Ever since Star Wars first hit theaters back in 1977, fans have been asking themselves: “when are we going to get a remote control R2-D2 mini fridge with a built-in hi-def video projector?” The answer to that question, it turns out, is at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Vegas.
Haier’s been teasing its Smart Window Refrigerator for a couple of years now, but it will finally hit stores in Europe and Asia next year. It’s a crazy invention. You walk up to the fridge, and motion sensor-powered lights illuminate the inside of the inside which you can see through the translucent door.
Five years ago, Google CEO Eric Schmidt proclaimed that laptops would become disposable. We’re nearly there. Starting today, you can buy a new Chromebook for just $150—the cheapest price ever. And this spring, there’s a $250 Chromebook coming that looks pretty incredible.
Tobii's eye-tracking tech could be what frees us from keyboards and mice, but what if your eyeballs could replace your remote control, too? Haier, of all companies, is trying to make it happen. It's almost superhuman.
At last year's CES, Haier showed off a transparent TV, which never took off for the obvious reason that nobody needs or wants a transparent TV. Today, a great leap forward: a neon, see-through washing machine. This is. The. Future.
Why spend the effort messing around using a Wiimote-like remote, or even shouting at the TV, to get it to change channel, when you can just stare at what you want and blink to select? Well, that's Haier's theory anyway, and, amazingly, it actually works.
On the floor of CES, tucked away in Haier's booth is a TV set advertising BRAIN CONTROL. I was immediately intrigued. Could I think about wanting to watch the latest episode of Teen Mom and have it automatically flash on screen? I had to find out.
A lot of cool-looking but pretty much worthless items have been brought into this world under the guise of design. So it's no wonder that this admittedly awesome but totally useless see-through TV has the word "designer" in it.
The Power Pad is a contraption that you stand on while you shower, recycling hot water to lower the energy usage of your water heater. Clever!
Last week you were crying out for more ideas from Haier's wall o' ideas, so I swung by there on the last day of the show to see if there were any more hare-brained suggestions. I was in luck!
On Haier's stand at CES they're displaying some innovative wireless TVs. Helping breed innovation amongst the stand-goers, they've also got a wall asking people to "share your ideas." Let's hope the following ideas came from contained Vegas locals, at least.
Wireless power has gone from lab prototype to working product in a little over 18 months, and Haier stuck MIT's WiTricity into a TV along with WHDI wireless video for complete wirelessness. Complete. Wireless. Ness.
Behold the Haier Theatre, a full touchscreen media player that might be pretty unremarkable were it not for its surprisingly low price tag: a 4GB version for $90 and 8GB for a measly $100.
In what may seem like a late start to the iPod race, Haier America is updating their Rhapsody Ibiza line with 2 new MP3 players: the Mini and the Touch. Sound familiar?
Today Rhapsody and Haier launched the Ibiza Wi-Fi music player, which lets you download Rhapsody tracks via Wi-Fi without connecting to a PC first. This is really good news for Rhapsody users, until now there was no true portable device for managing tracks, though Apple, Microsoft and SanDisk (with Yahoo) have…
Instead of using detergent, this Haier WasH2O uses ions to get rid of brown and yellow stains in your clothes. The WasH2O breaks up water into OH- and H+ ions, where the OH- "attracts" stains and the H+ ions "sterilize" the clothes. We don't know anything about chemistry, but that sounds like black magic to us. Will…
Remember that incredibly tiny Haier Black Pearl we reviewed last year? It looks like they've gone and re-dubbed it the Elegance. It still has the same features we saw in our review—OLED display, FM radio, MP3 player, and Bluetooth—but we're not sure if any of the problems we encountered were fixed.
Continuing with the trend seen at CES this year, AOL and Haier have teamed to release another Wi-Fi player. This player, currently named the Smartscreens Media Device, will include Wi-Fi (obviously), Bluetooth, 30GB hard drive and support MPEG4 and WMV for video on its Linux-based operating system.
How tiny IS the Haier Black Pearl cellphone? In case you couldn't tell by the quarter measurement, here's a comparison of the Black Pearl vs. an iPod Nano vs. a 30GB iPod.
Honestly the smallest phone we've ever used, the Haier Black Pearl cellphone is perfect for slipping into your pocket and slipping out for a night of fun.