Anyone who is not an ostrich with its head buried in the sand couldn’t help but notice the buzz surrounding the Parrot Drone at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show now happening in Las Vegas. Sure there are television sets and tablet computers and a gazillion gadgets to gaze at. But the Parrot Drone, a small flying machine with cameras, controlled by the iPhone, well, flies above them all. It is rumored that celebrities galore are attending the show but it isn’t known if the chief Parrothead, Jimmy Buffet is among them.
This year’s CES has dedicated an entire display hall, called the iLounge just to third-party products for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. Meaning, the iPhone is not just a phone, it’s an industry. From crafting fashionable cases, to speakers to toys and of course apps, it would seem that anyone can get in on the iPhone’s popularity with accessories.
Beyond the iLounge there is much more going on at the CES including its organizers’ attempts to reduce the carbon footprint by donating funds for electric, police vehicles. Additionally, the CES has a Sustainable Planet Spotlight, showing off environmentally friendly products and services.
Among the more notable non-iPhone technology is something called the Skiff Reader, a collaborative effort between Sprint and Skiff to put out an 11.5” non-glass screen for reading newspapers and magazines. Creators of this product envision the day when newspaper and magazine content will be delivered to readers in a form similar to apps. Readers will simply visit the digital media newsstand and download their favorite content from a broad spectrum of publishers. They’re promising visually appealing layouts, high resolution graphics, rich typography and dynamic updates. And isn’t that what we all want from an e-reader?
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