|CES 2011 Press Conference Wrapup|
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|Written by AVRev.com|
|Wednesday, 05 January 2011|
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The bad is that Panasonic focused a fairly long segment on their relationship with Gameloft, who specializes in cell phone games. The company will be turning to the TV and making games specifically for connected Panasonic TVs. They showed off ‘Asphalt 5,’ an apparent port of an iPhone racing game that looked decent at best. It wouldn’t be a big deal if it were just a throwaway segment, but the amount of time spend on it – five or ten minutes of a 45 minute conference about all of Panasonics 2011 products – makes it seem like a pretty strong focus for the company.
There’s one thing that’s clear from the press conference. Sony loves 3D. They’re banking on it in every aspect of their business and it’s a move that just might pay off. Sony has a 3D channel called 3D Net launching in the next few month that you’ll be able to watch on any of the new 3D capable TVs that Sony’s bringing to the table. High-end models get a special bonus in Corning Gorilla Glass, which should help prevent injuries from Wii and Move controllers.
It doesn’t stop with TVs. Sony is introducing a 3D Handicam with a glasses-free display for recording and playback, new 3D digital cameras and most interesting of all – a 3D Bloggie. Confused? It’s alright, we didn’t remember what the Bloggie was either. The Bloggie is a small camcorder much like the Flip and made for the same casual audience. The 3D capable Bloggie will introduce plenty of people to 3D recording at the surprisingly low price of $220. It won’t get you 1080p in 3D, but it’ll do 720 and it comes equipped with a glasses-free 3D display.
Of course, Sony hasn’t forgotten those that aren’t necessarily into the whole 3D thing. They introduced the new flagship KDL-55HX929 LCD television and it looked incredibly impressive. It’s not equipped with Google TV, but boasts Qriocity connectivity. They also brought a pair of prototypes that seem very interesting indeed. The first is a portable 3D Blu-ray player that lets you watch 3D without the need for glasses. Pretty slick, but the Headman Personal 3D viewer seems so much cooler, and the design makes you look a bit like an old-school Cylon.
That wraps it up for the CES press conferences. We will be roaming the show floor tomorrow as well as the suites up in the Venetian for all you audiophiles. Keep checking back throughout the weekend for more CES coverage from us here at AVRev. You can also see real-time updates (including pictures) of our coverage on Twitter.