CES = New Gadgets

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 and is filed under Latest News.

Each year the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) draws interest from around the globe, as the latest gadgets that we’ll all be using and abusing in the forthcoming 12 months are showcased.


This year’s event was no different. Held in Las Vegas, CES 2011 introduced a number of products and developments that are likely to take many creative industries, including Web Video by storm.


Let’s have a quick look at some of the best in more detail:

Sony HDR-TD10 Camcorder

Sony HDR-TD10

This chap is the latest in a spate of 3D camcorder releases. It features two HD sensors, meaning two 1080p video streams can be captured at the same time, with a mammoth 64GB storage space built in too.


It goes without saying that 3D technology has not yet crossed over into the mainstream, but as 3D TV sets offer more and more web browsing capability it is likely sales will get a shot in the arm. As a consequence, a demand for Website Video in three dimensions may increase too.


A number of 3D TV’s that don’t require those infamous glasses to be worn (you know, the ones that make the viewer resemble a short-sighted robot from another dimension) have been announced, most notably from Sony and Toshiba. This too will help make 3D technology more viable to the general public.


LG Optimus 2X

This handset was the first to run a dual-core processor, the Nvidia Tegra 2 chip. But what really jumped out at us was the ability to shoot 1080p HD video. Along with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc and a few others, this innovation will turn ‘Citizen Journalism’ on its head.


The capturing of newsworthy incidents on personal devices is nothing new – cast your mind back to the atrocities of the London Bombings for example – but now with content of a quality that can match HD output.



Motorola Atrix

Motorola Atrix

This Android powered bad boy boasts 1GB of Ram and a dual core 1Ghz processor, making it as powerful as some, admittedly basic, PC’s.


The real innovation here though is the optional laptop dock. Comprising an 11.6 inch screen and keyboard, the transformation from smartphone to personal computer is complete. A HD Multimedia Dock is also available, enabling you to view your files in full high definition.


Motorola Xoom

Motorola Xoom

Another product from Motorola that caught our eyes is this foray into the Tablet market. Offering a 10.1 inch touch screen and 1GB RAM, not to mention 32GB storage that is expandable via SD cards, this little Android 3.0 powered number will run Flash files – which will naturally have web developers quaffing champagne and web video producers jumping for joy.


This is of course just an overview of the hundreds of weird and wonderful gadgets on display at CES. But what has certainly become apparent is that this will be the year of the personal device, and the possibilities these deliver for Website Video playback.  Bigger, better and shinier – that’s the message for 2011!