Gearing up for CES 2011

1/6/2011


As the industry ramps up for this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, which kicks off today in Las Vegas, rumors, announcements, and general buzz around new gadgets and technologies is inescapable. For weeks, companies have released teasers about new products, and finally, the veil has lifted on CES 2011.

If 2010 taught us anything, it’s that consumers love their connected devices. Consider, for instance, the tablet’s quick path to widespread adoption after Apple introduced its iPad device last January. More tablets will appear at this year’s CES, including Motorola’s highly anticipated tablet, which was revealed last night in a press conference.

Also, the uptake of smartphones reached record highs in 2010. New research by Nielsen, www.nielsen.com, says 31% of mobile subscribers in the U.S. now own smartphones, and the number of people that access the Web on their cellphones passed 80 million. Devices such as ereaders made a splash, too. Amazon, www.amazon.com, just announced its latest-generation ereader, the Kindle, is now the best-selling product in the company’s history.

Looking to CES and beyond, it seems 2011 will start off with a bang. This week, even prior to the start of the show, numerous companies have begun sharing details about new launches. GM’s, www.gm.com, OnStar, for instance, announced it will offer a retail product that will extend the benefits of services, such as Automatic Crash Response and Turn-by-Turn Navigation to non-GM vehicles.

In conjunction with consumer-electronics retailer Best Buy, www.bestbuy.com, OnStar says this standalone rearview mirror will be available this spring for $299, plus installation and subscription fees. 

Isabella Products, www.isabellaproducts.com, also chose to announce its new product ahead of the show. Yesterday the company announced Mini, a wirelessly connected USB stick for realtime photo sharing.


Other products to debut this week include a Bluetooth-enabled wristwatch by Casio, www.casio.com, which shares a two-way data link with mobile devices such as smartphones; the HP Pavilion dm 1 netbook by HP, www.hp.com; and even a Smart Baby Monitor by Withings, www.withings.com, which gives parents remote access to audio and video of their child, as well as information such as temperature and humidity of the baby’s room.

Beyond new devices, you can bet a ton of new apps will be released in the next few days. This will include an Android version of ZoomSafer, www.zoomsafer.com—an app that discourages distracted driving, and NAVTEQ’s, www.navteq.com, next-generation apps for teen driving and electric vehicles.


Stay tuned to www.connectedworldmag.com to follow all the new products and announcements from this year’s CES show. For even more timely information, follow the editors on the show floor on Twitter (@ConnectedWMag).





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