CES 2011 Preview: Products On The Radar

Next week, January 5th-10th, will be my first time experiencing the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.  There are going to be over 2,500 tech companies whom are expected to showcase 20,000 new products! As you can guess, I am extremely excited for the gadget-filled event!  My participation in this year’s CES will be heavily focused on the promotion and presentation of the Razer Onza and Chimaera headset.

After doing a bit of digging around, I’ve found that this year seems to be heavily focused on the tablet market, primarily because of this past year’s launch of the Apple iPad. I am looking forward to some adequate competition to the iPad, however many are speculating Apple to announce the iPad 2 and kill other company’s tablet thunder.  I am looking forward to catching some information on the following:


Largely due to Apple’s success with the iPad — selling  7.5 million in the first 6 months, they have forced other companies to enter the tablet market. Honeycomb is the next iteration of the Android operating system, and has been specifically designed with tablets in mind.  A couple weeks ago, I posted Andy Rubin showcasing a Motorola prototype tablet using Honeycomb and the new dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 chips that will be hitting the market next year.  Along with the next step in processing power, Honeycomb is expected to significantly boost overall performance on Android tablet devices.  Below are some of the companies I am looking forward to seeing at the event:


  • Galaxy Tab 2 (?)
  • Dual Core Nvidia Tegra 2 chip (?)


  • Optimus Pad (?)
  • Android Honeycomb
  • 8.9″ Touchscreen


  • Xoom (?)
  • 10.1″ touchscreen (?)
  • Tegra 2 Processor
  • Front-Facing camera
  • Android Honeycomb
  • 4G LTE Support (?)


  • Topaz (?)
  • Running WebOS


  • Eee Pad 10.1″
  • Eee Slate 12.1″
  • Running Windows
  • Intel i5 Processor

Other Devices

Aside from tablets, there are a number of devices that have also peaked my interest including:

Universal Wireless ElectroHub

This wireless charging station looks to join Powermat and Energizer in the effort to rid us of charging cables and cords.  Where ElectroHub differs is in its effort to rid the need for a charging “case.”  Although they still have a case for smartphones and popular MP3 players, ElectroHub uses special AA and AAA batteries that can be placed in devices like remote controls.  It isn’t earth shattering news, but it is an interesting approach to the wireless charging concept.

Dual-Core Processor Phones

I was one of the early adopters to the Android platform when I purchased the first Motorola Droid when it released in November 2009.  Since then, there have been major improvements in smartphone performance depending on what smartphone you currently own. One known dual-core phone is coming from LG.  LG’s Optimus 2x will sport an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, WVGA touchscreen, 8-megapixel camera with 1080p recording and playback and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.


There has not been a lot of buzz about 3D, considering the 3D adoption has not really taken off.  I expect all of the big companies  (Sony, Samsung, LG, Panasonic) to unveil a few new 3D displays, but the emphasis will likely remain on web apps and integration.  I would love to see more Google TV love which is the closest merge between TV and the web that I have yet to see.  I have not really been too interested in 3D TV because the price was so outrageous (e.g. $250 glasses), however after doing a bit of research prices are expected to drop quite a bit.

Let me know what, if any, products you may be interested in learning more about — I may snag some information for you.

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