5 Unique Linux Based Products at CES 2013


January has come to an end and the highlight of the month was undoubtedly, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held annually at Las Vegas. With each new events featuring latest and greatest from the world of consumer electronics, Linux and products based on it are becoming more prominent than ever. This year's CES was no different. Here's a quick roundup of 5 very unique Linux based devices introduced during CES 2013.

5 Unique Linux Based Products at CES 2013
Ubuntu for Phones: Ubuntu created quite an impression among the attendees during the just concluded CES 2013 event. When everybody was expecting the unveiling of Ubuntu for Android to the world, Ubuntu took everyone by surprise by releasing their all new Phone OS which is of course based on Linux. During the event, Mark Shuttleworth himself demoed the device running Ubuntu Phone OS to the attendees and some of its most interesting features such as notifications, Camera app etc. were demoed again in another video.

nvidia project sheild

Project SHIELD: Nvidia's Project SHIELD was one of the biggest surprises at CES 2013. It is a full-featured, handheld gaming console powered by Nvidia's own Tegra 4 CPU (which it claims as the fastest in the market for mobiles) and a custom 72-core NVIDIA GeForce GPU. And when released, Project SHIELD will come pre-installed with latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system from Google, providing access to all your favorite Android apps and games.

top 5 Linux Based Products at CES 2013

Steam Box: Valve's recent tirade against Windows and its adoption of Linux is not news anymore. But Steam Box is a pretty interesting idea. Steam Box was supposed to be Valve's own gaming console. As a matter of fact, Valve's head Gabe Newell has confirmed that the company is indeed working on their own Steam Box and it is reportedly going to run Linux. And it won't be a closed eco system like its competitors. High-end PC manufacturer Xi3 have already showcased their Piston concept (pictured) which is Xi3's own take of Steam Box concept. It is not the official Steam Box though, we will have to wait a bit more for it.

wemo light switch belkin android

Wemo Light Switch: Many consider home automation as the next big thing in technology. During CES, Belkin showcased its range of new generation light switches called as WeMo, which is a replacement for your standard household light switches with WiFi connectivity. And it will be controllable from your Android device. Belkin will soon launch an Android app just for that. The WeMo connectivity means you can turn lights on or off from anywhere, schedule an on/off time, and doesn't require your Android device to be connected to the same WiFi network in order to work. [Source: androidcentral]

firefox os ces 2013

Firefox OS: Mozilla surprised everyone by demoing their Firefox OS powered developer phone at CES 2013. For starters, Firefox OS is a Linux based open source operating system for smartphones and tablets being developed by Mozilla. ZTE has already confirmed that they are planning to release more than one smartphone featuring Mozilla's brand new Firefox OS in Brazil and Europe. ZTE is China's second biggest phone equipment manufacturer. 

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