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Gadgets galore at CES 2012

The consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is a wonderland of gadgets and gizmos..Most of the attention goes to the mainstream stuff..TVs, Smartphones, Tablets etc. But, tucked away in the corners are some wonderful little gadgets that count on CES for their 15 minutes of fame. Sphero is really cute little gadget available to order either from Amazon or Sphero’s website for $129. Basically, Sphero is a robotic ball that works via Bluetooth, and you control it using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Tilt, touch or swing your device and engage in a mixed reality experience as you use the various game apps that come with Sphero to play both in the virtual and real worlds. You can even use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to change Sphero’s colour. Sphero will run for about an hour at full speed on a charge..recharge takes about three hours.

In recent years remote control helicopters have become really popular but French manufacturer of Bluetooth devices Parrot has developed the ultimate remote control helicopter. Priced at $299 the second version of Parrot’s popular helicopter can shoot 720p video while in flight..it should be available in stores in time for the summer.

Ever wish you could have a personal photographer to film your golf swing for example..well such a thing is coming soon..it is called Swivl a sensor enabled and motorized base for your mobile video device with a paired marker. You can hold the marker like a remote control or wear it and forget it. The sensor connection allows the base to “follow you” and keeps you in the camera field of view. Currently compatible with iPhone and Flip camcorders. Coming soon..in limited quantities according to the developer..for $160.

Swivl by Satarii from Satarii on Vimeo.

Sometimes the off the beaten track gadgets can be more fun than the mainstream devices. What do you think?

 

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

1 Comment
  • Ed Lewis

    These are 3 really “nifty” products. I really enjoyed the videos.

    January 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm Reply

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