Saturday, January 10, 2009

CES2009 - Day 2

Today started out with a press conference held by NXT, a company known for their audio panels in many sized devices. Their latest projects include transducers that will play audio when firmly attached to any hard surface. Whether that's a table or a motorcycle helmet, there's a way to listen to audio in a new way.



The link to their site is in the UK; I can't seem to access it from our hotel, but that may be their IP/server, so give it a try to see some of their new products: http://www.nxtsound.com. They are also partnered with a Japanese company developing a touch sensitive device that could be used as a cell phone display. It has sound and tactile feedback which can be felt whether you are using a finger to enter data or a stylus. I suggested they also consider the concept of a universal remote control with their panel as the main display. Here's a shot of the development hardware.




Here's a neat gadget I found that just about everyone could use. We all charge our electronic devices, so we probably have up to a dozen or more chargers around the house. The WildCharge is a flat panel that electro-magnetically charges any device laid on its surface providing that a small adapter is plugged in. They have adapters for most devices from cell phones to gaming controllers. Some pictures:

From CES 2009 - Day 2 [Reduced]

From CES 2009 - Day 2 [Reduced]

A cute display of iPod 'dancers' and 'singers'. They were all singing and dancing together in synchronization:

From CES 2009 - Day 2 [Reduced]

Towards the end of the day, I wandered into the high end audio area of CES at the Venetian. It was an opportunity to sit down and relax while listening to fantastic music reproduced on the best of the best available in the industry. Take a look at this speaker (there were two of them), and note the price at the base of it ($18k).

From CES 2009 - Day 2 [Reduced]

And in another showroom, tube based amps are back in fashion. These in excess of $100k!

From CES 2009 - Day 2 [Reduced]
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