CES update: January 5, 2010

As you already know, we’ll be attending CES this year. We’re still looking for ideas on what you, our loyal readers, want to see. We’ve gotten some good feedback, and came up with some ideas of our own. Keep sending in your ideas. Remember, it doesn’t even have to do with CES. Are there any hacker groups in Vegas that we could meet with? Any locations of interest? Let us know.

So far, we have the following requests:

  • Google Nexus
  • Notion Ink tablet w/Pixel-Qi display
  • Instinct Engineering – Suitcase XBOX 360, Fold out gaming couch
  • Car that can drive itself (most likely Toyota or Honda)
  • PSP 4000
  • Transparent OLED display from Samsung
  • Neuro/EEG Devices; Neurosky Booth


  1. Oler says:

    I’m not sure if Lenovo is showing their IdeaPad U1 Hybred tablet yet, but if can you check their booth I would be very happy.
    btw the U1 has a resistive multitouchscreen, info about who makes them is also very appreciated.

  2. gen says:

    Nexus One has been unveiled, I’m so disappointed they ditched the QR-code flag in the back.

    The U1 hybrid has been shown at CES.

  3. Stu says:

    I’m jealous!
    I’d personally like to see what sort of advances in OLED displays there have been – specifically are there any companies selling hacker friendly OLED modules which can be easily used with low-end microcontrollers – I’m thinking the ones with built in display processors like 4DSystems GOLDELOX, where all you need do is send it the drawing instruction, eg draw a line/circle/text etc over serial.
    I’m hoping to see maybe 8inch or bigger OLED modules nowadays with far more advanced on board driving processors, eg. faster, more powerful features, easier to use, etc. etc. etc.
    I always thought the 4D Systems ones were a bit finnicky and under-developed myself.

  4. charliex says:

    I live in vegas, but am unware of any regular hacker groups. We’ve talked about a hackerspace but gotten nowhere that i know of.

    If anyone does know, shout out.

    All the locations of interest are on industrial ;)

  5. technohat says:

    I would like to see more of the Popbox at the Syabas booth.

  6. Dale Wheat says:

    Visit Pololu Electronics while you’re in the area. They’re a nice group of folks and have some great gadgets for hacking, etc.


    E. Patrick Ln. #12
    Las Vegas, NV 89120

    Phone: (702) 262-6648
    Toll-free: 1-877-7-POLOLU (1-877-776-5658, in the U.S. only)

  7. charliex says:

    Dale, thanks for posting that. I’ve been stuck with frys and kiesub

  8. Ted says:

    I’d like to see the Mirasol color ereader display from Qualcomm, is it as good as they say it is.


  9. Kris says:

    I’m pretty sure that the nexus 1 (n1) was released at the Google campus and not at CES

  10. EvilNCarnate says:

    IBM will be covering some nice home automation, web enablement stuff.

    Gotta pimp IBM you know.

  11. yassa says:

    Not sure if they count as hacks, but there are lots of very cool outdoor tech displays all over the place vying for viewer attention. Know anyone who develops these things?

  12. Corey says:

    I wouldn’t mind seeing more from the Fit PC


  13. MrWilson says:

    I would like to see some coverage on Vuzix. They possibly will be showing a new HMD (the vr1440).

  14. Jake says:

    Turn off every t.v. you come across with a tv-be-gone!

  15. A. Karttunen says:

    Please report about the coolest and the most hackable e-reader you find. That is, one in which you get an access to its Linux shell, or one that is is easily rooted so, that one can replace the original firmware with something like


    If iRex’s upcoming DR800SG reader will be demoed there, please ask whether one can obtain a shell access to it (e.g. for porting third party applications), like in the previous iLiad readers from iRex.

  16. nrp says:

    The Microvision laser projector looks interesting. Potential for a lot of cool HCI stuff.

  17. MadScott says:

    I’m watching for for an E-Reader that will run other serious programs as well as whatever slimmer-than-thou widget the Apple Zombies will line up to buy-and-be-cool-with next. Also watching Microsoft defend its hegemony (“it’s a good product because we say so”) a la GM’s denouement should be interesting…

  18. phoneboi says:

    I wouldn’t mind seeing more about the Iomega iConnect. At first glance it looks like it might have some good hacking potential.


  19. tom says:

    @charliex I am in vegas as well. Is there any online community here? I was googling for a hackerspace here and all I found was Pololu, I have yet to pay them a visit though.

  20. Yessss you guys are coming to my town! There are not a lot of hacker groups that we are aware of here in vegas besides the scene around Rooftop Ridicule, which is truly a hacker band. We play really listenable rock music but with circuit bent toy keyboards and hacked graphics calculator and gameboy beats all played live and used musically. I’ve been a fan of this site forever and it would be great if we caught up at one of our shows out here! we’ll make it free for you.

    you can all see breakdowns of several of the hacks in our band at http://www.instructables.com/member/wozlaser/ or our http://youtube.com/rooftopridicule

  21. Quan-Time says:

    Sounds really weird, but id like to see what hardware is driving the actual display stands. Like, if there is some moving sign, or some sort of revolving display case, or something that has bells and whistles, some sort of info on that would be interesting to see how the “big companies” go about hacking together a display case.
    I suspect there could be a few surprises in store in some of them. Ive seen some which are down right scary. Just an idea,, But for some reason, i ALWAYS look at that sort of stuff. Even cable management of the LCDs which hang around the place.. Things like that.

  22. Wdfowty says:

    Microsoft’s project natal

  23. Sandlapper says:

    I would like to hear about multiplex devices. A camera with GPS, Ranger Finder, etc. Don’t know if anyone has built such a thing, but it would provide great hacking potential. A ‘Swiss Army knife’ sensor set.

  24. ca5m1th says:

    I would be more interested in what creative hacks you can come up with using only the free samples passed out by various booths.

  25. kevin mcguigan says:

    you could always come by and stop at my house to say hello. i am a big fan of this site and try to read the interesting stuff everyday. i wanted to go to the CES but unfortunately i have to work. so if you want i would like to meet you guys.

  26. ElvisClone777 says:

    Well Folks, having lived here in Vegas a number of years now, I can suggest some great places to visit.

    However, they are non-technical in form and function. They are:

    Red Rock Canyon-awesome iron-oxide rock formations. Perfect for some hiking-time in the sun after hours in the lab/shop, building up muscles you forgot you had!

    Mount Charleston-if you’ve got the time, this drive is worth it. Alpine Mountain-type setting, which *does* receive snowfall!! Take a jacket!

    As for Tech-type spots, pretty sure most anyone on here will give ya those. Just trying to show you thoughts outside the box!

  27. polossatik says:

    Any info you can get about the Samsung S5PV210 (or S5PC110 ) ARM stuff would be welcome. If anyone is making a ref or dev board for those things and so.

  28. Luis says:

    Yes! this thing: the AR Drone


    apparently at


    and please find out the camera resolution and eventual possibilities of recording (onboard or over wifi)

  29. charliex says:

    @tom, nothing really active I know of, a couple of us defconer’s have kicked the idea around but nothing more than that.

    The Pololu robotics link to the LV robotics club looks like its dried up.

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