CES ShowStoppers: Hackaball programmable toy, Fasetto Link mini NAS

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in General Discussion edited January 2016
The ShowStoppers event at this year's CES was expectedly crowded with new gear from both startups and stalwart industry players, but two products stood out from the crowd: Hackaball and the Fasetto Link mini NAS.




Hackaball

Hackaball, a children's toy designed to create an interest in programming, started life as a Kickstarter in 2015, and the company behind it is ready to start shipping product in March.

The device itself is relatively straightforward, consisting of a rubberized sheath wrapped around a durable outer shell, inside of which is a miniature computer complete with gyroscope, accelerometer, vibration motor, multicolor LEDs and a speaker. It's what kids can do with Hackaball that makes it different.




With the Hackaball app, available on iOS or OS X, kids (or adults) can roll their own software by selecting from a preset selection of input and output commands, device configurations and more. Games can be created from scratch directly on an iPad, then sent to Hackaball for execution.

For example, a sample routine called "Don't wake it!" monitors for motion input as players pass the ball back and forth. If a player passes the ball too quickly or shakes it, internal LEDs illuminate red, the ball rumbles once, makes an explosion sounds and ends the game.

Hackaball is priced at $85 and is expected to launch in March.

Fasetto

Fasetto Link is an incredibly small storage device that packs quite a punch. Inside an unassuming 48mm-by-20mm square plastic chassis lives a complete NAS system boasting up to 2TB of fast SSD storage, a quad-core ARM CPU with 4GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac with Fasetto ARCH networking and a rechargeable battery with Qi wireless charging.




Fasetto even threw in a 9-axis accelerometer, compass and gyroscope, as well as an IP 69K rating, making Link shock resistant and waterproof up to 45 feet.

While the official tech specs page on Fasetto's website says Link can connect to up to 20 devices at once, with 7 simultaneous streams, representatives at the company's booth said they were feeding HD video to at least 13 clients at one point. Transfer speeds top out at 1,900Mbps, while network connections are accomplished directly from one device to another via Web browser, meaning it's OS-agnostic.

The internal 1,350mAh lithium ion battery is good for two weeks of standby or eight hours of streaming, Fasetto says.

Link will be available in the fourth quarter, though final pricing has not been decided. Representatives said a 250GB model should set you back around $275, while a 2TB version could come in at about $1,400.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 3
    sockrolidsockrolid Posts: 2,788member
    ... Fasetto Link is an incredibly small storage device that packs a quite a punch. Inside an unassuming 48mm-by-20mm square plastic chassis lives a complete NAS system boasting up to 2TB of fast SSD storage, a quad-core ARM CPU with 4GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac ...
    Time Capsule of the future?  You listening, Apple?
    edited January 2016 argonaut
  • Reply 2 of 3
    I doubt the Hackaball will create any "interest in programming" in the children that will actually be playing with the ball. Parents or older kids will program it, while the smallest children will use it. The skills and interests of these two age groups are simply too disjunct to address them both at the same time. But as long as the product is targeted to both these groups, I can see it could gain some popularity.
  • Reply 3 of 3
    cnocbuicnocbui Posts: 3,613member
    sockrolid said:
    ... Fasetto Link is an incredibly small storage device that packs a quite a punch. Inside an unassuming 48mm-by-20mm square plastic chassis lives a complete NAS system boasting up to 2TB of fast SSD storage, a quad-core ARM CPU with 4GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac ...
    Time Capsule of the future?  You listening, Apple?
    No problem. That will be $4,100 please.

    "waterproof up to 45 feet." Down to...
    edited January 2016
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