Sunday, January 10, 2010

CES - Consumer Electronics Show 2010

Good to hear that the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was more upbeat than last year. Apple no longer does trade shows, but in anticipation of Apple's planned end-of-January announcement, lots of vendors showcased tablet PCs. Top three products that got media attention were tablets and netbooks, 3D TVs, and e-book readers. See Wildstom's summary and LATimes item on e-book Readers. See FLICKR slideshow for a glimpse at all the gadgets, games, and guys (99% male audience). CNET editors announced its "Best of CES" (Panasonic 3D plasma TV and Intel Wireless). Local California company Sling Media made some big announcements -- Slingbox is a TV streaming device that allows consumers watch their home TV from all sorts of devices, from anywhere.

CES reported its 2010 Top Trends:
  1. Year of the App - 2009 was only the beginning!
  2. iPhone vs Palm - 2010 will see more mobile announcements
  3. Green is the new black - Sustainable planet
  4. Software - Windows 7
Education products and applications were addressed in several forums, including "Living in Digital Times"and HigherEd Tech Summit, but the news media focused mostly on consumer gadgets.

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