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Brier Dudley's blog

Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

November 11, 2008 at 3:01 PM

Coolest gadgets of 2009, according to CEA

To drum up interest in gadgets and the its big Consumer Electronics Show in January, the show’s “excellence in product design and engineering awards” were announced today by the Consumer Electronics Association.

In other words, it’s calling out some of the cool new stuff going on sale next year.

My favorite may be Belkin’s FlyWire, a device that wirelessly connects flat-panel TVs to DVD players, game consoles and other equipment. It will cost $1,499, but that could be cheaper than hiring an electrician and plastering crew to run video cables through the walls. It also beams 1080p content around the house using the 5 Ghz wireless band.

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Another winner is the Pacemaker, an $895 digital media player with DJ functionality, including controls emulating two mini turntables and a mixer. Pacemaker also offers a software platform for editing music (the application is free to anyone …) and has an online community for users to upload and share their mixes.

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The full list:

Audio Accessories: Furutech’s F1-50 Series piezo ceramic connectors

Audio Components: Harman Kardon AVR 7550HD 7.2-channel audio/video eceiver

Computer Hardware: Hewlett-Packard TouchSmart Desktop PC IQ506

Computer Hardware: Whipsaw Zero Client Computer, a cube-like thin client device.

Computer Peripherals: Lenovo ThinkPad USB portable secure hard drive

Digital Imaging: Sony Cyber-shot T700 digital camera

Eco-Design and Sustainable Technology: 4Home Energy EM-3200

Enabling Technologies: Staccato Communications Ripcord2TM SC4500C

Headphones: Psyko Audio Labs’ Psyko 5.1 headphones

Health and Wellness: Fitbit Tracker

High Performance Audio: Pathos Acoustics “Adrenalin” mono power amplifier

Home Appliances: LG Electronics Steam Laundry Pair: SteamWasher with Allergiene Cycle and SteamDryer

Integrated Home Systems: AVerMedia EB1704HB WiFi-4 CMOS

Multi-Room Audio/Video: Belkin FlyWire

Personal Electronics: Sendero Group’s Code Factory Mobile Geo

Portable Multimedia Accessories: JWIN Electronics’ i1166

Portable Power: Callpod’s ChargepodV2

Video Displays: Samsung 46-inch Super Narrow Bezel LCD Digital Information Display LTI460AA04

(CEA has the list with links and more photos here.)

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