Consumer Electronics Show
CES 2005 - Hot New Products and Technology
Samsung 102 " Plasma
High Definition TV - HDTV
Samsung displayed the Largest High Definition Plasma TV in the World - 102". It's a concept TV that is not for sale yet. The screen was a big hit at the show and it gave us a glimpse into the future. WOW...it was really big!
iRiver H10 5GB Multimedia Player
This was one of our favorite products at CES. The unit is small and light-weight... similar to the iPod Mini. However, the H10 combines a very nice Color Screen, MP3 Music (1,200 songs), FM Radio, Audio Input, Voice Recorder and Photos (5,000 pictures) in one package. The cost is a little bit more money than the iPod Mini. You will also love their web site. Have fun and enjoy!
Samsung Miniket Multi Player
Samsung has a Hot New Palm-Sized Multi Player product line. The Multi Players weight only 5 ounces. Each 6-in-1 device is a Camcorder, Digital Camera, Voice Recorder, PC Camcorder and an MP3 Player. They even have a waterproof version for skiing and other outdoor sports. There are three models: 256MB, 512MB and 1GB of internal storage. No Tapes are needed. It is expected to ship in Q2 2005 at a retail price of $600-$800.
Ostia Real-Time Traffic Reports
The Smart Navigator web service adds real-time traffic information and points-of-interest, including hotels, gas stations, banks/ATMS, etc. to your Pocket PC map. You can use this web-service for a small monthly fee if your PDA has WiFi wireless capability. Check out this product if you are looking for a GPS system for driving, walking or hiking.
Charge 2 Go
This great little inexpensive gadget will make you smile. You insert one AA battery in the device and then connect it to your cell phone for extra backup power. You get 2-3 hours of talk time, 90 hours of standby time and 120 minutes of charge time. Everyone should have a "Charge 2 Go in their car." Retails for $20.
Home Heartbeat provides monitoring for the home using the new ZigBee wireless networking standard (IEE 802.15.4). The system can send alerts to a small digital key that you can carry in your home, email updates to a remote PC or text messages to your cell phone. This looks like a great low-cost monitoring system for a 2nd Home or Small Office. The Basic Starter Kit is $149 and there are no monthly monitoring fees. Home Heartbeat should ship by Q3 2005.
TMIO "Oven of the Future"
TMIO has been working on this Oven technology for the last few years. It won a "CES Innovations Award" last year. Here is how it works. You leave your meal in the Intelligent Oven and have it set to "refrigerator mode." You can pre-program the oven to cook in advance or you can log-on to the internet site by PC or mobile phone later in the day to start the cooking process. The food is done when you arrive home. If you are late, the oven can be programmed to turn off and go back to "refrigerator mode" which keeps the food from spoiling. Very Cool...no pun intended. Look for this product in Fall 2005.
Sirius Radio or XM Radio
Satellite Radio has arrived in 2005. Expect to see most new cars equipped with a Satellite Radio. Either Sirius or XM Radio are good alternatives. Review the content for each service before buying the hardware. Both services are excellent.
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DirecTV Home Media Center
DirecTV demonstrated a future multimedia Home Media Center. It will include:
- One central home receiver with 4 HDTV turners
- DVR technology
- Digital Photos
- MP3 Music
- Remote Units for each room that play video, music and view digital photos.
- Broadband Wireless Internet Access
- Ability to share and move content from room to room
The unit records in high definition and the digital video programs can be watched in any room of the house. There is no estimated price at this time. It is targeted to ship during the 1st quarter of 2006.
Samsung i730 Smartphone
Samsung was demonstrating their new i730 Smartphone. The Phone has a slide out QWERTY keyboard, WiFi networking, Windows Mobile 2003 smart phone software, Windows Media Player 10.0, a large, 2.8" 65k color display and a 1+ megapixel camera. This is is a great business phone and a good alternative to using the Blackberry PDA/phone for working on your email.
Logitech Harmony 880
The Harmony 880 Advanced Universal Remote puts you in control of your entire audio-video system with just one button. The Color Screen has been a good addition.
The Franklin Electronics PageMark Dictionaries are great gifts for children and engineers. There are several models that are very thin and light-weight. They're easy to use and are in attractive packages.
Nimble VR Portable Speakerphone
Nimble was named CES Innovations Honorees for two years in a row. The Nimble VR is specially designed to meet the fast-growing VoIP user populations who desire an echo-free speakerphone for hands-free communications. The Nimble VR focuses on high-quality voice delivery when using Skype, MSN Messenger, or any other VoIP-enabled device. It can also be connected to cellular phones by using customized adaptors to make any cellular phone hands-free, while providing crystal-clear voice quality.
Motorola OJO Personal Videophone
This Hot New Videophone is featured on the "24" FOX TV Show. This is the best-looking videophone on the market for your home or office.
Sony Playstation Portable (PSP)
Sony "unofficially" demonstrated the PSP at their CES booth. I would have to say that just about everyone was blown away by the outstanding 3-D graphics. The PSP has a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio and a drop-dead-gorgeous 4.3in TFT screen. The Playstation Portable will support WiFi, headphones, play movies and play MP3 music. The PSP will be available in the US on March 24th for $250. Let the fun begin:)
Plantronics Bluetooth Headset L510 for the Home and Office
The New Plantronics L510 Bluetooth wireless headset is designed to work with an office phone and a cell phone.
Jabra BT800 Bluetooth Headset
One of the new Hot Jabra Bluetooth headsets for your cell phone. Very light-weight with a blue LCD screen to give you the status of your headset.
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