Gadchick 2012 CES Round-up

The Gadchick writers are excited for the gadgets, apps, and programs that 2012 has in store for us! We each chose 3 of our favorite products from last week's CES. Tell us what you are most looking forward to below! Diana La Counte:

The Kindle Solar Powered Cover

The life of my Kindle is already long enough but the idea of charging it while I'm outside reading is great and saves time.

Simple.TV

Simple TV will allow me to record anytime, anywhere and watch on any device I own. This will come in handy when I'm traveling, and not being limited to one room with the DVR. Plus, I have no shame in my love for TV.

Sheik Geek Power Totes

If it's going to charge my gadgets as well as hold them, I'd rather carry this than a designer bag. It's function meets, err, function.

 

 

Mandy Curtis:

The MakerBot Replicator

First off, the name draws me right in. Having grown up marveling at Star Trek's replicator technology, I've eagerly awaited the day when we present-day humans could use similar technology. 3-D printing intrigues me, and it's amazing how quickly the technology seems to have grown.

Simple.TV

I like the idea of a DVR that doesn't require a bunch of cords. The back of our entertainment center, with cords from the DVR, TV, X-Box, Playstation 3, etc., all over the place, is the bane of my OCD existence. I also need a DVR that can hold a lot of TV; I hate being forced to cull my recorded list when I get busy.

AfterShokz earless headphones

While I despise the name of these headphones (adding Z in place of S is a pet peeve of mine), I love the idea that they use bone conducting technology instead of going in one's ears. Earbuds don't quite fit in my ears, or if I shove them in, my ears start to hurt after a while. The fact that these just rest on your face makes it seem like they'd be super comfortable (so long as the grip on your head isn't too tight.)

Emily Dismukes:

The EXOdesk, from Viewsonic

This thing looks awesome! It's one step closer to my dream set up, which looks a little like the computer in the Iron Man movies. I'm already imagining all the different creative things you can do with a desk like this!

Lenovo's IdeaPad Yoga

This is exactly the kind of tablet/laptop I've been waiting for forever! You don't know how many times I've explained this concept to my boyfriend. I would consider leaving the cult of Apple for this.

Roku Streaming Stick

In a college dorm, space is a huge concern. I know that the other Roku boxes are pretty dang small, but this is even better! It fits right behind the TV, no extra box sitting on my desk or cords tangling underneath.

Marisa Chaples:

Samsung Super OLED TV

This TV has a gorgeous, bright picture with voice and motion recognition. It was a CES favorite, winning tons of awards, and it's on my list because it will make for some excellent gaming.

Lytro Light Field Camera

These cute cameras make sure you get the picture every time, even allowing you to change the point of focus later. It's only a matter of time till this technology comes in our cellphones.

The Aurasma Augmented Reality App

See a movie poster you're interested in? Take a picture of it and watch the trailer instantly on your phone. It's a new definition of search that will probably be based around advertising but I can see this type of technology revolutionizing gaming.

Erin Michelleti:

LG 55-Inch OLED 3D TV

For a lover of sleek, sexy electronic gadgets like myself, it just doesn't get any sleeker or sexier than this. The LG 55-Inch OLED 3D TV is unbelievable bright, beautiful and at only four millimeters thick, it literally disappears when viewed from the side. Did we mention it displays 3D in crazy sharp resolution?

 Samsung Transparent Smart Window

Are we finally living in the future? This 46" TFT LCD display literally is a window to your computer (control apps, manage documents and check the forecast with just a few taps of your fingers) and a transparent window to the world outside. Too much sunlight streaming in? Just dim the light by closing the virtual shades -- all while checking your Twitter feed.

MicroVision's Pico Projector with Touch Screen Display

Change the way you present information. This mini-projector (it's about the size of that holiday card your Grandmother sent) plugs in to any smartphone or laptop, projecting the image on to any surface. The really cool part? You control the presentation simply by waving your fingers in front of the projector, no touching required or complicated Kinect setup. From the classroom to the boardroom, the possibilities are endless. Plus, MicroVision hypothetically enables gaming geeks to play video games anywhere, anytime and on any surface.

 

Aline Callicott:

Sony SmartWatch

I am an Android girl who is still holding onto the functionality of a physical keyboard so I was pumped to see the Droid 4 announcement at CES. As someone who prefers the Android platform, I've found myself with a lot of iPod Nano (worn as a watch) envy. This watch will sync with my Droid and discretely allow me to read texts and check Facebook and Twitter.. my dream come true.

HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook

I now realize that it is possible for a computer to be both sexy and beautiful. She has brains too.. this glass covered ultrabook boasts an Intel Core i5-2467M processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD drive.

BlueStacks

This software will allow us to run all sorts of Android apps on Windows 7 and 8! As someone who spends a majority of her day at a computer, I welcome the implementation of apps to my desktop with open arms. We should start seeing this pre-installed on devices soon.