The Consumer Electronics Show
might be a premiere showcase to show the world the ways that technology is shaping their lives and give budding technology engineers and companies a place to grow. However, the new sights that are about to hit the drool covered floor at CES
are the real reasons we look forward to the annual tech gathering. Some of CES
' most defining displays and premieres have ushered in new methods of media, communication and even transportations and given geeks, dweebs and wireheads another reason to go on living.
Serac Glass Speakers and Bravura Glass Subwoofer
No bachelor pad is complete without a kicking stereo system that can make the astronauts on the Space Station turn their heads to wonder where that strange noise came from, but they haven't made many recent innovations in design and style. Greensound Technology has fixed this problem
without skimping on a stereo's capability for busting eardrums. The company claims their speakers and matching subwoofer offer stereo quality sound with a unique and sleek glass design that can make even the grungiest apartment look like the setting for the new Jetsons movie.
The Return of the Polaroid Camera
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Digital technology may have made cameras more accessible and easier for any brainless moron to use, but part of us really misses the Polaroid camera. The fact that anyone could shoot and print photos with the same device in the flash of one moment seemed like something from the future, even after digital cameras brought photography into a new era. The Z340 Instant Digital camera
, the revival of the classic point, shoot and print Polaroid camera, will keep us from longing for the old days without sacrificing what makes cameras awesome in this day and age.
Skype is all well and good but it's not the futuristic video phone technology that science-fiction movies like "Blade Runner" and "Back to the Future Part II" promised us. We want something that will not only allow us to make and receive calls through our television but also allows us to speak completely hands-free. Biscotti's "TV phone"
may be the closest thing yet to achieving that dream. The cookie shaped device for which it is named sits on top of any television and not only broadcasts an image of the person you're speaking to through it, but it also can pick up voices and send conversations from anywhere in your living room.
The Tailgater Portable HDTV System
Tailgating at the big game has always made for an enjoyable alternative to actually attending the game since you're not crammed into a stadium seat and burning your own hot dog doesn't cost anywhere near as much as the $7 ones at the concession stand. The hardest part of tailgating is finding a connection to hook up the TV so you can actually watch the big game. This portable satellite dish
not only provides an ultra convenient way to watch the game, but it also provides high definition broadcasts on the go.
The BCS Game in 3D
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3D technology might be popular in science-fiction and horror movies to make the experience more immersive, but it was made for sporting events. Finally, sports fans around the globe will get to experience the way the BCS Championship game was made to be seen in full, high definition 3D. Not only will attendees of next year's CES get to watch the game in 3D, but they will also get to watch live boxing that will also be broadcast live in 3D
. I'm assuming it's so the people in attendance can compare 3D technology to real life to see which looks more real.
The Basis B1 Watch
Of course, being able to enjoy the joys of tailgating in one's off-hours requires a steady diet and health regime every other day of the week unless your goal is to get on disability by seeing how many sausage dogs your heart can handle. This innovative wrist watch
can monitor your heartbeat, blood flow, activity level and body temperature and provide an accurate assessment of your health from all the data it collects. It can even monitor your sleep patterns as you wear it and provide assessment to improve your nightly siesta.
The Lytro Camera
It sounds like a cliche that digital cameras couldn't be easier to operate but someone may have actually found a way to "un-cliche" that statement. Lytro's camera
not only looks like the simplest camera to ever be held by human hands since the first disposable camera, but it makes it even easier with advanced focusing technology that can fix blurry pictures after they've been taken.
The XBox 720
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So far, any news about Microsoft's successor to the insanely popular XBox 360 console has been nothing more than rumor. In fact, the only thing that has been confirmed is that the console will officially be unveiled at the CES, just like the original XBox. Unfortunately, that's about the only thing we know about the new console
. Microsoft has kept such a tight lid on the thing that the showroom is sure to flood with the rabid drool of gaming fanboys by the time the veil on the device is finally lifted. Speaking of drooling crazies...
The Booth Babes
Of course, we'd be lying if we said the only reason we look forward to CES is the chance to play with all of the new gadgets or watch a bald, sweaty man have a spontaneous joygasm over advertising specs. Just about every new gadget and electronic doo-dad has a pretty face and shapely body drawing people towards them. These models of the wired runway alone can make a presentation on new sump pumps feel like a private unveiling of the new Space Shuttle. They are the biggest reason we look forward to CES every year, well technically, the two biggest reasons.
Microsoft Steve Ballmer's Keynote Address
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We really couldn't care less about what he has to say or what he may be presenting or unveiling to those in attendance. The fact that this human ball of energy
and mayhem will take the stage to speak for more than a minute will have us fighting for a seat in the front row. Every time Microsoft's chief executive officer has a microphone put in front of him, his speech turns into a hilarious, raucous display of wild fist bumps and hilarious man-jumps. He could deliver a speech on the growth demographics of software engineers in the Ukraine and it would be the most hilarious live event ever seen on stage since Richard Pyror was in his prime.
With all the new electronics and gadgets CES 2012 in Las Vegas is going to be absolutely phenomenal. Best part? As the official broadcaster of the entire event,
SPIKE is going to give viewers at home an All Access pass
to see what goes behind the closed doors of CES 2012:
exclusives, celebrities, special guests, and surprises that you won't find anywhere else - and it all starts on January 10.