By Kevin Kelly

You'd have to be crazy to introduce a new eBook reader right now, with Amazon and Barnes & Noble cleaning up in that space. But what if you could do it with a product that was lighter, better, and much, much faster? That's where Bookeen comes in with their new Cybook Odyssey. This French company has been making eBook readers since 2000, and while that first eReader was big and clunky, the Odyssey is sleek, elegant, and sports an incredible High Speed Ink System that allows you to scroll, change pages at lightning speed, and even view animations, all through E Ink.

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By Kevin Kelly

At CES last week, MGM announced that the entire collection of James Bond films from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace would be made available in a massive Blu-ray set celebrating 50 years of the iconic licensed to kill British agent. We were lucky enough to sit down with Bond directors John Glen, Michael Apted, and Martin Campbell, who have directed eight of those 22 films between them, and talk about Blu-ray and technology, and the effect it has had on the Bond franchise. Read on for the full interview!
What has Blu-ray meant for your careers and the longevity of the movies that you’ve worked on?

John Glen: Well, I’m really retired now, if you ever retire as a film director. I think it’s very nice, very gratifying to see these movies which are, some of them are over 30 years old now, standing up to the latest movies in a lot of ways. And it wouldn’t stand up in cinema perhaps, but certainly Blu-Ray, it’s given them a new lease of life over the last few years. But I’m very pleased about that.

It was surprising how good the clips looked from The Spy Who Loved Me Looked.

JG: We were just saying that, how excellent they look.

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Last year at CES Toshiba had a single glasses-free 3D TV on display and anyone who wanted to wait in the ridiculous line could take a peek. This year they upped the ante with a whole wall of glasses-free 3D TVs. The sets use a facial tracking system to keep the viewing angle situated for up to 3 people at once. Unfortunately, after all of their hard work very few people were impressed, including all of us.

Sony also had some glasses-free TVs on display, but just like Toshiba's offering they were less than appealing. At this point we had all but given up on finding the killer glasses-free 3D displays we had been hoping for. Then we stumbled upon the Stream TV Networks booth and our jaws proceeded to hit the floor. Read More...

By Kevin Kelly

Griffin has made a name for themselves creating just about every sort of Apple peripheral you can imagine. From cases to infrared adapters that control your home audiovisual system through your iPad and beyond, they've put together an appealing line of niche tech.

One of the coolest new pieces they were showing off at CES this year was their StudioConnect iPad dock that gives you a complete home studio, all in one compact, affordable package. The StudioConnect puts audio and MIDI recording options into a docking station, offering you audio in (both 3.5mm and 1/4" jacks), audio out (left and right RCA level plugs and a 3.5mm headphone jack and independent volume knob), and both MIDI in out through dual 5-pin connectors. So now you can connect keyboards and other MIDI devices into your mobile devices and jack straight into GarageBand. The StudioConnect will be available in February for $149.99.

Direct from the realm of nearly dead technology also comes Griffin's newest iPhone case line, brought to you in a partnership with Jack White's Third Man Records to create Third Man 45 iPhone Cases. Like Griffin, Third Man is also based in Nashville, and they designed an iPhone case made from cut 7" vinyl albums. The set comes with a record cutout on real vinyl complete with the grooves, and a notch cut out for the camera. It slips into the backside of the case, making you look hip and retro in the process.

They also introduced a nifty piece of tech for Airport Express owners: the Twenty. You plug your Airport Express into this, and it sends out lossless, amplified sound through speakers that you connect. It will support 20 watts per channel, and supports powered subwoofers as well. It allows you to hook up non-powered speakers via the spring-loaded RCA connectors, and will help you spread sound through your abode.

“The Griffin Twenty is the easiest, best-­?sounding solution for consumers who have speakers that are not AirPlay-­?enabled but still want to stream high-­?fidelity audio wirelessly,” said Mark Rowan, President of Griffin Technology. “Not only can users stream from their iTunes library, they can easily connect with any AirPlay-­? enabled iOS device.”

For more impressive A/V tech, keep reading MTV Geek's CES 2012 coverage!

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Motorola had quite the booth at this year's CES and they weren't shy about showing off their hew products for 2012. The Xyboard tablets, Razr Maxx and MotoActv fitness tracker were all on display so head past the break for some quick hands-on time. Read More...

The CES 2012 show floor was littered with portable speakers and docks for iOS and Android devices, but a couple upcoming products from HMDX really grabbed our attention. Though they may not be anything new in terms of the latest technology, their overall design and reasonable price points have us very intrigued. Read More...

By Kevin Kelly

Blue Microphones have made professional grade, high quality microphones for years, but it's only been fairly recently that they have moved into the realm of mobile, USB-powered microphone solutions. For years, I've been using their highly effective Snowball USB mic to record podcasts with, as it offers one of the finest portable audio options out there.

Now, they're making things even smaller and more portable. At CES 2012 I checked out both the Tiki and the Mikey microphones, both of which are small enough to fit into your pocket, yet give you a wide range of portable audio options.

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By Kevin Kelly

Razer has long been synonymous with hardcore gaming peripherals from mice to keyboards, but they are slowing moving into the field of gaming computers as well. At CES last year they unveiled their miniature Switchblade gaming computer concept, which has seen its tech migrate to their Blade gaming laptop, and at CES 2012 they also unveiled Fiona, their new handheld gaming device that takes PC gaming on the go.

The Fiona is a PC tablet aimed only at the gaming audience. It runs full PC games on a Core i7 Intel Ivy Bridge processor, allowing you to run current generation games, inside of an integrated housing that offers a controller experience with force feedback while gripping the device. The device also runs Dolby Home Theater v4 for PCs. While we're skeptical about such a small device that runs full PC games, if this things works, sign us up for two of them. Read More...

By Kevin Kelly

If you've tried to install multiple speakers in your house or apartment to spread your sound around, then you know it can be a difficult and expensive process. Either you're buying an expensive piece of teach, or trailing wires everywhere. But why not let there be light? GiiNii had the same idea when they created the AudioBulb. This replaces a standard bulb with an LED light source that includes a speaker built right into the middle of it.

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You may remember back in August when we talked about some awesome collector's edition iPhone and iPod Touch cases from the PDP and Marvel. The clip-on cases featured classic artwork from industry vets like Jim Lee and Todd McFarlane and now PDP has upped the ante with a ton of new Marvel gear for gadget lovers. This time around they've introduced new art styles and a line of tablet cases alongside the iPhone and iPod Touch protectors. Read More...

By Kevin Kelly

One of the coolest things I've seen in the world of board games was a version of Settlers of Catan running on the Microsoft Surface. But the only problem is that I don't have $15,000 to drop on a gaming peripheral. Luckily, ePawn understands that, which is why they've created the ePawn Arena: a 26" IPS screen that allows connects to your iPhone or iPad and bring a whole new world to the game table.

The demos they showed us included chess, air hockey, and a rudimentary version of Dungeons & Dragons, but I'm more excited about the possibilities down the road like an electronic version of Arkham Horror that keeps track of all the goings on, Axis & Allies enhanced by sound effects and wartime videos. There's an endless amount of possibilities, and hopefully board game developers will embrace this technology once it comes out later this year.

For more visions of the future, keep reading MTV Geek's CES 2012 coverage.

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By Kevin Kelly

Bigger is always better when it comes to televisions, and at CES 2012 LG proved that it was no exception to the size game. But besides just going big, they are going brighter and thinner as well. Nothing was a better example of this than the introduction of their amazing 55" Super OLED television, which is only four millimeters thick and weighs only 16 pounds. A confident LG spokesman told me,"You could hang it on the wall with velcro!"

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By Craig Goldstein

If I had a Nickel for every time I mentioned Lenovo and someone said “Who's Lenovo” I would be pretty well off. For years Lenovo has been known for building solid laptops and desktops for the business and home in the US and globally. We stopped by the Lenovo showcase at CES 2012 in Vegas to check out some of their new offerings and you'll find a list of the products we liked the most below.

Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 All-in-One
The Lenovo IdeaCentre A720 is a feature rich all-in-one desktop that combines great design with excellent user options. The A720 sports a 27-inch flexible HD display that drops flat to play games on, slot loading Blu-Ray player, Intel Core i7 processor, 8 gigs of Ram, up to 1.8 TB of Storage (available SSD), 2 GB graphics card and supports ten-finger 10 finger touch. Read More...

By Kevin Kelly

Parrot, the company behind the high-flying, iOS-powered AR Drone, has partnered with Philippe Starck to bring the ZIK ultra-deluxe set of Bluetooth headphones to the market. These gorgeous looking headphones are active noise canceling through the use of three external microphones, and they can be used with your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone or through multiple audio sources through the cable jack.

One of the coolest features is the addition of a touch panel on the right earpiece,. which allows you to set the volume by sweeping your finger vertically, and you can select tracks by moving your finger left or right. They also contain a presence-sensor system that shuts off the headphones when they are removed, so you won't have to worry about wearing down the battery when you aren't wearing it. Read More...

By Kevin Kelly

At this year's CES Polaroid a new line of Premium 3D Vision glasses that use passive circular-polarized 3D technology, hoping to save people the embarrassment of being caught in chunky, boring 3D glasses. These glasses are curved, not flat, and have been designed for professional use as well. People that work with 3D images spend eight hours a day looking through these lenses, and who wants to look boring while they work?

The Professional 3D Eyewear line also includes two frames with interchangeable lenses, one set is 3D while the other set contains sunglass lenses. They also offer Dual Gaming glasses that split the image on a television into two signals so that both players wearing the glasses can see different images, cutting out the need for splitscreen gameplay. If you've ever had to share a screen with someone in Call of Duty 3: Modern Warfare, then you know how much it sucks to give up real estate on the screen.

“We are excited to showcase our latest 3D eyewear line at CES and look forward to showing consumers how attainable a high-quality 3D experience is whether in the movie theater, at work, or in the home, “ said Jerry Dreifuss, global marketing director at Polaroid Eyewear. “Polaroid Eyewear’s line features circular technology and fashionable frames, providing both the technology and style 3D fans have come to expect from Polaroid.”

Stay tuned to MTV Geek for more CES 2012 coverage in both the second and third dimensions.

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