And so the sun has set on another CESas it did over these train tracks as I wended my way homebut that doesn't mean our coverage is over. Stay tuned for more videos we shot at the show, which will continue to be posted over the course of this week.
What will we see and hear at next year's confab? More 3D video and audio, more tablets and apps, and more than a few surprises, I'm sure. Meanwhile, UAV will continue to bring you the ultimate in all things audio and video. Here's to a great 2011!
Interestingly, 3D was the watchword in audio as well as video at CES this year. Many people apply the term "3D" to 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound, but I think this is a mistake. In such systems, the speakers are located mostly in a 2D planeyes, the surround speakers are often elevated, but they are also typically very diffuse, so the sense of height is limited, especially since auditory directionality is less sensitive behind us than it is in front. Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz add front-height channels, which does more to enhance the 3D soundfield.
Of the video trends I followed at CES this year, the most obvious were more evolutionary than revolutionarymore 3D models and more online apps in what are being called Smart TVs by more than one manufacturer. These apps are also available in Blu-ray players and tablets, providing various ways to access an ever-wider range of online content as well as media files stored on networked devices within the home.
Three new additions to Gracenote's portfolio of music- and video-recognition technologies are elucidated by Graham McKenna, Director of Marketing, Michael Jeffrey, Director of Mobile Technologies, and Ty Roberts, Chief Technical Officer.
CES 2011 has come and gone, and by the end, my dogs were barking big time! Last year, my pedometer recorded a total of 15 miles during the show, a figure I beat by 33 percent this year—I walked 20.34 miles, which translates to 42,959 steps. Thank goodness for orthodics and support socks!
Stay tuned for more videos from the show as well as my wrap-up reports…
Swiss developer Sonic Emotion was demonstrating its 3D Sound technology in a smallish booth at the Convention Center using soundbars from Haier and Coby. Granted, these are hardly the type of "ultimate" products I normally feature on UAV, but the underlying technology is surprisingly advanced and worthy of coverage here.