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Consumer Electronics Show 2010 – Gadget Envy

If you are a gadget geek like me, you will be salivating at all of the neat-o things that are being reported out of the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show.

The talk this year,  is all about e-readers and tablets.

First the tablets:

Many of you have probably heard the rumors of an Apple Tablet.  BusinessWeek confirmed these rumors in 2009.  We don’t know exactly what it will look like since Apple does a very good job of keeping mum on their new projects.  In fact, it’s typically rare that we even know this much about one of their upcoming products.   I found this image of a hypothetical look at what we might expect to see this year.

Apple Tablet

Looks pretty nifty to me! Other tablets that are already coming to market that we do know about:

  • Microsoft and HP are coming out with a “Slate PC.”  It will run Windows 7 and from reviews at the show, it’s a bit clunky looking.
  • Sony has the Dash Tablet.  They are calling it the “personal Internet viewer.”  To me, it looks like a major step backwards and a machine I would not wish on my worst enemy.  If you need a new clock at $199, this might be it.
  • Kodak and Nvidia have created their own take on the tablet, and so has
  • Motorola with the Backflip.  While this is a cellphone/smartphone for all intents and purposes, it has a clamshell design that opens completely flat – with a keyboard below the viewing screen.
  • Lenovo U1 Hybrid Tablet – runs Android and clips onto a keyboard to become like a notebook.

Now for the e-readers:

Big changes to the e-reader front – from our bland black and white text to color and interactive graphics and “magazine-style layouts.”

  • Plastic Logic Que – “The Que, introduced Thursday, is a slender, lightweight device geared toward business professionals. The size and thickness of a pad of paper, the Que features a shatterproof plastic touchscreen that makes it lighter (it weighs just over a pound) than glass e-readers.”
  • Skiff (this is the one I’m really excited about) – “It’s believed to be the first e-reader whose e-paper display is based on a thin, flexible sheet of stainless steel foil covered in thin plastic, which means it’s not supposed to break if you drop it.”
  • EnTourage eDGe – First- I’m not fond of companies that make their name so wacky.  However, it seems like it will be interesting to watch – it has an ereader on the left and a notebook on the right.  The company calls it the first ‘dualbook.’

Other fun gadgets coming our way:

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