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CES 2011 - Day One

Posted January 07, 2011 9:00 AM by frankd20

3D is still big at CES (although not quite as big as last year), but still very much in the forefront. I noticed a few trends this year. For one, I saw a lot more 3D TVs that use passive glasses, as opposed to the active glasses. The same circular polarization 3D glasses used in many theaters seem to be the glasses of choice, and the same ones worked with a number of different manufacturers. At the same time, I also saw lots of TVs using active glasses, and companies showing active glasses that are universal.

Toshiba had a display showing off 3D without glasses. The method uses a lenticular lens, and while this works, I found the 3D effect less than stunning. Since this method only works when you are in the correct position, Toshiba was careful to design their booth display so the TVs were set back so you had to be looking straight on to see them. The one thing Toshiba did demonstrate that I have not seen before was a PC with 3D for one viewer that used the webcam to track the user's eyes and adjust the 3D effect so that you would always be in the sweet spot.

In general, the method of lenticular lens seems to be much more effective with one user and a smaller screen. One example of this was a company that was showing off a 3D camera in which the display on the camera was also 3D with this lenticular lens method, and it worked well.

More present than before is everything that goes with 3D, which is 3D cameras, players, projectors, and special screens for the projectors and more.

In addition to 3D TVs, companies are showing off larger TVs and some large touch screen TV's. Although I am not sure how useful having the TV in my living room be a touch screen would be, it was interesting to see it in action.

I saw a lot of other technology that has little or nothing to do with 3D or TVs, I would say TVs are still one of the biggest topics of the show for this year.

Here are a few images from Day One of the show.

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01/07/2011 11:47 AM

I heard that some of the TV focus was shifting from 3D TVs to Smart TVs with built in internet, streaming and app capabilities. I am much more interested in those than the 3D and I think many people feel the same way but the electronics companies seems intent on getting the public to want 3D.

The biggest news for me from CES was the Sandy Bridge release which was well known ahead of the show but I'm looking forward to helping my friend build a new Sandy Bridge desktop when the components become available.

As for the 4G hoopla from all the wireless companies, I don't like AT&T calling their HSPA+ network 4G and their future LTE network also 4G. They just don't want to be left behind Verizon so they are scamming their customers with HSPA+ as 4G, many of whom probably won't realize these devices won't work on the LTE 4G network that will launch at the end of 2011.

Verizon is rolling ahead with 10 new 4G devices but I was disappointed to see that none of the 4G phones have a physical QWERTY keyboard. Was hoping to see a revised HTC Merge.

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01/07/2011 12:59 PM

"As for the 4G hoopla from all the wireless companies, I don't like AT&T calling their HSPA+ network 4G and their future LTE network also 4G. They just don't want to be left behind Verizon so they are scamming their customers with HSPA+ as 4G, many of whom probably won't realize these devices won't work on the LTE 4G network that will launch at the end of 2011."

Interesting. Do you think that AT&T will lose customers by being deceptive in this way? I like to think that they will lose support by doing this, but I am not so sure.

The more people are pushing big tvs and such, the more I am being pushed away. I am not entirely 'gaga' over 3D stuff. Are 3D movies good? Sure, but their non-3D counterparts are cheaper and just as good (to me). I believe the touch screen tvs are more interesting at this point. Then again, I was always a fan of those interactive white boards.

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01/07/2011 1:47 PM

Honestly, it probably will help them more than hurt them by making it seem like they are on even footing with Verizon. Most people that don't know better, won't even realize they're not using the true 4G network when it launches and more savvy consumers will already know what they are buying ahead of time.

The one thing that might hurt AT&T is the Verizon iPhone which is rumored to be launching the first week in February. (Apple and Verizon have both barred their employees from taking vacation time that week and its the week after Apple's MacWorld 2011 Expo)

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