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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: January 6, 2011 @ 6:03 pm


    Ciara O'Brien

    It’s that time of year again. The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas today, and I’ve been sent over to cover it. Which pretty much means I play with gadgets for the next few days and report back.

    Tough job.

    Some of the major themes this year won’t come as a surprise: 3D (again); connected TVs; and of course, tablet computers. Sony yesterday announced plans to bring the ability to create 3D content to the consumer with 3D Bloggies, handy cams and Vaio laptops. It also showed off a few concept products, such as a 3D visor and a portable 3D Blu Ray player.

    And there are plenty of glasses-free 3D displays knocking about the show. Sony has a few, and Toshiba has also announced plans to develop displays that ditch the glasses.

    Even with all that though, I think I might be getting a bit weary of 3D right now. Sony last night said it has a whole list of films in 3D ready for release – and some really don’t need it.

    Intel’s announcement yesterday was interesting: a new generation of chips that speed up your PC to a frankly ridiculous level. They showed off how it works in terms of converting video from HD to iPod format (very quick) and how it can be used for creating avatars (a little freaky). Compared to the first generation of Core Duo processors, it’s up to 800-plus per cent faster at some tasks.

    Of course there is one notable absence from CES: Apple. The shadow of the company is certainly felt though, with plenty of tablet devices and smartphones hoping to challenge it. And you can’t have failed to notice that the company chose today to make the Mac App Store available.¬†Great timing, eh?

    But there are plenty of Apple accessories on show to keep fans happy.

    I’ll report back later.