CES once again proved why it's the premier event for the electronics industry. Industry giants and newcomers alike dazzled the crowd with new and innovative technology ... from smart phones to automobiles to 3D technology to winter gloves made especially for texting, CES showcased some of the most intriguing (and sometimes off-the-wall) technology that exists today. Here's an overview from the week that was CES.
It was apparent early on that the automotive influence at CES was greater than ever. Nearly every auto manufacturer was represented, displaying and demonstrating concept cars and upcoming technology. Though each manufacturer had its own unique spin on its automotive lineup, each of them aimed to showcase their state-of-the-art "infotainment" offerings.
Most of the automobiles on display included advanced in-dash computer systems designed not only to entertain drivers, but to assist them in driving safely. Fox example, Audi demonstrated its new "Lane Wandering Technology", which is designed to vibrate the steering wheel when the car drifts across the lane, and HUD (heads up display) that will soon include laser-projected augmented reality to enhance driver safety. Hyundai showcased its new "Eco-Coach" feature that helps drivers track mileage and CO2 emissions, and gives advice on how to improve driving habits to increase driving efficiency.
With televisions becoming bigger and bigger, companies are looking for ways to make their products stand out from the ever increasing glowing crowd of LED and plasma offerings. 2010 signified the leap into the 3D world for television manufacturers, and that certainly represented a large portion of the televisions displayed at CES.
But what may have overshadowed that to some degree was how "smart" TVs are becoming closer to landing in living rooms around the world. Manufacturers such as Sony, Panasonic and Vizio are developing televisions that have apps such as Skype, Pandora and Netflix built right in. Blu-ray manufacturers are doing the same, and companies such as Boxee are vying to make the television a central location for all your movie, television, music, social media and Web browsing needs.
Unknown to many, tablets existed prior to the iPad. But never before Apple's device hit the market were they a truly viable option for consumers. In an effort to penetrate in the tablet market, many companies showcased fantastic devices that could provide Apple with serious competition. Motorola unveiled its Xoom tablet, which runs Google's Android 3.0 operating system, Honeycomb. BlackBerry let loose its 1GHz dual-core PlayBook device, and LG showed off its G-Slate tablet, which will also run Android 3.0.
With telecommunications and computer manufacturers readying tablets for 2011, we're sure to soon see some impressive iPad competition in the coming months.
The CES experience isn't fully complete until you see a product that really makes you scratch your head. A few of the more unique products at CES included:
- Gloves made with silver-coated nylon fibers to allow typing on a capacitive touch screen phone
- Remote controlled balls
- Reese's Minis — a simply smaller (and delicious) version of the regular peanut butter cup