Gary: So where were Snooki, 50 cent and Justin Beiber this week? No, not the latest awards show, it is another kind of show; the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The CES is like the Super Bowl for electronics. All eyes are on this show. It is where all of the new, hot electronic items are unveiled, as well as the quirky ones.
This year, thin is in. Many of the gadgets that were shown off were much smaller and lighter.
Much of the buzz was over new flat screen TVs.
“Thinner is in. It’s actually less than 3 inches deep.”
Gary: And there is OLEDs. The O stands for organic, a greener version that makes its own light. TV manufacturers are coming off a flat year in sales, and they are hoping that upgraded TVs combined with better pictures will drive consumers to buy more televisions.
“What really matters is that connected TV — it’s connecting to the internet and it can do more things with apps — that is what people seem to be more interested in.”
Gary: Another big hit, ultrabooks. Laptops that weigh only about two pounds and are just over half-an-inch thick.
“Where a traditional laptop maybe takes thirty seconds to boot up, these bootup in seven seconds and they’re guaranteed to have greater than five hours battery life.”
Gary: Celebs help create buzz at the show too. Check out Justin Bieber playing with this new little robot for Tosy Robotics. It is a portable speaker that also dances to the tunes.
Each year more than 150,000 people pack the Las Vegas Convention Center to check out the latest and greatest in technology.
“You get to see all the new products, all the new things they have to offer. I’m a big electronic geek myself, so I love it.”
Gary: Some of the other cool things out there: check out this case that protects your iPad. If you drop it, it bounces.
Have you ever lost a pet? These GPS trackers give real time data on where they are, and send alerts directly to your cell phones. There is also the powerbag, a backpack that allows you to throw all your devices; your phone, computer and anything else that needs a charge right in to the bag. In no time, your gadgets are powered up and ready to go.
But the CES is more than just about getting you to spend your money. Although the economy is not doing so well, the Consumer Electronic Show is providing much needed jobs to help out with the expo, even if they are temporary.
“It helps me get money. Right now, I don’t have a job at all, just working at Texas Station one day and I come over here.”
Gary: It is estimated that the CES alone will bring in more than $50-million to the Las Vegas economy. And companies here are hoping that translates into big business for them in 2012.
Gary Hamilton, Channel One News.