As many of you know, your favorite Cubicle girl went to Las Vegas for International CES ’11 last week. It was an experience to remember as I saw so much in the world of technology, automotive, and gadgets. And since I am not a real tech freak, I have a new appreciation for CES because they had tech items even for the most simple tech user–devices to help us in our everyday lives be more productive and effective in all that we do.
I won’t bore you with all the deets of my trip (I will fill you in on the fun I had in a little bit) but here is my list of the top 5 of the best tech gadgets (in my humble opinion) that I saw this week at CES:
(in no particular order)
- Rullingnet Vinci-Hailed as the iPad for the toddler set, Vinci is the first touchscreen mobile learning system for babies. I first saw this technology at the Living With Digital Times Mommy Tech presentation during CES. Vinci focuses on “four key areas of early childhood development: cognitive, educational, emotional and social”. But it is pricey—at $495 retail, not everyone will be able to afford this for your baby. But if you can, I think it is a wonderful tool for babies development.
- Eye-Fi– We all like to take pictures on our smartphones and send them out to our social networks and friends. But wouldn’t it be cool to directly send pictures from your digital camera to your social networks and friends? That is what Eye-Fi does! Their technology allows your camera to send items via wifi to whatever and whomever you like. And there are several options to choose from that are affordable!
- Dell Streak 7 4g Tablet– I am not much on tablets, but after seeing all of them on display, I am thinking I want one now. My mobile carrier T-mobile introduced the new Dell Streak 7 4g tablet at CES, and I got to play with it firsthand (see the video below) It’s an Android based device that is small and easy to use.
- Kodak PlayFull Video Camera– I am a Flip Cam girl but when touring the Kodak booth at CES, I fell in “kinda” love with Kodak’s PlayFull Video Camera. It’s sleek, small, and light with 1080p HD and also takes 5 MP photos too. And with Kodak’s Easy Share button, you can share with your social networks quickly. Me likes! At only $149 retail, it’s also affordable too (preorder now because this product isn’t available until March)! And Kodak gave me a shout out while in their booth. The power of Twitter!
- Intel Core 2nd generation processor– I am not an Apple chick by any stretch of the imagination, so I was stoked to get a preview of the new Intel Core 2nd generation processor which will make your PC faster and better. Download and transfer your media to other gadgets in no time. I was really impressed!
Check out a short video that I put together during my first day at CES. And stay tuned for more as I share with you the fun that me and my roomies had on the Vegas strip!
Tablets are the new laptop. I plan on buying an Ipad this year but I love that other companies are offering them for pc users some at better prices. Pretty soon everyone will have one, but I would not feel safe using it on the train or bus here in NYC. I don’t know how many people are going to buy that “Ipad for toddlers” only because ipads are so easy to use & they offer an array of apps for development as well. so why pay $500 for a lesser known product/brand? Like the ipad I’m buying is for my non verbal son so that he can communicate via the device.
The Cubicle Chick says
@Brandi- The tablet idea for the babies was quite impressive, although I do agree with you on the iPad. There are probably hundreds of apps that can be downloaded for babies on the iPad, but I do believe the ergonomic design for the device makes it easier for the baby to hold. I am thinking I am going to get a tablet as well since they are all the rage. The iPad looks juicy but the Dell Streak 7 was so sleak and light (lighter than the iPad) that I may be partial to that one.
Wow, that thing for the baby is pretty cool! I do like the thing to send pics directly to social media sites. (I did read the whole thing but I am too lazy to scroll back up to see the actual names… love ya!)
The Cubicle Chick says
@Stefany–thanks for commenting, hun! Yes, the Eye-Fi device to send pics from your camera to social networks/email is a wonderful invention. I am going to buy one this weekend. 🙂