Everything Mobile Connected
The smartphone maker took a giant step in the direction of a much-needed comeback by saying the Pre and accompanying mobile operating system, WebOS. The Pre statement garnered plenty of pre-show hum, and controlled stories coverage on the opening day of the event. But the Pre wasn’t the single thing notable about this year’s gadget spectacular here. High-definition TVs got Internet access and lost their wires, Netbooks and notebooks became harder to inform apart, and wireless products came in some surprising packages. As the show comes to a close Sat. , here is a look back at some of the most vital themes that appeared.
CES is mostly a competition among Television makers to see who can make the biggest screen or thinnest set. Whilst there had been still a component of that here, the top-tier TV makers also competed an alternate way : to find who could make the new HDTV most accessible to the conventional patron in a down economy.
Toshiba’s Scott Ramirez put it best : Sure we could make a 150-inch Television . But not virtually up to buy, say, a 37- or 42-inch Television . And Television makers, who prediction their money to drop significantly over the next year to $64 bln in 2009, down from $76 bln last year, according to DisplaySearch.
Put simply, it makes business sense to be sort of dull now. That doesn’t suggest HDTV makers are not adding new gee-whiz features to a few of their sets. After several years of provoking, makers are eventually integrating wireless chipsets into their sets that let Television signals to be sent without HD wires between Televisions , disc players, set-top boxes, and notebooks. Yahoo and Intel partnered on the Yahoo Widget Channel, which permits Samsung and Toshiba Televisions , among others, to get content feeds immediately on the T.
V. Screen. Panasonic added Amazon Video on Demand to its VieraCast service, and LG, which already has Blu-ray players that stream Netflix, added the same service to a few of its high-end panels.
Web on your camera, calls on your wrist. LG led off the event’s press day by sending its Boss man up to the stage wearing a 3G-enabled touch-screen wristwatch that makes telephone calls and plays music. If it’s practical or gimmicky is open to interpretation, since no-one has truly attempted it yet.
Continentals will be in a position to buy one by the end of the year. Sony introduced a Wi-Fi point-and-shoot digicam, the first of its kind, at the corporation’s keynote speech on the opening day of the show.
Users will be ready to use the telephone’s touch sensitive screen to use the Net and upload photographs wirelessly. And EyeFi is now doing for wireless video uploads what it already does wireless photograph uploads. The new EyeFi Card is an SD card which will upload HD video right to YouTube without wires or docking stations. Dell related its 3rd Netbook in 4 months, the Inspiron Mini ten. It’s only one of the small clamshell-shape computers that appear stuck between Netbook and notebook, as its 10-inch screen appears to hover closely to a subnotebook. But it is got an Atom processor and it is priced below $500, normal specs of a Netbook. Sony came out on the opposite side, showing off its flashy new Vaio P Series Lifestyle Computer , an unbelievably little notebook, with miniscule keys, no touch pad, an Atom processor, and an 8-inch widescreen. But it sells for $900, making it pricier than some of Sony’s traditional notebooks. Lenovo introduced its sleek A600 all-in-one desktop at the show. That implies all of the top-tier Computer makers–Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Acer / Gateway, Lenovo, Sony, and not Toshiba–offer this format now, and at costs significantly lower than when the all-in-one style first gained recognition.
Lenovo’s also hits at a symbolic price point : the A600 starts at $999. “All-in-ones have always been the form factor everyone wants but can’t always afford,” spotted Richard Shim, Computer industry researcher for research firm IDC.
And as the desktop market has shrunk considerably over the past several years with the rise of cheaper and more powerful notebooks, manufacturers are looking for ways to keep the revenue for the desktop market from falling off. The new, lowered price threshold will be “really significant” for the entire desktop PC market, said Shim, because, “Once you start moving (the average price) down, you start boosting demand.”