CES 2010: First Impressions

We're here in Las Vegas for CES, the annual Consumer Electronics Show, and there's plenty to report about: razor sharp and thin high definition displays, the explosion of 3D technologies, tablets galore, and online service integration with home entertainment devices to name just a few of the most prominent trends being pushed at booths. We're delving back into the belly of beast all day today to snap more photos and learn about what's in the pipeline for 2010. But we did want to share what was one of our favourite sightings of the show thus far before we head back: this huge framed digital art display showcasing a selection of digital artists showcased over at the Microsoft Zune area (which happens to include one of our longtime fav artists, Meomi!)

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After just 2.5 hours at the show yesterday before closing, we can say with confidence that a level of dimensionality will be pushed in the next few years whether you care for it or not (the popularity of Avatar surely does not hurt). Every HDTV and monitor manufacturer had some sort of 3D display (we saw these last year, but they've refined and announced new models since then). They're borderline gimmicks in effect right now, and nobody yet knows the longterm effects of watchig 3D displays regularly, but there's no denial that all the biggest manufacturers intend to offer Blu-ray 3D compatible displays.

What we were certainly impressed with comparing last year's show with this years is the refinement of high resolution with lower energy consumption, with several of the best displays using a quarter of the power from just one year ago thanks to energy saving solutions like LED backlighting and area specific on/off control (which results in deeper blacks and contrast as a bonus).

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And then there were bad boys like this LG display showcasing ultra high definition capabilities still years away (still images were used only). The level of fine resolution of this display was nearly unbelievable.

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84" seem too modest? How about this 152" plasma Panasonic Viera? Bigger is better, but this is larger than our living room wall (but oh so glorious).

More to come...back into the rabbit hole we go!

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