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  1. CES 2009 - WiFli iphone RDS

    by , 01-14-2009 at 07:31 AM


    We were ambushed by this companyís PR team in the central hall of CES 2009. We thought the last thing we need to do is talk about yet ANOHER iPod accessory. We saw the product again in the Sands show case and decide this was worthy of a story. It would be great to test one of these guys. Let us know if you have tried one.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:28 PM by optikalefx

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  2. CES 2009 - Small Computers

    by , 01-14-2009 at 07:29 AM


    It is amazing how small, cheap and low power computers are getting. The show floor was littered with them so we took a sample of one in this clip below. Running a quicktime MOV on the faster unit in this movie took up 60% of the CPU so some testing is probably in order. Over the last 12 years of working on computers I have seen tons of motherboards. Even some that are very expensive from big name companies can be riddled with driver problems or other small quirks.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:30 PM by optikalefx

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  3. CES 2009 - Car Computing - The Tough Road

    by , 01-14-2009 at 07:27 AM


    The brutal trail to bringing a car computer to market is littered with casualties of failed products. We certainly have gotten run over a few times. Vizualogic's booth at SEMA was significantly scaled down. At CES this year, they have no booth and no published display suites. Audiovox is suing them for patent infringement. Anyone who is bringing a computing product to market better fasten their seat belt. It is a rough ride.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:31 PM by optikalefx

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  4. CES 2009 - Audison TH Quatro - Optical In Amp

    by , 01-13-2009 at 08:40 AM


    This product might actually have been around for a few years but we havenít seen people talk about it on our forums. We werenít able to make it up to their booth before the show closed, but there units are all hand made in Italy. If Audison reads this, we would love to borrow one for a few weeks to test it and compare it to the Focal Amp. We found a website showing a price of 3,000 Euro. As a non-audiophile, the big advantage I can see here over the focal unit is that this unit has 4 channels. If we can get both units in for testing it would be fun to do a side by side comparison.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:32 PM by optikalefx

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  5. CES 2009 - Airbiquity

    by , 01-13-2009 at 08:24 AM


    Airbiquity is the data link technology behind Ford Sync. What is exciting you ask? You can use any cell phone from any carrier to get 800bps of data to your telematics solution. Even if you have a nasty phone carrier like ATT or Verizon that doesnít permit tethering, Airbiquity's technology will use your Bluetooth hands free profile to pull down the data you need or make an emergency call. In my opinion 800bps will cover the majority of remote data needs until you reach a broadband link. Lots of innovative stuff can be done with technology at very low costs due to the ability to leverage consumers existing devices.

    Updated 09-17-2009 at 03:33 PM by optikalefx

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