Engadget is the official blog partner of CES so they have the big skinned doublewide in the parking lot for their newsroom.
CNET is once again a big part of the show, broadcasting and netcasting live. The CBS Corp.-owned network has also been producing pieces for CBS’ “The Early Show.” And last night on the CBS Evening News, Daniel Sieberg reported on new car technology, and did a live shot via Skype.
A Voice of America reporter interviewing a Sony representative about their 3D Oled TV.
The net show Twit Live is netcasting from the South Hall of the LVCC. Follow host Leo Laportehere on Twitter for his updates.
Multiple manufacturers are showing off 3D TVs here at CES. So how do they stack up? We went from booth to booth to booth donning 3D glasses to check them out. Only one of the companies gave us a ballpark price and none has a release date. And based on what the market demands, some of the products may never make it to your local Best Buy.
• LG’s was most impressive. On one of several TVs they were showing the trailer for the upcoming “Alice in Wonderland.” On another, the company was demoing what they claim is the world’s first 3D still camera and showing the images on a 55″ LCD 3DTV.
• Panasonic’s 3DTV is right up there with LG’s in terms of quality. DirecTV is also working out of the Panasonic booth as the satellite TV service plans to launch three separate 3D channels in June.
• Sharp’s 3DTV concept models are also pretty … sharp. Again, on par with LG and Panasonic. LG, Panasonic and Sharp all plan to begin shipping in late Spring.
• Samsung’s 3DTV sets were not quite as impressive, at least from where we stood. With the Flip cam we shot through the 3D glasses during a screening of “Monsters & Aliens.” Then, at 7 seconds in, took the glasses away. (Not that you’d be able to see it in 3D on your computer or handheld, but it was a fun experiment anyway.) Video below:
• Chinese manufacturers Haier and TCL (the company that bought the Thomson and RCA TV and DVD products) each have 3DTV models. The TCL model is coming out in May in China, and probably another year before it’s introduced in the U.S. A representative told us the price would be about 1.5 times what a normal LCD TV of the same size costs. Haier’s 3DTV is the only one we tested that doesn’t require glasses for viewing. (Image above/left)
• Finally, Sony’s OLED 3DTV was not very impressive. As one person in the booth told us, the electronics and content giant has so many products, they are not making a real run for the 3DTV market, that is assuming there ever is a 3DTV market.
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Later this year you will able to buy LG and Panasonic television sets with Skype software built in. This means free TV-to-TV calls, with a Webcam attached to the top of the set, sold separately. Imagine: you’ll be able to have Sunday dinner with your family in New York, without leaving Las Vegas.
We stopped by the LG booth this afternoon to find out more.
We stopped by the iGUGU booth where CESers were taking a test drive of the iGUGU Gamecore, a wireless controller that turns your PC into a videogame console. With it, gamers can access more than 27,000 game titles available for the PC and play them on their TV. Our video below, with a game — of course — in 3D. Engadget has a review…
Once again Samsung has a pretty impressive spread here at the CES — one that rivals only Panasonic and Sony in size. And since so much is being made of 3DTV (more on that tomorrow on WebNewser), Samsung has constructed what amounts to a cathedral of televisons with the altar devoted to what’s to come in 3D.
Lady Gaga was the biggest draw we’ve seen so far, at least on the show floor, at CES. The singer announced she is becoming the creative director for Polaroid, but made clear to point out she is not endorsing the instant camera as it attempts to make a comeback.
The 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show is underway. The show floor opens in about 15 minutes and mediabistro.com will be covering it all — well, a lot of it anyway. 3D TV and the latest in eReaders are the buzz. But increasingly, the content that fills those screens — big and small — has become a part of CES. Last night more than 30 companies displayed their wares at the Digital Safari at the Mirage hotel.
A crew from CNN checks out the Yahoo! connected TV platform at Digital Safari Wednesday night.
Crunchgear making their way through Digital Safari at the Mirage hotel.
Intel held a news conference this morning which was broadcast at the booth on the show floor, before the official opening at 10amPT.
The queue was non-existent this morning at Panasonic’s 3DTV demo. But that won’t be the case for long.
• After the jump, the CES news release which followed CEA president Gary Shapiro‘s opening remarks this morning. “2009 is a year none of us wish to repeat and now we look forward to 2010. There is light at the end of the tunnel and it is the bright light of innovation,” said Shapiro.
NBC Universal returns as the official broadcast partner of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). This year, NBC plans to focus on the “multi-platform content opportunities” for the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games which will be broadcast on the networks of NBC in February. NBC talent including Al Roker and Maria Bartiromo will be on hand, as will Chris Hansen, who may or may not be looking to catch a predator while in Las Vegas. CNBC’s “Closing Bell” and “Wall Street Journal Report” will originate from the NBC production space on the floor of the CES.
B&C’s Alex Weprin has more on who is — and who isn’t — going to be showcasing at next month’s conference. And, like last year, WebNewser will be covering CES from beginning to end. Look for our coverage from Las Vegas beginning Jan. 6.