The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is so large that it defies categorization and can create a unique kind of Information Overload.
Indeed, many companies schedule multiple pre-CES briefings to ensure that they reach their intended audience (including us). To spare you from such overload, here are three notable new products that we think you should know about.
HP Notebook Projector Companion
Despite great advances in projector technology, many meetings are marred by an inability to get an important presentation on screen (or on wall, for that matter). Most people don’t travel with their own projector; rather, many rent projectors at hotels or meeting facilities (typically at exorbitant rates). HP has a tiny yet powerful solution that weighs only 260 g yet it can project a high-quality 60-inch-wide image up to 2.5 m away. The image is more than good enough for most meetings and much sharper than a pico projector.
Iomega, now part of EMC, an information storage and management company, offers a hard drive management utility that allows you to take a snapshot of your computer’s operating system, applications, and data files with you on an Iomega drive. This means that mobile knowledge workers can access their data from any computer (as long as they have the drive with them) and can also make setting up a new or replacement PC much less of a chore.
Does the world need another category of tablet or laptop? Lenovo is betting that it does and introduced the Skylight, which might best be described as a laptop crossbred with a smartphone.
The Skylight is always on, just like a smartphone, runs a version of Linux, uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip, but does not run conventional laptop software, instead relying on a unique user interface comprised of live Web gadgets (it comes preloaded with 18, including ones for Gmail, YouTube, and Facebook) as well as a traditional Web browser. It connects to both Wi-Fi as well as mobile broadband (AT&T will sell the Skylight to run on its 3G network).
David M. Goldes is president and senior analyst at Basex.