Wednesday, January 16, 2002
I had an opportunity to attend the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week and I took it. Having never attended a consumer-oriented show I was amazed and overwhelmed. You cannot see everything because there's so much, and as the day wore on my energy waned - although as the day wore on my geek factor increased exponentially. The fun, consumer products that caught my attention were:
- Sanyo's Digital Memory Recorder that features the worlds first direct-to-card 64 MB Secure MultiMediaCard recorder. It has MP3/ VMA format, 1 hour of high-quality stereo recording time or 2 hours mono and 3 hours of playback. What impressed me was that it had direct recording to any audio equipment with or without a PC. You can even connect this to a cell phone. I don't think this is on the market yet. As an aside, this has positive and negative privacy implications
- Panasonic's audio player records from CD's or website onto your PC then transfers to an SD Memory Card. This one is for someone who likes to run or workout at the gym. The compact (tiny?) form factor is an engineering marvel and the sound quality is fabulous.
- Samsung's NEXiO S150 is an amazing entry into the WinCE family of PDAs. Although I have always preferred the PalmOS simplistic approach to PDAs, I was enchanted by the NEXiO and spent almost an hour playing with the demo model. It has 64M SDRAM/32MB Flash ROM, 5.1" color-wide VGA screen, of course it had mobile office, high-speed wireless voice and data network access. Suring the web with this baby is actually practical because the 5.1" reflective LCD screen with a WVGA (800 x 480) resolution that recreates a desktop viewing experience. In addition, its built-in wireless cdma2000 module makes the Internet is available 24/7 to mobile users at speeds that exceed today's traditional landline access capabilities.
- The Penguin emerges in the Linux-based, Java-enabled Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 PDA. This cool device should become the darling of the open source crowd. It has a built-in keyboard that is similar to the Blackberry, so I just had to try it. I had no problem's typing on it, but I have small, slim fingers. I'm not sure if this would work for everyone. With a 206MHz processor and 64 MB there is power to spare. See the Linux Devices article for more information. The Penguin rules!
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