To paraphrase David Farragut, damn the sales figures; full speed ahead! If CES 2011 signaled anything, it was the industry’s intent on shoving 3D down our throats. The most vocal proponent, Sony, claims they’ll “lead the industry’s charge for 3D.” Yet for the industry, it’s more like a holy crusade.
Every tradeshow has these: the strange products, human snafus, and general quirkiness that characterizes a large organized event. CES 2011 was no exception. From the "Kegputer" to "eyes-only" video gaming, there was plenty of uniqueness on display. Enjoy!
While CES 2011 saw no big product launches (sorry, no Verizon iPhone), there was still plenty to see. Here's a short sampling of the highlights.
Jenni Balthrop with 3M Touch Systems demos a 23" Multi-Touch Display incorporating 3M's Projected Capacitive Technology.
Chad Lucien with Hillcrest Labs demos the Loop Pointer coupled with the Kylo TV internet browser. Download Kylo for free at http://kylo.tv/.
Nuvation Engineering has developed a custom battery management system, fuel gauge and driver interface for electric vehicles. The innovative system is currently featured on the OptaMotive 'E. Rex'. The OptaMotive 'E. Rex' is on display at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week at Maxim's booth 30869. Through a close partnership with Maxim, Nuvation engineers designed the
Silicon Hive Introduces Next Generation Scalable Solution for High-Performance Multi-Format Video DecodingJanuary 8, 2011 8:10 am | Product Releases | Comments
Silicon Hive B.V. announced the availability of HiveGo VSS3240, a complete video system solution IP product enabling Full HD 1080p multi-format video decoding for various standard and proprietary video coding formats up to 60fps and 62.5Mbps as used in connected HDTV, optical disks and Digital Media Adapters. The VSS3240 advanced multi-core architecture offers
Picochip unveiled its vision for next-generation femtocells, including picoXcell(tm) technology that will allow its customers to create an entire 3G cellular basestation in an ultra-small form factor such as a USB dongle. The concept of a basestation on a USB dongle is one of several Picochip developments in the spotlight at CES 2011
Cees Links, Founder and CEO of GreenPeak Technologies, discusses the company's ZigBee-certified Remote Control 2.0.
Karl Volk with Maxim Integrated Products discusses the MAX8903 Switched Mode Charger.
Stefanie Frank and Robert Bleidt, both with Fraunhofer, demo the company's HD communication technologies, including the H264 video codec and their echo-cancelling software.
Mirics announced that its partner DigiBest Technology has begun shipping PCTV solutions based on FlexiTV for the reception of digital terrestrial ATSC broadcasts. ATSC is the standard already deployed in the USA and now expanding to Canada and Mexico.
Geir Kjosavik from Atmel goes over their new audio platform, said to improve sound quality in portable devices.
Xilinx, Inc announced at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show a new version of its popular Spartan(R)-6 FPGA Consumer Video Kit that gives systems designers a complete development platform for easily tapping into the flexibility and real-time video processing capabilities of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). Co-developed with and distributed by Tokyo Electron Device, the Consumer Video Kit supports
Rovi Corporation announced that it will be debuting its newest digital home entertainment technologies this week during the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show. The company recently announced Rovi Media Cloud, a suite of entertainment web services that is designed to
Jon Beall with Texas Instruments discusses the company's new wireless charging system.
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. will showcase the Company's latest SSD solutions at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 6-8.
Robert Bleidt with Fraunhofer (inventer of the MP3 and co-inventer of AAC technology) discusses the MPEG Surround audio codec, a collaboration with Texas Instruments.
Erling Njå Simenson from TI discusses an updated version of the company's PurePath wireless sound system.
Magnus Pederson from Atmel discusses the company's Zigbee-certified products.
Maxim Integrated Products is paving the way for next-generation consumer video conferencing solutions on TVs with the announcement of its new technology line-up. At the 2011 International CES in Las Vegas, Maxim will be showcasing and demonstrating complete video camera solutions and reference designs that enable pioneering video conferencing features such as 1080p30 HD video, multi-party video, face detection, face tracking, 3D capture, and gesture recognition.
Chris Chipman from Analog Devices discusses the company's video transmitter products.
Dafydd Roche with TI goes over their soundbar reference design, said to be able to take analog or USB inputs and drive stereo output at up to 30 W.
Fraunhofer’s high-quality MPEG Surround audio streaming technology to provide consumers with surround Internet radio experiences in the living room
Wolfson Microelectronics plc has announced its new HD Audio product line for PCs and laptops. The WM8850 and WM8860 are asserted to deliver exceptional audio performance, excellent signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and