Tiny Gadgets Dominating CES 2009
Sure enough, a cavalcade of tiny gadgets is dominating CES 2009. Not just netbooks, but tiny-sized laptops with more power and connectivity, such as Sony's latest offering. It looks like a netbook from the outside, but its specs (and price) suggest otherwise.
Two hands would just about cover the Vaio P Series Lifestyle PC, the notebook the size and shape of the sort of clutch fancy ladies might carry around Vegas nightclubs on the weekend. (Could it be a coincidence that one of the Lifestyle sleeves on display could pass as an evening bag?)
But every so often, old and new make magic -- and it happened tonight at the Walkman booth. Really, the Walkman booth.
The latest attempt to resurrect the once-ubiquitous name for music players may just have found the right form factor in the NWZ-W202BLK, most easily described as a pair of very intelligent headphones.
There are two MP4 players in the lineup, the E100 Season2 and the E50. Both are flash memory-based. The Season2, which comes in 2-, 4- and 8 GB versions, incorporates a speaker and microphone and a 2.4" LCD screen. The smaller E50, which iRiver says can play for up to 52 hours on a charge, has a 1.8" LCD screen and comes in 2- and 4 GB models.
Also, Polaroid introduced an instant camera for the digital age...
Sure, the new Polaroid PoGo Instant Digital Camera can print 2 x 3-inch photos in 60 seconds. That's moreless what it took for the Instamatic images to appear.
Polaroid PoGo™ Instant Digital Camera uses ZINK Photo Paper™ and ZINK™ Zero Ink™ Printing Technology from ZINK Imaging. ZINK™ Zero Ink™ is an ink-free printing technology which replaces ink cartridges or ribbons with ZINK Photo Paper™ – a composite material that has embedded, heat-activated dye crystals.
(I still prefer the old-school, though I can no longer afford the film)
However, Sharp went big... maybe a bit too big, considering the drop-off in big-ol'-TV sales last year; the company presented its new line of Aquos flat-screens, the lowest-end of which is over $1000.