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They Say Imitation is the Best Form of Flattery (CES Day 2)

Posted January 09, 2010 10:00 AM by frankd20

I won't call this a trend, but it seems a lot of products that are already on the market have some clones lurking at CES 2010.

One product that I have seen a few kinds of are eBook readers. These readers look very much like the kindle, but come from company names most have not heard of. Most, if not all, of the companies I have seen showing off eBook readers are from overseas. I don't know what this means for the future of eBooks good, bad, or otherwise, but if you're looking for an eBook reader, perhaps you will be able to pick one up for less in the near future.

Battery-charging is something that many of our electronic devices need. One product I have also seen a few versions of are wireless charging mats. These devices require you to connect a thin module to the device being charged. Once your device has this connected to it, you can charge your device by placing it on a special powered mat. I don't find it so difficult to plug-in when I need to charge up, but this wireless charging concept seems to be one that has caught on with alternate versions. For me, even if the prices on these come down a lot, I don't see myself running out to get one.

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01/10/2010 12:17 PM

The purpose of imitation is to cash in on a tried and proven design; not to flatter anyone. Small changes are usually made to the product so patent rights are not infringed.

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01/11/2010 10:19 AM

Yup, it's much easier to improve on an established design than create something new; and it's cheaper to do so with less risk involved.

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01/11/2010 10:44 AM

I would find it quite interesting to be able to actually see the charging mats in action, although I agree with you that it is not something that I would run out and buy. I think that a wireless charging mat shows real innovation, but at this point, I would rather see more efficient / longer lasting rechargeable batteries. Paying extra to charge my devices is really not on my to-do list. Hopefully with this sort of creativity we can find spin-off uses for this technology.

Very interesting. I also enjoyed part 1 with the 3-D stuff. While I believe that 3-D may be cool, until the technology requires no glasses, I believe it may be overlooked by a majority of consumers.

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01/11/2010 1:18 PM

Technologically speaking I find the concept behind the wireless charging mats as old as the transformer itself, so that dates it somewhere in the 1800's.

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