Hercules and Thrustmaster are two separate product lines owned by Guillemot, the former concentrating on sound and other computer hardware and the latter console gaming hardware. Thrustmaster had this misfortune of catching release dates just on the other end of the line where not too many new products were available for showcase. However, there were several updates to exisiting products that were featured.
The first is the MFD Cougar, an accessory that compliments the popular flight sticks from Thrustmaster. The Cougars come in packs of two, with up to eight supportable at a time, and feature customizable buttons to operate certain features of the flight sim. The peripherals not only make it much easier than trying to remember key bindings on the keyboard, but also helps to create the feeling of an actual cockpit.
The FGT race wheel, which was previously PC exclusive, is now being adapter for PS3 use as well, with a demonstration set up of Dirt 2. The Freestyle snow board attachment that clamps over the Wii Balance Board to give players an enhanced feeling of authenticity and control was also demo'd.
Several Wii Remote chargers we're displayed, including the contactless charge T-Charge stand, and the Quatro-4 standing charge base supporting up to four remotes.
On the Hercules side, their line of netbooks were on display, the eCafe family. Not only are these netbooks stylish and compact, customized for more of the personal use, but each also comes with the very useful eCafe suite. This application features a web camera, date and calender, and an e-mail utility that allows users to track and read e-mails from up to four separate accounts.
More on the sound aspect, Hercules was showcasing entry-level and beginner friendly DJ tables that connect to the PC and though there is a display on the PC, everything can be navigated through the mixer.
The Kodak booth at CES 2010 was located in the corner of was very impressive, complete with stage an announcer welcoming visitors to CES. Kodak was excited to reveal four new devices, each featuring a very useful new tool, allowing users to select via camera where they would like photos to go, such as a local disk, Facebook, Flickr, or even an e-mail address, and upon connecting the device to a computer the pictures will automatically upload to the selected source
The first camera was the new Slice, featuring a touch screen that allows users to flip through stored images, or 'slice', to show-off photos easily. The camera also allows users to search through pictures by using certain filters, such as date, time, and face detection - that's right, this camera can sense a person's face a call up images which they are in. This model is scheduled for realse in quarter one of 2010, with an MSRP of $349.99.
The second line of cameras introduced a new color scheme, targeted towards on of the more popular demographics of Kodak camera users: middle-aged females. The EasyShare M family features a remote control, creating easy access to pictures and slideshows when the camera is connected to a TV. This camera does, of course, feature the same sharing abilities as the Slice.
The PlaySport pocket video camera is a very miniature model, designed to fit easily and comfortable for travel. More of the rugged target, the Playsport can be submersed in 10ft of water, and features a 2 hour battery life, and up to 10 hour of recording time with external card memory. With the included software, still images can be taken from video files.
The final device revealed was a new type of digital picture frame, the Pulse, whose value is truly behind the scenes. Similar to the previous camera's automatic sharing capabilities, the Pulse can be set to automatically receive and display images received from a multitude of places, including an e-mail address. This is an extremely useful feature for anyone, but even more so for those with family who aren't so tech savvy. Simply set the frame up and pictures can be constantly updates without messing with the storage device. Of course, e-mails must be verified not just any person can send the frame photos to display.
The official first day of CES was today and getting back to the hotel now at midnight I finally have a chance to sum up a few of the things I saw today. My Day started and ended with our good friends at Cooler Master. In between I found the time to visit the OCZ suit; Crucial’s meeting space, MSI components, and Antec. In between a dropped by a few booths in my free time. Before I pass out Here is a quick summery
Cooler Master shows off a few custom rigs using their cases
The upcoming V6 heatsink, coming in just under the v8 and v10, should be a low prices high performance
Notepal Ergo Stand, 5 angle adjustment and the ability to hold anything from a 9 inch netbook to a 17 inch laptop
1.2.3 Swapper, a 2.5 inch hard drive enclosure
Cardpal, under 10 bucks for an sd card reader
Cruiser, A mouse and mousepad combo available in many colors. The mouse expands to give it more height
G cool, a multiple function cooling pad
Cooler Master models anyone?
USP 100, low priced along with an included PSU, a wide body design gives an amazing amount of cabling room
The 690 II was released a few days ago with two models the Basic and advanced versions, this has to be the most exciting product at their booth for me this year
Storm SF19, not available yet but is cooler designed for large notebooks including the hard to fit 18.4 notebooks. Lots of cooling and special lighting effects will set this one apart
Updated Fatal1ty and PC Power and Cooling PSU’s
USB 3.0 and an SSD should make this one a quick one, as you can see with the testing
OCZ is ready for the upcoming year with a collection of SSD’s in all price ranges including a drive aimed to come out under 100 bucks!
Fan attachment for past and future Crucial ram
SATA 3 SSD
DDR3 Triple channel kit, 1833Mhz
I had a chat with my geek crush Veronica Belmont
Showing off “Fusion” with hydra engine technology from Lucid. A technology that allows you to use both Nvidia and ATI cards together to get extra performance out of your past video cards.
To finish everything up I picked up some pizza and then went to the Aria hotel to catch the Cooler Master and OCZ parties. Already having a long day I decided to cut out early and missed the OCZ party, but this wasn’t before I ended up winning a DSI from Cooler Master! Lastly that reminds me that I forgot to mention I picked up a gift from Intel from their booth, looking forward to testing it out and posting up about it for you guys!
Off too bed, see you guys tomorrow!