B-Catch Project – Visual Path calculation by “Piggy” and DFKI

[CeBIT 2012] I did not expect to find this uber-fun demo at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) at CeBIT, but it looks like scientists can have humor sometimes. The technology behind this Angry Birds-like robotic character is quite complex and requires some serious research and development: it combines real-time image processing with probabilities modeling of knowledge about the characteristics of ball trajectories. Dr. Tim Laue and his […]


Sketching robot makes art a snap

[CeBIT 2012] German scientists who hail from the Fraunhofer Institute did show off their ‘sketching robot’ that is currently being paraded at CeBIT, the world’s largest computer fair that is happening Cebit, in Hanover, Germany. Just how does the robot work? For starters, it will snap a photo of its subject, using the pre-loaded software to analyze one’s face, translating the results of the analysis into a sketch. Needless to […]


PaceBlade PM240 Windows 8 Tablet with Core i7

[CeBIT 2012] During our tour of CeBIT, we have spotted the PaceBlade PM 240 (thanks to a tip from Wayne Rash), and this is a rather unconventional 12” tablet as it features Windows 8 and an Intel core i7 (vPro). While most tablets focus on mobility, the PaceBlade PM240 puts an emphasis on processing power and device connectivity. It is equipped with Intel’s Core i7, and comes with a full […]


CeBIT 2012 features pole dancing robots

[CeBIT 2012] If you thought that the world’s largest and most international computer expo is no place for pole dancers, wait until you check out CeBIT this year. According to reports online, there were a couple of pole-dancing robots at the show. Manufactured from old car parts, the pole-dancing robots were introduced this year to take the place of real dancers that were present at last year’s event. And to […]


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Acer announces K520 laser-based light projector

[CeBIT 2012] At CeBIT 2012, Acer announced a new projector the K520 which uses laser instead of a regular projector lamp to display images. The K520 Hybrid LED Laser projector is said to deliver a dynamic contrast ratio of up to 100,000:1, 2000 lumens of brightness, 3D image output support, and features VGA, composite video/audio, and HDMI ports. It has a maximum output resolution of 1024 x 768 but supports […]


Fujitsu M532 tablet hands-on [+video]

[CeBIT 2012] The Fujitsu M532 tablet briefly appeared in a video in January, but we bumped into it at CeBIT, so this was a great time for a hands-on demo. As you may know, the Fujitsu Stylistic M532 tablet is equipped with a Tegra 3 processor (quad-core) with 32GB of storage and Android 4.0 (ICS), but now we also know that it has an 8 Megapixel camera (back), a 2 […]


Intel touch display Ultrabook reference design: hands-on

[Cebit 2012] Intel is showing a touch-enabled Ultrabook reference design at Cebit, and the overall goal of this exercise is to show what this looks and feels like, and to provide developers with something that they can work on until Windows 8 launches later this year. This is of great importance for both Microsoft and Intel as Windows 8 and its native touch user interface could be an inflexion point […]


Gigabyte P2542G hands-on

[CeBIT 2012] Gigabyte announced a number of new notebooks at CeBIT 2012, including the P2542G gaming notebook which we got to spend some time with. Sporting a striking yellow back cover with a clean “Gigabyte” logo, the laptop is surprisingly not too heavy for a computer of its caliber. It packs a 3rd generation Intel Quad Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX660M 2GB graphics card featuring NVIDIA Optimus Technology, a […]


Michalsky Ultrabook bags cost as much as the laptops

[Cebit 2012] Michael Michalsky, a designer known for leading Adidas’ design effort and now working under his own brand (Michalsky Holding GmbH), has taken on the challenge of making Ultrabook bags that are uber-fashionable and hopefully commercially successful as well. This time around, Intel has tapped into his talent to come up with four bag designs, for business or leisure, and two are for men, while the two others are […]


Gigabyte U2442V and U2442N Ultrabooks – Hands-on

[CeBIT 2012] We reported about the two new powerful ultrabooks launched at ceBIT by Gigabytes, and I took the time to check out the devices at the Gigabyte booth. The key feature of the new laptops is to deliver good performance in a super slim body, thanks to 3rd generation Intel Core i5/i7 processor and the NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M GPU coupled with 2GB VRAM. Similarly to the Fujitsu Lifebook […]


Intel Xeon E5 features ultra-fast IO and (much) increased power-efficiency

[CeBIT 2012] Intel has announced its Intel Xeon E5 server processor (CPU), an 8-core monster that is (mostly) based on the same chip design than the Sandy Bridge processor which is already in use in mainstream and business computers. The most noticeable difference is the presence of 8-cores, where 6 is the maximum number of cores in previous products. Just like other Sandy Bridge chips, the Xeon E5-2600 supports Intel […]


Fujitsu Lifebook Premium Ultrabook – hands-on

[CeBIT 2012] Fujitsu is coming to CeBIT with a new 14-inch Ultrabook prototype that looks very promising. I personally love the design of the red version, it is stylish, elegant and offers high quality build for an amazing light weight (1.5kg – 3.3 lb) packaged in a thin magnesium housing. For comparison, the 13-inch Macbook Air is 2.96 pounds (1.35 kg)., since the Fujitsu is one inch larger we can […]


SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] gaming mouse introduced

[CeBIT 2012] A few days ago we wrote about SteelSeries teasing us about a mouse with an integrated screen and today we know what it is. At CeBIT 2012 in Hanover, Germany; SteelSeries announced the introduction of its SteelSeries Sensei [RAW] mouse. Available in Rubberized and Glossy models, the Sensei [RAW] features Omron switches, a pro-grade laser sensor, a CPI range from 90-5700, an ambidextrous all-grip design, and bright-white LED […]


Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 Ultrabook debuted at CeBIT

[CeBIT 2012] Earlier this year at CES, Acer took the wraps off one of their ultrabook models which was part of their Aspire Timeline Ultra series, and today at CeBIT the company has officially debuted the Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3 Ultrabook, an ultrabook that’s not only slimmer and lighter than its predecessors, but will also be the first Ultrabook to feature a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GT640M graphics card, a […]