CES - Howdy - Day 1

Wildcharge:

Wildcharge unveiled a revolutionary product that will eliminate the need to carry bulky chargers and adapters for all of our mobile devices that need a recharge on a daily basis.  The product pictured below is quite simple in its design, concept, and is very affordable for the convenience it provides.

 
Wildcharge
 
Wildcharge
 
Wildcharge

As of first launch mobile rechargeable devices are required to be outfit with a single adapter for use with the Wildcharge unit from aftermarket suppliers.  Plans are underway with multiple manufacturers to have Wildcharge capabilities built into mobile devices eliminating the need for an adapter.

 
Wildcharge Box
 
Wildcharge Box

Negotiations have also begun to have Wildcharge units installed into the dashes of automobiles for charging on the run.  With a Wildcharge in every vehicle, hotel, café, or countertop, the need for cables, adapters, and chargers is eliminated.

 
Wildcharge
 
Wildcharge
 
Wildcharge

Wildcharge can recharge any mobile device regardless of battery type, battery voltage, and does not use induction charging.  Wildcharge units range in size, power capacity, and are prices between $40 and $140.

Sandio 3D Mouse:

Sandio introduces the first 3D mouse to the market targeting multiple audiences from professional drafting to hardcore gamers.  The mouse itself does not move around in 3D space, but Sandio has found an innovative way to add buttons to provide this functionality.  The additional buttons can be easily re-mapped to any key on the keyboard.

 
Sandio 3D Mouse
 
Sandio 3D Mouse
 
Sandio 3D Mouse

This is not your ordinary multi-button mouse.  The design and functionality allows gamers to play FPS games entirely with one hand.  In an FPS type game, the mouse allows the common ‘look' function, shooting, moving, side stepping, twisting, jumping, and crawling.  Sandio had several demos available to play with and it's possible to play Unreal Tournament with one hand.  Check out the video demos on Sandio's website and keep an eye out on here at BCCHardware.com for a full review in the near future.

Trimersion:

 Trimersion

 Many gaming headsets have entered the market in an attempt to immerse the player into a game by tracking head movements of the player to head movements in the game.  Typically these headsets provide only the tracking and use an IR system that greatly restricts player motion because of the range and spread of IR.

Trimersion has introduced a full featured headset that provides head tracking, video, and audio to completely immerse the player into the game.  The headset features a pair of LCD screens at 640x480 resolution, headphone sound, and a tethered gun controller.  The Trimersion accepts multiple inputs and can be used on a PC, Xbox, Playstation 2, and Game Cube.  Support for Xbox 360 is in the works and is slated to hit the market later in 2007. 


Unfortunately I wasn't able to play with the Trimersion headset because of the abundance of RF interference at large electronics conventions such as CES.  To solve this problem permanently Trimersion is working on a digital version of their product.  Trimersion will attempt to fix and demo their product properly tomorrow.

 
Trimersion
 
Trimersion

Solar Style:

Solar Style has created a few different solar chargers for mobile devices, but typically cell phones.  Most solar chargers only trickle charge cell phones and don't provide any kind of usable charge, or even efficiently charge a cell phone at all.  Solar Style claims that in sunlight, enough charge can be maintained to make a call from a cell phone with a dead battery.

 
Solar Style
 
Solar Style

I'm somewhat skeptical, but Solar Style separates them from the rest of the market by incorporating a battery within the Solar Style unit.  Charge the Solar Style internal battery to have a backup battery at any time.  We'll be taking a peek at one of these chargers in the near future and will give you the real scoop.  A second visit to the Solar Style booth revealed a much larger charger for laptops which also contains and onboard battery.

 
Solar Style
 
Solar Style

Feel free to chat it up in the forum with any questions, comments, or suggestions.  Until tomorrow, over and out...