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Morning Lineup – January 5

Saturday Morning – What's New?

This coming Tuesday is the opening day of the 2013 edition of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).  The annual event which is just about always held in Las Vegas, runs from January 8th through the 11th, and I am always fascinated by new "stuff"that is introduced to the marketplace.  The show's producers are claiming that there are as many as 20,000 new products being offered on the floor this year, believe it if you will.

The "experts" are saying that television receiver-related things will dominate, but what the industry is pushing isn't always what the consumers themselves choose to grab onto.  (Bought your 3-D television set yet?)  Here's a video blurb that CES has sent out to tease you:

 

I think you will also see some robotics creeping into the mix, just like they're creeping into everything else.  Also, there will be a major presence of new laptops and tablets (and some PC's too) that leave off the keyboards and rely on touch-screen technology to relay your commands.  Taking that methodology to the next level, there are innovative PC's going on display that react to voice commands (no touch) and even a remarkable program that responds to hand gestures.  That's right…. wave your ten digits just the right way to make all kinds of things happen.  Watch this sample:

 

According to one blurb about this technology, through a partnership with Leap Motion, Asus will bundle hand-gesture technology into a number of high-end laptops, according to reports. Leap Motion technology will allow Asus laptops to track movements of both hands (and all 10 fingers) at 290 frames per second and detect movements as small as 1/100 of a millimeter, according to a Venture Beats article. Asus laptops with Leap Motion technology support the same type of hands-free navigation offered by the Xbox Kinect.

It is speculated that this will be integrated with the voice-command technology, thus creating a real digital pal to take around with you.

One thing the visitors won't see there this year is Microsoft.  The industry giant has always had a major pavillion and hundreds of representatives, etc., at the CES, but last summer they announced that their marketing strategy has been changed and they will no longer be using the major exhibitions to push their new products.  That will leave a big hole in this year's exhibit.  Firegeezer, as we have in the past, will be salting our postings during the next week with events and announcements from the CES as they come up.

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 There has been a lot of activity in the National Hockey League's labor contract negotiations in the two days since we last updated you on that.  But since we need to get this equipment checked out now, I will be back in a little while with an update on their progress to resolving the contract situation in a separate posting.  So let's get started on the morning check and I'll get some more much-needed coffee going.   See you back in the day room in a little while.

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