CES 2009 CES - Gaming
By Terry Currier
video of 66 different vendors Computers Gaming Health Power Security Storage Utilities
They have many game chairs one of them is the Recon. This chair features a
built-in 5.1 surround sound system. The
inspiration came from gamers at E for All who described wanting a true surround
sound chair. The Recon will definitely satisfy this market demand; it has 3
sets of independent speakers that blast the user from all directions, not to
mention a huge subwoofer and vibration motors. This chair is packed with top of
the line features like vibration, optional wireless connectivity, and ergonomic
design for all day gaming.
The Creative Tournament Gaming Headset HS-1100 with proprietary noise
cancellation technology is the first product to incorporate Silencer. It is a
breakthrough in voice technology that allows the user’s voice to be clearly
heard by other gamers they are communicating with by eliminating ambient background noise to provide improved
voice fidelity. Their HS-1100 includes 40mm neodymium plus proprietary X-Fi
audio technology, for improved audio playback. X-Fi CMSS®-3D technology
creates virtual surround sound in games so you hear your opponents in their precise
location even when you can’t see them. See video of
their CES booth. Priced at US$130, the HS-1100 also features:
which offers up to 18 selectable voice-morph personas that range from
Aliens to Orc, for more engaging in-game voice communication
ear pads for extended gaming sessions
in-line volume adjustment with microphone mute control
detachable microphone boom allowing the headset to be used as regular
headphones in non-gaming scenarios
ear cups offer convenient storage
Elf Island www.elfisland.com
The first tween virtual world specifically created to instill positive social
and environmental values into the
world's future stewards. Elf Island turns online
gaming efforts into tangible offline results through nonprofit partnerships and
Mirrored Gaming. Past and present partners include Plant-It 2020, WildAid and
Polar Bears International.
Through its "Mirrored Gaming," kids play an online
GoodQuest™ game, and in the process learn about a related non-profit's project,
which is then reflected in real world support for the nonprofit. Kids can see
the effect they are making by helping others in need and understand why it is
important to get involved. Habitat for Humanity International is the first
nonprofit to benefit from Elf Island's Mirrored Gaming
model. Other GoodQuests will include:
Protecting virtual sharks helps protect real sharks in the Galapagos Islands.
Bears International: Tracking virtual polar bears and polar ice caps helps
protect real polar bears and their environments in the Arctic.
2020: Planting virtual trees helps plant real trees in Niger.
Shipping its first-generation Gaming Keyboard with voodooDNA this spring. The
ideal companion to HP’s Gaming Mouse with voodooDNA, the new keyboard is
designed for increased speed, accuracy and flexibility. The keyboard has backlit
illumination with WASD cluster lighting and anti-ghosting. It has fully
programmable keys with macro capability and three unique profiles. The top of
the keyboard also is coated with non-slip rubber finish and media keys are
touch access. The keyboard is expected to be available in February for $80.
They developed this unique technology to create an adjustable viewing
environment that delivers 3D without the eyestrain, spatial disorientation, or
headaches commonly associated with other 3D approaches. Most PC games released
in the last five years, including many of the most popular multiplayer online,
first person shooter, and role-playing games, have already been designed for 3D
displays. iZ3D’s optimized driver unlocks the third (depth) dimension of these
3D-ready games to allow gamers to finally play them as they were written – in
3D. Featured a hands on demonstration of three of it’s upcoming product
prototypes for 2009. The new prototypes include:
iZ3D Immersion Series that gives users an incredible total 3D effect. It
is a Triple iZ3D monitor setup with a flight or racing game simulator that
really puts players in the experience.
Widescreen Console Game Compatible Prototype - Now play many popular Xbox®
or PS3® games in 3D on the new iZ3D 22-inch game compatible monitor. The
22-inch monitor price will be $399 and will feature:
widescreen switchable 3D/2D monitor
output and anaglyph output drivers
- 3 pairs
of passive linear polarized glasses
power and video cables
membership in iZ3D’s upcoming 3D gaming league
in six special edition custom-painted models created by Smooth Creations.
The custom painted monitor price has also been reduced to $549.
x 1050 resolution
to 170-degree 3D viewing angle
Their lineup offers low price points with all ’09 products priced at under $50.
TV Games Motion
the reactive motion controller, the gamers’ moves control the action on
screen as characters replicate their movements on the TV screen when they
jump, wave, and move around. The controller plugs into the A/V jacks of
any standard TV and contains multiple games in each controller, and no
additional consoles or cartridges are needed. TV Games Motion titles will include Star
Wars, Toy Story, SpongeBob SquarePants, Spider-Man, Disney Fairies, Power
Rangers and more. Ages 5+, Suggested Retail Price: $30.
TV Games Sing Scene
to the hottest licensed Pop, Rock and Country hits built right inside the
microphone – and with the voice tracking feature, players can compete to
hit the right notes to rock out and win. No additional consoles or
cartridges are needed. Ages 8+, Suggested Retail Price: $30.
Jump Camp Fitness Video Game
over 15 sports activities, fitness and casual games. Families can work up
a sweat as they jump, run, lunge and move on the fitness mat with their
actions replicated right on the TV screen. The game tracks calories burned
and rewards the hardest workouts. Ages 8+, Suggested Retail Price: $40.
Big Buck Hunter Pro TV Games
addition to its authentic arcade action and pump action gun styling, it’s
the only shooting game in the toy aisle to work on all standard and flat
screen televisions. Ages 8+, Suggested Retail Price: $40.
Other New Plug It In & Play TV Games
titles for 2009 include Retro Arcade featuring Pac-Man, Star Wars,
Spider-Man, Power Rangers and The Price Is Right. Ages 5+, Suggested
Retail Price: $20. For more information on current TV Games products,
From a old company with roots in educating kids (Knowledge Adventure) JumpStart
is an adventure-based 3D virtual world
that is super-personalized, wildly imaginative and really fun, but don't let
that fool you - it also teaches math, reading, and critical thinking skills so
kids get a real jump start in life. Monthly cost is $8, while full year is $75. See
video of their CES booth. Some of the things they are planning include:
- Grab where the kids will collect gold and silver in a western style race
- an adventure based game for 3-5 year olds complete with five virtual
- Arcade - boardwalk style games
- Tiki Falls - climb around ancient ruins
and hunt for rainbows and treasure
Theater - pick from over 30 movies to watch
On the site, kids explore in the Idea Seeker Universe – where virtual worlds
are challenged by issues similar to
those we face on Earth.
battle the Darkness of Dumbness and his evil Clouds of Chaos – characters
such as Angry Cloud, Gluttony Cloud and Jealousy Cloud that confuse people
and alter their behavior.
are guided in their adventures by their Plant Baby virtual pets – each
representing a positive character trait such as Patient, Persistence and
Gratitude that help them overcome the Clouds and be successful.
learn, interact play and problem solve online – which prepares them to
face offline challenges in the real world.
site currently incorporates learning episodes which revolve around global
The G-series line of gaming peripherals from Logitech® gives gamers what they
want: complete control.
Logitech G19 Keyboard for Gaming
first Logitech keyboard to feature a color GamePanel LCD. The tiltable,
320-by-240-pixel display provides valuable in-game information for over
sixty games, including World of Warcraft®. In addition to in game
information, the screen can show VoIP communication data, clock, CPU load,
or other non-gaming specific items such as pictures or videos. And you can
easily switch among types of information – without ever leaving your game.
It offers 12 fully programmable G-keys with three macros per key, giving
you 36 time-saving commands per game. It can disable the Windows® key so
you don’t get accidentally locked out of your game. The keyboard features
two high-speed USB 2.0 ports. Suggested retail price is $200.
The Logitech G35 Surround Sound Headset
first Logitech headset to offer 7.1 surround sound. Powered by second-generation Dolby®
Headphone technology, the G35 headset simulates the complex acoustics of a
listening room, creating a detailed, outside-the-head sound field. Plus,
with its proprietary ear-enclosing design, the G35 headset greatly reduces
ambient noise, while an adjustable, noise-canceling microphone focuses on
your voice and reduces background noise. Additional on-ear audio controls
provide quick access to volume, microphone mute and surround sound
adjustments. Comes with three swappable headbands – thin, thick and
contoured designs – so you can select the style that fits you best. Suggested
retail price is $130.
The Logitech G9x LaserMouse
precision at any hand speed (up to 150 inches per second). Featuring
on-the-fly adjustable dpi from 200 to 5000 dpi making it easy to go from pixel-precise
targeting to lightning-fast maneuvers without pausing the action. It
includes two interchangeable, snap-on grips that let you choose a fit for
your playing style. Also features onboard memory – program up to five
ready-to-play profiles. Suggested retail price is $100.
The Logitech G13 advanced gameboard
G13 gameboard offers a contoured design that complements the natural shape
of your hand and fingers. So you don’t have to take your eyes off the
screen, the concave keys along the home row make it easy to locate buttons
by touch. And for a tactical advantage, the G13 gameboard includes 87
buttons, so you can set up custom button-profiles for each one of your
favorite games, and a 160-by-43-pixel GamePanel™ LCD that shows live game
stats. Available now for a suggested retail price of $80 (U.S.).
Logitech Wireless Guitar, Premiere Edition
authentic materials – including a wood neck, rosewood fingerboard, metal
frets, even a locking whammy bar – and is for gamers who want to flex their
star power. Virtually silent button
noise through the use of rubber dome technology, 2.4 GHz wireless
technology gives you control up to 30 feet from the console. Price: $250
Transforming the company’s online strategy from brand Web site platform to
interactive programming and content provider. The aggressive initiative is
called the Mattel Digital Network. It will be user and requires an ongoing
commitment to keeping both the content and each target audience - from kids to
tweens and teens to adults and collectors – in mind when building their online
Digital Nail Printer – As the first product unveiled under the Barbie®
brand’s new “Beautronics” line – allows you to print custom designs
directly onto your nails; it takes only a few seconds and the designs last
for days! You can select from 1000s of intricate designs, and even upload
your own photos to create a custom
manicure perfect for any occasion. The Digital Nail Printer uses thermal
inkjet technology and specially-formulated cosmetic grade ink to print
directly on the nail surface in full color. A built-in color video camera
lets you model nail designs before printing.
- Have you ever dreamed of moving an object with the power of your mind?
The new mental acuity game makes that dream a reality. A lightweight
headset containing sensors for the forehead and earlobes measures your
brainwave activity. When you focus your concentration, a small foam ball
will rise on a gentle stream of air. Relax your thoughts and the ball will
descend. By using a combination of physical and mental coordination, you
must then guide the ball through a customizable obstacle course – the
various obstacles can be repositioned into many different configurations.
Games - puts mash-up creativity and game creation into the hands of kids.
Using your computer screen and the Ucreate Games tablet, kids can build
and customize unique games using hand drawn lines and a library of fun,
interactive game elements, including: drawing templates, photos, sound
effects, and recognizable game components. Ucreate Games uses a unique,
photographic interface that automatically recognizes game activities and
captures the user’s creations. Games includes: drawing table, folding
camera, USB connection, software, dry erase drawing supplies, and game
Music - an easy-to-use digital music making system that allows kids to
become the ultimate DJ. Kids and tweens can express themselves through
creating their own songs and re-mixes with a fun and innovative interface.
They can record samples, mix and match loops and create their own music
tracks using an assortment of rifts, instruments, runs and backbeats.
Plus, kids can share their creations with friends and update and explore
new content on the Ucreate Music website. For added entertainment, kids
can add in their own voice and sound effects or distortions to their
- provides kids with the tools to build the ultimate dinosaur online.
Begins with the Starter Kit, which comes complete with a Trex action
figure, software and Extraction Gun. Connect the Extraction Gun to your
Mac or PC and then insert into the dinosaur figure to “extract DNA.” Once
extracted, the DNA will unlock an action-packed online gaming experience.
As kids collect new dinosaur figures, they will continue to extract
dinosaur DNA, unlocking new games and special attacks. A player can boost
the power of his figure in five arcade-style games, collect new DNA in
dino action games, and ultimately take on the mighty Megavores™ in battle.
Funkeys™ Game Factory Tool - A PC-based interactive game where vinyl toy
collecting meets casual gaming. The virtual world continues to expand as
players collect figures and interact through in-game activities and
(Feelings, Attitudes, Moods and Personalities) - Feelings, Attitudes,
Moods and Personalities - allow girls to reflect their various emotions
through their virtual space. Each figure creates a unique emotional
makeover so girls can express themselves in all kinds of fun new ways via
their desktop, e-mail, widgets and IM.
You can go to the pbs.org website and it has games and other things to help
keep your kids entertained. They also have another section - PBS KIDS PLAY! It is setup to help teach essential preschool and
kindergarten skills and to report to parents on each child’s progress in those
skills. The curriculum is divided into
seven core areas:
- Healthy Development
- Language Development
- Social Studies
Interactive projects encourage creative play. These projects
allow children to exercise their imagination and engage in experimental use of
objects. Projects in PLAY! can cover anything from art, music, and drama to
engineering and physics. Kids can save their projects to a personal bulletin
board and work on them over the course of many days - even weeks or months. See video of their CES
Go to here to play over 100 free games. Puzzle Games
Developed by HopeLab it is a game which helps kids with cancer understand what
they are up against. It gives them a sense of power and control. In the game a
nanobot named Roxxi travels through the bodies of fictional cancer and cancer
treatments. The game is free to young people with cancer. See video of their
CES booth. They say that those given Re-Mission:
to their prescribed treatments more consistently
faster acquisition of cancer knowledge
faster increase in self-efficacy
Sakar International www.sakar.com
designed PS3 controller has illuminated buttons and no wires. Never get
tangled up again. 2.4GHz Wireless
- The 3
In 1 Kit for Wii comes with a bat, racket, and putter that connect to your
Wii-mote to enhance the realism of playing Wii sports. 3 In 1 Kit - Wii
Video Game Accessories: WII-400
real life high stakes black jack in the palm of your hand. High Stakes Las Vegas Blackjack:
- Texas Hold EM LCD Game:
Sudoku device let’s you play anywhere. Choose from over 16,500 puzzles and
four levels of difficulty with this handy electronic Sudoku game. Test
your performance with the built-in-timer. Sudoku for Dummies: DUM-120
With the X20 Gaming Mouse the goal is total game domination. It has a Rapid
Fire switching button, from which gamers
are able to shoot one to four bullets at a time. An Avago laser engine also
delivers extreme accuracy, lightning-fast response and mirror-smooth tracking,
and the advanced ergonomic design offers comfort during extreme competition.
Available now $60 MSRP.
The new Gaming Backpack fits any laptop with up to an 18-inch display,
including the 17-inch Toshiba Qosmio X305—as well as add-on accessories and
games with plenty of room to spare. Available now for $100 MSRP.
Stated prices are
rounded up to the nearest dollar.
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