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Exclusive Look: Powermat Products at CES 2011

Powermat has really stepped their game up this year at the 2011 CES. They have unveiled many new products, all of which make life for the consumermuch easier and convenient.

Powermat has made their charging case for the iPhone  extremely thin and unbelievably light. When holding the iPhone, it’s almost like the case is not even there. In addition to the new iPhone charging cases, they have also released new, thinner charging stations which take up less space.

Powermat has also been in much calibration with major international companies such as GM and Arconas. Powermat and GM have partnered to bring built-in charging stations to the new electric car, the Chevy Volt, as well as Arconas, a major retailer of airport seating. With Arconas, Powermat has placed built-in charging stations into the surfaces between the airport seats.

They are also in collaboration with some major computer computer manufacturers to implement Powermat technology into the batteries. They are also aiming to make universal charging so that consumers only need one piece of technology to charge all of their different devices.

Everything Powermat has unveiled is thinner, lighter, and much better integrated with personal electronics than any of their previous models.

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Verizon LTE Device Event Round-up

Verizon Wireless had a press conference earlier today where they announced a plethora of new technologies capable of running on their new 4G LTE network and they hope to have 2/3 of the U.S. covered by LTE by mid-2012 with 10 new LTE devices launching by mid-year (4 phones, 2 tablets, 2 mobile hotspots, and 2 netbooks).

One of the major devices announced at the event was the HTC Thunderbolt. It can act as a 4G mobile hotspot capable of connecting to 8 devices. Rockband Mobile was also announced giving users the ability to play with up to 4 friends.

Samsung debuted 3 new devices – 4G Galaxy Tab, 4G mobile hotspot, and a new phone. The phone has a 4.3 Super AMOLED Plus display which features improved sharpness and outdoor visibility (which the iPhone definitely lacks unless one is willing to pay for an anti-glare screen shield). It also has an 8MP camera, HD video recording, 1.3 MP front-facing camera.

The new Galaxy Tab will feature a 1.2 Ghz Hummingbird processor (faster than the Snapdragon processor found in most smartphones) and will be launching in the first half of 2011.

It also turns out that some of these new LTE phones will support simultaneous voice and data at launch while others will not. Unfortunately no word was mentioned regarding the purported Verizon iPhone.


Sony 3D Head-Mounted Display [Prototype]

One of the hottest topics at tonight’s Sony press conference on CES 2011 was their prototype 3D head-mounted display. The headgear has two 1280 x 720 OLED displays and integrated simulated 5.1 surround sound. The design of the product is unbelievable, however. It wraps around your eyes and ears and has sleek, cool blue LED accents.

There are already some issues, though, mainly because it’s still a prototype. One of which is that the user currently has to hold the headset up to their face like binoculars because it is incapable of resting on one’s face like regular glasses. Sources claim the 3D is subtle yet very well executed so long as the user holds it at the perfect angle.

In terms of the noise quality, it was difficult to detect the quality due to the noise in Sony’s booth, but it did seem to be good enough. If Sony is able to successfully produce these displays, make them fairly inexpensive ($100-$200), and are able to persuade the public that wearing a head-mounted display gives the best quality and user experience, they will definitely have a winner.

What do you think about this product? The aesthetics are amazing, user experience is just alright, as of now. Again it’s still a prototype so there’s a chance it might not ever me produced.