Tech & The District » CES Tech the way we see it: insights and musings on technology PR, policy and the District, from H&K’s D.C. Tech Team. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 15:06:44 +0000 en hourly 1 Day 3-LIVE from the Consumer Electronics Show- Las Vegas Sun, 09 Jan 2011 03:10:17 +0000 Lauren Wilson This morning CNET recognized the best gadgets at CES and handed out awards for the best phones, tablets, and gaming devices.  The buzz on the Motorola XOOM has not died down, which probably comes as no surprise for winning the Best of Show Award.   According to CNET, this award is a big nod to Google’s work developing the Android Honeycomb operating system.

Day 3 on the CES Floor feels empty and I don’t think that’s a terrible thing. If you are here, and you hadn’t had a chance to look and experience the technology—this is definitely the best time! It can certainly be a challenge and slightly overwhelming to walk the entire show floor, especially if you’re here for a client—like myself.  CES attracted over 250,000 attendees this year, which included exhibitors, manufacturers, journalists, and bloggers (the event was not open to the public).

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Day 2-LIVE from the Consumer Electronics Show- Las Vegas Fri, 07 Jan 2011 22:58:25 +0000 Lauren Wilson Day 2 on the CES Floor started off with a conversation with the always enthusiastic and knowledgeable Sascha Segan from PC Magazine.  When I asked Sascha what the big trends were this year, he said “tablets, tablets, tablets.” A trend that I already discussed in my earlier post, however, it was nice to receive official confirmation from an industry insider and top technology blogger.

Speaking of tablets, I had the opportunity to check out RIM’s Blackberry Playbook 4G tablet.  It was certainly fascinating and it is truly a multi-tasking device with the ability to watch a movie and check the internet simultaneously. The Playbook offers a  7-inch high-resolution display, dual-core 1GHz processor, GPS, high-definition cameras and much more. IntoMobile is calling the product a credible competitor to the Apple iPad and the Motorola XOOM.

If you plan to purchase a tablet, my recommendation is to wait to the Spring or later when all the kinks have been ironed out. That way you will have your choice from the major manufacturers who will likely release their devices around the same time.

Some interesting things that I saw today were:

  • Massage breaks in one corner where you could get a foot & calf massage—this is so necessary from hoofing it on the Show floor.
  • 2011 Audi with Nvidia powered navigation system in the back seats of the vehicle.
  • Mobile Skype demonstrations zooming in on a family’s vacation to the desert.

Believe it or not, I’m actually working at the Show. Things that I missed, but heard about:

  • Common and Olivia Wilde at the Blackberry booth
  • Ford’s CEO Alan Mulally’s keynote  unveiling an electric Ford Focus
  • HTC ‘Thunderbolt 4G LTE handset announcement

Leave your comments on what surprised you at CES this year!

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CES Grows Vertical Branches Fri, 08 Jan 2010 22:36:32 +0000 Sharla Lane 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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