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0702.1 CES Las Vegas 2007
0702.1 CES Las Vegas 2007
By John Latta
Las Vegas, NV
January 8 – 11, 2007
There is over 1m sq. ft. of show floor space, 140,000 came
from 130 countries. CES is Comdex and CE in one. We keep wondering is
it too large to be manageable? Yet, the quality of the exhibits remains
high. This is the 40th year of CES and continues to be on a roll.
The WAVE having been to many John Chambers presentations,
this was a classic. Smooth delivery, engaged audience, finely tuned message
points, strategic and peppered with demos to illustrate concepts rather
Key points included:
Cisco is to build the Human
The key to future business
is the ability to predict market
transitions, develop of vision of how to respond to
formulate a strategy and execute. Cisco believes that
done well here with its predictions of market transitions
1997, 2000 and 2006.
The transition to the human
network is founded on the
transition from analog to digital but more important
creation of new experiences. An example of this is
to post a
movie on YouTube. There are an infinite number of
which individuals can post content, the business model
around the use experience and the technology is totally
The characteristics of the
home network include:
Converged – data,
voice, video and mobility
The network has evolved
in terms of the ways in can be used:
Connection – eCommerce
Communications – VoIP
Collaboration – Wikipedia
Participation – YouTube
We should no longer be concerned
about a single device but
any device, any content. Thus the challenge is to
boundaries, silos and complexity.
A key tenant is the people
subscribe to people and not to
services. Your content follows you everywhere.
Cisco’s participation in the Oakland
A’s new ball park is a
major testing ground for connecting users. The completion
Cisco Field is 3 – 4 years away but it will
connect the fans
like not see before, including on their cell phones
watching the game. Digital signage will also play
a role in
the stadium. Cisco intends that this be a major activity
it is called out in its road map.
Cisco TelePresence has transformed
remote interaction over
video, in a business setting. A consumer version is
5 years away. An illustration of both were shown in
All networks will transform to quad play – data,
video and mobility.
It was predicted that by
2010 only 20 homes will create the
same Internet traffic that the entire Internet in
The connected experience requires simplicity.
challenge is to accomplish this – complex technology
simple user experience. Devices install and register
The network is the platform.
When Cisco has participated
in new markets it has been
successful. Examples where Cisco has captured market
in new markets include:
Wireless – 65%
Security – 38%
Networked Home – 51%
Storage Area Networks – 24%
Digital Video – 68%
Cisco has shipped 81m consumer
devices to date. It has
formed a new media solutions group internal to Cisco.
claims no technology religion – standards based,
neutral, content agnostic and customer focused.
The first time that displays
have outsold the PC since 1996
was this year.
The Cisco roadmap includes:
There were 2 demo sessions
and these showed a level of
integration consistent with the strategy not seen
migration of content and user preference from the
the PC, to the living room to the phone.
In order to succeed in this
strategy Cisco will collaborate
with others and acquire companies. There are at least
additional acquisitions in process in this market
Cisco has shown how acquisitions can be made successful.
The following was provided at the news conference.
Cisco will be going to one consumer brand – Cisco.
With the network as the
platform and the delivery of the
user experience is device agnostic, we will be much
dependent on devices.
The opportunity space is
more like a Greenfield that an
Cisco will develop a set
of APIs and make these available to
its partners to accomplish these experiences.
We believe that Cisco can
accomplish this with its
traditional CE gross margins – 20% and thus
it expects to
have Cisco positioned as a premium brand.
Innovations from the Show Floor
Logitech – Moves
New Navigation Technology into the Mainstream
When The WAVE first spotted NuLOOQ navigator and NuLOOQ tooldial at
PMA 2006 we were impressed. Then at CeBit we asked Guerrino De Luca where
this product fit. His response included:
We believe this is a seed
to a much larger market. An
example where a new paradigm of navigation/productivity
required is Google Earth. It is hard to follow a river
example. With this type of tool it is possible to
new forms of navigation that we believe will be required
That is exactly what was shown at CES. 3Dconnexion
has announced the Space Navigator for $59. This will support CAD
and GIS professionals but it has consumer navigation application.
Then a demo was shown with Google Earth. The Space Navigator ID is
not the same as NuLOOQ but it still can be operated with a few fingers.
The navigation includes X & Y
but also zoom. The demo began in the San Francisco Bay Area, then
a fly down the Grand Canyon and navigation over Paris and around
the Eiffel Tower, including a 3D model. It was stated that the mouse
and Space Navigator worked well together. The mouse can be used for
pointing and menu selection while the Space Navigator does just this.
Right now Logitech is testing the market and focusing on web sales.
to be the smallest Internet radio device this
has Ethernet connectivity
and WiFi. It only weights 75
grams. Storage media
is SD MMC and HDD. It will capture
MP3 streams and playback
MP3 and Real Audio.
Devices was showing a weather predicting
umbrella. At the base
of the umbrella is a handle which
picks up the weather
from the Internet. The base then
glows if the weather
will require the use of the
The Dream Machine
was a suspended motion chair. Sitting in the
chair an individual
would drive a vehicle and feel the
motion. It attracted
crowds. Company in Australia.
addressed the UMPC keyboard problem with a
solution which combined
a carrying case with a
keyboard. The keyboard
was on top of the carrying case
and easy to use.
Korean company is showing a desktop hardware
device that looks like
a alarm clock – WidgetStation.
Its front is a LCD display
to show various widgets.
These can be downloaded
from the Internet or Emtrace.
The unit runs Linux
on an ARM9 processor, has a remote,
and can be connected
via Ethernet or WiFi. The display
is a dual 2.5” LCD.
is a hear held earphone and microphone. It
claims significant performance
advantages. This is
accomplished by individual
Speech is “felt.” Noise
removal and audio enhancement.
is an optical Bluetooth mouse the size of a credit
card. It can be stored
in the ExpressCard/54 slot and
There is a slight elevator
bracket which unfolds
from the bottom of the card which
puts the mouse on a
slight incline. The mouse is then
moved just like an ordinary
mouse. Innovative. $79.99.
has multiple versions of the Windows MCE in
small form factor boxes.
The Mini MCE can be held in
ones hand. It includes
a DVR, DVD, MP3 and computer in
one package that only
needs a display. There are
optional storage modules
for 250GB and 750GB. They also
have a TV tuner on a
USB adapter which allows for on-
air recording of content.
complete line of home security products was being
shown. One of the more
innovative is the ability to do
motion detection in
real time and send an e-mail when
detected – called
CaptureCam. The video can then be fed
to a cell phone. They
also have a Digital Private Eye
hidden still camera
in the booth was in incar camera for $99, a
complete security systems
with 4 cameras for $499 and a
2MP IP canera for $199.
company got a tremendous amount of publicity. It
has a flat surface,
like a thin metal fabric, which can
lie on any surface called
the WildCharger Pad. This
plugs into the wall.
A device to be charged is plugged
into an adapter and
set on the pad. The device, be it a
cell phone, digital
camera, or laptop is then charge
with no direct electrical
contact. Multiple devices can
be charged at a time.
original video phone sells for $395 and will work
on a standard phone
line. It also has a cordless phone
with it. New model was
shown in the booth and it is due
in Q3 for $250. Practically
no ID – it looks like a
brick sandwich. It has
no conventional phone as part of
the product. Claims
30f/s and the image quality seems
to reflect this. QCIF
phone. Both phones come with a
$9.95/mo service fee.
Home Server Products
2005 Seagate purchased Mirra. The product is a
personal server. It
allows individuals to share data on
all network computers
and access the data from any
location. Web access
to the Mirra server is provided
free. Each computer
has a client which runs
continuously and notifies
Mirra of any changes in files
and enables incremental
has the following attributes:
runs Linux but is fully secure. It is not
to get internally to Mirra from the
Mirra never opens a file.
offers the MirraGuard guarantee. If a file
lost with Mirra Seagate guarantees to recover
and if Mirra fails Seagate will do forensic
sharing is transparent to users. One can
a folder and it automatically appears on
desktop with sharing privileges.
is no user set up.
works equally as well with Windows and
most popular unit has 500GB in storage and
backup on the client is continuous.
does not use AD and provides sync on the
product has been sold for 2 years.
supports the mobile office with its web
to homes have been limited to ones that are
already data centric
and sophisticated, but this is a
small part of the overall
have two backup servers: StorCenter Pro ($999) and
StoCenter ($799). Each
uses Dantz Retrospect Backup
software. Also included
is CA Brightsor ARCServe and CA
Where are the new product categories? It was
very difficult to find something new. The floor was myopic on refinements
or tailgating successful products, such as in accessories. Possibly
the only two which we would call new are the umbrella from Ambient
Devices and the charger from WildCharge. This is certainly a disappointment
given all the words about innovation which flow from this event and
the industry as a whole.
The last 3 CES events were big on displays and it
was even more so in 2007. As John Chambers said, 2007 is the first
year since 1996 that more displays were sold than PCs. As The WAVE
has seen at other events, the market growth in flat panel displays
and televisions is driving the CE industry. In the Samsung, LG and
Sharp boots the product displays were skewed to displays. It also begs
the question – is there life after
television? With the end of analog television in the US in February 2009
the industry is looking forward to 3 or more glowing years and the show
floor reflected this.
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