CES: Day 1

Posted By Bruce Ginsberg on January 07, 2011 10:22 am | Permalink
Tags: CES, Panasonic
LAS VEGAS — I finally found the press/blogger room and am writing this surrounded by 400 bloggers/writers from all over the world, all tapping away on laptops, blackberrys and iPads.

With over 150,000 attendees at the CES conference in Las Vegas, the show floor is packed. There’s a lot of buzz today as Polaroid and Lady Gaga (who will actually be here!) debut their new joint venture camera product.

The coolest thing I attended today was Panasonic’s press conference where they talked about their new products and partnerships. The biggest announcement was the launch of their iPad competition, the Viera Tablet.

They had prototypes of the new Cloud-based service that features video steaming and e-books. Coming in a range of models with different screen sizes to accommodate portability, the Viera could be a real competitor for Apple’s iPad.

Panasonic is teaming up with Gameloft to release a line of video games complete with 3D graphics, including Asphalt 5, N.O.V.A. and UNO, available on their new tablet. They’ve also teamed up with Campus MovieFest, the largest student video-making contest on North America, giving them the opportunity to use the latest Panasonic 3D technology, and letting students have a great realistic, hands-on experience with cutting edge technologies they’ll be using when they enter the field.

The rest of my time was spent networking with the thousands of attendees here in Vegas. I ended the day with a little celeb spotting: Bob Marley’s son, Rohan (see photo below). A successful day one, with more to come!

Bruce Ginsberg is senior VP business development at NYC's Click 3X.