Steve on CES: A Post-Conference Update
Thursday, January 19, 2012 by cyberacoustics
Well, I’m finally digging out from attending the Consumer Electronics Show last week. Believe me, it wasn’t easy. I had to cover approximately 3,100 exhibitors spread out over 1.8 million square feet all while dodging 153,000 attendees. Did I mention it was in Las Vegas? On a positive note, this year will surpass 2006 records which is a good sign that we’re bouncing back.
What surprised me the most was the lack of new tablets being presented, which goes to show how the iPad and Kindle Fire are dominating the market. I think the new motto is “If you can’t beat them, don’t join them.” What was interesting to me were the new ultrabooks. Intel said it anticipates 75 new ultrabooks in the coming year, and they weren’t kidding. The battle within the ultrabook world is going to go one way – thin. Acer's Aspire S Series is just half an inch thick, and models from Samsung, Toshiba, ASUS and others had crowds lining up to touch and play. Thanks to Gorilla Glass, a new class of Intel chips coming this year, the capability for touch, motion (including response to an accelerometer), and voice control, will keep ultrabooks competitive in the market against the tablets.
Now, we’ve all have heard of Plasma, LED, LCD, and OLED TVs, but have you ever heard of a 4k or a 8k TV? Me neither, but that changed at this year’s CES. HD or high resolution TVs have been around for a few years, but this year, many manufacturers are showing their"4K" models. With four thousand horizontal pixels, the picture quality on these sets will stop you in your tracks. Sharp’s 8k model was like looking out a window. The resolution of 7,680 x 4,320 pixels makes for images that weigh in at 33 megapixels. Now that is a TV.
Now for some to the oddball stuff I found interesting.
olloclip - Changing the Way We View the World
The olloclip is a quick-connect lens solution for the iPhone 4/4S that includes fisheye, wide-angle and macro lenses in one small, convenient package that easily fits in your pocket. The olloclip connects to the iPhone within seconds so you’ll be sure to capture the image you want. If you don’t see the picture you’re looking for just flip it over to switch lenses.
Padlette – A New Way of Holding Your Tablet
Padlette is a secure handle for your tablet computer. It takes just a second to install, and its wide-mouth design ensures that it fits nearly all tablet makes and models.
The Pico Flex Dolly – Adding the "Wow" Factor to Videos
Instead of precariously perching your DSLR on a skateboard in the name of film, perhaps it's time to invest in something a little more stable -- like the extremely affordable Pico Dolly. Made from aluminum, this 3.5-inch, 3-pound dolly has wheels akin to those found on Rollerblades, plus three screw mounts to attach the optional 11-inch friction arm. The contraption can glide straight or shoot in circles while taking up minimal room. Want to see more? Check out the video:
Needless to say, I always have a great time attending the show and now I have my eyes set on E3 in June.
-Steve Murphy, CA CFO