to an older Windows 7 desktop, upgrade your PC to Windows 8, and then use the touchscreen for paging through a report, swiping through a presentation, or zooming into a Google map. The monitor folds down flat for workgroup viewing.
Not all 13-inch laptops are created equal. Dell announced the FHD (Full HD) version of the XPS notebook at CES in January, and now it's shipping. This option boasts a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080, or about twice as many pixels as a standard laptop. The screen has a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees and edge-to-edge Gorilla glass. The laptop runs on Windows 8, has an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD drive.
This 7-inch tablet has one amazing feature: the price. For $139.99, you might be tempted to get one for every employee. The tablet runs on Android 4.0, has a 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (expandable to 32GB), a front-facing webcam, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and a port to output high-definition video over HDMI.
This brilliant lockable case is perfect for companies that issue iPads to employees. You can fit 10 iPads in up to three cases (for 30 total) and link the cases together. When you connect your laptop, you can then choose which iPad to sync. This is helpful in terms of making sure all of the iPads have the same apps, data, and iOS versions. A light shows which iPads are charging or have reach a fully charged state.
Available now on Verizon, this Windows 8 phone provides a few benefits to the business user. For starters, you can sync all of your Office docs using the Skydrive cloud service. That means, you can upload a business plan or a slideshow from your computer, then find it on your phone. The device has a 4-inch screen, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and 8GB of storage.
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