DERN - TechRevu - CES Show Report
Review by Daniel P. Dern
CEA ISBN/ITEM#: CES2009PICKSDD
Date: 19 January 2009 /
Daniel Dern picked out his Best of CES for us and here it is, in all its techno-coolness...if a bit belated.
Back when I was editor of Byte.com (see
Here's my short list for CES 2009:
Coolest, likely-to-be-the-most-useful tech: the HyperSpace, SplashTop and Cloud "Instant-On" Pre-Boot Environnments for X86 netbooks, notebooks and desktops.
Desktop Solutions: nDigitus' iM-Boot Dual add-in to switch among SATA drives as the primary boot drive.
Mobile: Novatel Wireless' MiFI mobile 3G hotspot.
Storage: The PogoPlug (www.pogoplug.com), a sub-$100 widgit that makes your USB storage web-accessible (through your Internet connection)
"Dangest Thing I Saw": (With a tip of the hat to veteran techno-reporter Jerry Pournelle, for creating this category.) There's usually at least one item indisputably in this category, like last year's iShoes, or the CatGenie self-cleaning cat box from another recent event. I didn't see anything to match these this year (maybe I missed it), but the Cell-Mate comes close enough -- a zero-tech way to turn your cellphone into a headset. (Just be careful driving with the window open if the phone's on your left side...)
Stuff I didn't get a chance to see: Palm's new phone, the Organic LED displays (other than briefly), new netbooks, new cameras...
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