Vegas, baby! Monday's a big day at CES, with tons of press embargoes being lifted. Here's a round-up of some of the more intriguing goods that have been worming their way into our inboxes over the past few months.
We're digging the innovative designs from the big players (check iRiver's newest media player, above). But even kids' stuff is catching our eyes this January. View the full gallery after the jump. —Abby Seiff
Give Apple a run for its money; iRiver's latest products are more beautiful and innovative than ever. The SPINN claims a 3.2" screen for videos, music, games and apps. Spin through offerings with the sleek toggle wheel. FM radio, voice recording and Bluetooth are just some of the bonuses.
A monster hard drive or a pint-sized player—your call. Another iRiver rollout, the iAMOLED stores 160 GB of media, along with a sizeable screen for scrolling through images, music, and more. A built-in mic allows for voice recording, while TV Out makes sharing easy.
Franklin Spelling Bee
Based on the Scripps National Spelling Bee program, this hand-held trainer lets you practice under real "bee" circumstances. An interactive monitor speaks the word (out of a list of 7,500 divided into three levels of difficulty) and displays your typed answer on the LCD screen before announcing whether it's correct. Extras include a TV Out feature that allows multiple players on a big screen, a 70,000 word Miriam Webster Dictionary and a personal word bank. Bonus points for resembling the illegitimate spawn of a Helio Ocean and PSP.
Do homes need a third screen? Need's probably beside the point. OpenPeak is touting their phone/Internet/media device as such, and it looks promising. The system is inarguably attractive, and a clever incorporation of everything from a bulletin board to VoIP.
Energizer-Light on Demand Series
Begone blackouts. This line of lights uses innovative light sticks—backed-up by rechargeable batteries rather than electricity. Available in inconspicuous sconce form or lamps, the light source itself pops out for an instant flashlight. Sporting LEDs, they're far more efficient and cost-effective than standard incandescent.
Want to be on the cutting edge of portable power generation? Yeah you do. The HydroPak uses hydrogen fuel cells to recharge ordinary electronics with no wasted electricity or harmful emissions. Each cell can power a laptop 8-10 times. A miniature version to juice cellphones or iPods on the go is expected next year.
LCD Digital Microscope
Stop squinting. This 40–400 power LCD microscope boasts a sizeable color screen, perfect for lengthy examinations of the microscopic netherworlds. A built-in digital camera takes SD cards and snaps images and video clips; shooting them to computers via USB.
Want more? Check out our entire CES 2008 coverage here.