Saturday, January 8, 2011

Consumer Electronic Show

Lots of exciting new things at the Consumer Electronic Show in Vegas this year, which just wrapped up. For those that aren't aware, it's the biggest electronic Expo of the year, showcasing the latest gadgets, gizmos and cool geek stuff!

Nvidia Keg PC too cool

Tablet Joystick Turn your Tablet into an old school table top arcade

Droid Bionic 4G
It is a DUAL CORE Motorola phone, with 8MP rear camera and low-resolution front facing camera, which will be available on the new Verizon 4G LTE Network soon. It will be the first phone offered on the blazingly fast Verizon LTE network. No word on pricing or availability on the phone just yet. Currently 4G USB adapters on the LTE network are 50 for 5GB, 80 for 10GB. I predict lower prices and lower data limits for the phones.

Connected Cars
Drivers in Fords outfitted with Sync will soon be able to use controls on the steering wheel to listen to Internet radio and news via Pandora and Stitcher, monitor traffic and even have the car read one's Twitter stream aloud, thanks to voice-activated controls. Toyota has a similar offering called Entune which is an app you install on your cell phone and then various apps such as Pandora, OpenTable, Traffic, etc. show up on the color display in the car. Looks pretty cool.

Holographic / 3D Technology
What I'd really like to see is more holographic display technology similar to what is shown in the video. Cool stuff! There was also lots of 3D TVs, 3D camcorders and 3D programming. Problem right now is that glasses are required and in order to watch the 3D videos that you recorded on your 3D camcorder, you'll need the 3D TV and glasses to view it in 3D, unless you're just watching it on the camcorder simulated 3D display. It's good stuff, but I think until it's possible to see 3D without glasses, adoption may be slow and it may not take off as expected.

Post CES News
The latest rumor is that Verizon is slated to announce the iPhone Tuesday. No real surprise here. I'm kinda surprised that more un-official word hasn't gotten out. Yes, there have been several posts indicating it's on the way over the last year, but no hard proof. It's been a long time coming.

It will really be amazing to see how technology unfolds over the next few months and years. I heard a story on CNBC yesterday stating that a typical home currently has an average of 8 devices either connected or capable of being connected to the home network/internet. They said by 2012 the average home will have an average of 20 internet capable/connected devices. That doesn't surprise me at all. We currently have 10 devices in use that are either internet/network connected or capable. 2 cell phones, 2 laptops, a DVR, Nintendo Wii, webcam, wireless printer and 2 WDTV HD Live movie players. With all the internet ready TVs, MP3 players, Home Theater systems, etc. 20 may be on the low side.

What cool gadgets or technologies are you currently utilizing or looking forward to?


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