CES 2010: More for the CIO's

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The Consumer Electronic Show 2010 witnessed over 2,500 companies introducing over 20,000 products within the span of a week. This year at the last CES 2010 expo in Las Vegas (next year it is going to Chicago), there were quite a few things across categories that seem to have been adopted across manufacturers and aimed at the CIO community. We provide you with some of the most interesting products that would have a major impact on the coming year for the CEO/CIO's.

Business Notebooks – There were quite a few business notebooks on display by various manufacturers. Asus showcased its 1005PE netbook, which comes with the new Intel Atom 450 processor and claims to have a 14hrs battery life. MSI launched its ultra thin X620 notebook and also launched the X360 notebooks which claims to be the first notebook to feature Intel Arrendale ULV processor. One of the most interesting products was on display by Intel that had a 10.1” display screen, which can be converted into 2 x 10.1” display by just pulling the display screen.

Smartphone – Android was the buzzword at CES this time. Other than Nokia and Microsoft, everyone else showcased their Android phones. Saygus had its V phone, Sony Ericsson had the Xperia X10 on display, Motorola Droid and Google's Nexus one was also showed at an event. Nokia showcased its N900 and N97 mini smart phones whereas Sony Ericsson showed its Xperia X2 windows mobile phone.

Projectors – Full HD and handheld projectors were the main attractions in this category. Optoma, 3M and Samsung showcased their Pico projectors that displayed unbelievably clear and bright picture for their size and would be perfect to carry around for presentations. Samsung, LG and few others also showcased their Full High Definition projectors at the expo.

Bluetooth headsets – Plantronics, BluAnt and a few other manufacturers showcased a variety of Bluetooth headsets at CES. Three of the Plantronics headsets - Voyager Pro, Discovery 975, Backbeat 903, even won CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards in four competitive categories. Jabra unveiled new EXTREME headset that comes with a Noise Blackout feature that reduces background noise.

Touchscreen Notebook/Slates – Touchscreen continues to grow base and at CES we got to witness some very interesting products. There was the Asus Waveface series of touchscreen devices that generated a lot of excitement. The Asus Waveface Ultra is a wearable smartphone with a touch screen that unfolds to a flat screen, Wavefave Light resembles a notebook, but when you fold it flat it turns into a large touch screen. Other things include a 10” dual color touchscreen notebook from MSI as well as Asus. Sony's Dash personal Internet viewer was also launched which had a 7” touchscreen with vertical horizontal shifting.

Teleconferencing – Teleconferencing, though not the centre of attraction did had its share of gadgets at the Expo. India's own VU was there showcasing their HD teleconferencing solution. With their new solution that costs about 3lakh INR, you can teleconference in 720p HD clarity! Thanks to integration of Skype into various TV sets by Panasonic and LG among others, teleconferencing would be reaching straight into CIO's cabin walls.

E-Book readers – Last but not the least, e-book readers were a big hit at CES. There were numerous new readers launched in all shapes, sizes and loaded with features. Samsung launched its reader partnering with Google for content, Pixelogic showcased its slim “Que” reader, the 11.5” reader Skiff, Alex e-reader with a color touchscreen running android along with an e-ink screen for reading, the reader from Entourage with A 9.7” e-Ink reader and a 10.1” touchscreen color display in a book form factor. Most of these would be coming in the second quarter of 2010 and should prove to be a good travel mate for anyone.

The author was hosted by the Consumer Electronics Association at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas. We would also like to thank HCL and Asus for providing laptops to assist in the coverage.

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