Today the largest trade show in the USA, the 2006 International CES technology show got underway in Las Vegas.
Our day started with a meeting with a PC Magazine reporter. He seemed very impressed with GPO, the Jazz and Big Band and Stradivari Violin libraries.
Then a quick tour through South Hall to see the latest. Saw the folks at Creative Labs and EMU. It was good to see ICHi and Chris. The new Prodikeys was nifty - a compact hybrid computer keyboard/music keyboard. Write forum posts and make music on the same keyb oard. Creative also announced a wireless webcam that will connect to any wireless network. Now when the forum becomes video enabled we'll be able to view each other.
I stopped by the Emagin booth. They were showing their new eyebud. It was too crowded to get to try one, but it seems to be one of the hits of the show. The Google booth was extremely popular and packed full of people. They Looked at the new computers at the Dell booth. I stopped by the Nokia booth and saw the new Internet Tablet. Looks like one of these star-trek communicators. Very sweet. Nokia was also showing several new Bluetooth Headsets
Logitech was showing a cordless keyboard designed for Mac. VoIP was very big this year. Skype announced they were teaming up with six new partners to expand VoIP options
Back to meetings. I met with SanDisc and discussed USB delivery and Digital Rights Management.
We then met with Tom White, President and CEO of the MIDI Manufactures Association and we have a very good discussion. We talked bout high-definition MIDI, the future of MIDI and interesting possibilities.
I then met with people from the Chinese Embassy and Chamber of Commerce. There some good opportunities we will be exploring.
One of our forum members Jon Fairhurst, who was exhibiting with Sharp, came by. Jon knows a lot about technology (and he wrote quite a bit of music over the holidays). It was good to see him again and we had a good time talking about the forum.
This was followed by was a meeting with another tech reporter for an Audio magazine. And our last meeting was with a tech writer for CNET. He seemed to know quite a bit about music technology and liked what he heard.
After the show Sarah invited us to the PC Magazine party at the Bellagio. We met some interesting press people and there was a performance by a few members of Cirque de Soleil.
There seems to be format wars going on in the DVD arena between HD-DVD (Microsoft, etc.) and Blu-ray (Sony, Apple, etc.). Camps are being formed and this was evident walking the show.
Convergence seems to again be the theme of the sho w.Lot s of wireless everything, VoIP is very big. Flat panels everywhere. Things that have been discussed for several years are now being actualized in products. Better designs and better prices.
This technopalooza is a bit overwhelming. I think if one spent all four days walking the show it may not be possible to see everything. I’ll post pictures when I return (the internet connection here is quirky). Looking forward to tomorrow at CES.