The big news at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas (January 7-10) was 3-D TVs. While Steve Ballmer's introduction of his new Microsoft Tablet is expected to compete head-on with Apple's launch of their new iSlate/Tablet in March, it appears that the influence of the movie Avatar's 3-D technology is stretching from the large screen to the small screen.
In my recent blog titled, "3-D Glasses "It Came From Out of Space" to "Avatar," I talked about how 3-D glasses have changed from the 1950s to the present day. One of those 'goggle' manufacturers, RealD is actually using its theatrical expertise to enter the home entertainment arena as well.
Apparently the success of Avatar is carrying over to television. No sooner did we all adjust to High Definition TV, technology is swiftly moving to the 'next shiny thing.'
According to a Telegraph.co.uk report, by October, 1.6 million Sky TV customers in the UK could be watching Premiership football matches in full 3D where footballs will appear to be flying out of the screen. RealD TV supplied us with their interpretation regarding American football.
LG, Samsung and Sony all announced they were bringing their own 3-D TV versions to market by the summer of this year, along with 3D Blu-ray players, allowing film fans to enjoy films like Avatar and Up in their comfort of their homes.
Andrew EisnerCoupled with 3-D TV, 2010 may be year that Internet-connected television finally breaks through as well. Companies such as D-Link/Boxee and Popbox are leading the pack in this technology and according to Andrew Eisner, director of content for consumer electronics, "sooner or later, every television will be connected to the Internet."
As far as Microsoft's CEO Ballmer announcement at the show, what is being termed the HP Slate (based on Microsoft's manufacturing partner Hewlett Packard), the technical details for the tablet-esque device are near non-exist right now except for these screen shots.
Unlike a Tablet PC, which has a convertible screen and a proper keyboard, or a UMPC, the HP Slate is an entirely touch-driven device. Here is the 18 second sneak preview introduced by Ballmer during his 2010 CES Keynote Address on January 6.
The big losers at the CES event were MP3 players and GPS devices. It appears that MP3 players never had a shot once Apple's iPod products were introduced to the world. GPS systems are also losing traction, as cell phones and in-car systems like Ford's Sync has replaced these 'one-trick ponies.' The day of stand-alone devices might be waning, as I reported recently comparing the popularity of the new multimedia devices like Apple's proposed iSlate /tablet versus the eReaders devices like Kindle.