Posts tagged CES
The NEST may one day find its way into every new home. Here is my hands on with it from CES 2012
For Microsoft to be make any kind of move in the marketplace dominated by Apple’s iPad; they will have to price it right. That is the single biggest hurdle that all manufactures seem to miss. There are some exceptions. The HP TouchPad became a run away hit after the fire sale hat lowered the price to $99. Amazon’s Kindle Fire has sold incredibly well since launch. There are claims as high as 2 million sold weekly.
What the Windows 8 based tablets need to do is not only have a lower pice point but also offer the same if not better features than the iOS Apple iPad 2. If that is not hard enough, you have to have enough applications in your AppStore to make the device easy enough for a child to use; yet robust enough to keep the interest of the fickle tech savvy early adapters.
The tablet that was used at the the last Microsoft press conference to feature a CEO as a keynote at CES was running on an Nvidia chip. The new Tegra 3 processor for mobile devices to be exact. From what I see at the keynote it ran Windows 8 without so much as a hiccup. The Tegra 3 uses the ARM architecture rather than the Intel based architecture. With this development it is clear that Microsoft is serious about users having the same Windows experience regardless of the device they own.
Although I think the real winner in the tablet wars wont be Apple, Google & Microsoft. It will be the chip manufactures. Nvidia is the largest stand-alone maker of PC graphics chips and with its Tegra 3 the line between what can be done on desktop versus a tablet becomes truly blurry. Take for instance the Asustek Transformer Prime tablet-and-PC hybrid. Combined with Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich and the Tegra 3 this device is a computer capable of running full 60 frame HD games. Tegra 3 will also start to show up Lamborghini and cars being made by Audi. So in the end Windows 8 may not be enough to crack the tablet market because it is not staying still enough for a big company like Microsoft to figure out. They are a software company above all.
After listening to the many products that House of Marley has available to the public it is very clear that they are going to be a great competitor for other mid range headphones out there. They have the same great bass that Beats is known for but House of Marley headphones actually let you hear the rest of the music too. Voices and all instruments are vibrant. They also have docks but they are clearly aimed at the upper spectrum docks on the market.
So far two new phones have been covered. One for AT&T and one for T-Mobile both are 4G. Windows 8 and the a release date for the Microsoft Store due out next month. Apps and Widows 8 used on stage is running on a ARM chip.
Sony Ericsson Facebook has tease up about a “big announcement” for the Consumer Electronics Show. Could it be the Xperia Arc 2, Xperia Ion, Arc HD or the Nozomi?
Sony is said set to launch a new phone on AT&T, code-named the LT28at. Sony Ericsson registered a trademark for the name Xperia Ion.
Sony is definitely building up for something big at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. We have no idea what it is because nothing has been confirmed but we are at CES this next week. We will have to take a look.
3D is the future media. It’s been pushed by Hollywood hard ever since Avatar took over the box office. Everything that comes out in the movies is in 3D. Even if it was not meant to be. They go and have it converted. Even if its to the dismay of movie goers. Case in point Clash of the Titans.
While at the movies you stay in a fixed position. That is why the glasses for 3D are not too much of a distraction. You don’t move. You are there to enjoy the content on the huge screen. Now while at home that is a completely different matter all together. People don’t want to be forced to wear glasses nor do they want to stay in a stationary location.
Such a thought will be a thing of the past. Recently while at CES on The Hill I happen to have met a very knowledgeable individual named Rodolfo La Maestra. He is the Senior Technical Director at HDTV Magazine. Rodolfo has participated in the HDTV vision since the late 1980′s when HDTV was proposed as an analog system. In the late 1990′s, he began tracking and reviewing HDTV related technologies and hundreds of consumer products, which prompted him in 2002 to pioneer the authoring of the annual HDTV Technology Review report.
Rodolfo and I had a long conversation about the state of media and where it is going. 3D in the home is the most fascinating topic he covered however. Soon consumers will be able to watch 3D at home with out the need for glasses. Thanks to a company called 3D Fusion. They have come up with a glass less 3D technology that is in one word “incredible”
Exciting out-of-screen 3D effects
•Immediately grabs the attention of the viewer
•No need for special 3D glasses
•Multiple users experience 3D at the same time
•Large 3D viewing zone
•No “sweet spots”, no image distortions
Multi-view lenticular technology
•Full brightness and full contrast
•True color representation
High quality 3D and 2D mode
•2D high-definition video playback
•Autosensing between 2D and 3D mode
End-to-end system solution
•From content creation to visualization
•Integrated intelligent signal processing
•Flexible 3D data format through 2D-plus-depth
•3D application performance and distribution bandwidth close to 2D
Declipse supported for enhanced viewing experience
•Additional occlusion information enables the ‘look around’ effect
Full range of 3D content creation services
•3-stage (automatic, semi-automatic, and manual) 2D to 3D conversion process
•Plug-ins for most popular 3D rendering software tools (3D studio max and Maya)
•In-house development of custom 3D imaging applications per client’s request
Today members of Congress, their staff and administration officials will have an opportunity to play with all the technologies that were on display in Vegas. The tech that they will be playing with will impact their minds on policy decisions on current and future technology.
I have been to CES many times in Vegas but today in the Washington, DC I will make the switch to the press side of things. I will be looking at things from an objective stand point. Not just what I like but what makes sence in the market place.
I will ask politicians their thoughts on hot issues such as AT&T buying T-Mobile. What they think about Sony getting hacked and what they think about the cloud in general.
I just got an email from our friends at PlayOn. They made a splash at CES thanks to Vizio adding PlayOn service to their TVs. Now for the next two weeks, you’ll have unlimited access to all of our PlayPack games. Play whatever you want, for as long as you want. But do it now while the Free Beta lasts! Play free now! Just sign in and select “OnLive PlayPack Beta” under My Games.
Good news for people who love bad good news. According to IDG News, this year’s Consumer Electronics Show saw around 140,000 people descend upon it, which pretty much destroys the estimate of 126,000 attendees. 126,000 people showed up last year to see Palm introduce webOS 1.4 while just 113,000 booked a ticket to Las Vegas for CES 2009.
CES 2012 will officially be held January 10th through 13th. The press events will start on the 8th or 9th. The show is still slated to be held in Las Vegas, so I’ll see you on the poker table.