Hype, big deals, cool stuff in Las Vegas

Jan. 8, 2011 at 11:21 AM
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LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. consumers who crash their hard drives the old fashioned way -- by dropping it -- could meet their match at the Consumer Electronics Show, one firm said.

The external or portable hard drive produced by ioSafe can withstand 5,000 pounds of force and up to three days underwater, The Chicago Tribune reported Saturday.

Among the eyebrow-raising offerings and the headline-producing big money deals revealed at the Las Vegas trade show this week, there's still some basically cool stuff, the newspaper reported.

What's cooler than a toy dinosaur with a playful smile that includes 14 motors, 12 touch sensors and a video camera?

The Pleo rb, made by Innovo Labs, reacts to the voice, touch and even the gestures of its handler, the newspaper said.

Polaroid has returned with old-school cool, a digital camera, the GL20, that includes a printer for instant prints. The Concord, Mass., company has also devised a digital camera that doubles as futuristic sunglasses.

Not to be outdone, California ski-goggle maker Liquid Image has a set of goggles that might leave some consumers agog. At a price of around $400, they allow skiers to record their run down the mountain with a built-in video camera.

On Yahoo's Connected TV, consumers will find if they can't remember where they've seen an actor on a show before -- but he looks familiar -- they can search online, while continuing to watch the program, the Tribune said.

Similarly, Yahoo Connected TV makes it possible for advertisers to stop repeating phone numbers 15 times during a commercial. If a consumer is watching an advertisement and wants to make an online purchase right on the spot, Yahoo Connected TV allows for that, too.

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