Now that CES has come to a close, the one question I’m getting most often is, “what was the most impressive?” That’s a pretty loaded question considering developments across a number of tech categories broke. However, when it comes to mobile technology, if I had to pick one, the product with the most potential to impact the category and likely an indicator of things to come would have to be Motorola’s Atrix 4G smartphone.
The device itself is equipped with a dual-core processor and 1G if RAM essentially putting a laptop computer in your pocket. The screen is a crystal clear QHD display, the first of its kind on a mobile device and it allows users to dock it with a larger peripheral device that turns it into a laptop or desktop. Motorola claims it’s the “World’s Most Powerful Smartphone,” and that may be the case but regardless they came back this year at CES and they came back big.
I did a little pre-show scouting this morning as.exhibitors began setting up their booths at the LVCC. Amazing what a ten spot on the docks will do to get you inside. Most of the booths were still under construction but a few in the gaming area were showing some life. One in particular, Visual Sports had a few of the exhibitors testing out the wears of their to be released Visual Sports Arena. Essentially the console add-on allows games to take part physically in sports gaming via an easy set up boxed- in netting system. I got a peek at the bocci ball and baseball but according to president, Peter Muellerchen, the opportunities are limitless. Personally i would be interested to take part in a little horseshoe tossing. Take a look at the site below.
After leaving on a 6 am flight (with an unscheduled stopover in Cincinnati for some reason) I’ve finally arrived in Vegas for CES’11. Let the madness begin! The plane ride itself seemed like one big networking session with more mobile devices than one could imagine. Many including myself required carry-on bags just to get all their devices onto the plane. I’m a newbie here so I was getting advice left and right. As soon as the aircraft reached 34,000 feet it seemed like mini breakout sessions had already begun. Everyone from journalists, designers, engineers and venture capitalists all eager to get a head start. I walked away with 5 business cards alone from the Admirals Lounge.
Here’s my goal for the week: I’m going to attempt to blog throughout the day entirely from my mobile device (in this case a Sprint Evo 4G). In addition, I’ll be posting nightly entries of some initial impressions from each day.
As a precursor to my posts, I wanted to lead with a couple of CES forecasts from Sean Dubravac, Chief Economist of CEA
The Year of the Tablet: 80+ tablets are said to be in production for 2011, expect lots of different screen sizes
The Year of 3D, Again: the entire 3D eco-system will be highlighted
Internet Enabled Everything: Bringing the Internet directly to the TV
App-lication: On televisions, tablets & mobile devices, inroads are expected in personal health & fitness as well as cameras, autos & digital displays
Make sure to check out the Flickr streams, tweets, Foursquare check-ins and the likes. Get ready for a busy week with lots of posts and images. Time to head down to the casino to do a little networking of my own.