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Articles by David DeJean
posted in January 2008
Between the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the flood of press releases timed to the show, there is news about several of the subjects and companies I've written about over the past year. Some updates are in order. Eye-Fi continutes to be a big winner, HSUPA comes to laptops, and more.
Watching Steve Jobs do it again at Macworld Tuesday, whipping up tech enthusiasm (even though the MacBook Air doesn't give him as much to work with as the iPhone did a year ago), I was struck by the comparison with Microsoft at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week. Bill Gates booked in on his Final Farewell Tour, but even with that, the giant software company seemed to barely bother to show up.
The Consumer Electronics Show felt a little short on big technology news this year, but one bright spot (pun intended) was displays. And the most interesting news of all was Texas Instruments' demonstration of DualView on displays that use its DLP projection technology. DualView puts two different full-screen video signals displayed on the same screen at the same time.
The Consumer Electronics Show is not a journey for the faint-hearted. You can walk miles on the show floors. So it's no surprise that after a couple of days of footsore product-spotting, the products that began to look most interesting were transportation-related -- like the motorized snowshoes and the 13-mph beer cooler.
Everex, the Taiwanese PC maker that sells a $199 Linux PC through Wal-Mart, is showing a $399 ultra-mobile PC, the CloudBook, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The tiny notebook is intended to compete with the Asus Eee PC.
Chinese company Tsinghua Tongfang, maker of the LimePC line, is showing a brand-new tiny computer at the Consumer Electronics Show -- not as small as the MTube project's design, but a whole lot closer to being a real product -- and a really interesting one, at that.
ION Audio scored big last year with digital turntable equipment that connected to your PC to rip vinyl LPs to MP3 files. This year at CES in Las Vegas, the company has pushed the product line even further, announcing three new models. One will rip an LP directly to your iPod, another records to an SD card or flash drive, and a third includes an optical drive to automatically burn a CD.
If you have a music locker on MP3tunes.com, you'll probably be glad to hear that the Web-based music storage service is adding some new features. If you are a recording company, you'll probably be upset. And if you're Michael Robertson, MP3tunes CEO, you'll regard it as one more small battle in an effort to build a business on helping music buyers control what they bought.
E-Lead, a Taiwanese maker of automotive "infotainment" systems, showed up at the [email protected]'s event at CES Tuesday with an ultra-mobile PC that doesn't look or work like any PC you've ever seen.
It's not exactly a product. You can't buy it. You can barely even see it. But a team from National Taiwan University is at CES showing off an ultra-small PC and looking for commercialization partners.
The Consumer Electronics Show is very good at big. It has halls of tradeshow booths as big as football fields, exhibitors showing off monster trucks with megawatt sound systems. But if you want to know what the future looks like, you can often learn more from the little things -- like the International Commerce Center, where small Taiwanese and Chinese manufacturers show their wares in a couple of hotel ballrooms as crowded and busy as a Hong Kong back street.
LAS VEGAS -- At CES, scouting for new products, 0ne of the names you definitely don't expect to hear is Amiga. Surely that's ancient history, a footnote in the family tree of the PC. Yeah but don't say that around Bill McEwen. He's president of Amiga and he's announcing a new write-once-run-anywhere development platform, AmigaAnywhere 2. And even better -- or more bizarre - he says he's got new Amiga hardware coming, too.
LAS VEGAS -- CES sometimes seems like it's all products all the time, but one of the interesting things about coming back year after year is that a strange sort of time-lapse perspective kicks in -- you can watch a new technology grow from concept to prototype to finished product to industry segment. I think I caught one of those at a very early stage this weekend. I met the people behind Mempile, a technology development effort aimed at creat
LAS VEGAS -- It was just Saturday in Las Vegas. The Consumer Electronics Show hadn't even started officially yet, but already it was clear that "digital home strategy for 2008" was going to be a phrase I'm going to get really tired of by next Thursday. There will be miles of exhibit aisles, thousands of newer-than-new products, and unlimited digital home strategies. I'm going to get one, too, just in self-defense.