CES 2009: Wrapup and The Best of the Rest

CES 2009: Wrapup and The Best of the Rest

Gregory Han
Jan 16, 2009

Attending CES reminded us a lot of our earlier years when we worked in the video game industries, during the hey days of E3 excess and visual/information overload. And despite the economy there seemed plenty on the horizon to get excited about from a consumer perspective. High definition displays have the potential to offer even higher definition in a much more svelte package, home theater sound systems are being offered in smaller sizes or shapes that accentuate your sense of decor instead of battling with it, and a myriad of other accessories offer ways to tie together disparate elements of your digital life into a (somewhat) cohesive system of complimentary products. There were plenty of products we didn't have time to get all the information about because of time and the crowds, but that didn't stop us from taking photos of many that caught our eyes while walking the floor. Check them out below...

What were our favourite booths of the show? We'd have to say Canon's miniature cityscape they created to showcase their line of high definition digital video cameras. Think Playmobil meets TV studio diorama. A close second was LG's thoughtfully designed "rooms", which incorporated many design and furnishing elements that illustrated how their products would work within a design-savvy decorated abode.

Another trend we found as a positive step forward was manufacturers aim to reduce energy requirements of their products. Nearly every display manufacturer had at least one set connected to a energy wattage monitoring system to show the reduction of energy used with new power management technology. Good news in times when personal budgets and nationwide energy usage dictates conserving.

And expect the continuation of "touch" as the strongest element of personal technologies in all shapes and forms throughout consumer electronics. The obvious tactile quality of user input is now shaping myriad of devices to not just look good, but also feel good as we engage with our gadgets with more personal regularity. The future likely will evolve touch into full gesture and voice control systems, untethering us from the wires, cables and remotes that keep us one step away from using technology as an extension of our thoughts. We just we had been offered something to help us walk the whole floor of CES show...we're still recovering.

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