Today was probably the most comfortable day for me. Not many appointments, but some really neat technologies. Included below are products from Protron, Celestron and Video Without Boundaries.
Protron provides a content-ready IPTV system that is capable reading of both wma/wmv formats. They plan in the future to provide further MPEG-4 capabilities, but are working out the licensing details. Their media player can also play music, pictures and a few other items as well. A review is in this products future.
Video Without Boundaries also has a media center. This one is powered by the aforementioned Sage TV. Their market, however, fits more into the “cost-effective” category for your basic consumer. This player does support MPEG-4, as well as wma/wmv and other video formats. In addition, the VWB player can also show pictures, let a user surf the web, and play the radio. A review of this unit is sure to come as well.
And finally, the one I was most excited about. The Celestron SkyScout! This little beauty won the “Last Gadget Standing” contest for best innovation (among others) here at CES. If you are looking for a specific planet, or want to know more about a certain constellation of stars, the SkyScout is the tool.
Lacking only a telescope function, it is perfect for those family groups or scout troops just trying to figure out whats in the night sky. With a built-in GPS and ability to add additional elements in the sky as needed, this unit can easily be seen as an awesome little toy, but can provide much more.
Please get excited about this little beauty, for I know we will be reviewing this bad boy very soon.
All in all, it was a very good conference and provided us with what we were looking to learn about the upcoming technologies and gadgets. This was a very successful first adventure into CES, we sure hope you will join us next year when we do it all over again!!