We start of the new year with stories from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where Google, Apple, Microsoft and more unveiled new technology, gadgets and plans for 2010. Highlights from the Consumer Electronics Show
- Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer gave a keynote speech at the conference in Las Vegas, in which he previewed various tablet computers, such as ones from Pegatron, Archoes and the HP slate prototype, all o f which will use Windows 7. Sadly for Ballmer, his speech seems to have heightened anticipations for the rumored release of Apple’s slate computer.
- One of the more controversial announcements at the CES this week was the unveiling of automotive “infotainment systems.” Built-in dashboard computers will allow drivers to access the internet, find restaurants, use 3-D navigation systems and watch videos. While automotive manufacturers claim that safety is still their top priority and insist that safety features will prohibit drivers from ‘surfing the web’ while the car is in motion, skeptics are worried about the heightened level of distraction such “entertainments” could cause.
- On Thursday, Skiff introduced a new a color ink e-reader. The 11.5 inch touchscreen tablet has a built-in 3G wireless connection through Sprint, allowing users to upload files, or “print to the device.” It’s still unclear how much the device will cost or when it will hit the market.
- Leading television manufacturers demonstrated 3-D televisions on Wednesday. Notwithstanding the success of recent 3-D movies such as Avatar, it's unclear how many consumers would be willing to don the glasses in their living room.