Monday, January 6, 2014.Press conference day at International CES, starting with LG at 8 am and finishing with Sony at 5 pm. Some of the most interesting presentations (I will not overuse the word “cool” today) were:
Izon, LLC introduced a glasses-free 3D TV. They demonstrated on a 24 inch screen playing the latest “Superman” movie from a 3D Blu-ray player (they promised bigger screens at their booth). The display was definitely 3D, but not quite as pronounced as with 3D glasses.
Intel introduced RealSense technology designed make human interaction with technology more natural, intuitive and immersive. The first product is a 3D camera built into PCs and tablets which allows accurate recognition of gestures and facial features. Intel demonstrated games, educational applications, music and video conferencing all controlled by gestures without touching the PC, keyboard or mouse. Intel also introduced the next-generation Dragon Assistant from Nuance which it calls a conversational personal assistant. Will this finally be the voice recognition technology which works well enough for people to begin talking to their PCs (instead of swearing at them)? Stay tuned.
International CES: Day One
The most exciting press conference of the day was Qualcomm’s unveiling of the first electric formula 1 style race car. The Spark-Renault SRT_01E will run in a series of races called the FIA Formula E Championship beginning in September 2014 in Beijing, China. Qualcomm is a major sponsor and is using the Formula E to promote its push into automotive communications applications. The car can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of about 150 mph. When the car was making laps the most noticeable sound was squealing tires rather than engine noise.
Tomorrow is the official start of International CES.
Bill Jewell, www.sc-iq.com
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