Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Cool things at CES

We were really busy at the booth at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show 2007 in Las Vegas. I did, however, get a chance to check out some of the displays, and here are just a few of the things that caught my "consumer" eye. :-)

Nice-looking gaming chair.
Ultimate Gaming Chair
My husband enjoys playing Xbox, especially since the games display so well on our wide-screen, high-def TV. Like most gamers, he likes to use a slouchy chair plopped immediately in front of the set. I don't mind the gaming, but my biggest pet peeve is his make-shift gaming chair. I've been looking for a more attractive option that would be comfortable for him, but our local retailers carry some really juvenile, ugly gaming chairs -- not my style, or Dave's. At CES, I finally saw a chair that, while not something I'd leave out all the time, is *much* better looking than the normal ones. Called the Ultimate Game Chair, it has the usual gamer features, including integrated sound, vibration and storage for controllers when they're not in use. Plus, it's got the slouchy ergonomics that Dave swears works best for gaming performance. :-)

Cool designs.
As fans of Apple products can attest: Design matters. This year, I saw some really neat looking devices from several companies.
One that really stood out was the portable, Skype-compatible phone called "Solo" and made by the Irish company Futiro. The USB cable neatly wraps around the palm-size handset -- very sleek looking.
Another cool thing I was the Italian-inspired Flybook - a tiny notebook computer with flashy design and a Tablet PC interface.

Technology that moves with you.
Another common theme at this year's show were the many companies who let you take your entertainment with you. For TV fans, MobiTV featured a subscription TV service that worked on phones -- that's right, it let you watch the game or other live TV from your mobile phone.

Some other cool things that I saw include...
The SmartShopper - just tell it your grocery list and it prints it out for you.

Backup Pal
Backup Pal - takes your phone book and copies it over to your new cell phone.