Grill, baby tech hot at Vegas trade show

People walk around the trade show floor during the Consumer Electronics Show Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS --- Tablets were all the rage at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, but with tens of thousands of products on display, there was something for everyone. Here are some nuggets from the four-day show, which ended Sunday:


OH, BABY: The Smart Baby Monitor from French startup Withings has a small camera that beams audio and video to the screen of any Web-connected smart phone, tablet, computer or TV using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. It's a gadget made for an iPhone generation of parents, as it trades traditional bulky baby monitors for a smooth, white design. The sensor can track temperature and humidity in the baby's location, and parents can play lullabies remotely through the device. Withings said the monitor will be available in late March.

HELLO, AUDIOPHILES: WOWee One makes a pocket-size speaker for mobile devices. The speaker is about two-thirds the size of its predecessor and has a 12-hour battery. When the speaker is laid on a flat surface, the device sends low-frequency sound waves through that surface, turning a desk or countertop into a subwoofer. The speaker will be on the market at the end of January and cost less than $100.

FOR THE SURVIVALIST: Hikers might not get cell phone reception in the backcountry, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared. The Rover from Eton Corp. is a compact emergency weather radio with a flashlight and a USB port that can charge a mobile phone. Users can power the device with a hand crank, batteries or DC power. The Rover sells for $49.99 is available for preorder on the Eton Web site. It is set to ship in February.

FOR THE SHUTTERBUG: Kodak said it will be the first maker of consumer inkjet printers to ship 3-D photo-printing software. To make a photo come out in 3-D, a person shoots a picture with any digital camera, then takes another picture about three inches to the right. On a computer, the Kodak software combines the two images into a single 3-D photo, and Kodak technology on the printer produces a photo that can be viewed with red and cyan 3-D glasses. Kodak didn't announce pricing or availability but said the software will be compatible with its line of all-in-one printers.

MANAGE YOUR GRILLING: IGrill showed off its new iPod/iPhone/iPad-connected thermometer to help you become a grill master. It's a Bluetooth-enabled meat thermometer that tracks the temperature, manages the time, lets you look up recipes and can alert you when your meat is ready from as far away as 200 feet. You can attach up to two probes for separate pieces of meat.

IN FOR SOME 'PAIN'? T-Pain hit CES to show off his I Am T-Pain mic. It is a follow-up to his I Am T-Pain app for the iPhone that simulates the Auto-Tune vocal effect for which he is known. T-Pain's mic, which will arrive in stores this summer and will sell for $39.99, gives singers an Auto-Tune filter, enabling them to sound somewhat like T-Pain's modified voice in his hit songs.

ONE TOUGH HARD DRIVE: Dropping the new ioSafe hard drive 20 feet onto concrete won't kill it. Piling 5,000 pounds on top won't crush it. The portable drive, encased in aluminum or titanium alloy, can supposedly operate after being sunk in 30 feet of water for three days or covered with a foot of fuel, oil or other chemical for an hour. The drive has a one-year data recovery service and warranty. The drives are available starting at $150.


The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the largest trade show in the Americas, was back in high form after two lean years. A preshow estimate put attendance at more than 126,000.