Now that CES is over for the year 2007 I can finally relax and get back to my reviews. Before I do that, I want to go over some of the things I saw at CES.
My first day at CES was Saturday the 6th. This was a day reserved for the press and some meetings about the industry and CES Unveiled. CES Unveiled gives the press a chance to see some of the biggest new products early.
During this event I was able to see Products like th waterproof speaker system for iPods from EGO. I also saw a Fire Engine TV by Hanspree T.V. For those of you who love remote control vehicles, then you will like Interactive Toy Concepts new set of remote control helicopters. Even Cher and Little Richard made an appearance.
Bill Gates Keynote
My second day was spent in Press conferences and standing in line for the Bill Gates Keynote speech. The speech was really good. He talked about many new technologies that are coming up and had other Microsoft employees talk about Vista’s features and Vista’s ability to connect with an Xbox and with Xbox live for playing games.
The security would not let me video tape the entire speech so I only made a quick video of the room before the speech started.
Monday was the first official day of CES. I spent the day in South Hall 3 and 4 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Here I found a wide variety of different products. Eton was showing its line of Radios. They had several crank radios and a line of radios with the American Red Cross badge on them. Seagate was showing a line of backup devices. Kodak had a wide variety of photo related products like cameras and picture frames. Belkin was showing a USB cable that will transfer all your data from an XP machine to a Vista machine. They were also showing a laptop cooling device. a UPS with a built in flashlight and a sound mixing board. Logitech was showing its new remotes.
I made a video walk through of the South Hall.
After that I took a quick trip over to Central hall and saw Samsung. They had the new K5 MP3 player on display. The unique feature of this player is the external speakers that pop up from the back. Panasonic was focusing on new displays and new connection options for components. Cobra has a line of GPS devices and a new more compact radar detector. Last, but certainly not least, LG was debuting its new Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD combo player.
On the way out of the show I took a quick peek in the North hall which has all the car audio and other car stuff. They had the original Batmobile, The Monkees car, and many other cool cars on display. I will spend more time in the North hall on another day.
I spent my second day of CES at the Sands expo center which also had a wide variety of products. They mainly focused on High end (HD) audio, but I am not really interested in that so you won’t see anything here. Some of the companies that I was interested in include: TDK Vision, CoolIT, and others. I visited TDK Vision last year and they had just announced some new 3D technology. Since then they have gained some customers and redesigned their goggles. They are more comfortable and they perform much better. CoolIT was another company I saw last year and they have introduced several new cooling devices and also a partnership with Dell computers where CoolIT designed the cooling system for Dell’s new XPS machine. There were also several companies that are offering golf training equipment. Golf Launchpad is one of those products. Golf Lauchpad interfaces with either a PlayStation 2, Windows or Mac machine, and translates all your swings to the game Tiger Woods PGA Tour to show what your swing looks like and where the ball goes. Just make sure you have enough room in your house to swing a golf club.
I went back to the Central hall of the Las Vegas Convention center and spent some time with Canon, Sony, and Toshiba. I spent more time in the North hall and saw Navigon. Canon had some new Video cameras, Sony was showing a new IPTV box, OLED displays (these are only prototypes), and media center computers. Sony was also showing a sneak peek of the new Spiderman 3 movie, and let me tell you it was fantastic. Toshiba was showing two new laptops. One, which was specifically designed for Vista has a wireless dock, automatic wake up so it can download new emails and other notifications, and a quick info display so you don’t have to open your laptop so see its status. The other laptop is a media center with a built in TV tuner. In the north hall I saw Navigon which has a line of GPS driving devices.
I spent the majority of this day in the China and Taiwan sections because these groups like to sell off all their equipment before they leave. I ended up buying myself a 32” LCD TV. The tough part was getting it back home. Luckily I had a friend that drove down with his van so he took it back for me.
Well that wraps up CES 2007 for me. I made many new contacts with companies that I mentioned above, so hopefully I will be able to review the products in more depth. Come back soon to see what I get.