CES, the Consumer Electronics Show gives media, analysts and bloggers an exclusive look into the newest technologies of the current year and the future. With featured exhibitions from such brands as Microsoft, Sony, CBS, CNET, Dolby and Audi to name a few, celebrity appearances from 50 Cent, Piers Morgan, DJ Envy, and Earth Wind and Fire, an exhibit hall of the most innovative and interactive technology in gaming, smart phones, tablets, PCs and accessories, ‘super sessions’ from esteemed professionals in the emerging technology field, and over 162,000 attendees, CES 2011 was nothing short of spectacular. Here is my quick list of this year's game-changing technology.
1. Keytec's Magic Touch screen overlay attaches to any computer monitor to provide you with touch capability. With support for the oldest to the newest monitor, the overlay interact with your programs, games, maps, presentations and more, through a finger, gloved, stylus or even a laser pointer. The technology is activated through USB, has 4096 x 4096 resolution and is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux. What this means for you? Your 1998 Dell Computer has new use! Spend the savings on an iPad. The models range from around $300 to $1500 based on monitor size.
2. WifiAn's USB Wireless Network Router is a compact solution to the big, bulky routers that we are used to taking up our precious desk space. There are three solutions, a WifiAn-Mini, WifiAn-Auto and WifiAn-3G that allow to create a wi-fi zone anywhere and share with unlimited users. File sharing is easy and the devices even double as network storage or flash drives. Currently only for PCs, I had to give my tiny, cute Wifi-An Mini away, but at $25 just to know that this innovation exists, and will hopefully be ported to my MAC soon, is okay.
3. ArtPro Nail Printer's latest innovation in nail technology floored me. Though not my preference for nail design, their Digital Nail Art Machine, yes I said, Digital Nail Art Machine allows you to create art by importing your own pictures and/ or the pre-installed patterns, then customize on an LCD/ Touch Screen. The machine works on natural or artificial nails and paints 1 natural nail or all 5 artificial nails at once. There are two models, one most likely used for mall kiosks and a more portable solution, priced respectively at $1490 and $800. Marketed as a 'Nice present to ladies,' by the China based company, I urge men to look to Saks first, and make the gift of a portrait of my face on my nails the last resort.
-- Lindsey C. Holmes
Lindsey C. Holmes owns LCH Business SM & Tech, a social media marketing and mobile app development firm. She contributes to many Tech periodicals and blogs, has bee a Tech expert on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, and writes for her own blog LCH Buzz http://lch.bz/LCHBuzzBlog. Follow on Twitter @lindseycholmes, Fan on Facebook at http://lch.bz/LCHonFacebook.