What to Expect from the Consumer Electronics Show
The 2001 Consumer Electronics Show will kick off this Friday in Las Vegas and last through the weekend. In the old days, the CES was the poor stepchild of Comdex but in recent years, the CES has grown in importance as high end computers and other gadgets made the jump from the office into the home.
In the handheld arena, we can expect another round of product announcements, though the number of new items debuted at last month's PalmSource has surely reduced the pool of available new products. Hopefully, we'll get our first glimpse at a lot of new hardware, as software was the star at PalmSource. There are rumors that Palm will show a prototype of the smaller, color Palm V with the SD slot, though this may be wishful thinking.
We will certainly get some SD news at the conference, as John Cook, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Palm, will be making a presentation at a Secure Digital press briefing on January 6.
Palm CEO Carl Yankowski is giving one of several keynote speeches and hopefully he will use this high-profile opportunity to shed some more light on what his company plans to accomplish in coming years. Palm Inc. is gong all out at this show and will even have its own pavilion.
Expect Bluetooth devices to be very much in evidence, though largely as demo units and prototypes. Many analysts are predicting that this is the year that the short-range wireless networking technology will break through into the mass market, though many predicted the same thing last year. There are also numerous conference sessions on Bluetooth.
Wireless Internet access will also take up a lot of the show floor. Novatel wireless will have a display booth, showing off its wireless modems for many handheld devices.
There will even be a digital car pavilion, where Palm and Delphi Automotive Systems will show off their Communiport Mobile Productivity Center that allows drivers to use their Palm handhelds and make calls all without taking their hands off the wheel.
Handhelds themselves will get plenty of attention. There will be conference sessions with names like "Consumer Mobile Computing - Why and How" and "Hand-Helds: New Technology Standards to Bridge the Gap Between the Home and Office".
To keep up on the latest news from the conference, you can check out their official website or keep checking back here as we'll be posting Palm-related news from the CES as soon as it comes in.
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