THIS WEEK 125,000 or more fans are expected to descend on Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show that has been preceded by an aborted Intel Sandy Bridge embargo, AMD's Fusion roll out and pre-show announcements about automated food management and USB 3.0 external hard disc drives.
In what's becoming rather repetitive, tablets are expected to be all over the place and Vizio has already announced a new one, while Archos has re-announced its Archos 70. And Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is expected to use his keynote address to unveil a Windows 7 tablet, HP is rumoured to release a Palm device based on the WebOS platform and Nicholas Negroponte has promised to show off an OLPC tablet.
As if we didn't see enough of it in 2010, 3D is once again rearing its eye boggling head and companies are expected to make a series of announcements around 3D technology, particularly for smart TV sets. You know, those tellies that can act as an Internet browser and video recorder and stuff.
Over 1,200 companies will be exhibiting, a 25 per cent increase over last year according to the organisers. That's a huge increase, coming off the horrific economic slump of the last two years thanks to the world's banksters. CES officially opens on Thursday, but press briefings begin tomorrow. µ