Among the hundreds of products on display at CES, here are a few of the trends that emerged.
Samsung at CES
LAS VEGAS--CES 2009 is coming to a close after the four-day-long event unleashed a flood of new gadgets on us. Here's a glimpse of some of the scene here at the show.
While the economy certainly did a number on attendance at CES 2009, the booths were just as big as ever. Here's Samsung's dazzling array of HDTV screens hanging high above its booth in the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Yet another company arrives on the Netbook scene offering very-low-cost computers. The LimePC, shown here, is made by Chinese company MTC and cuts out all the priciest parts of a PC: it's got its own Ubuntu Linux-based OS, called LimeOS, and a Freescale processor. It comes in lime (naturally), white, and black, and has two screen sizes: 7 and 8.9 inches. It's got 256MB or 512MB of RAM, a 4GB solid-state drive, or an 8GB SSD, or a 30GB to 200GB hard drive. As a result, it starts at $199 for the 7-inch and $249 for the 9-inch model.
"We want to be the Model T," said company spokesman Peter Rilia. "We're not the fastest car, but the one everyone can afford."
Its intended audience is students, travelers, and first-time PC users in developing nations, but it won't be available for order until February.
Lime also makes a projector that throws up a 42-inch picture. The project was designed as an inexpensive projector for all regions, but MTC says it's already been approached by a group who wants to buy them with their grant to teach nurses in Africa. No price was available.
In addition to the low-cost laptop and projector, there's also a Lime Box. The box is a tiny cloud-based desktop. It's got the same amount of storage as the Netbook, but is meant essentially for browsing the Web and storing content online. Though it's similar to the concept of the CherryPal PC, it's much cheaper, starting at $199.
Jeopardy filmed a week's worth of shows here at a stage built next to the Sony booth in the Convention Center. Though live shows were taped at night after the show floor closed, visitors were allowed to take a look during the day. Here, the crew sets up the stage for the evening's show. Make sure to check out CNET's behind the scenes video of the set.
3D showed up in a big way at the show this year. Here, attendees gather around a Sony demonstration of its 3D tech. Panasonic and LG Electronics also showed their versions of 3D on TVs for home viewing.
Car tech is a growing category and had a large portion of the North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center devoted to it this year. There were many cars just like this Dodge Charger modified with the latest in audio and video.