CES Las Vegas

The Consumer Electronics Show, “CES 2010” is still about 90 days away but this year our Technology Report coverage will begin early with special features about what to expect at CES 2010 and a guide for first timers on how to navigate the world’s most massive and amazing technology show.

We will also focus some of our pre CES coverage on amazing new developments at the Las Vegas CITYCENTER Project – a spectacular metropolis right in the heart of Las Vegas.  CITYCENTER features some of the world’s finest architectural and technological innovations as well as innovative green technologies for urban buildings and landscapes.

We’re also very pleased to announce that the Aria Resort and Casino and Vdara will be our sponsors for coverage leading up to and including CES 2010.     Aria is home to some of the world’s most advanced technological implementations in the history of resort hotels, and we’ll be sharing details about how Aria, Vdara, and CITYCENTER are merging world class technology with world class hospitality.

CES 2009 Las Vegas – Reinventing the Mobile Device and Mobile Network Session

Liveblogging here from CES 2009. Industry execs are discussing how to integreate the “full PC experience” into mobile devices, which they all seem to agree are the key growth market for online information. Some interesting observations about mobile internet:

Ubiquitous connectivity:

Browsers moving to devices other than just phones and PCs.

Location awareness is improving search and navigation.

India has more chidren than US has people. China and India as increasingly key drivers of mobile adoption. Mobile devices as a key status symbol of developing world. [I’m really interested in how the smartphone is changing the way the developing world does business and hope to report more on this later – last year CES showcased some really interesting projects like “MESH” which were bringing connectivity to rural poor. Another application was allowing fishermen to more effectively price (and distribute?) or their regional and local markets].

Mobile advertising: New formats and large growth expected. Ads moving “from annoyance to information to gift” [skeptical alert here – I think mobile must transition from an info rich medium which it is just beginning before it can move to the trust level people need to start being comfortable with the advertising.]

Leveraging phone meta data in terms of image and video and location awareness.  e.g.  if many photos come in from a certain location, that location is probably to be considered “interesting”.

Voice navigation has huge potential but is still a challenge to users.

Pre CES – Consumer Electronics Show Las Vegas Gears Up for 130,000 attendees

With thousands of Press already here and the blog and Press lounges more crowded than last year, CES is not nearly in full swing.   Tonight Steve Ballmer will give the Pre CES Keynote, a role that has passed to him from Bill Gates after last year’s very clever Gates farewell to CES which included the clever Gates video with his friends in politics and entertainment as well as a Guitar Hero performance.

CES is Las Vegas’ largest event and takes place pretty much all over town although the key venues are the Las Vegas Convention Center and next door Hilton Hotel and the Sands Convention Center and attached Venetian Hotel.     About 2700 Exhibitors are showcasing here to some 4000 press and 130,000 attendees.    There are also hundreds of sessions and many keynotes.    For details go to the CES Website:   CES 2009

CES 2009 – ASUS’ New Netbooks are Impressive

ASUS PC T101 H

ASUS PC T101 H

I think I was more impressed with the ASUS than Liliputing, but I found the idea of converting the netbook to a tablet with a quick flip, and then being able to attach this unit on a dashboard for a big GIS unit most excellent. The rep told me the GIS application will not be Google’s and I’m not clear how they’ll run that but one possibility would be the trick Blaupunkt was showcasing, also as CES Unveiled, where the user connects a device to their phone via bluetooth and then uses the mobile wireless plan to power these in-car broadband applications. Maybe I fell off the pumpkin truck but I had not heard of doing broadband in this fashion and I think that has some excellent implications for in-car mobile.

later…. at an HP presentation waiting to play with HPs similar offering which is already out, the HP tx2 tablet.   They’ve done a lot of studies in India and concluded that touch can “unlock access” to people who would not have access in tradtional form.   This is a very interesting aspect of emerging countries technology though I’m somewhat skeptical that building for illiterate folks is superior to … teaching them to read first.

Use Boxee? Get a free trip to CES

Update: lots of competition for a few slots so I think chances are somewhat slim:
http://blog.boxee.tv/ces-video-pitches/

If you are a Boxee user you may want to consider this deal from the Boxee folks which is offering a *free trip to Las Vegas* including Airfare in exchange for helping run some Boxee demos.     Frankly for anybody who can’t afford their own conference this is a wonderful deal and hats off ot the Boxee folks for thinking of this approach to booth staffing:

Boxee will do this:

  • take care of your flight + hotel (Jan 7th – 10th) + food/drinks during the show
  • equip you with boxee shirts + schwag

You will do this:

  • spend half the day with us giving boxee demos, telling people how boxee rocks, etc.
  • spend the other half walking the show and checking out all the cool gadgets

You’ll need to send them a video showing you promoting Boxee and presumably they’ll get more than enough entries but I bet if you are good on video you’ll get to go to this.

The only problem is that they pick the folks tomorrow so if you want to do this it’ll have to be right … now.

http://blog.boxee.tv/2009/01/01/last-minute-opportunity-for-boxee-users-at-ces/

Top Ten Technologies of 2008 from Wired. What? No Blue Brain?

Wired has their list of the top ten technology breakthroughs of 2008.    Here’s the list.  I’m not sure I can get too excited about anybody that makes breakthrough *number one* the Apple Developer Aps Store, but it’s an interesting list at the least with everything from flexible displays (cool, but not out yet) to the Speedo LZR super slick swimsuits.     Hmmm – swimsuits and Apple application stores?    I’m kind of wondering if somebody put this together last night after a big turkey dinner.

C’mon Wired, surely there’s better stuff out there than this list?

With CES 2009 coming up in about ten days I’m confident that a better list than this, which we’ll be creating here at Technology Report during the Las Vegas conference, will have the top ten innovations *including* some of the superb innovations we are likely to see unveiled at CES.

However I should say it’ll be hard to top my current choice for top technology breakthrough of 2008 which came from the IBM Blue Brain project lab – a computerized simulation of a rat neocortical column.    Doesn’t sound impressive to you?   Keep in mind – that would be in the mind that equals your cerebrum which is largely composed of neocortical columns –  that the Blue Brain project may be on track to deliver a fully functional artificial intelligence.

Intel CES Website Launches

CES 2009 in Las Vegas is only a few weeks away and Intel has launched an excellent new website called “ConsumerElectronicsInsider.com”  to aggregate the CES blog posts and content in a single place.     It will be interesting to see how this approach compares to more carefully filtered and ranked content we’ll find at TechMeme.com during CES.     I suspect Technorati will remain the best source for finding all the posts about CES – last year it was hard to sort through the many early reports and  then the tsunami of blogs and reports that stream in just after the conference begins and continue until a few days after the end of CES.

Note: To be included in this Intel CES Website blogs and resources must use the tag “CES09″ on content.

Also note that CEA has an excellent blog with timely information, especially for those attending CES in Las Vegas:   http://blog.ce.org/