More Product Impressions from CES

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Although, the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show has been over for days, so many thousands of products were on display that it can take weeks to talk about them all.

So here’s just a few of the huge multitude of devices from CES… but these are the ones that stand out most in my memory.

Brighthand’s Antoine Wright has shared his experiences in other articles:


I have to admit, finding out more about WildCharge’s products was one of the top reasons for going to CES. I could see so much potential I couldn’t stay away.

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This company has created a system for mobile devices to be charged simply by putting them on a flat pad.

WildCharge was extremely protective of exactly how this works, but I think I can say that it can easily be added to all kinds handhelds, smartphones, and laptops in just a protective case. I saw it working on a very wide variety of devices (see picture)

I’m not 100% sold on this company’s solution, though. There’s no doubt that the devices can be charged just by putting them on the pad, (which is very cool) but not much else can be done with that pad.

Oh, don’t get me wrong, it won’t hurt you to touch it. I know that for certain. But you also can’t use it as a mouse pad, for example.

So what this company has is something that’s much easier to use than a cradle or USB cable, but probably takes up more room on your desk.

You can read more at WildCharge’s web site.

Solar Style

Solar Style has created one of those accessories that makes you wonder why no one thought of it before. It’s a solar charger that also includes an integrated battery. This lets you put the charger for your smartphone or handheld out in the sun while still using your device. There it can charge, without needing to be plugged into any kind of power port.

When it’s convenient, you can plug your mobile unit into the charger, even hours after sunset, and charge it back up.

If you’re thinkng "Surely this has been done before," you’d be wrong. Solar Style even has a patent on the idea.

This company makes products for a wide variety of devices, like Treos, BlackBerries, and any phone that can be charged through its USB port.

More information on Solar Style’s products can be found on its web site.


The rugged cases made by OtterBox are an example of a product that I didn’t think would work as well as they did. I didn’t see how such a totally protective case would still let you easily use a handheld or smartphone. But after trying it for myself I was convinced.

I mean really convinced. I’m not sure a sledgehammer could make a dent in one.

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But don’t get me wrong, these cases add huge amounts to the volume of the device. Probably even more than you think.

So if you’re someone who needs a mobile device in a situation where it’s likely to be damaged at any moment (construction site, anthropology site, canoe trip up the Amazon) I can totally see you needing an OtterBox. But if you’re life isn’t that extreme, you probably want to scale back a bit.

For those that really do need this kind of protection, you can read more at OtterBox’s web site.

SlingPlayer Mobile for Palm OS

I’m well aware that tradeshows put an enormous time pressure on the people who try to cover them. That’s why I try very hard to not to express strong opinions on scanty evidence.

So all I can say about the new Palm OS SlingPlayer Mobile client is that it looks good. But I only had about 15 seconds to look at it, so I don’t want to say too much.

You can look for yourself at SlingMedia’s web site.

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