1GB SD Card
A new 1 GB SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card (postage stamp
size) was announced by Panasonic. Shipping in Q3 2003. Retail
TBD. Look for the SD Card format to replace the old compact
flash cards, smart cards, and even the Sony memory stick in
many products (sorry to give you the bad news.) Sony also
announced a higher capacity memory stick technology that is
not backwards compatible with most older products. For more
information on SD Cards go to the SD Card Industry web site
Four-in-One Recorder Multimedia Device
Hot new product SV-AV30 is a four -in-one product: digital
video recorder, digital still camera, audio player and voice
recorder. It uses the SD Memory Card technology that gives
you up to 1 GB of storage.
Exilim Digital Cameras
All the new cameras are extremely light weight, compact and
use the new SD Card Storage (mentioned above).
EX-Z3 - 3 Mega Pixel, 3x Optical Zoom, 30
Sec AVI Movie with Audio
EX-S2 - 2 Mega Pixels, 30 Second Mini-Movies,
EX-M2 - Same as the EX-S2 with additional
built in MP3 player, voice recorder and movies with sound.
- Video, Photos + MP3
New products support MP3 and video. Toshiba announced a DVD
and TIVO unit. NEW home networking, multi-room, viewing service
will be available in Q3. $99 for the 1st unit and $49 for
the 2nd unit. The DirecTV/TIVO new vendors will include Samsung,
Hughes and Philips. DirecTV will have a high definition/TIVO
unit out for Q4.
The company demonstrated the ER2 robot for the home. It was
a big hit at the show. The new ER2 is the beginning of a trend
for entertainment robots for the home and office. Applications
include: remote monitoring security, games, education, productivity
and custom applications. Ships in Q4 2003. Estimated Retail
Microsoft teamed up with Fossil and other watch makers to
create the SPOT watch. The watch receives personal information
real-time through an FM radio signal. First you build an information
profile on a SPOT web site. You need to select the weather,
news, sports, traffic, calendar, messages, financial information
of interest. Once your preferences are set, your SPOT watch
will collect the information wherever you are located. When
you get off a plane, all the local information will be updated
in your watch. SPOT stands for Smart Personal Object Technology,
Available Q4 2003. Estimated cost is $199-$400, plus monthly
service fee TBD.
Lyra Audio/Video Jukebox
The RD2780 allows you to record TV programs, digital photos
and MP3 songs. You can then play them back on the color LCD
screen or plug the unit into a TV and watch. Ships in 2nd
half of 2003.
Multimedia Phone & PDA
The Hitachi Multimedia Communicator NC1 is a phone and PDA
in one unit. The phone uses the Microsoft Pocket PC operating
system and features an integrated camera and keyboard (very
cool). Sprint will sell this phone in Q2 of 2003. Retail $500.
i700 Pocket PC Phone
The Samsung phone is similar to the Hitachi above, but smaller.
The phone is also based on the new Microsoft Pocket PC Phone
operating system. The i700 has a built-in camera. However,
it does not have a mini-keyboard. Sprint will also be selling
this phone in Q2. Retail $500.
Multimedia Home Networking
The Prismiq multimedia Networking product connects your PC
with your home stereo / home theater. You can watch DVD videos,
listen to MP3 music, view digital photos, browse the internet
and watch streaming video from your living room or any room
of the house. It uses existing wired and wireless home networks.
Ships in Q2 2003. Retail $250.
The FreeSpeak wireless bluetooth headset is light weight
(0.8 oz) and very attractive. If your mobile phone is bluetooth
enabled, you just need the headset (Retail $99). The adapter
for non-bluetooth phones is $80 more.
The ARCHOS Multimedia Jukebox is a very exciting handheld
personal entertainment center. It combines a modular MP4 video
player and recorder, MP3 music player and recorder, digital
photo wallet, digital camera camcorder, and data storage in
a compact device that fits in the palm of your hand. 20 GB
disc. Mac or PC interface. You can record programs directly
from a TV with an add-on module. Add-on products include a
camera, TV interface and memory card reader. Ships Q1 2003.
Archos Multimedia Portable AV340 will have a large 3.8"
LCD screen to view Photos, Videos and MP3 Music Information.
The unit will also include a voice recorder, 3 MB digital
camera, video recorder and a 40 GB disc. Ships in Q2 2003.
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50" 3D Flat Panel TV
Wow! Sanyo demonstrated a 3D Flat-Panel TV of the future.
The technology does NOT require special glasses. They estimate
we will see these products in 5-7 years.
OLED Flat Panel TVs
OLED technology is also in the future of Flat-Panel TVs. It
is extremely thin, allows very wide viewing angles and has
ultra bright colors. Sanyo had a 5" wireless TV and a
15" TV demonstrating the new technology. We should see
these new TVs by 2005. The TVs really looked outstanding.
Scientific World's Slimmest Digital Camera
The DS6618 camera is only two credit cards small and weighs
1.2 ounces. Internal memory is 8 MB and stores 26 VGA (640x480)
resolution (for small prints) or 101 basic quality shots at
QVGA (320x240) resolution. The lithium polymer battery is
recharged when connected to the USB PC or Mac port. Each charge
lasts 500 shots. They use SMaL's Autobrite technology which
we originally saw two years ago at CES. The software is easy
to use. Look for this in Sharper Image and Brookstone Stores
and Catalogs. Retail is $99.
I-Que Palm PDA
HOT! The Palm device is integrated with GPS and mapping technology.
It includes a voice recorder and integrates GPS into all the
Palm applications. Great for business and personal travel,
camping, hiking and boating. Ships in Q2. Retail $550.
Clie NZ90 PDA with 2MB Camera - Very Hot!
The PDA includes the Palm OS® v. 5.0.*1 as well as an
ARM-compliant 200 MHz CPU for enhanced overall performance
and exceptional multimedia experience.
The built-in 2 Mega-pixel camera supports UXGA resolution
(1600x1200) for high quality still photos with Flash and Automatic
Focus. The CLIE NZ90 model features a Wi-Fi (802.11b) communications
slot and integrated Bluetooth wireless connectivity options.
high resolution color LCD screen (320 x 480 pixels), the popular
flip-and-twist LCD screen design, an integrated MP3 player,
a built-in AV remote controller application, voice recording
capabilities and a removable Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
pack. Ships iin Q1 2003. Retail $800.
Nokia was represented by their distribution and partner network
at the show. They have some new hot phones shipping in 2004.
Check their web site for more details www.nokia.com.
The phone is one of the new high-tech phones we liked. It
takes pictures with an integrated digital VGA camera, Video
recorder allows you to capture video-only clips, Integrated
speakerphone, Voice Activated Dialing, Use infrared or Bluetooth
wireless technology to establish a wireless connection with
another device, Access information on the Internet with a
built-in XHTML browser, Tri-band phone: GSM 900/1800/1900
mHz, Wireless Sync with PC or Mac, Calendar and Phone Book.
and FM Broadcaster
Digital Innovations introduced the Neuros, an MP3 player
that can also broadcast songs wirelessly to any FM radio.
It can record and identify songs from the FM radio. With automatic
synchronization all your downloads, playlist changes, and
requests from your PC library will be automatically executed.
Two models: 128mb and 20 GB hard drive. The detachable backpack
means you can upgrade the 128 MB model to the Neuros HD 20GB
when your portable music library requires more memory. Ships
Q1 of 2003. The retail $250 and $400.
A new keyboard that uses Electro luminescent Technology to
light up the keys. The thin, flat keyboard lights up in the
dark. The less light, the greater the glow. Two incandescent
colors: aquamarine or sapphire blue. The keyboard casing is
black or off-white. Ships Q1 2003. Retail $100.
CES was filled with new tablet PC products. Initially we
did not see any need for them. However, after we worked on
a few models, we began to see the advantages. We liked the
Viewsonic models. They created a great looking very small
and stylish desktop package. The V1100 is a 10" tablet,
weighs 3.4lbs and is WiFi enabled. Retail is $2,000. You can
add a small desktop keyboard ($29) and a CD player base/stand
($299). When the prices come dramatically down, this will
be a sweet product.
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