By Jeff Hoffman on Jan 12, 2009
I'm now back from Las Vegas and the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show is history. Below are some photos from Day 2 (Friday January 9). More photos from Day 2 are available in this online album.
There really wasn't a lot of cool new stuff at this year's show. Since this is the first time I've ever been at CES, I'm basing this statement not only on my own observations but also conversations with conference alumni. Many of the manufacturers were demonstrating improvements on energy consumption, as well as other devices to save energy.
This is truly a hardware show, so there was little software to be seen. Big names like HP and Sony demonstrated some of their software (for example, the appropriately named Sony Vegas Movie Studio), as well as online services for photo sharing and backup. Video editing and DVD authoring software provider Nero was showing their latest software to bring TiVo to your desktop.
Sony, RCA and others debuted some inexpensive (less than $200) pocket HD video cameras aimed at bloggers. They are small, lightweight and colorful -- focused on function and not overloaded with a lot of features.
There was also a large exhibit area devoted to automotive technology. It almost looked like the auto show... And I've never seen as many Ford Flex crossover SUVs in one place -- certainly not on the road... But it seems they are a good platform for demonstrating automotive accessories.
Lastly, I have never seen so many ways to display flat screen televisions in my life.
Samsung brought ex-49er Ronnie Lott for a guest appearance and photo op...
You can also view my previous posting, CES Day 1, for more pictures.