If they put me in charge of the International Consumer Electronics Show, I’d make some changes.
First, I’d have the show run for two weeks because that’s how long it would take to wade through all the exhibitor booths and talk with the creative people behind the new technology.
Next, I’d open the show to the general public for at least one day. Every year the list of people asking me if I can "get them in" grows. I know some people have connections with tech companies who slip them passes, but I don’t have the juice.
Since I’m not in charge, I’ll keep the 2009 CES running — at least the highlights that caught my eye — in my column and blog a few more weeks. One of my favorite stops is the Innovations Awards (http://tinyurl.com/as5lss), where companies vie for honors in 34 categories. The Sands Expo and Convention Center hosts the Innovations exhibit, making it easy to see the cream of the crop without walking miles of aisles.
Here are some of the honorees:
• Optoma PK101 Pico Pocket Projector
It wasn’t too many years ago that I lugged around a projector the size of some European automobiles. No kidding. This projector can slip neatly into your coat pocket. While the Pico won’t project onto the big screen, the company says it will shoot an image up to 60 inches wide in a dark room.
The unit weighs a mere 4 ounces and has a price of roughly $100 per ounce. That’s $399 for those having trouble with the math. It’s available now at Best Buy and at Amazon.com.
It comes with an iPod connector, but will accept any composite video input. It has 480×3201/2 video graphics array (VGA) resolution with a lamp life of 20,000 hours, thanks to a three light-emitting diode system. The tripod is not included, but it has a standard tripod receptor. Battery life is about two hours in standard mode and one hour in bright mode. The unit is charged through a universal serial bus port on your computer.
The device was an Innovations Award Honoree in the Video Displays category.
• Crayola Digital Camcorder
Your child may be the next Steven Spielberg, but you won’t know until they start making movies. The tool to help young creative juices start flowing may be this camcorder designed for kids.
It includes a photo editing center, story maker, puppet show, photo frames and puzzles, along with art tools, a photo library, slide show software and printing and font options.
It sells for $79.99 on the Crayola Web site.
The camera was an honoree in the Personal Electronics category.
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