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CNET's Hot Tech 2010
>>[background music] Remember when 2010 seemed like a far off futuristic time? Well it's arrived. Yes, even the year we live in sounds technologically advanced. Today we live surrounded by high tech because high tech is not just a way of life, it's about how we play and who we are. Look around, the gadgets are everywhere.
>>And the technology world is only getting faster and more efficient with invention and innovation. That's why it's important to take a look at what CNET.com has reviewed so you can see the technology and the trends headed to store shelves and in your home in the year ahead. Welcome to CNET's hot tech 2010. [music]
>>[background music] Hello everyone and welcome to CNET's hot tech 2010. We are plugged in, revved up and ready to go. I'm Daniel Sieberg, Science and Technology correspondent for CBS news.
>>And I'm Natalie Del Conte, Senior Editor for CNET.com. We're here at the CNET stage at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. It's here where our teams from CNET and CBS news have been hard at work to uncover the best in new innovations, from the biggest technology headlines of the year to reviews and expert analysis on some of the newest products to come out in 2010.
>>That's right and CNET.com has been scoping out the tech trends here, which they do year round, to bring you the best in news and reviews, of the latest tech to break through the imagination barrier and into reality.
>>Over the next half hour we're going to take you along for an insider look at the most unique products available now as well as a peek at the tech trends on the horizon. In addition to a little show and tell, we'll let you in on what products our CNET editors and reviewers have voted as the very best of CES this year.
>>We love that show and tell. Well let's start things off with the biggest buzz of 2010 and that would be 3D. I had a little time to take a look at some 3D flat screens that are here at the show but you know it does seem like everything old is new again.
>>Ralph, why can't we have a television set? The Norton's are on their second one. We haven't
>>Fifty five years ago the Honeymooners Ralph Kramdon thought he had a full proof excuse
>>Alright I'll tell you the reason. I'm waiting for 3D television. [music]
>>Well the waiting is over. This is the year 3D TV becomes a reality, with major manufacturers rolling out sets. Dallas Cowboy fans got an eyeful during a game in December.
>>You got your glasses on here, partner?
>>Television is hoping to piggy back off the resurgence of 3D movies, including the billion dollar success of Avatar. [noise] But are consumers willing to shell out upwards of $1500 for a new set? And then there's those goggles, yep, you still need them.
>>People do not want to put on glasses when they sit home and watch television.
>>But the director behind the tall blue creatures argues that 3D has entered a whole new world, glasses and all.
>>[background noise] People associate the glasses with old 3D that had a lot of eye strain, a projection problem and things like that and you know that's not the case. All those things have gone away. 3D is you know in its glorious kind of renaissance now.
>>3D is great but I think most people feel like they just got caught up with HD and now there's 3D. Will we ever be able to catch up?
>>Yeah now they've got to get used to wearing glasses and we want to put out that glasses can be cool.
>>They can be cool
>>Right, just mentioning that and who would have ever thought that Ralph Kramdon would be a prognosticator of things to come?
>>Yeah, very prophetic. Well one of the big topics in tech this year is green technology. More than ever before companies are looking at ways to decrease energy use and consumption. Here's a quick look at how. [background noise] It's not easy being green but electronics manufacturers are trying. Green technology is one of the latest trends in consumer electronics, which can include gadgets that use less power or simply packaged with less material.
>>Consumers are, I think, really getting educated about that and they really want something they know that's going to make a difference and that has some teeth in it.
>>Mark Riedy's company, Regen, makes a line of solar chargers that charge your electronics from the sun, although it won't work the same in less sunny climates.
>>It does depend on where you live, how your panels exposed to the sun, etcetera. So results will vary for sure but you don't need to live in Arizona to make it work.
>>It may sound like a good idea to buy green products but how do you know that they're really green? Manufacturers make claims about their products that consumers may find hard to understand or even believe, not to mention the fact that going green usually costs a lot of green.
>>People want to do the right thing but they also don't want to have to pay 10 times more or be inconvenienced to do those things.
>>So now is it possible if you buy some of those products you actually get a tax write off?
>>It makes it a little bit easier when you're investing in these expensive technologies because then you can write it off on your taxes so you might be saving a little money. It's a high tech tax tip. Well as we mentioned at the top of the show we're here at the CNET stage because this is where the editors and experts from CNET [background music] do what we do best, write about and review technology.
>>That's right, in addition to learning about the 1,000's of computers, phones and smaller gadgets each year, they also undertake the awesome task of covering something that doesn't fit in your pocket and that would be car technology. Now Brian Cooley is CNET Editor at Large. He's a man who's always in top gear. He is an expert in car technology and he had the opportunity to bring us the unprecedented stuff to come out in the car industry this year.
>>General Motors has unveiled an app, an application for Smartphone's that will be paired with their new Volt electric car. The Chevy Volt comes out late this year and this application will let you control many aspects of it from your phone. For example you can see how the state of charge is. If it's plugged in you can tell it to charge now or to wait for optimal or offbeat conditions. You can lock or unlock the car and get confirmation of what you've done and whether those buttons are up or down. You can even start the car remotely from anywhere to give the heater or the AC a head start on conditioning the interior. Ford unveiled technology allowing you to, in the near future, pair your car with your SmartPhone and get that all important wireless internet connection. By doing that, you can now stream any of thousands of internet radio stations, you can have twitter messages read to you by the car, you can even browse the open internet, only when you're in park on that last one. Also the option to bring your own inexpensive device from your wireless carrier that turns your entire car into a Wi-Fi hotspot. No more having to hunt down a coffee shop.
>>The most important thing we do is that we continue to innovate, just like we are doing and keep being absolutely focused on what the consumers want and value.
>>In the future, cars with wireless internet access will use that connection to do voice over IP or phone calls like Skype or search Google and its maps, all things that you might do from a PC today but do from your dashboard tomorrow. For CBS, I'm Brian Cooley, CNET.com, in Las Vegas.
>>We can all agree that having more gadgets and access and staying connected in the car is okay but not if it causes a safety hazard.
>>And there's gotta be ways to balance between the two and I think it's gonna be a big, big issue in 2010.
>>That's right, safety first, high tech second.
>>Well Daniel, come on down because you are the next contestant on a high tech Price is Right. [background music]
>>We'll explain in just a moment. ^M00:07:24 [music] ^M00:07:34 Alright well welcome back to CNET's hot tech 2010. It's a look ahead to the technology and trends that are coming out in the months ahead.
>>Speaking of trends, there are plenty to talk about this year but one topic in particular has the industry abuzz, that's eReaders. The Kindle has proven that eReaders are a viable business but this year the Kindle got some competition. There was a whole section of the show floor that was all about eReaders including brands like the Barnes and Noble, Nook, the Plastic Logic Q and the Entourage Edge. This is the Plastic Logic Q. It's geared more towards business consumers in that you can email yourself documents and also read pdf and newspapers in the same format as a regular newspaper. It also has your daily schedule on the homepage and it's very thin and it's also slightly expensive, which a lot of the new readers are. But this is the new market so devices will inevitably get cheaper and thinner.
>>They won't be lining the birdcage with this one.
>>No, it's a little too expensive for that.
>>Yeah, pretty fancy stuff. Well we promised to bring you CNET's top tech pick and we'll do that a little bit later, be patient. We want to give you a heads up though on the top technology to keep your eyes on this year and the best person to bring us this is a man named Brian Tong, [laughter] editor at CNET. Still standing after roaming the show floor, every square inch.
>>I have the youngest legs so they cracked the whip and I ran all over the floor to get the best that I could so
>>Well we appreciate that you did that and what did you bring back for us?
>>Well we seen a lot of trends, 3D TV's and eReaders being a big deal but I want to show a few things that are going to be coming in the horizon and things that we just really haven't seen as much. So I'm gonna start off here, this is the Sony Dash.
>>And they call it their personal internet viewer. I like to kind of describe it as an alarm clock but it also has internet features and capabilities so what you can do is not only check your weather. You can check your Google news, play music
>>You can personalize it in some way.
>>Yeah you can customize it however you want but really it's a quick access point to get internet information and you know it kind of has a nice, sexy, sleek design so this is one cool thing. Another thing that we saw a lot of that's really coming on the horizon is people are familiar with digital TV, the digital TV transition? Well there's a new standard coming out by the end of this year called mobile digital TV. So we have two devices here, this is the LG portable DVD player with mobile TV access. And what it's doing is it enables smaller devices with smaller screens to catch the signal. And you can move these around, be in a car where you couldn't with the previous digital signal.
>>Now you're getting all sorts of different channels?
>>Yeah a variety of channels, you know it will be your local affiliates, cable stations as well but they have to jump on board but this is a standard that's coming.
>>Now another cool thing here, this is a pretty sweet too, this is called the Tivit Mobile TV receiver. And what this does is you can take this with you, throw it in your bag or put it in your car. This is a portable device that catches that TV signal, then shoots it to something like your iPhone, a Blackberry, an Android phone or even a laptop and through Wi-Fi, sends a TV signal to the phone and then you'll be watching TV wherever you go in your pocket.
>>So this looks like the evolution of the rabbit ears in some way.
>>You've just got to be comfortable with viewing on a small screen.
>>Which, you know people are getting used to that.
>>We're so mobile now. You're gonna see that all over the place. And also we like to try and find some fun things so I brought two of my friends here
>>Oh okay, special guests
>>Special guests, if I can use my abilities, my Jedi abilities. Okay here we go. [noise] Okay come to papa, alright a little higher. So these are the parrot AR drones
>>Powered by the force?
>>By my force, yeah, so these are quadra coppers, oh there you go, all the way to the top
>>The force is strong with you. [scream]
>>Good for use outside. [laughter]
>>Now what they do or did
>>I didn't mean to scream
>>Is communicate through Wi-Fi to your iPhone
>>The force is not strong in this one
>>Oh come on, I was doing my best. [laughter] But it talks to Wi-Fi. They also have a web camera on them so you can see what the AR Drone sees so very cool. Just some fun stuff here at CES.
>>Yeah, alright Brian, thank you so much for joining us.
>>That is what I call fun
>>I'm gonna ice my legs down now, okay
>>I'm gonna call you Jedi princess now, how's that?
>>No, I'm the Yoda baby. I may not look it but I'm the Yoda. [laughter]
>>Alright thanks Brian. Alright when we come back we'll have a look in tech for an upcoming force to be reckoned with, moms. [background music]
>>And we'll take a look at a tour that I took of the show floor with Drew Carey, host of the Price is Right, that and more when we come back. ^M00:11:47 [music] ^M00:11:56 Welcome back to CNET's hot tech 2010, your insider's look at the latest in innovation and technology.
>>Alright well when you think of technology in the family, you maybe think of dad. Not necessarily mom. It turns out that moms like those tech toys too.
>>Yes they do. I spoke with a woman who started the mommy tech section of the show and she showed the gadgets and gear that moms really do want. Robin Rafcon [assumed spelling] has been covering technology for nearly 30 years. After attending many consumer electronic shows, she came to the realization that gadgets for mommies was a missing part of the industry.
>>To have mommy's come here and to talk about what they wanted with the product developers and to have a dialogue, was the idea. It's not gear for gears sake. It's make my life quicker, easier, better and yet not without a sense of style and fashion. Like I shouldn't be embarrassed to be dragging this thing around with me. [music] With the economy the way it is there are a lot of moms looking for home businesses, second businesses, ways to make a living that they can still be home and raise their family. That's what this guys for. This is the big kahuna of machines and you can see you can put a pretty intricate pattern, one that you make or one that you download, load up your threads and it's an automatic embroidery machine. This photo frame has built in email so that if your mom and dad aren't nearby and you want to share a picture, well they don't need to turn on a computer or go to it, it's just like that and the new pictures on the screen. Now we can learn about how children learn in the world.
>>And so here you have baby plus, which actually a mom wears to stimulate the baby in the womb and the scientific research is showing that the babies come out more alert, they come out better nursers, as more restful and peaceful so a million different pieces of research.
>>So you just wear this around your belly while you're carrying?
>>An hour in the morning, an hour in the evening. [background music] So the idea, at the end of the day is I've grown a digital citizen as a child who's tech fluent with technology as an exploration tool, not as a tool that stops them from thinking.
>>Alright so that device that pregnant women will wear to send a pulse to the fetus, dad's not borrowing that anytime soon.
>>No it doesn't work for boys. Although you want to try and test it
>>Does it stimulate the appetite?
>>You can try
>>Yeah, I'm thinkin no
>>Okay well when you think of technology you think of phones and computers. You don't necessarily think of one off household items.
>>Yes, and Dave Malcoff [assumed spelling] from CBS station, KCBS, has returned from the wild frontiers of the consumer electronics show where you find things, high tech toys you never knew you didn't need. These are curious to say the least.
>>Yeah I like that. There's all these cool gadgets. There's the best of CES but then there's the weird stuff. There's an underground CES that I found and here's a look. [background music] Okay, you've already seen this side of CES, what about this one? [background music] Across the street lies the curiosity known as the international pavilion. So it's called the ecigarrette. You plug it in the cigarette adaptor and you smoke tobacco, through this.
>>The tech of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan
>>A lot of electronic that you find at stores like Best Buy and Costco and Wal-Mart, a lot of those places actually come from, just like where it all begins.
>>Off the wall ideas come
>>And then they end up in the United States
>>USB drives in any shape you want.
>>It's a refrigerator alarm that tells you if your milk is expired or not. Fifteen days left
>>So why are the headphones made out of wood?
>>It gives more bass actually
>>Sometimes some work, sometimes it doesn't. In our case the concept of kind of a warming device you know it's like an electric blanket.
>>One you can charge up, strap on your back and go skiing with. Oh yeah I feel it
>>You can feel it, right
>>The glove is the same concept. Less than a minute you start to feel all of your fingers are warm.
>>They feel very warm but I am not going through airport security
>>Right, exactly [laughter]
>>This jacket is from Venture Heat, one of the hits among the misses, underground at the international pavilion. [music]
>>You know, I'm a little perplexed by that jacket. What if it short circuits?
>>Well they say it's waterproof so that's good and electronics and water don't usually mix but yeah I would be afraid that would burn you or something but that looks like the best thing I saw there.
>>Is it possible to over innovate with some of this stuff?
>>I think they're just taking stuff, throwing it at the wall and seeing if it sticks. But you know that cigarette and the milk timer, do they not know that the date is stamped on the milk?
>>That seems so low tech
>>Very analog, alright well Dave Malcoff from KCBS, thank you so much.
>>I'm gonna go check out some more stuff
>>Yeah, go on over
>>Alright, well when we come back, more products to show you for hot [background music] tech 2010 plus we take a look at the best of the best when we jet pack back. ^M00:17:13 [music] ^M00:17:23
>>Welcome back to hot tech 2010.
>>Now Daniel, what would you bid for a brand new 3D TV?
>>Okay without going over the actual retail price of the item, you know I did hear that there was a 3D camcorder here for $21,000, is that right?
>>Yes, not cheap
>>So for television though, gosh I don't know, $2,000?
>>I don't know the answer to that. What I do know is that I took a look at some high tech gear with Drew Carey, he's the host of the Price is Right, to check out this showcase of the future.
>>This is the phone he needs to do business with, like this. You're fired. I want that report on my desk by 3:00 and then I'm all and then he's all and then I'm all, and I'm like
>>I miss you baby. I'll be home soon. Me and the kids miss you baby. [music] Wow that's cool, without the glasses on it's awful.
>>So you have to sit straight, upright like that
>>No, it's not as good sideways
>>To project the media that's on the phone. It gets pretty large and it's a bit bright in here so the picture is not as clear as it could be.
>>That looks just like the bootleg copy of Avatar that I have. [laughter] A little shaky
>>This is the trailer
>>Okay so this is a phone with TV on it. So say you have to work Super Bowl Sunday. [laughter] You want to grab yourself one of these. I've got to say, having an antenna come out of your phone is still way less dorky than wearing a Bluetooth in your ear. That's some pretty good tunes.
>>[background noise] Oh man, I suck at this game.
>>Convert vinyl cassettes, negative slides into digital format
>>The vinyl record of Cats that you can put on MP3. [laughter]
>>You know you have that
>>Or you could easily lift the record out of the air and smash it. Whatever you want to do
>>You could do that
>>I know people that don't have a computer to this day
>>You do? Who are those people?
>>Bob Barker doesn't have a computer
>>So it strikes me that Drew is actually a legitimate gadget head. That he's not just here for show. I mean he's really doing some research.
>>He's a proper gadget geek, yeah
>>Is it possible that some of this stuff could end up on the price is right? I mean that seems like a good fit.
>>It's more than possible. He was actually handing out his cards to some of these manufacturers, asking them to get their products on the Price is Right.
>>He is always working, that guy
>>Always working. And so are we. The CNET award for the best product at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show is a product that CNET editors choose as the real star of the year.
>>Yeah lots of research being done here on the show floor and here's CNET.com executive editor, Molly Wood, with this year's winner.
>>[background music] Hi I'm Molly Wood from CNET.com here at CES 2010 where every year we give out the official best of CES award.
>>For CES 2010, the winner in the category of best at show is Panasonic. They've got the BT 25 series ^M00:20:25 [music] ^M00:20:31
>>Yeah know, I have to say I'm not that shocked because it does seem like 3D is everywhere these days. It has just risen back up in a way that I don't think a lot of people necessarily expected a few years ago.
>>No, we didn't expect that but we could have expected that that would win best in show. Way to go, Panasonic
>>Alright, well there you have it, the best product of this consumer electronic show. We've reached the peak of our mountain though. This is the end of the show. We hope that you've enjoyed this look at some of the tech trends and innovations for 2010.
>>Now we've covered a lot today. If you want more on any of these products that we've reviewed as well as reviews of other tech products, you can always head on over to CNET.com
>>And there you'll always find product reviews as well as demonstrations with the CNET team. They really put this stuff through the paces.
>>Yes we do and a special thanks to CBS news for their partnership with CNET for this special. For the latest in news make sure you go to CBSnews.com. Thanks for watching. I'm Natalie Del Conte with CNET
>>And I'm Daniel Sieberg from CBS news. Thanks for joining us from this year's consumer electronics show.
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