CES News Round Up – Day 1 (Sort of)

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CES doesn’t officially start until Thursday 7th January, but today (Tuesday) and tomorrow there are various events taking place for the press.

I attended a couple of events today, and so I thought I would post a brief run down on some of the things I saw (and some of these things will be covered in greater depth in the next few days when time permits):

ASUS Briefing

At the ASUS briefing this afternoon, Johnny Shih, the Chairman of ASUS talked about a number of new products, including a new gamer laptop, the G73 (that contains the Intel Core i7-720QM chip), the new U53 laptop made from Bamboo and the NX90, which has been designed with Bang and Olufsen, which frankly looks fantastic!

ASUS ROG G73Jh Gaming Notebook ASUS NX90 Bang & Olufsen ICEpower Notebook

He also talked about some new concepts known as Waveface, including a wearable smartphone (that looks like a bracelet), a personal tablet and some home entertainment devices called Casa, all providing the “right information at the right time”.

More information on these over the next few days.

CES Unveiled

Before the start of CES, the press are invited to a gathering of a number of exhibitors to give them a bit of a sneak preview – and there is food and drink, which always gets people there.

There were a number of really interesting things on show, too many to go into now (I’m feeling rather jet lagged still), but I did get to see the D-Link Boxee up close and personal, and all I can say is that I want one more than ever!

There was also a cool hover drone from Parrot that looked like it was straight out of Terminator, plus some very cool e-book readers, to name but a few.

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LaCie were also there but they didn’t have their new Windows Home Server with them – for that we will have to wait until Thursday!

If the main event is anything like Unveiled, then we are in for some great gadgets.

And it was great to catch up Garry Whittaker, who I haven’t seen since the UK Media Center and Windows Home Server User Group meeting last year (thanks again for the Pepsi Garry) :-)

So, I’m going to try and get some sleep now, but stay tuned as there is lots to report already and there is still a full day before the event actually opens, and believe me tomorrow is going to be a long, and busy day!

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