Last Saturday in Las Vegas - Kevin Salter's CES diary

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas every January is a cornucopia of digital delights. It's also a monument to excess. Last Saturday, Kevin Salter immersed himself in this overwelming experience and survived to bring you this report.

CES is quite simply the biggest consumer electronics exhibition in the world. More than 2,700 exhibitors filled more than 1.7 million square feet of exhibit space to showcase their latest products to roughly 130,000 attendees over the show's four days.

The exhibition took place at the Las Vegas Hilton, the Las Vegas Convention Centre and the Sands and Venetian hotels. My objective was to make it around the six separate sites...

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By JSJ54
15th Jan 2009 18:40

Thanks for going Kevin
Someone had to do it!

Seriously though, this is one of the best reviews I've read. You've highlighted products I never knew existed.

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By nigel
15th Jan 2009 13:21

My predictions for the future
Well done Kevin. It's a tough gig, but someone has to do it!!

A couple of things caught my eye in the CES coverage which I think point to some huge changes in the foreseeable future. Firstly the SD card association has announced the possibility of 2TB cards (see http://www.sdcard.org/developers/tech/sdxc). Of course they depend on hardware and operating systems that can handle this, but this then opens up the possibility of handheld devices with more storage capacity than current high end PCs!

Secondly, we have the first mobile phones with built-in projectors (seehttp://www.accountingweb.co.uk/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=193276&d=1025&h=1023&f=1026&dateformat=%25o%20%25B%20%25Y). This means that we can have handheld devices with very small (or no) built-in display but capable of projecting a high quality display onto any flat surface - a wall, the back of a car/train/plane seat, etc.

These two developments point to some very exciting developments in handheld gadgets in the coming years.

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