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CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies

What happens at CES 2013 doesn't stay in Vegas. From giant tablets to $20,000 televisions, take a peek at a few early standouts for gadget lovers.
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To many road warriors, few things are as aggravating as a dead phone or tablet battery. Lilliputian Systems hopes its Nectar Mobile Power System will alleviate this frustration. Compact enough to fit easily in a user's hand, the device has enough power to keep any gadget that complies with the USB 2.0 standard juiced for up to two weeks. That means smartphones, tablets, eReaders, Bluetooth headsets -- you name it. Charging is facilitated via a Nectar Pod that fits into the larger unit; when one Pod has been exhausted, users can simply dispose of it and pop in a fresh cartridge.

The cost of entry and ongoing maintenance might dissuade some users; the device, which will be available exclusively through Brookstone's stores and website, will retail for $299.99 and includes one Nectar Pod. Additional cartridges will be available for $9.99 each. Despite the price, the device might appeal to on-the-go power users, as it's already been approved for airplane use by both the United Nations International Aviation Organization and U.S. Department of Transportation. Plus, those who order early through the Brookstone website can procure an extra Pod at no cost. Nectar is slated to start shipping this summer.

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moarsauce123
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moarsauce123,
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1/14/2013 | 10:59:18 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
Get a phone with Android 4.2, turn on the built-in "Always-on VPN" option. Done.

Though $50 a year isn't terrible for the service. Assuming it's decent (though looks like it requires stupid proprietary service) and speedy.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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1/14/2013 | 5:39:42 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
Thanks for pointing that out, vk. You're right; the screen is almost 83% larger diagonally, which is different than the increase in overall screen surface area.
rw
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rw,
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1/14/2013 | 4:01:58 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
Nectar Pod batteries for $9.99 and $300.00 for the base unit? Who is 2 weeks without power? Put a LI-ion battery in a box with a USB connector - done. Actually did it 2 months ago. Cost $5.00
robotanna
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robotanna,
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1/14/2013 | 2:46:01 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
No kidding, I'd easily pay $50/year for a set it and forget it VPN that I often forget I have running
vk
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vk,
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1/14/2013 | 2:41:49 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
A quick comment on the 3M screen, 46 -> 84 is the diagonal, but the screen is over 230% bigger, not 80%. You're talking about a screen that feels over 3x the size.
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Byurcan,
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1/9/2013 | 4:28:10 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
Come pretty cool stuff, wouldn't mind having my own drone!
Cara Latham
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Cara Latham,
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1/9/2013 | 1:29:54 PM
re: CES 2013: 7 Standout Technologies
I like the idea of invoking a VPN specifically designed to protect data on mobile phones. I would be interested to see how stable it really is. If so, I think this will be a hit.
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