What a way to start the year…
Firstly, I’ve been completely overwhelmed with work from day one, which has severely affected my ability to blog/podcast on a regular basis. In fact, I’ll probably be swamped for a while, as I prepare for a bunch of meetings leading up to a new drug launch at the end-March, so please forgive the irregular postings over the next few months.
Why is it that the day job always get in the way of doing the things we really enjoy ?
Anyway, what’s more important is that the year kicked off with two great tech shows:
For a comprehensive overview of CES with lots of reviews, pictures, and videos, definitely check out Engadgets @ CES and CNET’s substantial coverage of the event, including: The CES Video Archive, Best of CES Awards, and the Backstage Crew. Of the dizzying array of gadgets and tech toys that came pouring out of CES, here are a few of my faves:
PowerCast and WildCharger
Imagine never having to plug anything into a power adapter/transformer ever again and charging all your devices simply by proximity to the wireless charging device…How awesome is that!?! This will also be nice for traveling—only need to take one device instead of one charger for each gadget you have.
Now this is one cool product that I’ve just gotta have! If you’re a podcaster and/or have a “garage band” and don’t fancy spending a lot of money on an expensive recording rig, then I think you’re really going to dig this. For an MSRP of $179.99, you get a 4-channel mixer—with 3 band EQ per channel and phantom-powered XLR inputs—that you can simply slot/plug your iPod w/video into as a recording device. Read more about it here. Plus, it has enough stylin’ appeal to fit right alongside your other Mac/iPod accessories.
OK, I never thought I’d be saying this about a Microsoft product, but MS Sync looks pretty cool. Watch the video and you’ll see how this voice-recognition OS for cars works. It’s darn cool to not only control your BT mobile phone, but also your (connected) MP3 player via voice commands. However, let’s hope MS doesn’t shoot themselves in the foot by limiting it to Zune only. I’m looking forward to seeing more such applications being introduced in the near future.
So, as if all the cool and interesting things coming out of CES weren’t enough, MacWorld had to occur almost concurrently and boy was there some hype around the announcements from that camp as well! Of course the B-I-G, hotly anticipated announcement at MacWorld 2007 was realized in the form of (1) a Phone, (2) a WideScreen iPod, and (3) a Breakthrough Internet Device (whatever that means)…And, as Steve Jobs clearly took som much joy in announcing, these are all one device: The new iPhone! The other big announcement (which was essentially dwarfed by the iPhone news) was the launch of the product formerly known as iTV—now called, Apple TV. You can watch the entire keynote address here.
The iPhone, as expected, has received vast amounts of press coverage from traditional sources as well as the entire blogosphere—here are just a few examples:
- CNET (LOTS of coverage, including videos, blogs, reviews, podcasts, etc.)
- PC World’s “20 Things We Don’t Know About the iPhone”
- Dave Pogue’s (NYT) “The Ultimate iPhone FAQs”
- A fun iPhone vs. Treo Showdown by BBspot
However, all is not “oohs and ahhs” in the iPhone world, as there are also plenty of critics out there who are not so sure the iPhone is going to be as big a hit as everyone was anticipating/hoping. Most notably, are the large numbers of complaints/rants about Apple’s absolutely ridiculous partnership with Cingular and the requirement of a 2yr contract for the iPhone—for example, check out this Cingular employee’s blog on “How to Beat Cingular’s iPhone Monopoly ”, Engadget’s “Who Won’t be Getting iPhone”, and an interesting post from someone considering a switch from T-mobile. And of course, to add to the negativities, there’s also the issue of Cisco suing Apple for the use of their iPhone trademark.
All that aside, one has to admit that the iPhone’s swanky multi-touch user interface is pretty darn amazing. And if you think Steve Job’s demo of the interface at MacWorld was cool, you gotta check out the scoop by Jeff Han from NYU, who presented his “research project” at TED 2006 (thanks to Brent Edwards for pointing it out). You can also read about Han and his research on multi-touch sensors in this month’s issue of Fast Company or watch the video here.
Well, that’s it for this post. It took me a good three weeks or so to finally put this together because of my time constraints due to (real) work. Hopefully, things will get better over the next few months. Either way, it’s good to finally get another post out before the end of this month!