Samsung has already thrown most of its excitement out here at CES, and after looking at the SL102 and SL420, you might argue that “most” should actually be “all.” Nah, there’s nothing intrinsically awful about either of these 10.2 megapixel shooters, but they’re certainly amongst the most ho hum delivered at the show. Both of the SL-Series devices also offer up Face Detection, rechargeable Li-ion batteries and Digital Image Stabilization technology. As for differences, the SL102 packs a 3x optical zoom and a 2.5-inch LCD, while the SL402 includes a 2.7-inch LCD monitor and a 5x optical zoom. Like we said, pretty boring, but we don’t doubt their ability to get the job done if it really came down to it.
We had a chance to get on the show floor at CES and chat with Jimmy Fallon (the new face of late night television as he’s taking over for Conan O’Brien in March) on his gadget tastes, stock purchases, and jacket size. We hope you enjoy as much as we did. Special thanks to Trent Wolbe for shooting the video
For Rock Band players with not a lot of space — or just looking for a stylish storage option — the AK Rock Box might just be the solution. The top-popping living room ottoman fits two guitars, microphone, accessories, foot pedal and drums. Best of all: the ottoman has a collapsible stand that attaches to RB1 and RB2 drum kits.
The AK Rock Box was released in October for $300, but now it’s $183 on Amazon, with free shipping. Customer reviews of the product say the peripheral storing footrest is well-built, but it will not work with Guitar Hero drums. Certainly not the cheapest storage solution, but it’s one of the more elegant ideas for those who can’t have their living room be a plastic peripheral romper room.
Also making the scene in Las Vegas this week, QA is designed specifically for telepresence. This guy stands 5 feet tall and is kitted with a 5 megapixel camera, forward-mounted display, WiFi and optional 3G connectivity, and a laser pointer for, well, pointing at things. Available for purchase sometime in late 2009, the price will be somewhere in the $15,000 – $25,000 range. Video after the break.
Tokyo Beat Down is a new action game for Nintendo DS where the only answer to crime is to punch it in the face. The Beast Cops make the LAPD look like the ladies from The View with their questionable ethics and overwhelming weaponry. Fight every sort of criminal, drug dealer and murderer in Tokyo, and you’ll have a chance at taking down “the ultimate crime boss.” If you make it that far, chances are you’ll punch him in the face as well.
Atlus is wholeheartedly embracing the cheese factor of Tokyo Beat Down with dialogue that includes classic lines like “Crime never waits, so why should justice?” and “Fists can solve any problem!” If you’re looking for a campy DS game, you may want to mark down March 10th on your calendars.
The monitor you see above was awfully close to becoming exactly like this, but thankfully, the wood gods spoke to Scuba_SM’s heart before he could round up another batch of Victorian-era tubing. The 22-inch wooden enclosure completely covers up the fact that an awkward looking LCD monitor is sitting on the table, and the solid maple top / base caps, light cherry stain and light coat of satin finish polyurethane make for something that’s actually enjoyable to gaze at. Overkill? Maybe. Classy? Yes, please.
Follow downloadsquad on Twitter for up-to-date activities, and at the end of the ceremony we’ll provide a wrap-up. Who knows, maybe Loren Feldman will do one-handed pushups on the stage and prove just how weak the rest of us really are.
Update: It’s currently the Crunchies version of halftime, with Paul Graham of Y Combinator talking about how startups can survive in these trying economic times…
Update 2: And now a few questions with Marissa Mayer, again about how crappy the economy is and advertising, startups, blah, blah. (Note: Most of the people backstage are filthy rich).
We hit up Dell for a few more minutes with the sleek new Studio XPS 13 and 16, and our positive early impressions just got better with time. We’re really digging the leather panel on the lid, and while the machines are total fingerprint magnets, when they’re cleaned up they’re pretty eye-catching — particularly the light-up circles on the hinges and the backlit keyboard and mouse buttons. Even the bottom is slick — it’s nicely detailed and the whole things lifts off (Dell calls it a “garage door”) for easy access to the RAM and hard drive. We nabbed a ton of shots, check it out in the gallery!
We recently played Dark Void again at CES in Capcom’s suite at Planet Hollywood. We’re not going to bore you with the details, as they’d probably be the same glowing ones we dropped on you during last year’s E3. Graphics look even better, jetpacking around is still ridiculously enjoyable, etc.
But we simply had to pass on one of the new bits that Capcom told us as we attempted to wipe the stupidly giddy smile off our faces post-demo: They’ve added guns to the jetpack. Do you get what we’re saying here? They took the most awesome invention since the light bulb, the jetpack, and bolted weapons to it. Besides tearing the space-awesome continuum to shreds, it also means man-on-alien-saucer dogfights are a possibility.
Man. On. Alien. Saucer. Dogfights. Let it sink in.