CES 2014, Las Vegas, NV - We're all hearing a lot of buzz about the world of 3D printing. It really is a remarkable technology, one of those few that come along that really do have the potential to change the world. The ability to create parts on demand, choosing from thousands (or potentially millions) of patterns and several different materials, both conductive and non-conductive with a single machine makes that potential obvious. If that machine is coupled with (or includes) a 3D scanner, the potential is even higher. The 3D printer's versatility is what has created all the buzz. From simple basic plastic shapes to functional firearms to human organs, the technology is incredible.
While many of the case manufacturers that we are all familiar with were absent from the showroom at CES this year, I did find my way to the display area for In Win Development. They have had some excellent chassis out in the past that I’d have the privilege of reviewing, and while it had been a couple of years I wanted to see what their lineup looked like now. I have to say I’m glad I did.
CES 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada – During our visit to the Thermaltake suite we had the chance to see some of the new products that will be hitting the market and what we saw was pretty impressive. To kick things off Shannon Rob walked us through two new cases that are tailored to the enthusiast on many levels. The first up on the plate was the Urban T81. This roomy enclosure can be setup for use with air cooling or water (even a massive water rig). I know that many of our modding friends will be drooling over this one and its little brother the V71. Shannon does a great job of walking us through the highlights in our video coverage (if you can get past the background noise).
I had the chance to talk with Keven Scarpati of Razer at CES 2014 and get a look at some of their upcoming gear. As usual, they have some very interesting things in the pipeline, but the top of the heap has got to be their newest take on the personal computer: Project Christine.
CES 2015 – Las Vegas NV
At the Consumer Electronics Show, nVidia showed off something that was interesting, but also confusing: The Tegra X1. This is a Maxwell based version of the Tegra that sports 256 Maxwell GPU cores, an 8-core 64-Bit CPU and is capable of pushing 4k 60Hz 10-Bit video in either H.265 or VP9. This new member of the Tegra family was hailed by nVidia CEO Jen-sun Huang as the first mobile superchip for its expected performance. Of course nVidia has always like to use the term “super” when talking about new products. I can remember them trying to coin the term Super Phone when Tegra 2 hit the market.
CES 2014 – Las Vegas, Nevada. As we mentioned in another article it seems that CES is living up to its name as it becomes more and more about consumer electronics (gadgets, TVs, Mobile etc) and the computer industry moves into the background. So with that in mind, just what is going to be the “big thing” at CES 2014? Will we see something PC related as the darling of the show or will we find another item that steals interest and what everyone will be talking about.
Wearable tech seems to be the big thing going right now. Companies like Nike, Sony, Pebble and LG have all got their hands in it with their versions of the smartwatch. From the elegant to the downright gaudy, there are a lot to choose from right now. We saw several of these at CES 2014, but the one that really set itself apart from the others for me came from what may seem an unlikely source: Razer.
Samsung plans to introduce a new model of UltraHD TV at CES in 2013, the screen diagonal will be an impressive 85 inches (216 cm), which is an inch bigger screen than the competition from LG. So far it is not known when Samsung will bring their T to the market and for what price (LG's model costs $ 20,000).
CES 2012 Las Vegas Nevada - As with anything related to technology we had to stop and admire the new "look" of some of the booths. We found that this year companies actually went far enough to teach the shopw models something about the product. Unfortunately a lunch on Friday (and the show closing at 4 instead of 6PM) limitefd the amount of time we had to capture this very important part of any CES visit.
So CES 2015 is going to kick off in about two days and so far I can tell you that there is a lot of extra hype for what might end up being a rather dull show. Unlike previous years many companies have waited until the last minute to book time with the press (some are still sending out invites) while others that are normally very vocal are nowhere to be seen. CES 2015 also does not seem to have a focus unlike years past. Normally by mid-December you know what the big tech of the show is going to be, but not this year.