CES, Day 3

By January 7, 2006General

Daily Updates from the CES Show in Las VegasHere’s Day 3’s Report from the NAM’s Peggy Ireland, on the ground in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show:

Well it is a new day and I am off yet again in search of the elusive USB beer cooler. I have a feeling today will be the day I find it.

Early on in my quest I visit Fujitsu’s display where they claim to have the World’s smallest tablet pc. I will admit it is pretty small and actually light, too, weighing about two pounds. When I inquired about the cost, it retails for around $2000.

And speaking of small, Samsung had a DLP TI Pocket Imager that was tiny enough to pack in my purse and take on a trip with a suggested retail under $1000. And it gets even better because it was solid state with LED illumination so one would never need to change the lamp.

It’s amazing how quickly the Xbox 360 seems to have taken off. A.L.S. was displaying every kind of accessory I could imagine and some that I could not imagine.

Delphi had a great presence, including their dual display DVDs that allow both passengers to enjoy different viewing choices simultaneously. Delphi also has ultra wideband wireless entertainment DVD players that can be built into the headrest of your vehicle. These have the capability to stream XM or Sirius .

The VoomPC is a sub $300 pc for cars. It is based on the VIA mini-ITX boards where software and hardware integrators can quickly deploy car PC applications without the need to worry about designing the hardware platform.

One of the most exciting products I saw was a Dual Processor Wireless Handheld Device, made by Dualcor Technologies, Inc. It is an all-in-one device combining the functionality of a desktop, PDA and cell phone. cPC has a 40GB hard drive and runs both Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and Windows Mobile 5.0. It is expected to be available in March 2006 at a suggested retail of $1500. [Hmmm, March is my birthday, just in case anyone wants to take the hint.]

The Chilibox by Chili Systems, Inc really catches your eye, but it is much more than just the picture of the chili pepper on the side of the box that is interesting about this product. This is an all-in-one network server appliance that enables a small business to quickly and easily build a computer network that offers data protection, an advanced firewall and router, as well as file sharing, and secure remote access. Within a month, a wireless access point will be available with the unit.

The Move It On Over – File Transfer Tool, manufactured by Data Drive Thru, Inc is an auto load and auto run product to easily move files between two computers. No manually loading software or technical experience is required to use this tool and files are moved 600% faster than standard flash memory-based storage media.

Linspire was in town for CES showing off the lowcost KooBox Line and a couple of other low priced systems. Linspire offers an operating system, an office suite and possibly all the applications you need at a low price point. With Koobox starting at $299, this may be a cost effective solution. “Family friendly and small business friendly licenses are available,” according to Kevin La Rue, Vice President of Marketing. It seems desktop Linux may finally be ready for prime time and the good news is that Linspire is very friendly to the end-user.

RaySat is putting Satellite TV and the Internet on wheels. The device attaches to the luggage rack of your SUV and suddenly you are a moving Wi-Fi Hotspot. These retail for about $7000.

Although I thought I would be more likely to find my ever elusive USB beer cooler than a “new association on the block” at CES, it seems I found the latter. The United States Communities Association (US-CCA) say they have a mission to help communities establish broadband/connectivity goals< establishing standardized residential/commercial wiring models as well the promotion of community broadband as the fifth utility. Continuing my search I came across the Sanyo CDMA 1X EVDO Mobil Phone W33SA. This device has a built-in digital and analog terrestrial TV receiver and a music player with equalizer. It is also able to receive stereo and multi-channel audio broadcasts. It is very small and yet has an extremely clear picture.

LG claims that their HD Plasma TV at 102″ is the world’s largest and I am inclined to believe them until I round the corner and see Panasonic’s HD Plasma Theater claiming to be the world’s largest at 103″. Just how do they measure these things anyhow?

And if that isn’t confusing enough, it appears that once you decide on the Plasma HDTV, you still aren’t done. Remember that your Plasma monitor has no speakers so you are probably going to have to not only select speakers or a home theater system but you will also probably want a decorator frame to complement your room’s decor. And of course, don’t forget your A/V input interface modules, your wall brackets and installation.

Well, the hour is getting late and this blogger is getting tired. Gee, where is that usb beer cooler when you really need it? Well, tomorrow is another day.

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