GetGeeked NY 2015 was one of the smaller conventions we have visited this year, but it was also definitely one of the best. No slouch when it came to showcasing all of the latest developments, innovations and concepts in consumer electronics, apps and business solutions, Barry Myers’ GetGeeked events is a must see. From heavy hitters like SanDisk, Yelp & HP to independent start ups such as Kolibree and MixLuv, there was something for everyone to sink their teeth into in the pursuits of new information.
Beneath the plethora of new apps being showcased, demonstrations of upcoming gadgets and the bevy of reps to give us all of the details, we found a select few gems that really made GetGeeked one of the most eye-opening gatherings we’ve attended and reported on. Join us as we take a quick look at the two exhibits we found to be the most attention-grabbing.
The Ultimate Hacking Keyboard
Though hacking is often regarded as an activity reserved for the ultra-savvy who do not mind taking risks to procure information, the term goes far beyond that in today’s day and age. Thanks to the concentrated effort of the Hungarian start up company Ultimate Gadgets Laboratories, any user with either a beginner, casual or advanced skill level of hacking can improve their productivity with their new Ultimate Hacking Keyboard, or UHK. Though it looks like an interface device from a sci-fi film, it actually performs as advanced as it looks. With a split ergonomic design, 50 million PPK switch keys, built in mouse control and an entire library of macros for productivity gain, this seems to be the ultimate all-in-one keyboard many users have wanted that is not solely focused on media playback. Expect to see the UHK hit the market at a starting price of $250.
The industry giant had a mellow, though impactful showing at GGNYC, opting to showcase their two more affordable new tablet solutions entering the market, The Yoga Tab 3 8 & 10 and the 100s Chromebook. The Yoga Tab models are the newest generation of the Yoga line from Lenovo, coming in with Android 5.1m a Qualcomm APQ8009 processor, 8/10” screen and the usual four modes: stand, hold, tilt and hang. The tablets will start at $169 upon release.
Though Lenovo was not showcasing any high-end products at their panel, the 100sSChromebook is still quite the impressive computer geared for casual use. Despite it’s unexpectedly meager specifications and low price of $179, Lenovo is touting their newest Chromebook system as an ideal system for gaming. This sounds like a pipe dream, it is actually quite possible and was demonstrated effectively. Bear in mind, Lenovo does not intend for users to play The Witcher III at full setting on this device, but given the legions of simpler games that have gained popularity in the recent years that do not require heavy graphic and processing power it is an entirely feasible way to market the 100S.
JBL showcased three of their new set top speakers at GGNY, the Flip 3, Pulse 2 and the rather impressive Xtreme. The three speakers are individually developed for general use, party playlists and powerful yet portable sound. The Pulse 2 looks like a speaker one would find at an underground rave, shaped like a capsule and illuminated with flowing psychedelic colors controlled by the JBL Prism color lens, complete with stereo sound and a 10-hour battery life. The Flip 3 is a scaled down model, being smaller and more compact, which is ideal for the casual user focused on voice calls. The Xtreme, the loudest of the trio, includes four active transducers and two JBL Bass Radiators. The cool thing about all three? Each model is splash-proof.
HP nearly stole the show with the debut of their new All-In-One PC, the Sprout. HP seems to have successfully emulated the futuristic GUI’s we’ve seen in most concept videos and near-future sci-fi. Giving people the ability to create a 3D printed object with the simplicity of a touch screen interface, the Sprout is the all-in-one creation suite. Behind it’s incredible concept, it comes packed with the following:
- 4th generation i7 processor
- 1TB Storage
- Natural user interface
- Windows multi-touch experience
The heart of the Sprout is the Illuminator equipped with Intel RealSense 3D camera. The general process involves the user 3D scanning an object using the 3D Capture app, which creates a full color 3D digital model on screen. An item simply has to be placed on the Sprouts accompanying touch mat for it to be scanned in accurately. Rom there the image can be manipulated by I/O or touch, then printed with the accompanying printer, one of which is bundled with the system from Dremel. © HP
Industry forerunner RCA unveiled their new 2-in-1 tablet, the Cambio W101 V2. The mid-range multi-use system comes well equipped out of the box with solid specs, extras and expansion:
- Windows 8.1, upgradeable to10
- Intel Z3735 Processor
- 2GB DDR Memory
- 32GB Flash Memory
- 10.1” touchscreen, 1280×800
- Detachable keyboard w/ trackpad
- Front 1MP and rear 2MP cameras
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Expandable up to 128GB with microSD
Though not being touted as a media or productivity powerhouse, the tablet itself is a perfect fit for anyone who wants a functional and feature-filled solution that is not far too expensive ($199.99 MSRP) or loaded with features that will not be used. With a choice of four colors as well, it enters the market as an ideal gift for the casual tablet user.
Advancing towards the more practical spectrum of home automation, Leeo showcased their simple yet extensive and effective alternative to the traditional battery operated smoke detector. Instead of just limiting you to in-house beeps and a security company to notify you of what is happening in your home, Leeo’s Smart Alert gives you a fully automated notification system in regards to fire safety and alert.
- Plug-in outlet design, no need to mount onto a wall or ceiling
- Connects to other smoke and CO2 monitors you already have
- If you are unable to answer your alert call, friends and family will be notified as well
- Tracks temperature and humidity of any room
At less than 5 ounces and smaller than a Clementine, the device is inconspicuous in keeping you 100% up to date on your home’s heat, climate and safety from fire hazards. Given that the device is not reliant on human interaction or susceptible to human error, it can easily be considered the evolution of on-demand safety alerts for your home, a sign that smart homes and automated appliances/solutions sch as these becoming the industry norm in the next few decades.