Well, this week in Las Vegas is CES (the Consumer Electronics Show). Strangely enough, although Consumer is in the show name, this event is strictly to the trade; meaning closed to the public. And much of the public would probably find it confusing and boring. Unless you follow technology closely you have probably never heard of the some of the technology displayed here; 11N routers, openmoko open source mobile phones, and WiMax. Which still leaves a lot of extremely cool things to look at (150 inch HD plasma screens, super black DLP screens, tiny multimegapixel cameras, and flash based video recorders) as long as you don't really want to take any of these things home today. Many are prototypes and many have no prices (yet). Nothing can be sold on the show floor, except the logo'd items from the CES store. Yes, we bought some tshirts to wear to MacWorld next week.
I have mentioned before that I rarely stitch without listening to my iPod. And my favorite podcast is Buzz Out Loud from CNET. Here are the hosts, Molly Woods and Tom Merritt, doing a live podcast from the show floor. I got there early and got a seat up front. I'll be back again tomorrow and Wednesday.
This is Jason Howell, their producer. He also makes comments from time to time, but has to keep his eye on the sound board.
Besides wandering around and ogling the many shiny tech toys (like the 150" plasma display screen from Panasonic. Yes, it really is clear and detailed...and large.), I also enjoyed listening to CNET's panel session on The Next Big Thing. This year they talked about Automotive Tech, Mobile Computing, and Television Delivery Systems.
In keeping with the high tech flavor, they gave most of the audience these wireless voting wands. At various times in the presentation they asked the audience multiple choice questions and had them vote. In less than a second there were video graphs of the answers. If only we could count election results so quickly. I'll be back tomorrow to watch the Buzz Out Loud taping and check out the Blu-Ray players. Now that Blu-Ray has probably won over HD-DVD, it's probably time to buy a Blu-Ray player.