At the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, Samsung showed off a plasma TV that got data from an 802.11(n) link.
At CES in January 2008, you should expect to see a lot of TVs demoed with WirelessHD, a wireless protocol with a lot more bandwidth.
That's the world from John LeMoncheck, president and CEO of SiBeam, the chip company that has devised the spec and will come out with chips based on it. (I spoke to him a few days ago at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit). Several consumer electronics manufacturers will likely show off TVs and … Read more
You can't pick up a newspaper these days without reading about ominous signs of political turbulence in Iran. But there is a human side to the country, too.
And that human side wants to watch music videos and clean their floors. That pretty much explains why South Korean electronics giant LG is the primary advertiser on Iran Music, a music video channel out of the country. Three videos go by, and then there's an ad for LG vacuum cleaners, including the robotic vacuum that competes with the Roomba.
Sometimes ads come on for other LG products, but primarily … Read more
Intel's president and chief executive officer Paul Otellini sees cell phones, consumer electronics and emerging markets as the next big engines of growth for Intel.
Speaking at a conference in New York City Thursday, he told financial analysts that he sees three $10 billion chunks of business that Intel could address in the next several years.
The first major opportunity will come from a proliferation of Internet-enabled consumer electronic devices. By 2011, the entire consumer electronics market will be worth $60 billion, he said. Otellini believes that about $10 billion of that market will require technology to connect those … Read more
News flash: Americans have money to throw around. And we like to spend it on shiny, new gadgets.
The Consumer Electronics Association, a trade group representing electronics companies, released a study Thursday that shows the average American adult spends $1,200 on electronic gizmos each year. The result is that the average U.S. household has about 25 consumer electronics products each.
Though we're still snatching up CE mainstays like cell phones and cameras, the top growth sectors in the industry are digital video recorders, network routers, MP3 players and cable modems, according to the study. So, though it'… Read more
BlackBerry is branching out. Beginning Tuesday, Research In Motion will open the BlackBerry platform further by offering developers APIs (application programming interfaces) that allow them to make more interesting lifestyle-oriented applications.
Having customer relationship management software on your smart phone is cool and all, but soon BlackBerry addicts will have access to applications that are far more consumer oriented: apps with embedded audio and video, more location-based services, support for better 3D graphics, and more customizable wallpaper and ringtones.
The new collection of BlackBerry APIs are based on the industry standard Java Micro Edition.
SAN FRANCISCO--IBM will return to the Consumer Electronics Show in January, the first time it's had a presence at the Las Vegas convention in 10 years.
No, don't expect to see a Big Blue-branded digital media player to take on the iPod. Instead, the company will tout lower-level technology that gadget makers can use, such as technology for nearly instantaneous translation of speech into Arabic or Chinese, said Mike Fay, an IBM communications executive, in a gathering here with reporters on Thursday.
IBM makes most of its money selling business-oriented products such as servers and server software as … Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif.--Lasers have not lived up to their full potential in consumer electronics. At least that's what one of the companies behind laser TVs says.
Novalux makes infrared lasers that will in the future be used in microdisplay TVs, home theater front projectors, and eventually digital projectors in movie theaters and business projectors.
But wait, a high-powered laser in your TV? Don't shield your eyes just yet. Lasers are a light source that so far has only been mass-produced in low-power applications, like in CD or DVD players. "We've never had a high-power consumer … Read more
You slackers haven't even begun your shopping for the holidays this year, right? Well, we're already busy gathering info on gadgets you're gonna want next year. That's right, Best of CES for 2007. So if you build gear, get your boss to enter your company's greatest awaited gizmo.
The Zen Vision:M shown here was Best of Show at CES in 2006 and drew hundreds of comments. The biggest complaint? Not enough advertising for the product.
CRESCENT CITY, Calif.--I've been on my road trip for more than 24 hours now, and I've already found something to amuse myself while I drive.
Now granted, this probably wouldn't amuse anyone else, but it does give me something to chuckle at as the miles roll by.
And that is to program a destination into the Magellan Roadmate 3000T GPS car navigator I'm reviewing, head in the direction it suggests and then make unexpected detours.
As anyone who has used one of these devices--or something similar to it--knows, the GPS doesn't quite know how … Read more