Here we go folks! As promised, I’m back for another day of the sweet Las Vegas goodness that is CES 2012. Yesterday the stuff I highlighted was a block of ultrabooks and a couple of high-end televisions. Today we’ve got more of a variety of things to look at for the highlight reel. One’s a gaming laptop by the same people that brought you a gaming tablet. I’ve also got a phone, a tablet, a non-announcement, and a couple things that are just outright cool.
Razer Blade Gaming Laptop
We’ll start with Razer. One of the units I’ve been teased by for months has been their Razer Blade gaming laptop. I imagine playing World of Warcraft on it would be phenomenal. Yesterday we looked at their gaming tablet, Project Fiona, but today there’s more information about the Razer Blade, which holds a little more true to the traditional laptop form factor. A little. Instead of a funky tablet, the Razer Blade is a 17” gaming laptop with a ton of enhancements over just having a screen, keyboard and trackpad. The unit has a mini web browser and what they call the Switchblade UI, which has 10 programmable macro keys above an LCD that has 2 modes – ultra-sensitive touchpad or an additional screen that shows game info. It’s a great little tool if you need to see a minimap playing an RTS, or picking off enemies with headshots in your favorite FPS. And at 0.88” thin, gives you some portability too. Unfortunately it’ll set you back a pretty penny, at $2,799, but come on look at the damn thing! It may be a little high for the dual core Intel i7 and nVidia GeForce GT 555M, so ask yourself if the SwitchBlade UI is worth the extra bucks before you go after this one.
Lumus See-Through Wearable Display
Reason #2376 I wish I was at CES is the Lumus see-through wearable display. It’s the type of thing where I would have someone take a video of me getting a hands on tryout, and post it to YouTube regardless of how ridiculous I look. Using a Light-guide Optical Element, a micro display pod and an Optical Engine for projection, this wearable display shines imagery at your eyes using a series of reflectors in the lenses. All these things together make up 720p, 3D-capable eyewear that weighs just a shade less than 1 ounce. Engadget has a good hands-on video that you can take a look at. The best part of the system is that you can still see what’s in front of you while you’re watching your movies – that way you can watch your cat videos on YouTube without running into a wall. There’s also a lighter monocle version that can be fit over one eye. Maybe for safety during movement? Maybe to be lightweight? Please, let’s be real, after seeing the monocle all you’re really thinking about is Vegeta’s “Over 9000!!!!!??” from DragonBall Z and planning your next cosplay idea. Damn you, Kakorot!