Over the last few years, the passenger car has evolved from a gas-guzzling hunk of steel into what some have called the largest piece of consumer electronics in your life.
So, while it's fitting that the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2012) will likely be a jumping-off point for the next stage of development on car infotainment, connectivity, and safety technology, I still find it a bit odd to see so many cars sharing the floor with the likes of 3D TVs and compact digital cameras. Now that the car has established itself as a cornerstone of CES 2012, … Read more
CES has always been the biggest show for consumer electronics. It's unlikely that anyone can actually visit all of the exhibition booths and demos, and see every single new product. I know I can't.
So it's helpful to have some ideas of what you can expect at the show. If networking and storage are among your interests, here are a few of my educated guesses on what will be showcased at the show.… Read more
CES isn't exactly gaming's biggest stage, but it seems each year its presence increases. At CES 2012, Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will all be at the big show. While it doesn't appear that Microsoft will have any new hardware on display, both Sony and Nintendo have lots to show off.
Sony is sure to be pushing the Vita, and I'm hoping to get a better idea of how the device will interact with its big cousin, the PlayStation 3. Sony has also told CNET there will be some new Vita games on the show floor for … Read more
Laptop and desktop computers aren't always the most high-profile of products shown at CES, but with an influx of new, thin, ultrabook laptops expected, as well as an updated CPU platform from Intel, you're sure to get a detailed view of what PCs will be on shopping lists for the rest of 2012.
Laptops get thinner We've seen a good handful of ultrabooks already, but the rumor mill says that nearly every computer manufacturer will get in on the act with at least one 13- or 14-inch entry. Remember that an ultrabook (according to Intel's official definition) can include laptops in the 15-inch range, so we may see some of those as well.… Read more
Despite the presence of the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) show, integrated for the first time into the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, it looks like the next show may have the fewest new camera announcements in recent memory.
In fact, the PMA exhibitor list looks woefully small, and seems to be populated by accessory manufacturers. It's not unusual for the show to have a lot of the little guys, but with all the camera manufacturers displaying their wares on the main show floor (or not showing at all, like Olympus), it's clear that the consumer camera market has evolved … Read more
You may still be trying to figure out what products to buy this year, but CES 2012 is less than a month away, and I'm already thinking about what's likely to be new in home theater. In prior years, the big CES trends in home theater were obvious before we even got to the show (3D, rise of Blu-ray, emergence of streaming video), but CES 2012 seems much less predictable.
The slow death of discs It's no longer appropriate to say that streaming video is the future of home theater, because the future is now. Even still, … Read more
Welcome to CNET's predictions for the TV hardware category at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Dave Katzmaier here. I want to do something different for the 2012 CES preview. After nearly 10 years of handling TV reviews and coverage at CNET essentially by myself, I'm now joined by a colleague whose main beat is also TVs: Ty Pendlebury.
He's already written a few reviews and blog posts, done his share of videos and podcasts, and he also has plenty of experience reviewing TVs for CNET Australia and has attended CES in that capacity. So we decided it would be cool for Ty and I to write separate CES TV previews and lump them into this post. Just to keep it interesting, neither of us consulted with the other on what we're writing here, so look upon the repetition not as tedious, but as further confirmation of the inevitable near future. … Read more
Granola software does the equivalent of dimming the lights in your PC to save energy.
MiserWare, which developed Granola, will be one of the roughly 80 startup exhibitors at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. After operating quietly since its founding in 2007, the Virginia Tech spin-out is expected to show off its upcoming energy-saving products.
MiserWare's software works in the background on PCs and servers to ratchet down power without affecting the performance, according to CEO and co-founder Kirk Cameron. There's a free consumer version for Windows and Linux that cuts energy by about 35 percent, along … Read more
Warpia announced today another wireless display product, the ConnectHD (model SWP400VC).
Unlike existing wireless display standards, such as Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) or WHDI from Amimon, which support only audio and video, ConnectHD can also handle videoconferencing and can work with any computer that has a USB 2.0 (or later) port.
The device has two separate parts. One is a compact USB adapter, about the size of a cellular USB modem, to be connected to a computer. The other is a larger receiver with a built-in wide-angle, 720p HD camera, and an HMDI connector to be connected to a large display, such as an HDTV.
Warpia says that the package also includes a multidirectional microphone and can be used for making video calls, playing back digital content, and displaying video games on an HDTV. It basically mirrors everything you see on a computer's screen on the big TV.
The ConnectHD supports HD up to 1080p and can handle a wireless distance between the computer and the big screen of up to 30 feet. The device uses the wireless USB 1.0 standard and supports Windows computers only.
Warpia says that it will be demoing the ConnectHD at CES 2012. The ConnectHD is available now, costing about $200.… Read more
Every year, CES gets better and better. And every year, CNET has the pleasure of bringing the biggest tech show of the year straight to you.
For the 2012 International CES show, we're pulling out all the stops to bring you more video, news, photos, blogs, and reviews than ever before.
For starters, we're the official digital media and live streaming partner of CES this year. That means that we're going to live stream the heck out of this show, including every major press conference and the coveted Best of CES Awards from the CNET stage. Plus--and … Read more