3D television may have been the big story from CES, but there is plenty more tech goodness from the show for Australians to look forward to in 2010.
This year’s Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been one of the best, with a record 330 new exhibitors coming on board to boost the number of companies to 2500. Combined, more than 20,000 new products were launched, once the final numbers are audited, attendance is expected more 120,000, up by 10 percent from 113,085 in 2009.
For a lot of the attending journalists and analysts, it was the big 3D television launches that everyone had come to see, but there were plenty of other products from the major players. Here’s what some of the world’s biggest electronics brands are likely to deliver to a store near you over the next 12 months.
LG Electronics claimed that, while 3D was important, it would hold back with a major 3D television release for the time being. Instead, it released two major products – a Super Slim LED that is 6.9mm thin, and what it claims to be the world’s first 3D projector. LG also showed a Skype-compatible television that will require you to buy a new television and a webcam accessory, with four-directional microphone as an attachment.
LG’s “world-first” projector.
Toshiba’s big moment came with the unveiling of the Cell TV. This comes with a nice big black box containing the Cell processor that was co-developed with Sony and which now helps run the most expensive Blu-ray player on the market – the Playstation 3. The Cell TV claims to upscale all 2D content to 3D (but who wants to watch Mel and Kochie in 3D at 7.00am?).
Toshiba’s emphasis on this one product represented to many a company with mistaken identity – a computer company trapped in the television business.
While Sharp unveiled a 3D prototype on its stand, the company focussed instead on the introduction of a fourth-pixel to the traditional red, green, blue RGB spectrum. The new yellow-pixel is designed to assist with the reproduction of ‘sunflower-yellows’ and brass tones.
Sharp creates some of the best panels in the market, but has a reputation as a poor marketer. It appears that among the overwhelming amount of reporting that has been published from the show, Sharp’s Quad Pixel Technology didn’t make the same impact that others did – again.
Sharp’s 68 inch LCD features the company’s new Quad Pixel technology, which introduces a yellow pixel into the traditional RGM colour spectrum.
For Panasonic, CES was a great opportunity to boast about its multi-million dollar investment in Avatar. The most successful movie of all time, the film should help shift more than a few televisions this year when the 3D Blu-ray version is released.
Avatar movie producers were rolled out and Panasonic reinforced its movie industry mojo with a 3D camera. It costs a cool $20,000 and looks more like Wall-E or ET than a serious piece of consumer electronics equipment.
With a 3D high definition camera and new 3D televisions, Panasonic provides the means to create and watch 3D movies.
Even though it is hitched to pushing the plasma format, Panasonic continues to hedge its bets in the flat panel arena, with the company selling only LCD at 40 inches and below and plasma only at 42 inches and above.