By Terry Currier
The 2007 International CES®, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow. This global event featured 2700 exhibitors, 140,000 attendees and 1.7 million net square feet of space. Exhibits at three major venues: the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Sands/Venetian and the Hilton hotel. www.CESweb.org
Consumer Electronic Show 2007- Report #1 - Companies A - C
Consumer Electronic Show 2007- Report #2 - Companies D - L
Consumer Electronic Show 2007- Report #4 - Companies S- Z
Vista of course was everywhere. On the big screens they were showing how wonderful it is, and their partners in the booth were showing products that work with it. Users can take full advantage of all the digital lifestyle has to offer with Windows Ultimate Extras, cutting-edge programs that provide a richer computing experience exclusively for users of Windows Vista Ultimate. For example, Windows DreamScene™ transforms the desktop from the familiar static background wallpaper into a full-motion, personal video canvas. In addition to the new and improved in-box Windows Vista games, Windows Vista Ultimate customers can play exclusive games, such as Hold ’em, the Windows Version of poker’s most popular variant, “Texas Hold ’em”.
- MAGMA www.magma.com
Markets Magma PCI Express expansion solutions for laptop and desktop computers. The newest products, Magma™ ExpressBox1 and ExpressBox1 Pro, provide a PCI Express slot in an external box for laptop computers. Many types of PCI Express cards can be used ranging from graphics, test & measurement, data-acquisition, audio, video, FibreChannel, SATA and more. Users are able to turn a standard laptop into a powerful gaming system, or audio and video editing workstation by simply adding the right card and then plugging the device into their laptop.
Although not really for everyone the HATO – (Heartbeat Audition Transceiver On-the-Go) notebook is designed to monitor the patient’s electrocardiogram record and to enable online access to doctor who can view the results anytime in the hospital. It can record and store ECG signal of professional quality level. Patients can self administer most tests. Visit MSI for a virtual tour at the above web address.
Unveiled a new generation of portable, in-vehicle navigation devices, the N40i and N60i. NavPix™ lets you identify destinations as pictures, rather than just names, letting you define your world as you see it, users simply select a picture, touch and drive.
In addition both the N40i and N60i also contain an integrated 1.3 megapixel camera, allowing users to easily compile their own NavPix library. With the push of a button, digital images, coded with the exact latitude and longitude of the location, are added to the device. NavPix images loaded on either N-Series device can be edited with labels and additional destination information. Users can also upload their custom, geo-stamped photos to the Navman website to share with other NavPix users around the world.
Both give turn-by-turn voice guidance along with detailed street maps with the Navman N40i displayed on a 3.5-inch color screen, the N460i has a 4.3-inch screen. In addition to NavPix, destinations can be entered manually by entering the street address, intersection, zip code or by selecting from the extensive list of Points Of Interest (POIs). With preloaded Tele Atlas map data for all of North America, convenient dedicated buttons to locate nearest gas stations and parking facilities. The N40i will be priced at U.S. $4500, while the N60i will be priced at U.S. $600.
Showcased their latest technology to bring all of the digital media hubs together. Their cornerstone approach to liquid media within the digital home and on the go is the Nero Digital™ platform which consists of Nero Digital codecs, software solutions and DRM and copy protection mechanisms. Based on industry standards MPEG-4 Video and MPEG-4 Audio compression technologies.
Nero 7 Ultra Edition Enhanced delivers the home, portable and mobile solutions to the consumer. The Nero Mobile application enables users to efficiently transfer audio and video files from PCs to mobile phones, PDAs and other portable devices, transforming them into mobile media centers. Nero MediaHome enables the streaming of live TV and other content throughout the house from Windows Media Center Edition PCs to Xbox 360™ game consoles. Nero Home Integrates TV time-shifting & TV Recording.
The Digital Entertainer HD (EVA8000) is a set-top digital media receiver that can automatically discover HD movies, TV shows, music files, and personal photos on a home network, across multiple PCs. It organizes these into a single media library than can then be displayed on a TV without the need for media server software running on the computer. They also held workshops on :
NETGEAR’s Skype WiFi Phone is the world’s first wireless Internet phone that can make free calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world, anytime you have WiFi access, without a PC. All of your contacts are shown right on the phone’s color display so you will know exactly who is online.
Introduce its two newest HD plasma televisions the models, 50” PT-5045HD and 42” PT-4246HD, offer superior HD image detail and clarity. With 1366 x 768 resolution (PT-5045HD) and 1024 x 768 resolution (PT-4246HD), these sets deliver a High Definition viewing experience through an integrated digital tuner. Both feature built-in ATSC and NTSC tuners; the 42” model also includes a Clear-QAM tuner. Input versatility is another outstanding component of these units. Both include an HDMI input for uncompressed, crystal-clear digital video and high-resolution, multichannel digital audio. Since input is via a single cable, HDMI greatly reduces wiring hassles. Each also has component video, S-video (rear and side), composite video (rear and side), and PC with audio inputs.
3D digital comb filter provides accurate color processing in both models, while high brightness rates of 1000 cd/m2 (50”) and 1200 cd/m2 (42”) along with 10,000:1 and 8,000:1 contrast ratios respectively assure clear, crisp images, even in well lit rooms. Other common features include 160-degree side-to-side viewing; 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i signal compatibility; trilingual (English, French, Spanish) on-screen menu; convenient sleep timer; and parental control.SRS audio enhancement, found in both models, creates a virtual surround-sound experience using the unit’s internal speakers. The 42” PT-4246HD has an estimated street price of $1200 and is available now. 50” PT-5045HD has an estimated street price of $1900 and will be available in February 2007.
Neurok Optics www.iz3d.com
Designer, developer, and marketer of advanced 3D visualization systems previewed a new iZ3D brand 22" widescreen 3D LCD monitor at CES 2007. Designed to replace a standard two-dimensional monitor, it offers commercial-grade image quality and display brightness, while supporting long-term viewing without causing fatigue or eyestrain.
The advanced 22” widescreen iZ3D video monitor displays impressive into and out-of-screen 3D images with passive polarized glasses in a variety of new styles. Its advanced technology is compatible with popular applications, and users can easily switch between 3D and 2D viewing.
All popular brands of current PC’s equipped with a dual output video card will power the monitor. Smart capabilities allow it to be used for regular 2D office tasks as well as 3D viewing. Specifications include: 1680 x 1050 resolution; up to 170-degree viewing angle; 5 ms response time; 600:1 contrast ratio; and 16.7-million colors.
With the WMS 100 Image or WMS 200 Video users can wirelessly connect to a single projector to display up to four different presentations on the same screen, simultaneously. With the Presto! WMS 2.5 sending software it uses 802.11 a/b/g standard Wi-Fi technology incorporated into a hardware receiver and Presto! WMS 2.5 sending software. The presentation has a frame transfer rate of 15fps.
Novint Technologies www.novint.com
The Falcon is the first high-fidelity, three dimensional interactive touch device for the home PC, allowing users to feel weight, shape, texture, dimension, dynamics, 3D motion and force effects when playing enabled games. Replacing a computer mouse or joystick, users hold onto the interchangeable handle, or "Grip", - letting users feel their interactions and control a game more naturally and intuitively.
With a outstanding 6000:1 contrast ratio the Optoma HD73 features a DarkChip3 DLP DMD chipset from Texas Instruments and with Optoma’s proprietary ImageAI technology. It also supports dual digital inputs for multiple digital high-definition source connections. With 1300 lumens and a native 16:10 aspect ratio, support for 4:3 and 16:9, digital horizontal and vertical keystone correction, and is quiet at 27dB. Suggested price is $1,999. The TX773 puts 3,500 ANSI lumens with a 1,024 x 768 resolution, and DVI / VGA inputs. Priced at $2,499.
Bill Gates showcased OQO's next generation ultra-mobile PC, the model 02, in his keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Weighing a mere one pound and small enough to fit in a pocket, the model 02 is the world's smallest Windows Vista capable computer. Redesigned from the ground up, the model 02 features a new ergonomic backlit keyboard and capacitive TouchScrollers™ for easy input and navigation. The model 02 incorporates complete wireless connectivity - including EV-DO Wireless WAN, WiFi, and Bluetooth - ensuring the user has high speed and uncompromised access to the internet, email, and networked applications.
With prices starting at just $1,499, the model 02 lineup can be customized to fit the needs of each user or organization. The model 02 is available with a 1.5GHz processor, 60GB hard disk drive, 1GB of RAM, and integrated mobile broadband data capability. Comes with an integrated optical drive, audio jack: 3.5mm line out/line in, video out: HDMI and VGA, 10/100Base-T Ethernet, and USB 2.0 ports: 2 rear + 1 front.
Otter Products www.otterbox.com
Designs and products rugged cases to safeguard technology and valuables. With a complete line of waterproof, drop-resistant, interactive cases. Cases available for Apple iPods, Palm Treo, RIM Blackberry, laptops, PDAs, Tablet PCs, GPS, cigars, Zippo lighters and more. All products carry a 100 percent guarantee.
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huey™ is an easy-to-use monitor calibration tool designed for digital photo enthusiasts, gamers and any computer user wanting absolute color and clarity. About the size of a small marker it is the first monitor calibration device to continually adjust the monitor as room lighting changes. In less than five minutes, huey can calibrate a user’s monitor and adjust it based on their primary viewing activity – viewing photos, playing games, creating graphics or browsing the Web with a $89 price tag.
The Eye-One Display LT ($169) features more advanced controls than huey. Eye-One Display 2 ($249) includes all the features of Eye-One Display LT and also provides unlimited control and customization capabilities over the gamma and whitepoint settings. Its lightweight, sleek design comes with an ambient light head that easily snaps onto the device.
ProShow Gold 3.0 is a slide show creation software for consumers. The program makes it easy to turn ordinary digital photos into a slide show masterpiece. Motion effects, like pan, zoom and rotate, make still photos come to life. Users can edit their photos, videos and music directly. Users can add an unlimited number of layers to any slide in their shows. Each layer has its own combination of motion effects allowing users to create unique photo montages, video overlay compositions, and more. One-click photo correction, red-eye removal and a built-in cropping and rotation tool bypass the photo-preprocessing step completely.
It has a refreshed user interface featuring a waveform in the soundtrack bar, a new slide options dialog and a favorites pane. Users can toggle between the normal Slide List view and Timeline view, simplifying precise matching of audio to the slide show. Important folders are close at hand with the new, customizable favorites pane. Slide shows can now be output to Adobe® Flash®, Windows Media Video (WMV), HD Video and QuickTime®, in addition to the standard DVD and CD disc formats. Available from Photodex Corporation in both electronic ($70) and boxed ($80) versions. A 15-day, free trial version is available from Photodex.com for download.
Debuted the new and improved DocuPen R700+. The DocuPen R700+ is a portable, full-page scanner that is about the size of a pen and weighs only 1.75 ounces. Completely PC independent, and comes equipped with built-in processor, rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, and 4 MB on-board flash memory, offering the user the ability to store up to 200 scanned documents.
As a bonus, the DocuPen R700+ package includes Nuance’s PaperPort OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software to manage scanned documents and connect to programs such as Outlook, WinFax, Notepad, Adobe Photoshop, Acrobat, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Available for MSRP of $200.
They also have a portable color scanning solution with the DocuPen RC800, which offers the ability to scan in B&W, Grayscale, and up to 24 bit Color. A pocket-sized color scanner that scans at higher color resolutions, offers three new mobile accessories including a mobile charger that extends DocuPen runtime to 24 hours of continuous use per charge, and can be purchased in an all-in-one DocuPen Executive Kit to provide a complete scanning solution for the road. It has a built-in processor, an 8 MB on-board flash memory, and a memory slot that allows the user to add MicroSD memory cards for almost unlimited scanning capacity. It is powered by a Li-Ion rechargeable battery making it completely PC-independent, weighs just 1.75 oz, and is slightly larger than a pen.
A Universal Mobile Charger (UMC) that fully charges the DocuPen in just 15 minutes from any AC power outlet to provide 24 hours of continuous use. Accessories can be purchased individually or as part of an Executive Kit that aggregates all components necessary for portable scanning into a single aluminum box. The DocuPen RC800, MSRP is $300, and the RC800 Executive Kit MSRP is $400.
USB Flash Drives: complete line of Attaché USB 2.0 flash drives available in a variety of capacities and form factors:
Manufactures and distributes multi-sensory furniture for gaming and entertainment enthusiasts. Using Audio Response Technology, Pyramat delivers ergonomically designed chairs that enable users to feel audio sensation from video games, movies and music.
Designs, engineers and markets cutting-edge gaming peripherals that provide professional computer gamers with the competitive edge through a combination of technology, innovation and design.
A recycler and reseller of used cell phones and accessories. In 2007, ReCellular will: collect an estimated 4 million cell phones donated through charity fundraising, corporate partners and individual consumers; raise more than $5 million for national and local charities through the Cell Phone Donation Program; refurbish and resell an estimated $2.5 million in handsets, offering companies near-new handsets for resale around the world; and recycle an estimated 1 million pounds of unsalvageable cell phones and accessories.
This was one of my favorite things at CES. The Yego is a flash drive and USB hub. A unique, multi-function USB flash drive featuring two additional USB ports. This allows the user to connect more USB devices and expand their computer’s capabilities. The YEGO features true Plug & Play technology, is USB 2.0 compliant, transfers data up to 480Mbps and is powered via USB port. Bright, tie-style LED lights indicate usage status. The YEGO USB Drive is available in five bright colors and capacities ranging from 1GB up to 4GB.
ATSC USB-powered dongle , which is the unit, the first external HDTV device to interface with USB 2.0, allows both analog and digital video and audio signals to be received by and shown on PCs and laptops. It is applicable anywhere the ATSC standard is followed. Compact, and easy-to-transport.
The new SDHC 2.0 card initially will be available in 4GB and 8GB capacity sizes. The 4GB SDHC card has a Speed Class rating of Class 2 and Class 6, the 8GB a Class 6. Conforming to the latest SDA 2.0 specification, it also fully supports the Speed Class specification. Meeting these two new standards ensures stable product quality and excellent performance. The RIDATA SDHC card offers the best combination of large capacity and high-speed performance of any SD memory card currently being sold
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