Ah, to not be in Germany and be a tech starved grad student. CeBIT generally has way cooler stuff than CES, but unless something really catches my eye, I will probably hold off and do a CeBIT round up this weekend as opposed to the daily lists I did for CES back January. Either way you should definitely keep an eye out for the great new tech that will be announced this week (including the already confirmed Asus EEE PC 900)
Wow…I figured the well would be dry on the last day of CES, but it seems there are at least a couple more tidbits for your perusal.
The toys that are rolling out are diminishing in number, but there is still one more day to go. Here are the bits that were covered today.
National Geographic is reporting that we can expect a season of intense solar flares for the next few weeks and months. This is all part of a normal 11 year cycle in solar flare activity, but it can lead to some distinct headaches in our tech heavy world. As the article notes, this is the first cycle where GPS is widespread – and GPS is one of the systems most easily affected by solar flares. It will be interesting to see how much impact these flares have on our day to day lives, particularly in the geospatial community. So, for the next few weeks/months, if you’re doing GPS field work, you might want to bring a book!
Last year, everything seemed to dwindle after Monday, but this year the tech blogs are still going strong. Time for my highlights for Tuesday:
A few more goodies were highlighted today.
So I have been following the bits and pieces on Engadget, Gizmodo and CrunchGear and have cobbled together my highlights from today.
GPS: – toys toys everywhere
3D Monitors – Active stereo is expensive and kind of a pain sometimes, so I hope that some the passive 3D technologies announced over the last few years will eventually make a mark in the market.
Microsoft Keynote – two of Bill’s big things (out of 3) are location and touch…now if I could just find the quote to prove it
While it is still a couple of hours before Bill Gates makes his final keynote at CES as grand pooba of Microsoft, apparently he has been bandying about his own prognostications that touch, as well as voice and vision, interfaces are the coming trend that will have a significant impact on computing technologies over the next 5 years. I guess that Frank’s statement that this will be the year of touch should be stretched out a bit more. Oh well, now we just have to wait for the webcast of the keynote to see if they talk about Surface and the newly leaked Windows Mobile 7.
Crunch Gear offers up the next LBS device. The SPOT Communicator is a GPS unit that can send your current position via satellite. The press release shows that the target market is the outdoor enthusiast and field workers who are often outside of cell range. Battery life is pretty good given the lack of screen, just four buttons: Help, On/Off, OK, and 911. Given its orange case, it is great if you want to add a bit of safety in hunting season.
The first bit of GPS news out of CES this year has Magellan releasing the Maestro 5340 which will include GPRS for cell network connectivity. This network connectivity will be used to connect to…you guessed it…Google search and data services. At almost $1300 for the unit it will not be for small of purse, and don’t forget the charge for the GPRS connection.