During 2011's CES, we saw a plethora of celebrity-endorsed gadgets. Headphone, microphones, camera, and even photo sunglasses, it seemed like every tech category had a shining star to reign in some extra spotlight. Take a look back at the celeb products from last year's CES, and get ready for some new additions next week!
At last year's CES expo, we targeted five gadget and tech trends we thought would be hot in 2011. How right were we? Take a tour through our picks and see how well we can predict the future. Spoiler: we weren't 100 percent right!
During a rare bit of CES downtime, a friend and I sat at a casino slot machine (What? They're fun) to kill some time and some cash. I ended up winning close to $50 on a $1 bet so I was pretty pumped and quickly bounded to the counter to get my cash, friend in tow.
It wasn't until about an hour later that he realized he had left his camera sitting in between our two machines. We raced back to the casino, but the camera was long gone.
While I'm still holding out hope that someone actually turned it in and it'll end up finding its way home, the more likely story is that it is, in fact, gone.
I once left a cell phone (pre-iPhone, thank goodness) in a taxi but have otherwise been lucky enough not to lose any pricey gadgets to lapses in judgment. Has this happened to you? What was the outcome?
One of the biggest trends we saw at this year's CES was celebrity-endorsed tech. From headphones to microphones to cameras and sunglasses, these items have a built-in spotlight shining right on them thanks to the stars that are lending their support. Check 'em out in this slideshow!
The case comes in four different color combinations, and the card holder doesn't add much bulk to the case itself. It retails for $40 — look for it soon on Speck's website.
It's been a few days since we've been back from CES in Las Vegas, and we have finally processed all the things that went down. Not only were there some awesome announcements, innovations, and life lessons learned, but we also got to see a ton of new gadgets that have us excited for the year to come. Check out this list of highlights from our trip to the desert!
While 99 percent of this year's CES experience was positive, I did encounter a small but upsetting amount of male chauvinism. And while it's no surprise that the majority of the technology industry is populated with males, that doesn't mean a chauvinistic attitude should be acceptable.
After posting an account of what CES was like as a woman, reader jalcaidinho raised a great point:
"I have not had to deal with as many come-ons, inappropriate contact (Oh I am woman in Vegas so I must want to be groped!), and jokes at any other tech event and I am wondering how much more pleasant CES would be if it were not held in Vegas. I am curious as to how many other women also noticed this."
Aside from the jerk who made the comment about the Girl Scout cookie convention, I didn't have to handle anything too awful. Have you been in a similar situation? What happened? How did you handle it?
Although being female in the tech industry isn't unusual, we're certainly outnumbered. At a large industry event like CES, there are perks and disadvantages to being a part of the underrepresented gender. The best part was networking with other savvy ladies in technology, and made the con list worth all of the trouble.Pro: Instant bonding with your female ilk. Both during the conference and at networking events, we were able to instantly bond with our female brethren. It was so nice to see so many smart, successful women in the industry, and meeting them was one of the conference's major highlights.
Con: Dealing with male chauvinistic attitudes. While sitting in a press-only area, I heard a group of guys talking about the number of females in attendance at the conference. One of them actually said (seriously), "I was wondering what all of them were doing here. I thought maybe they were in town for the Girl Scout cookie-making convention." It took every ounce of restraint to take the high road and keep my mouth shut. And these attitudes are less common among most professionals. Still, overhearing such a sexist remark was shocking and upsetting.
Catch the rest of the pros and cons after the break.
There was so much to see at this year's CES that it was hard to keep track of all the awesome. Here, I give you my favorite five gadgets from the showroom floor!
Samsung came out on top as the most talked about company, thanks in part to its new laptops and tablet hybrids. Closely following is Google and Microsoft. Surprisingly enough, despite much Xoom tablet fodder, Motorola placed fourth.
Find out which OS, phone, and tablet had the highest buzz factor after the break.