Now that I’ve seen a lot more of the show but will stick with the upcoming Lenovo Hybrid (out in May) as the most innovative product I’ve seen so far and the Intel “World View” cube as *by far* the most innovative exhibit. There seems to be good buzz about the existing Lenovo tablet netbook where the screen swivels to form a single unit, but the hybrid is even more impressive as the tablet *detaches*, creating something of an ebook with a weight of only 1.6 pounds. If this device can handle ebooks as well as it appears to (it felt like a giant iPhone in my hand and it adjusts the picture to match the screen orientation), I predict it’ll be well received by the public.
Bravo Intel: I think a lot of folks walk by without realizing how brilliantly this application is working to identify nearly real time data and pictures that match a query and then present that information in a beautifully appealing format on a massive touchscreen.
Unfortunately Intel has no plans for this beyond the show, but this is *exactly* the type of surface computing / educational application Microsoft always talks about but can’t seem to deploy properly (Steve Ballmer’s keynote presentation to open CES … was crippled by a power outage. Note for next year – find out what Intel is planning and showcase that! If Ballmer had unveiled something like the Intel World View as a new Microsoft Web 2.0 application to integrate with Bing search and allow users to “see” data in this very creative format it would have been a nice “wow” moment for CES. Instead, we basically just got the Windows 7 pitch. It’s a good OS and I think will preserve Microsoft’s OS viability in the face of competition from Google and others, but unless I’m really missing something (always very possible of course), there’s nothing really amazing and new behind the Windows 7 curtain.
While I’ve been underwhelmed so far, John has been more impressed ,feeling that the products from last year are better and more mature