Android 3.0 Optimized for Tablets

Android Honeycomb 3.0 is being featured at CES 2011. Looking at the videos makes me think that the iPad may not be the only game in town. The fact that 7 million iPads have already been sold does give Apple a head start, but the mobile market is just entering its adolescence.

There should be plenty of market share available for the Android tablets, especially if the OS and 4G play nice together for a truly mobile experience.

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Spatial Integration of UI

There have been many implementations of gestural interactions with computers and data.

Oblong has g-speak

g-speak overview 1828121108 from john underkoffler on Vimeo.

Microsoft Surface

Indeed, the hippest phone around, the iPhone is exciting mostly (and arguably) because it provides the ability to interact with information more realistically and naturally.

What we are missing is the ability of the information to then respond back realistically. Haptic feedback is the missing piece.

There are some attempts that are promising. we have had video game controllers that move and shake when you fire your gun or crash your car. This was taken to the next level at this year’s CES by D-Box. Their new Motion Control Chairs work with games, and Blue-Ray discs to provide an immersive experience.

There are game vests that use compressed air to make you feel the experience and 3D glasses to see the information more realistically.

We’ve tried holograms, but even the big splash on CNN was not real.

We need to bring all these aspects together so we can start having the experiences of the HoloDeck from Star Trek. I want to completely escape reality. Make my Second Life like my first life. Meat space is overrated, don’t you think?

Best of CES 2009

best of CES

While Innovations (for whom I was a judge) has their choices of the ‘Best of CES 2009’ I have my own choices that may or may not agree with them. they are my personal biases about what will be most useful and/or fun for me to use.

I was able to meet quite a few of the designers and talk about the developments they have been working on as well as what will be coming over the coming year.

Great HD technologies for 2009, including thin, thin thin TVs, wireless HD streaming to every monitor in your house, integrated blue-ray players, faster refresh rates and better standards for the larger screens (33″ and up).

NVidia’s 3D glasses and Fox’s Digital 3D transmission of the Florida Oklahoma football game. These technologies are going to bring 3D as a reality to people’s homes very soon. Playing video games with the NVidia’s goggles was quite an experience.

1 or 2 terabyte micro SD card from, who else? SanDisk. Remember when it was a big deal to have 128 MEGABYTES in yor whole computer? (Commodore 64….anyone? am I too old to report on these things?)

Suffice it to say that with all the talk of there not being as many people or exhibitors at this conference, there were plenty of exciting concepts and products to keep the average consumer drooling for the next year and beyond.

Now take those proof of concepts and make it available and affordable.

New Mac Products for 2009

Macworld is where Apple likes to introduce their products just a couple days earlier than CES…just to, you know, set themselves apart.

There are new accessories like mice, chargers, notebook cases and hands free bluetooth accessories for the car.

New software was introduced including all new iLife 09 with photo, movie, garageband and web applications that include alot more interactivity and control. The iWork suite has some new features, most notable is the new application for iPods or iPhones that allows for remote control of Keynote presentations that is similar to the Remote application for iTunes and AppleTV. The app will be available for $1 at the iTunes Store.

Real Software announced Tuesday at Macworld Expo that REAL Server 2009 will ship in February. REAL Server is a cross-platform, multi-user database server. There are several major upgrades for the update. The Real Server Developer Edition is free for developers to use to develop a server application.

iTunes is going DRM free in March, they are also changing their pricing on the products (songs, shows and movies) from a straight $.99 to $.69, $.99 or $1.29. Additionally, users will be able to make purchases over 3G as well as Wi-Fi, which would make it possible to buy items as long as you have a cell connection.