CES Day 2 – Afternoon Tour

Posted: January 8, 2009 in Uncategorized

I spent a few more hours on the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) show floor in the afternoon. Interesting items over at the LVCC:

  • Outside the show floor, Samsung had a "Mobile Concierge Center." They were handing out free 2GB MicroSD cards with USB reader adapters. Even better: If you have need for a Samsung phone battery, they were giving out free batteries for all recent models. Nice. (You’re welcome, Mike.)

    Samsung Mobile Concierge Center

  • Sony’s ultra-thin netbook, the VAIO Lifestyle PC, a.k.a. the P Series, is just the epitome of svelte. 1600×768 display in a 1.4lb package a bit larger than a standard paycheck. Built-in WiFi and even 3G and GPS asking only $899 MSRP for the base model. Frackin’ beautiful. It’s available for pre-order now and will supposedly ship in February, but I’m guessing it’ll ship closer to March.

    Sony Lifestyle Netbook 3 Sony Lifestyle Netbook Sony Lifestyle Netbook 2

  • Ok, Sony released a product I want (again): An affordable 1080P HD camcorder with image stabilization and solid state recording. HDR-CX1000 = $600 well spent. Available in March.
  • A rep at the Sony booth told me almost every new Sony video-capable product, such as TVs, PS3, PSP, BluRay, and so forth, will come with the XMB interface. Yes, that’s the interface used on the PS3, PSP, and Mylo. Come to think of it, I don’t recall them showing Mylo. I’m not a fan, especially since I think they should roll a lot of that functionality into the PSP šŸ™‚

    XMB Media Interface

  • YooStar.com was out in the hallway showing off their cool product that enables you to insert yourself into movie clips. The $150 (ok, $149.95, whatever) software and hardware combo kit will be available in a couple months, and includes a green screen, web cam with microphone, the necessary software and some clips to get you started. Yes, this means you can insert yourself into movies like Saw, The Godfather, Scarface, Frankenstein and more. Additional clips will cost you, and I (whoops) didn’t ask how much. I imagine it will vary. You can then post your newly created clips on YooStar.com. Studios offering content include Paramount, Universal, MGM and Lions Gate.

    YooStar Product PamphletĀ 

  • Sony was also handing out free bags made out of recycled bamboo. Cute.

    Recycled Bamboo Bags

  • No, I haven’t seen Palm’s new WebOS yet. I’m looking forward to checking it out tomorrow.

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