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Waterproof Fujitsu Arrows Ultra Slim and Arrows Tab Get Demoed, Dunked & Kerplopped

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Fujitsu’s line of Arrows Android phones are pretty impressive, especially the Fujitsu Arrows Ultra Slim which is both ridiculously thin at 6.77mm and super light as well. It’s so light that at first it seems cheap and plasticky, but as you can see in the video below, the Gorilla Glass screen holds up to continues punishment and even dunking it directly in water doesn’t phase it.

These phones are only available in Asian markets at the moment, but Fujitsu said they’re hoping to bring the device to the United States as well. And we concur that they definitely should.

The Fujitsu Arrows Tab, like all the devices the company displayed, is similar also waterproof. In fact, their signs even promote using it in the bathtub while you lay down and enjoy watching a movie. We weren’t so lucky when we tested the Arrows Tab ourselves:

Whether it ran out of battery at the exact moment we dunked it or their is something less coincidental happening here, we didn’t get the gem footage we hoped. However, we can confirm that we dunked several other units, wiped them off, and used them immediately after without any problems or signs of distress.

With how many phones and tablets break due to water damage, I’d like to see waterproofing become a standard feature. I’m not sure if manufacturers and carriers would like that much though, as water damage isn’t covered under insurance and broken devices means new devices that need to be purchased. Is that why we haven’t seen more waterproofing in the mass market or is it something consumers don’t highly value?

Fujitsu is partnered with Toshiba’s handset division, so we’ll make sure to keep close tabs on both and let you know when and if these awesome waterproof androids are headed outside of Asia.

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Lenovo IdeaPad S2 Hands-on [CES 2012]

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Our buddies from Lenovo were on hand at CES to show off their newest Android tablet and boy is it a doozy. It’s the 10.1 inch IdeaPad S2, an Android tablet that aims to take on the almighty ASUS Transformer series. The device houses a dual-core processor and can last you up to 10 hours of talk time – make that 20 hours when you hook it up to its laptop dock attachment.

The device had front and rear cameras and we were somewhat surprised to see it running Android 4.0. It wasn’t quite as zippy as the Transformer Prime and that’s, of course, due to the fact that it doesn’t have a quad-core processor. It’s right in line with the original Transformer, though, and it really isn’t a bad experience to stomach at all. Be sure to check it out in the video above.

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Sennheiser HD 700 hands-on

Sennheiser today at CES 2012 have just announced the their new HD 700 cans. Senn promises that these new phones will make sure to please your ears (but not your wallet). Coming in at around $999 they aren’t for the feint of heart. For those true audiophiles and lovers — these will surely impress.

With an innovative new design these impressive fully open dynamic headphones will be one for the high-end that is for sure. Speaking about this new design, the ear cups have been designed with the sound waves coming in at a slight angle rather than straight on and flat like most. Sennheiser has also revealed their new ventilated magnet system design that will direct the airflow of the fully open cans in a way that will reduce distortion and present a cleaner sound.

The technology might be confusing for most but for the die hard audio fan this will surely be something you’ll want to look into. Essentially as the magnet delivers the sound the airwaves make their way out of the open design but it usually manages to find its way back around. The new magnet, along with the angled cup design allows for a flow that will direct this away from the cups and therefor give a better audio experience with less turbulence or distortion. In case you were wondering about the design of the cups, they are also designed all around the flow of air and soundwaves to keep things clean, clear, and crisp.

Enjoy a few photos below and hopefully we’ll have one in for review soon.


Sennheiser HD 700 hands-on is written by Cory Gunther & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Up close with the Kogeto iCONIC for Galaxy Nexus

Kogeto had previously released the iCONIC for the iPhone 4 and 4S in the middle of 2011, but now they are expanding their 360 panoramic video to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. This version is just like the original model, except in the way it attaches to the device. After talking with their representatives, they haven’t quite decided on the best way to fasten it onto the phone.

There are currently three different styles they are testing – one was built into the a case, the other slides over the rear, and my favorite is actually a thick rubber band that stretches over the whole device. As you can see, the rubber band is a solid color. They are considering making the rubber band transparent so it’s possible still view the band-covered area of the screen.

The band will also be easier to produce universally among the hundreds of Android smartphones. They plan on delivering the iCONIC to select Android devices – but why not include them all? The pictures can also be uploaded to Facebook, Twiiter and email just like the iPhone version. Again, nothing much has changed except offering their hardware to a huge new market.

Up close with the Kogeto iCONIC for Galaxy Nexus is written by Sam Koutroulakis & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Insider Talk: WIMM One

One of the most exciting pieces of wearable tech in recent months has been the WIMM One, WIMM’s hardware developer kit for its wearable Android-based system. We spoke with WIMM Vice President Timothy Twerdahl about the future of wearable tech at the Showstoppers 2012 event at CES, and how WIMM is innovating with its open developer platform.

SlashGear: Do you think 2012 is the year of wearable smart watches?

Twerdahl: I don’t think it’s the year of wearable smart watches, it’s the year of wearable technology. It’s a category that’s broadening rapidly. It starts with the technology that’s close to the body – lots of other countries are starting on this stuff. What makes WIMM different than companies like Sony Ericsson is that we’re developing a completely open platform, then licensing hardware with lots of brands. Later this year you’ll be able to buy a WIMM device from a mobile operator to pair with your smartphone, or a sports company to track your workout.

SlashGear: How many developers have you had so far interested in creating an app for the One?

Twerdahl: The response from developers so far has been tremendous. We’ve got over 2700 developers registered on the portal, and that’s a great start for a platform that isn’t available at retail yet. We’re working on an app store that’s in beta now, and will be available on the web and on the device itself. we’re also working actively with developers to showcase the first crop of great apps.

We’re focusing on a whole different range of applications that we’re calling microapps. It’s not everything that you get in a full fledged app – it’s simplified.  We don’t want to replace the smartphone – we love the smartphone. We want to replace the hassle of the information on the smartphone and make it more accessible.

SlashGear: What is your outlook for the future of the company?

Twerdahl: With WIMM, we develop modules for different manufacturers. WIMM One is for developers. We didn’t want to make a simple SDK or emulator, because that doesn’t give you the full experience with our gesture interface. The WIMM One allows developers to walk around with real hardware. We’re opening it up just a little for consumers, but for now we’re focusing on the developer community.

If you’re unfamiliar with the WIMM One, it’s a tiny Android device powered by a full ARM 11 processor, allowing for some impressive power on a gadget that’s just 1.5 inches square. It connects via WiFi or Bluetooth, and can communicate with Android and Blackberry via an app, and iPhones via the built-in Bluetooth capabilities. The developer kits are $299.99, but hardware developed by WIMM’s partners should be available this year.



Insider Talk: WIMM One is written by Michael Crider & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Insider Talk: JetBook Color eReader

Here at ShowStoppers our next edition of Insider Talk we are back with Sriram Peruvemba, CMO of Eink and he has an awesome color ereader for us to check out on video. This device won the CES innovation award. It is the Jetbook Color and it brings color to ereaders on a large scale. Coming in at 9.7″ this tablet is more than your average eReader.

With color Eink you maintain all the benefits from standard Eink but brings color to the table. Being based on the same monochrome technology it offers a layer over the top for color reproduction. It offers suburb battery life that will lasts literally for weeks. Being used in Russian schools for education purposes and already available we just wanted a quick look. It is extremely beneficial to the education systems to be able to have a easy to use and operate tablet for learning that is also lightweight and will last for weeks.

Already in mass production and being used across Russia we can expect more from JetBook and Eink soon.


Insider Talk: JetBook Color eReader is written by Cory Gunther & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Insider Talk: Violet Karotz

In the world of Internet-connected appliances, there aren’t many out there that are cuter than Violet’s Karotz, an adorable little plastic bunny that imparts information through moving its ears and lighting up its tummy. If you haven’t checked it out for a while, the WiFi hardware now supports NFC in a big way: you can switch to a new app with a miniature version of the original in a tiny, adorable package.

And you’ll want to, since the company’s SDK has attracted dozens of developers to create new apps for the cuddly platform. The hardware includes multicolor LED lighting, a motor for the ears and a webcam, so there’s a surprising variety of notification and interaction apps that can run on it. Switch an app by tapping the Karotz nose with one of the tags – just as if it’s eating a carrot. The most useful is probably a live nannycam that can broadcast to the iPhone, iPad and a Facebook interface.

We stopped to talk to the company about its product at Showstoppers during CES 2012.

Other apps include weather notifications, remote music and Internet radio and basic interactions. The Karotz hardware is available now for $129, and the tiny Nanoz NFC tags and interchangeable ears are extra. Check out a full demo of Violet’s hardware below:

Insider Talk: Violet Karotz is written by Michael Crider & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Insider Talk: Eton Rukus Solar Boombox

Here at CES we are on the stage at ShowStoppers and have just brought up Sriram Peruvemba, CMO of Eink. The makers behind the Eink technology in almost all ereaders available today like the Kindle’s and NOOK. Today they have on display the new Eton Rukus Solar powered boombox. More details and hands-on video after the break.

The Eton Rukus Solar powered boombox features a small eInk display on the front for navigation that is extremely low power making this battery powered bluetooth speaker system extremely portable, while still having great on battery life. Then slapped on top is the solar panels for that all important charging. They also offer AC charging for those rainy days or inside usage.

Enjoy our Insider Talk video with the new boombox below and look for it at today for $149.


Insider Talk: Eton Rukus Solar Boombox is written by Cory Gunther & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Insider Talk: Ticket to Ride for iPad

We’re here at Showstoppers during the CES 2012 events in Las Vegas Nevada where we’ve spoken with Mark Kaufmann co-founder and VP of marketing for Days of Wonder, a group touting their board game cum iPad game Ticket to Ride. This game comes at things a little bit backwards – the group having worked with mobile games several years ago, quitting to work with board games. What they’ve done here is to get back into the art of mobile with this game which is able to jump above the one platform to the mighty, mighty iPad.

There are several versions of this game out now, the one we’re seeing here made specifically for iPad — there’s also a non-mobile version and an iPhone version on the market today. Destinations are your goal and collecting cards is how you’re going to make it work. Have a peek at our interview with the main man, Mark Kaufman to get a bit more information on what it’s all about.

Also have a peek as we go hands-on with the game as its release for iPad right this minute. You can grab this game from the Apple iTunes App Store today over at the app store itself for a mere $6.99. Grab it instantly! Then check out the rest of our Insider Talks at Showstoppers during CES 2012 by hitting up our [Insider Talk portal]

Insider Talk: Ticket to Ride for iPad is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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SafePlug offers remote control of you home’s electricity

SafePlug offers a way to remotely access the outlets in your home. The SafePlug outlet can be mounted like a normal outlet, or just plug into an existing one. Through an included program, owners will be able to see precisely how much power is used – and from what is using it. Paired with the Nest home thermostat monitoring system, this could really help save some money.

The ability to toggle devices or appliances remotely is a great feature for people that travel often, or even live in multiple homes. The software will can also tell what is plugged into the outlet. Through an ID chip placed over the head of the plug, anything can be named/configured. This will help you differentiate between multiple appliances.

When it comes down to it, the SafePlug could really protect your household. There have been countless times when a severe thunderstorm was passing over my house and there wasn’t a way to unplug my desktop computer. Installation is extremely easy, and their general ‘Bedroom Kit’ retails for $189.95.

SafePlug offers remote control of you home’s electricity is written by Sam Koutroulakis & originally posted on SlashGear.
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