Chaos Before Consumer Electronics Show 2011

Less than a day away and less than half of their name in lights, Samsung finishes the construction of their booth prior to the start of the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas.  Manufactures and distributors walk row after row of consumer electronics searching for the big next thing.  

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Preview: Ion Drum Rocker

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By Norman Major III
Contributor

I got a chance to sit down with the new Ion Drum Rocker at CES. Boasting the fact that it doubles as a percussion kit, Ion had a few setups available, but without Rock Band. It has a small module which controls the function of the kit that can be swapped out. One of the modules allowed me to play Rock Band 2 on the PS3.
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Some final CES thoughts

In no particular order, other things that left an impression:

- The Pocket Cinema from Aiptek. It’s a small video projector that you really can put into your pocket. We saw it at the Innovations Showcase at the Sands.

- Canon’s EOS-5D Mark II. I’m not a photographer, but even I heard the considerable about of happy feelings surrounding this camera. It shoots full HD video and rocks the 21 megapixel CMOS system. But to quote Jessica Simpson — I totally don’t know what that is, but I want it.

- Fata1ity. Also known as Johnathan Wendel, he’s probably the most recognizable professional gamer in the world. Every year at CES, he takes on all challengers while also promoting his line of gaming gear. This time, he whipped out the “Quake Hero” handicap, where he essentially played a customized keyboard like a guitar while taking on two players at the same time. Still took ‘em down. Sick. Al shot a picture of that in an earlier post.

- 3D television. I saw Sharp, Sony and a few other companies showing off 3D television technology. This is getting serious. Some outside observers scoffed at the notion of 3DTV a few years ago, but there were a lot of major players in the 3D mix here at the show. Let’s keep an eye on that.

It’s been my pleasure to share whatever I could from what’s truly a must-see show. Al’s working on getting some video and even more pictures up, and we hope you like what you see.

Until then, take care. They are starting to kick people out of the media room.

And welcome to Tech-Out.

The Sony swing-through

When we went by Sony’s booth, I was immediately attracted to the setups for the PS3. We were short on time, so I checked out just a little bit of Killzone 2. It’s looked like a must-have back at E3, and it looks like one now. Hopefully, it’s ending won’t be as weird as the one for Resistance 2.

What really caught our eyes was the Sony VAIO Lifestyle PC, a full-fledged PC that essentially fits in your pocket. It starts at $899 and comes with Windows Vista (like it or not, it’s there, so deal with it) 2 gigs of ram, GPA and about 2-4 hours of battery life. Don’t mean to be Mr. Cloudy Day, but that seems a little short for me. Then again, I haven’t spent a day with it, either. Either way, it was a pretty cool piece of work to check out. Hope you enjoy any photos and video we have of it.

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A visit with Toshiba

We swung by Toshiba and were immediately caught off guard with the demo of Spatial Motion Interface technology, which basically lets you control stuff with your hands. There was a black square on top of sizable flat-screen for the demo, where the Toshiba rep was spinning around a “ball” comrprised of small pictures with a few pulls and waves with her hands. She was able to play video, zoom in, stop the video, rewind and pick more stuff — like television’s version of tai chi.

Then came the Regza LCD television that was essentially built to lean against the wall. Depending on how you look at it, it’s either a clever nod to modern design or another sign that people are getting too lazy. I can imagine someone gruffly spouting “What, we can’t mount TVs anymore?” We’ll let you decide. Personally, I think the TV’s tight.

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Wow … that’s a thin TV

I’m referring to Sharp’s practically anorexic (about 1 inch) Limited Edition LCD TV. We shot some video and pics of this thing, which puts out a beautiful picture and some pretty good sound, thanks to a partnership with Pioneer. I managed to get some face time with a Sharp exec about it.

Only thing that truly stings? The price. The model we checked out can be yours for about $11,000.

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CES: Day 2 wrap-up nuggets

My first (and last) full day of CES is done. Instead of boring you with an giant roundup, I’ll be giving you bite-size chunks of some of the stuff Al and I saw. Al’s got pics and videos, I’ve got words.

You saw the Greenpeace stuff, so after that, it was off to Capcom. They were one of the few companies showing off games in a suite E3-style, so I played Bionic Commando, Resident Evil 5 and a cute, odd game called Flock. Quick impressions about the games after the jump.

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