CES Grows Vertical Branches

08 January 2010

The show may be titled Consumer Electronics Show, but this year has brought new light to just how far the consumer electronics industry is reaching.

Everyone from Ford to the U.S. Government, to sports commentator James Brown is in attendance with unveilings ranging from new 3-D TVs to mobile sonograms. Here are some of my favorite attendees and announcements, with perhaps some bias towards Qualcomm since we work with the company:

-Since the Recovery Act made the U.S. Government the biggest spender last year, it was only appropriate for CTO Aneesh Chopra to make a celebrity appearance at the show to discuss spectrum and the future of wireless broadband.

-Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs was joined by several guests during his keynote today to talk about the future of FLO TV on iPhones, the future of health care on mobile devices and much more.

-Having just seen Avatar 3-D and looking forward to Shrek 3-D, I was excited to see a lot of movement on 3-D TVs at the show. Hopefully the price point will go down as quickly as flat screens did.

-Although I’m not completely sold on having Twitter in my car, I would love to have Pandora, which Ford says is in the works, along with other in-car apps.

-Of course there was the typical news on new devices… this year’s big question will be if Google’s NexusOne can challenge the iPhone, and perhaps if developers will ever run out of new apps.

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