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I like an 8 foot to 10 foot HDTV as much, or perhaps, more than the next guy. And TV's are always literally and figuratively big at the Consumer Electronics Show. But it isn't solely about TV's this week in Las Vegas.
CES is a great window into the state of technology across a broad spectrum and I really enjoy attending each year. There will be some interesting areas to watch at this year's show.
Given that Apple doesn't exhibit at CES, this is a bit ironic. Anyway, smaller more accessible form factors that go beyond keyboard input are expected to on display from a number of vendors. The netbooks have reached the truly "cheap and cheerful" level and tablets may be next.
You think this whole smartphone thing is going to catch on? The Google Nexus One is rumored to debut tomorrow. There is a lot of hype and energy about the arrival of Android phones though most won't exactly measure up to the more mature iPhone. I am keenly interested in how these vendors position the devices and discuss coming functionality. The $64,000 question relates to whether the open platform Android will prompt more and different innovation.
Sony and Panasonic are showing 3D TV's that will ship later this year. DirectTV has announced the availability of 3D channels. This being 30 years after my college graduation my ability to fully enjoy this technology is likely past. I am curious as to content creation for 3D TV and which programming entities are interested in leveraging it.
Battery and Green Technologies
All manner of charging devices, battery enhancements, and Green Technologies for consumer and prosumer electronics will populate the show floor. Thinner, lighter and more efficient batteries and chargers are appealing and may be becoming affordable.
All things Rumba, vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, are some of the most fun to check upon the state of the art. Need a dish washing one, though, before we can get really serious.
Ok, there probably isn't much new beyond HD Radio reaching mainstream but man, oh, man, is the trade show floor at CES dedicated to auto stereo an interesting walk. The wacky customized cars, chest thumping bass,the throw back, scantily clad, booth bimbos, and bazaar type haggling of retail stereo dealers and manufacturers can infuse one with a sense of being at the right place at the right time. This is Las Vegas and this is the Consumer Electronics Show.