Sonntag, 15. Januar 2012

CES Finale

The final day had some first shadows of emptiness as most of the technical experts seemed to have disappeared. At least at some locations I visited. On the other hand all remaining staff was quite relaxed, even a bit exhausted.

Marvell was my first station and its new Google TV box, which is more ment to be some kind of reference design, got a lot of attention. Some tech geeks found out, that even this box contains a port of Google's Chrome browser and so this browser makes its first appearance on Andoid. If you want to did a bit deeper, just look at this article.



Besides becoming the new hardware reference platform for Google TV Marvell has an interesting footprint on lots of embedded device solutions.

You can find lots of NAs solutions based on the allways on computing chipsets they offer. Some of those products were collected at Marvells booth.


I missed to take a photo of the smile plug intended to support the OLPC project to simplify WiFi connectivity in the classroom.

SMILE Plug Reference Design
Source Marvell

Finally, this company also has some stakes in the Conneced Home and presented their LED bulb controllers in a fully integrated smartphone controlled demo.



Lets follow on with another company making very nice products for Connected Homes: Greenwave received one of those best of show awards all companies are heading for at CES. The products have a nice design and offer a good integration with lots of sensors.



The small gateway teriminates no less than 3 different wireless technologies. Good HF design and engineering was required to solve the proximity problems.


After all the technical discussion I found this screen. No comment, or do you feel bothered? Also I was astonished how fast these Segways are. Careful drivers needed. 


In between all the advanced solutions offered there was also all the buzz on accessories and cheap solutions by mainly asian suppliers.


I especially took this picture as it shows a reasonable amount of low cost digital product design ideas. Just look from the left to the right. 8 different product categories on one booth. Liked that nice overview.

One of the most relevant problems for mobile users and the allways connect story is the limited capacity of batteries. A complete new industry is just focussing on bringing up solutions.




Liked the powerbag booth as the had the biggest bag including a charger. Power on the go built into these bags should be able to extend mobile user's digital live while travelling or just outside on the move. For my GErman readers I found a nice GOLEM article with a demo video on these products. Just click on the video it is all in English language. The built in multicharge hardware components can also be found under the mycharge brand. The interesting part is the idea of simultaneously charging all devices at the same time.

My last two very special picks were the Lytro cam I never saw before as a live model and "The Replicator", a device to print objects.





The rocket is such a "printed object". Nice. Astonishing how 3D printing developed within the last years.

Back to the bigger companies. Samsung had a lot to show off. Besides the allways improved smartphones there were some interesting concepts being presented. See also the press conference highlights. If you like also the full version


Disc to Digital allows a fully legal digital copy to be registered based on the DVDs and BluRays you own. Even I did not know that Ultraviolet was also ment to be made available for DVDs in the field.



Sony just quit the production of their relatively small and expensive OLED displays, now Samsung and LG promote this technology.


As an outlook to future remote control concept Samsung demoed gesture and voice based remote conrol combined with face recognition to control your TV. Here the excerpt of the press conference on this topic.

Nearly coming to an end I want to mention two different devices trying to solve an identical problem: Skyping in the livingroom. One goes with a very stylish, sleek and compact solution, called Biscotti. This really tiny device delivers astonishing results and also allows very simple setup and usage.





Just as a short comparison I added one picture of the second day again (my first gadget of the day). telyHD offers a complete different solution. A much larger device but offering HD video quality and an opend Android platform to enhance the baseline Skype experience.


I still think, both concept have their target customers. Just wanted to show them in comparison.

Now I finally get to my last "gadget of the day". Unfortunately it is not on the market today, but the announcement says it shall become reality in 2012. The best of CES awarded product was LGs 55 inch OLED dislplay. Razorsharp in 2D and even better color balance than the Samsung prototypes. 


And the 3D demo really blow me out of the socks. Just wearing the cheap polarizer glasses one could enjoy a never seen before quality of 3D. Better, than my Avatar experience in the 3D digital cinema. One could first time see the limitations of the visual material. The 3D effect was absolutely stable, no - really no - coordination problems distubing the viwieng expereince. You were just looking out of an imaginary window. You could freely walk around. No flickering , no struggeleing with the 3D effect. I decided to name it fir myself the first "Real 3D" experience. No better seen before.      




To be honest I never expected OLEDs to change a lot. But tha actual achievements and improvements combined with the four times physical resolutions create something new. There is a next generation TV technology on the horizon, even again defining a new aera of visual quality delivered to the homes. Some time to go for real mass markets. But better than ever, for sure.


So in the end it was again a golden new aera being started at a CES Las Vegas. More to come the following years. 







After having had a half day off it was a much more relaxing exercise to write down this last post.

Sincerely yours 
Klaus Miczewsky

Freitag, 13. Januar 2012

CES Day 4

Some more to see today. Traffic reduced a little bit. Seems like the "big run" is over and first visitors are on the leave.Wheather was nice yesterday and today and I just had to take some impressions of this clear blue skies again.






Again briefings in some hotels outside the main fairground. Netgear rented suites just across the road at the Marriot.


Proudly presented their new integrated NAS-Router. Named Media Storage Router. Built in 3,5 ' disk and simultaneous 2,4 and 5 GHz WiFi. Best of 2012 CNET finalist.


Also quite active is a development team to do integrations of app frameworks into the actual lineup of Routers and NAS devices (up to the top end 8 bay drives). The idea is to even allow apps to be downloaded based on an appstore and to create an SDK framework for their devices. This allows even integration of remote connected data sources and to enrich the devices with additional services after the deployment.


A fully working Home Control Solution developed together with the company icontrol is named Home Security Screen (model HSS101). It is a fixed Android tablet (no batteries, just A/C powered) but connected over WiFi with the home control devices. Alarm system, heating control and surveillance cam support included.

Back on the main floor Motorola showed off the actual phones and tablets.


The Atrix 4 dock concept was enhanced to allow nearly all actual smartphones to be connected to this lapdock. It just has a screen, keyboard, mouspad and additional batteries built in and allows full screen browsing with a true Linux based Firefox browser.



If you are more interesed in using a TV screen the Media Dock can be used also. An optimized keyboard with built in trackpad is also available. Also offering the full Firefox browsing features.



Microsoft continued to promote Windows Phone OS equipped smartphones. And also the Skydrive cloud service had its own stand.



Just at the opposite side of the booth INTEL is showing its new reference platform smartphone design codenamed Z2460 featuring an embedded Atom processor. The reference design runs with Android 2.3 and showed real fast and fluid HD and graphics rendering.





This was my "gadget of the day" and I had some time to play with it inside the INTEL booth. During Tuesday's INTEL keynote two development partners were announced: Lenovo and Motorola will built new smartphones based on this new chipset design. Carrier certification shall start in Q2 so we could see the first models coming to the stores end of this year. I am convinced, that based on this improved design the first generation of INTEL Atom core based smartphones will become reality.

The main story of this year's CES out of INTEL's view was Ultrabook. And a nice little "scandal" with a demo shown by Moody Eden during the initial press conference fully included. I joined a similar event yesterday and I can assure to have seen some real live demos on Ivy bridge, the chipset used in the ultrabook design. My German fellows might look up more details on Golem.de.






All in all there is for sure a possible market for slim and light high performing laptops. Whether it will be as important as the INTEL fellows expect can be doubted.

Cisco had also decided to keep of the regular convention centers and rented a two floors in the Venetian tower. We had some nice demos there, but I am not sure, where they might have shown some NDA stuff, so I just include an atmospheric pic.


In the evening today I had another meeting with hsti.com. Thee produce some interesting WiFi media sticks you can directly connect with Android smartphones and the USB port of a TV or BluRay player device. I additions the just launched an ultra small media player for an attractive price of only 49 $. The direct order response on their website was phenomenal, they said.



At the end of a long day Las Vegas returns to it's nightly spectacles and crowded casinos....