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News covering the consumer electronics industry | December 21, 2011

2012 International CES Show Preview

The holidays are still in full swing, but I'm sure many of you already have the 2012 International CES on your mind. Between that holiday party and the next serving of turkey, you are probably asking yourself: What new products will I see? What keynotes or conference sessions should I attend? What new contacts will I make?

While not every answer can be delivered before the show, which is slated for Jan. 10 to 13 in Las Vegas, this CEA SmartBrief CES Show Preview offers some insight into what you won't want to miss. Once again, the event will cover the consumer-electronics spectrum, showcasing everything from connected TVs and home audio to CE gadgets -- including, of course, tablets, in-vehicle electronics, health and fitness electronics, smartphones and the latest technology advances. The 2012 event will be nothing to shy away from, with more than 2,700 exhibitors lined up to greet attendees. The event is expected to attract more than 140,000 show-goers as well.

Back for this third year, the iLounge Pavilion at the 2012 International CES will be the largest in show history, spanning 75,000 square feet. Experiencing 50% growth over its 2011 CES footprint, iLounge has tripled in size since its CES debut in 2010. Among the other places you won't want to miss at the 2012 event will be the topic-specific TechZones, which are designed to help attendees navigate the show according to their interests.

The planned keynote sessions will once again feature an all-star cast, with addresses set to be delivered by CEA's Gary Shapiro, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer, Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs, Intel's Paul Otellini, Mercedes-Benz's Dieter Zetsche, Ericsson's Hans Vestberg, Xerox's Ursula Burns, Ford's Alan Mulally and Verizon's Lowell McAdam, to name a few.

Now in its second year, the Entertainment Matters at CES program is designed for Hollywood's film, television and digital communities and features exhibits, events and conference programs for entertainment professionals interested in the convergence of content and technology. This year, Robert Kyncl, vice president of global content partnerships at YouTube, will deliver the Entertainment Matters keynote address.

With CES just three weeks away, CEA SmartBrief has put together a glimpse of some of the types of buzz-worthy products, technologies and trends that will be showcased at the event.

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  At A Glance 
  • Thousands of overseas buyers to attend International CES
    The International CES is more international than most people would suspect. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Las Vegas conference will attract more than 20,000 international attendees from 140 countries. The Consumer Electronics Association participates in the Commerce Department's International Buyer Program, which qualifies foreign buyers attending trade shows in the U.S. This article offers suggestions on promoting international business at the conference. Mass High Tech (Boston) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dozens of ultrabooks will be introduced
    Manufacturers of ultrabooks plan to roll out 30 to 50 new models of these slim, portable computers in Las Vegas, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. Designed to a form factor specified by Intel, which supplies most of the processors going into the computers, ultrabooks are trying to build on the popularity of Apple's MacBook Air model. Digital Trends (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Thin Client Storage Form Factor Trends: Because ultrabooks and tablets are a meld between mobile designs and traditional laptops, they bring new application requirements that require new storage architectures. This lecture will delve into how thin client demands such as performance, power and response times can be addressed by a variety of solid-state solutions, and which is most likely to be the choice of future designs. Find out more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Home & Audio Entertainment 
  • Where IPTV technology is heading: The AppTV
    Internet protocol television has made available a host of online viewing options, such as Hulu and Netflix. This blog post predicts the next step is "AppTV," which will incorporate sensors like the Kinect device for the Xbox 360, recognize your face when you step into the living room and offer a customized menu of applications. AppTV will also recognize your voice among others in the room and follow your voice commands, Daniel Burrus writes. B2C Marketing Insider (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Broadband Unlimited: The State of Digital Piracy: This presentation showcases data on the levels of piracy, outlines trends in illegitimate content consumption and shows ways content owners have regained market share. Find out more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • WiSA's wireless audio standard to be showcased at CES
    Silicon Image, a developer of chips for HDMI products, and Summit Semiconductor have created an organization called Wireless Speaker and Audio to promote an industry standard for wireless 7.1 surround sound. Joining the initiative are such companies as Klipsch, Pioneer, Polk Audio and Sharp. WiSA plans to showcase Aperion's product and prototypes from a suite of other brands at the show. (12/14), TWICE (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tablets and E-readers 
  • Merging Content With New Technologies: This session will delve into how the new generation of e-readers, tablets and smartphones is fostering an ever-expanding universe of content creation, consumption and, ultimately, a revolutionary business model for content creators. Find out more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Digital Hollywood 
  • Industry may need to repurpose mobile, social media apps
    Providers of entertainment content and equipment might need to modify mobile and social media applications to offer new ways to distribute games, videos and other content, according to executives speaking at the Entertainment Apps Conference earlier this month. For example, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group acquired this year and turned the ad-based movie recommendation site into a platform for offering content distribution through UltraViolet, its cloud-based movie-streaming service. Home Media Magazine (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Entertainment Matters: A Look At Digital Hollywood: The program, sponsored by Variety and Ericsson, is designed to help entertainment professionals navigate the show through exhibits, keynotes and panels as well as events geared toward the Hollywood community. Find out more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What to look for in Las Vegas
    The absolute latest in gadgets will be on display at the 2012 International CES. Among the new products will be "superphones" -- mobile devices that go beyond smartphones with active-matrix organic light-emitting diode touch-screen displays and 4G data connectivity. Also look for new tablet and ultrabook computers, Internet-connected television sets, advanced displays and smarter appliances. Marketnews Magazine (Toronto) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CES: Wireless Communications: This year's wireless conference focuses on major developments in mobile commerce, the impact of speed on spectrum, the app explosion and the hottest trends in gadgets. It's your world now, so buckle up and hang on! Find out more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEA to honor top products
    Products in 32 consumer-electronics categories will be honored next month at the 2012 International CES. At the Las Vegas conference, the Consumer Electronics Association will present its annual Best of Innovations Design and Engineering Awards. EE Times (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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