CES Unveiled is the mini-show before the show that gives the press the opportunity to preview products before CES officially starts on Thursday. It's a laid-back affair with plenty of free food and booze and maybe 70 or 80 vendors present. I like it because it's easier to chat with reps from smaller companies who might otherwise get overlooked amid the thousands of vendors at the main show. OK, yeah, I like the free food and booze too.
Some of my favorite items from CES Unveiled . . .
Cool shades, but what the heck are they looking at?
How about a 3D Home Theater from Mitsubishi? The 3D images are powered by an Asus computer with a NVIDIA graphics card. All of Mitsubishi's 60" and bigger HDTVs will have 3D capability this year. The demo I saw didn't have any real in-your-face images, but there was incredible depth and detail.
On a smaller 3D scale is this webcam from Novo:
Minoru means "reality" in Japanese and is the first-ever webcam to shoot and upload video in 3D. Of course, it does require the viewer at the other end to have a pair of red/blue 3D glasses (each camera includes 5 pair to send to your friends and family). The Minoru can also shoot in 2D and has a picture in picture mode. It's been available from Novo's website (www.minoru3d.com
) since December and is available on Amazon starting today for $89.95.
I saw the Minoru in a full-screen format and the 3D effects really jumped off the screen. The video was a bit grainy, but no worse than most standard webcams.
Jodie from the Novo booth poses with the Minoru. She was incredibly real and lifelike:
3D is making a big splash at CES. Panasonic, among others, will also be spotlighting 3D technology this year.
I love this gadget. For the aspiring club DJ in all of us is the Pacemaker from Tonium. It allows you to digitally scratch, crossfade and reverb your digital music to create your own personal music remixes. You can listen to your creations through headphones, output them to an external mixer or share them online. This 60-gig version (a 20-gig version will also be available) hits stores in the spring and will retail for $550.
DisplayLink shows off the latest in personal video monitor outerwear . . . I think:
The bricks and mortar stores may be gone, but the Sharper Image brand remains. Here they display their line of radio and speaker docks for the iPod and iPhone:
For the ultimate in universal remotes, Logitech has the Harmony 1100:
It has a 3.5" color touch screen and utilizes RF wireless technology. No more line of sight requirements--you can operate your home entertainment components from anywhere in your house. It's fully programmable through your home computer and supports more than 225,000 devices from over 5,000 brands. It'll be in stores next month with a suggested retail price of $499.99.
Here's a prettier look at it, courtesy of Logitech:
Today's agenda consists mostly of corporate press conferences and concludes with tonight's opening keynote by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. It'll be the first time in 12 years that Bill Gates will not be giving the opening keynote. Gates stepped down from the day-to-day operation of Microsoft last summer.
That's all for now. I'll have more product news and keynote coverage tonight or tomorrow morning plus live photos all day on FuzzyShot.