“Why aren’t we in Vegas for CES?”
We should all be in Vegas right now! It’s the annual Consumer Electronics Show. This is the place where high tech manufacturers and marketers unveil much of their new technology. CES comes at the same time as the Adult Entertainment Exposition, but it’s CES that provides my porn!
The pre-show buzz says 3DTV and tablet computing will be the stars.
I’ve yet to be won over by 3D. It should be noted I felt the same way about HDTV. Surprise–I’ve changed my mind.
3D poses difficult challenges considering it’s been reported some viewers don’t enjoy the experience while others become disoriented! Here’s part of Samsung’s warning:
Viewing in 3D mode may also cause motion sickness, perceptual after effects, disorientation, eye strain, and decreased postural stability. It is recommended that users take frequent breaks to lessen the likelihood of these effects. If you have any of the above symptoms, immediately discontinue use of this device and do not resume until the symptoms have subsided
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For me the big deal at CES is tablet computing. The iPad opened that category and has been very successful. It is simply an amazing product.
From CNBC 9/21/2010: Big news for Apple and Apple investors: The iPad is the highest-scoring product that a leading consumer satisfaction index has ever tracked.
To me iPad is a proof-of-concept, not a mature product.
I want a tablet computer that has a front facing camera (maybe a rear facing one too) and more open access to programs and the outside world. It would be nice if a tablet could allow some simple manipulation of my digital photos shot in RAW format. Cellular connectivity isn’t a must for me as it would be for someone who travels regularly. A tablet computer should also be able to substitute for a TV or a telephone.
Those pads are coming at CES and seemingly at lower cost than traditional computing platforms. There have been lots of numbers mentioned, but the consensus view is around 70 new tablets will be introduced this week. Most will run on Google’s Android operating system, probably the Honeycomb 3.0 version which is optimized for tablets.
For many companies a CES announcement is just a trial balloon. What they’ll show in Vegas are carefully crafted prototypes that may or may not make it into production. Others will show a product at CES that’s a go, but not offer it for sale for months.
I’m very excited by all this. I will look very carefully. I plan on being a buyer. Now dazzle me.