CES 2009 CoverageBosco - January 7, 2009
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There are a wide variety of hubs, KVM switches, networking and home cinema products manufactured by IOGEAR. What really caught our attention though was the wireless VGA and audio transmitter. Having already seen the wireless VGA transmitter using DisplayLink technology last year, it was interesting to see this concept be extended to include audio as well. So, whereas before you were kind of limited to presentations, photo viewing, office apps, or would have to connect the audio directly to the PC, now you can send audio along with the video to watch movies or play games.
The transmitter is a USB device that requires a PC running XP or Vista, and there are separate receivers for the video and audio. The video receiver has a VGA port that supports resolutions up to 1600x1200 (or 1680x1050 for widescreen), and the audio receiver has a 3.5mm stereo jack socket that can connect to your speaker system even if it has RCA inputs by using the bundled cables.
You probably are already aware of iRiver because of its high quality MP3 players. As with other manufacturers, iRiver has been expanding the number of formats to include videos and now has a range of portable media players with larger screens than before.
The D50-N was a bit of an odd-ball as it has a keyboard and a dictionary. It also has WiFi support so you can use instant messenger chat. Going back to the media support, you can play music and video, view photos and office documents, tune into FM radio and even record stuff. Another odd-ball was the Mplayer Eyes, an MP3 player in the shape of a Mickey Mouse head, with glowing eyes available in pink or blue.
LG had a wide range of products on display, which shouldn't come as a surprise since LG creates all sorts of consumer electronics. The first thing that caught our eye was something straight out of a James Bond movie; a phone watch.
A lot of people are asking, "What is the next step in flat screen technology?" One answer to this: even flatter screens. This screen has an ultra-low profile, ideal for those that favor minimalism in aesthetic design.
A sign of the times: NAS devices with Blu-ray rewriters. As hard drive capacities have passed the 1TB mark, it makes sense to have an optical disc burner that supports removable media with more than a 9GB capacity.
Last year we saw wireless video transmitters that supported 1080p, but the ones we saw from Belkin compressed the data being transmitted, so you ultimately lost some quality. LG has wireless transmitters that support 1080p without the need to compress the signal, giving you the same high quality signal that is coming from the source.
The last two products we looked at were the plasma and LCD panels that can show 3D content. Polarised non-powered glasses separate the composite left/right image on the screen out to the corresponding images for each eye. This made the video and 3D animation demos being displayed pop out of the screen and provides a lot of depth.