Being my first CES, to say it was not what I expected is an understatement. The number of people and the extent that the exhibitors go to create a “booth” was beyond anything I had imagined. My naïve self asked the info desk which of the 5 venues was the exhibition center. The gentleman replied, “All of them.”
I was a like tourist visiting NYC for the first time: my eyes lit up by the signs and bright lights, pushing through the dense bustling crowd, the techy sounds and rock and pop music humming in background, my jaw wide open. I didn’t at the time realize that strategy was key to taking it all in (note to self for day 2).
So here was my day: a little glimpse of CES, the small percentage of it I’ve gotten to cover so far. Because this is a conference of visual amazement, and me being a very visual kind of girl, I’ll keep the talkie talk short and just show you the goods.
CES is HUGE.
At the Microsoft booth, there were a number of new touch-screen PC/HDTVs. This is the ACER laptop where the top & bottom panels are touch-screen. You can draw letters with your finger to type or switch to keyboard mode. Browsing becomes more like the tablets with this model but with twice the screens, so twice the fun.
Another of the Microsoft products is on this Lenovo PC/HDTV touch screen. Flickr has designed a product that is more interactive than their website, and adds more social and location aspect with Microsoft Bing integration. Here the map shows all the areas in which pictures were taken and uploaded to Flickr.
No need to adjust your televisions: this is a 3D TV, shooting 3D digital video with a little camera. This device is from Sharp and it took 3D to a whole other level. Clearly can’t be shown here; it must be experienced for yourself.
Go Samsung! Here they are presenting their new SmartTV & SmartHub, pulling all your entertainment needs and wants in 1 place, on your big screen. With design efforts from yours truly (to be launched in the coming weeks), the Blockbuster app comes preloaded on Samsung TV’s & Blu-ray players.
And for our grand finale, Lady Gaga (Creative Director for Polaroid) presents the next generation of camera products. Here she has just taken a photo from her phone and through Bluetooth connectivity she is sending it from her phone to her Polaroid printer. Small enough to take with you and no need for that cumbersome cord.
Gaga also presented the new Polaroid camera. It’s digital, it’s print, it’s amazing. All my geekiness in 1 little handheld tool. Can’t wait.
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