Date: January 6th, 2009
Writers on Show Floor: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor) & Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
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Day One of our Coverage can be found HERE
Day Two of our Coverage can be found HERE
Day Three of our Coverage can be found HERE
Day Four of our Coverage can be found HERE
WHAT IS CES?
CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is a gathering of thousands of industry partners, press and manufacturers to facilitate and give media the chance to see developing technology and products while getting manufacturers the press and media attention needed for future growth. Through several different press functions, conferences, keynotes and show floor displays, the stage is set for information to be exchanged, professional relationships to be developed and for getting product marketing exposure.
DAY 2 COVERAGE
SAMSUNG PRESS CONFERENCE
Samsung had a rather packed press conference showing off what they had coming out in 2010. Their focus was on the emerging 3D TV trend and their affiliation with Dreamworks and Technicolor to supply 3D movie content.
They also unveiled their new 9000, 8000 and 7000 series of LED TV's which al boast 3D capability and updated aesthetics and build configurations. The 9000 series was swung out from the wall to show that it was an amazing 0.3 inches thick which is close to the width of a pencil. Having a 50+ inch LED TV with that low of a thickness makes one wonder if OLED technology could really physically make the overall TV and thinner. Another first was the inclusion of a touchscreen remote control which has TV viewing capability so now you remote is a TV as well as your actual display. It's getting just that insane in the top-end TV market.
After talking about the TV's, Samsung focused on its emerging app store for their mobile phones and will also allow you to install certain apps such as Netflix on your TV, Blu-ray or other supported devices. After they introduced their new digital cameras, camcorders and also unveiled their 3D Blu-Ray player for 2010. 3D TV is definitely the breakout trend of 2010. I wonder how the consumer market will accept it or whether or not the true TV interest is still in the 2D realm. Either way it will be an interesting 2010 for sure. Stay tuned, I will definitely be trying out this new technology and I bet a 9000 series TV will grace out office in the upcoming months.
PANASONIC PRESS CONFERENCE
Seeing this was after the Samsung press event, the packed house moved to Panasonic's room and packed the house. By the looks of it, there wasn't a empty seat in the house for at least the first 15 minutes.
After initial introductions, we were first met with a live broadcast directly from Japan. Panasonic's president talked for a bit about the emerging 3D market and then handed the proceedings to local representatives.
3D TV again was the popular topic but instead on focusing on 3D movies, Panasonic was pushing their 3D DirectTV affiliation to bring 3D satellite content as early as mid 2010. This was a very interesting idea and could lead to a faster consumer adoption instead of waiting for them to pick up 3D movies. It might be the fast track to the masses.
After the newer TVs were unveiled which are touted to bring even better contrast quality due to
Infinite Black Panel Pro and the upgrades phosphor technology which has been updated to handle 3D in full 1080P HD. Also introduced was Panasonic's affiliation with Skype for video calling capabilities over the internet and to have the TV being used as the main tool instead of the computer. With TVs becoming connected to the internet at a incredible rate, this could be something to keep an eye on.
Well, I guess it is time to head back to the hotel and rest up a bit for Digital Experience this evening. Go to page two to see our coverage!