January 8, 2010 By Chad Vander Veen
Las Vegas -- The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), one of the largest conferences in the world, is ground zero for every new gadget coming in 2010 and thereafter. From the latest in HDTV, mobile phones and just about anything with a microchip, CES is a technology wonderland.
Three-dimensional HDTV is far and away the hot product in 2010. High-def, it seems, is no longer enough for the best TV watching experience. Virtually every company that manufactures displays is getting into the 3-D game. Most sets require 3-D glasses, though the eyewear has been updated for modern tastes. Sharp, Sony, Samsung and Panasonic each offer their own 3-D technology. Sharp also is upping the HDTV ante with the launch of a new technology that adds yellow to the traditional red-green-blue display. A Sharp spokesperson said the additional pixel means its TVs can produce over a trillion colors.
Other newsmakers included Intel, which launched Thursday its new line of I5 and I7 processors. The chips are designed to give users computing power on demand. When a task requires extra computing muscle, the chips automatically go into overdrive. The chip architecture has been structured to accommodate the extra heat the power boost adds without sacrificing space.
Sony wowed audiences with new software for its PlayStation 3 gaming and Blu-ray console. Using a camera attachment called the Eye, a user can draw a figure -- a robot, an animal, a ball, etc. -- and the Eye will capture the image. Once captured, the software animates the image and users can play with it on screen using only their hands. The software is the next step in the burgeoning "alternate reality" software market, which layers computer-generated images over real images. The technology was popularized recently by several iPhone apps.
On the mobility side, Research in Motion (RIM), makers of the BlackBerry smart phone, debuted a Bluetooth-enabled device that allows BlackBerry users to wirelessly display PowerPoint presentations stored on their phones. The device connects to any projector and users can run a meeting or give a presentation from their BlackBerry.
One other major development at CES today was the advent of USB 3.0. The new technology transfers data 10 times faster than high-speed USB 2.0. The drawback, however, is that the next-gen USB is not backward compatible, meaning USB ports and USB cables all need to be 3.0 for a user to experience any benefit.
Stayed tuned to govtech.com and look for our video report on CES in the coming weeks.
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