On CES' press day--the day before the show opens to the general public--cherry pickers like this one dotted the Las Vegas Convention Center during the frantic scramble to assemble high-tech booths. CNET editors spent the day getting an early scoop on exciting new tech products, from 3D TVs to new in-car electronics.
With a 10.1-inch screen, the Lenovo Skylight is not exactly a supersmall device compared with an iPhone--but it is much thinner than nearly any Netbook. With built-in 3G and Wi-Fi, Lenovo promises a seamless browsing experience.
Lenovo meshes tablet and Netbook in one device: IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Notebook
Tablets are rapidly becoming the hot chatter-buzzword of 2010. Netbooks were very 2009. Combine them both and perhaps you end up with a great idea--at least, so hopes Lenovo. In one of the boldest moves in laptop technology at CES, the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid doesn't just flip its screen to become a tablet; the screen detaches completely as its own separately powered computing device.
Sony, Samsung, LG, and Toshiba all announced 3D-compatible HDTVs at this year's show, but Panasonic has made the most noise about the technology. Pictured here is the Panasonic TC-PVT25 series, which looks like an average HDTV when seen in two dimensions.
Today Toshiba announced the U.S. release of a new line of TVs based on the CELL processor that first appeared in the Sony PlayStation 3. The specifics differ somewhat from the CELL TV shown at Ceatac last October, but the gist is the same: more extras and options than any TV we've ever seen.
This MP3 player's transparent AMOLED display--a tempered glass, 2-inch touch screen on top paired with a smattering of tactile controls on the bottom of the edges--makes this a fascinating, if gimmicky, alternative to the iPod Nano.
Pioneer is taking steps into a segment of the car audio market that up until now has been monopolized by Alpine, with its first-ever mech-free receivers, the MVH-P8200 and the MVH-P8200BT. The V in MVH means these receivers can play back video. Tossing out the often-unused CD drive, the single-DIN MVH-P8200 has no moving parts--hence the designation "mech-free."
Ford built up a good cabin tech lead among its competitors when it adopted Sync and Sirius Travel Link in 2008, and we didn't think the company could come up with something new for CES 2010. But boy, were we wrong. Ford radically redesigned its cabin tech interface while adding new features and completely revamping its navigation systems, branding the whole shebang as MyFord.
Navteq has begun collecting data to construct detailed 3D models and maps of the United States, the digital-mapping specialist said Wednesday. The Nokia subsidiary has begun outfitting its data collection vehicles with a system called Navteq True. One big part is a lidar (light detection and ranging) system that uses lasers to construct 3D maps of the world out of a sea of data points.
Taylor Swift, 3D headline at Sony's news conference
It wasn't a Sony exec that welcomed us to Sony's news conference Wednesday, but Jimi Hendrix--in 3D. Sony opened its CES 2010 news conference, as expected, by emphasizing 3D technology. The Hendrix video demonstrated Sony's plan to remaster concert footage in 3D. He was quickly followed by CEO Sir Howard Stringer and introduced country singer Taylor Swift, who performed one song live, but was also projected in 3D on the screen behind her.
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