Those who know me know I’m a tech-junkie. I love to experiment with high-tech gadgets…much of which plays a big role in my business.
CES (the annual International Consumer Electronics Show) is a headline event for me every year. It’s a techie playground, and this year there seemed to be even more innovation, more energy and a more bullish atmosphere. Two halls, major brands, hundreds of thousands of attendees and some of the newest, coolest gadgets you’ve ever seen. Here are my favorites products and trends from the show, wrapped this week in Las Vegas.
Confession: I’m a BlackBerry addict. I’ve been excited about RIM’s tablet, the Playbook, since the announcement. Had a chance to experience the PlayBook at CES and now I cannot wait to have one of my own…and give it to my fellow BlackBerry addicts. At 7″ and less than a pound in weight, the PlayBook is ultra portable and the LCD display (1024 x 600 resolution) is the most vibrant screen I’ve seen yet on a tablet…and most laptops. Music lovers like me will appreciate the Playbook’s stereo speakers and library offering.
PlayBook also looks to be a multi-tasking marvel, allowing me to scroll through and activate features, web and apps while playing music and videos. This tablet is designed to amplify the BlackBerry experience, bridging to your mobile device and bringing BBM and other features to life in a richer, new environment. Key reasons I’m a BlackBerry loyalist are performance and reliability and PlayBook looks to live up to the family name with security features, QNX technology, 1 GHz dual-core processor and now a 4G offering. With our newly created XANGO apps and more to come, the BlackBerry PlayBook is an absolute winner.
Yes, I liked Avatar. I’d like to admit that I have not yet bought-into the 3D craze for home entertainment…TVs, computers and game systems…but I have. Wearing those clunky glasses is a real buzz-kill. I was hoping CES would give me some hope to enjoy the technology without the face-wear.
Good news on latest developments. Toshiba is prepping to go global with its line of glasses-free 3D TVs and glasses-free 3D laptops are “in development”. Nintendo 3DS, coming soon, seems to have a good head-start on providing a glasses-free 3D gaming experience. Overall it looks like glasses-free 3D technology still needs some work, yet the brand leaders are getting the message (from sluggish 3D sales) that, for all of the interest in the trend, consumers still want a 3D experience with the usual healthy helping of convenience.
Part of the amazing experience of CES is a glimpse into the future of tech. Much of it is about experimentation and, though some if it seems kooky, it’s still a lot of fun and it often has influence on what the market eventually embraces. The Uno from BPG Motors may or may not be the future of motorbikes, but it will be something I try out, especially if it can handle the rougher Utah terrains I enjoy taking on with my family and friends. The Uno is the kind of transportation that would be part of a Terminator’s repertoire: a transforming tricycle that balances, pivots and fits through tight spaces. Check out the orange model in this video and tell me if you’re thinking what I’m thinking (brand it XANGO and prepare for a Convention giveaway!): http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/10/a-look-at-bpg-motors-amazing-transforming-self-balancing-uno/ . Really cool.
The Sound Egg
As a guy who is lucky to get a few select slices of free time, I really appreciate devices and environments that help me unplug…in a tech-way, of course, which means a plug is involved. Few activities will replace biking up a mountain with my headphones blaring, yet The Sound Egg makes a big play for a quality time-out, especially if I’m in a time crunch or weathering a snow storm. Surround sound and a subwoofer envelope you in soundtrack, seat is comfy and you’re surrounded by thick foam that locks the sound in (and insulates against distractions). It’s a real getaway to enjoy music, movies, games and even apps.
So, were any of you gadget-lovers at CES? Feel free to share your favorites and recommendations in the comments below.