So we have finally arrived here in sunny Las Vegas (yeah even in January its sunny) for CES 2006.
I was able to head over to the convention center today and talk with a few of the vendors. Most of the vendors seemed pretty interesting, but the ones that caught my eye were the home theater booths.
Hauppauge (how do you say that anyway? I gotta ask ’em) chatted with me about their new Sage TV http://www.sagetv.com for Linux (review forthcoming) where I talked with Jeff Kardatzke.
Jeff showed me some incredibly useful features of their media center pc software. He explained to me the simplicity of setting it up, configuration like skins and tv show preferences, as well as how you could stream the video across the internet from your home to work, for example.
Next, I made my way around and talked with the folks at the AMD http://www.amd.com booth (sorry, no names here, oops!). They were very helpful, showing how the AMD 64 bit chip, codename Alchemy, which runs at 400Mhz and can decode MPEG-1 through MPEG-4 without breaking a sweat. The fellow was very helpful and even pointed me to the company AMD http://www.sci-worx.com uses to run the decoding.
As I was wondering around, the Optoma http://www.optomausa.com booth appeared and call to me. Next thing I new I was sitting down to enjoy the clear projection of “Shark Tale”. The picture was incredible! After talking with the Tood Teachenor and the great staff for a few minutes, I was able to identify some exciting features with the projector they released late last summer. This unit is a cost-effective projector for the home, and it comes with a dvd player built right into the top. It looked quite portable, and I hope it is when I get to review it very soon.
So as you can see, there is quite a bit of good stuff here at CES, and I look forward to posting tomorrow night with a bit more. That was just the South Hall, and I was only there about 2 hours. Man am I looking forward to tomorrow, which is why I am still up writing this post. That, and I am really excited to share details with you about the awesome technology here at CES.
Tomorrow, look for pictures to be posted, a recap of the Larry Page (google.com’s CEO) keynote which appears to be very exciting!! Can anyone say “Video on Demand!!”. Look for more reviews coming soon and more hints about the cool stuff going on here in Las Vegas and CES.