I visited South hall 1 and 2 today. This area is mostly about home theater and has companies like THX, Blu-ray group, Dobly, and the HD DVD group. There are also a few less know companies like Mivx and TD Vision.
Mivx makes a little device that can stream video and audio content from other computers on your network onto your TV. It can also store content on an internal hard drive and play it on your TV. This kind of thing has always interested me because I have a fairly large DVD collection and I want to be able to keep them all on my computer for easier access.
If you have read my reports about CES in the past you will recognize the name TD Vision. This company makes a special head set that displays video in 3-D. The video must be specially processed processed first, but the results are really great. They had a little gaming station where I got to sit down and drive a race car, I had a lot of fun and it looked a felt great. The only suggestion that I made to them is that they need to work on head tracking, so when I turn my head it turns the head of the driver.
As I was walking around I saw something else that caught my attention. It was an R2-D2 projector. This little item was so fascinating that I just had to stop and get a picture. It has built in speakers, HD video and a Millennium Falcon for a remote. A cute little device, but I am not sure it would mount to a ceiling very well.
Blu-ray was showing a new way to play games while watching movies. Their example was Aliens VS Predator VS You and it showed the movie Aliens VS Predator, but this time there was a gun on the screen that you could control with your remote. Each time you clicked a button it would fire a shot at either the Alien or Predator and you could gain points depending on which team you were on. Honestly, this was extremely lame example. There was absolutely no feedback other then a small paint ball like splatter on the screen and some points. The Movie kept playing like normal as if nothing had a happened. I personally would never use something like this.
Over all the day was great and I look forward to tomorrow which also happens to be the last day of the show.