CES 2011 Roundup – Thursday January 6, 2011 While the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) technically started yesterday… several of us flew in early this morning for our first day. It’s always fun to come into Las Vegas and drive down the Las Vegas Strip on the way to the Convention Center (see photo 1 on the left below). Day 1 at CES – The sheer size of the event is staggering (it attracts over 120,000 people each year), even for those of us who have been here before. It takes up the entire North, Central, and South Las Vegas Convention Center halls…plus…the Hilton and Venetian Convention Centers (neighboring facilities) as well. The terms CES and HUGE should always be near each other. (See photos 2 & 3). After showing our ID’s and getting our badge-holders, we entered CES and proceeded to visit a number of booths…lots of “attendee traffic” at the show. What was obvious early on is that 3D is anything but “dead”. In fact, there was more signage promoting 3D products this year than last year. Even more interesting was that Toshiba was showing a glasses-free 3D HD demo on multiple size displays at CES this year – from 12” up to 65”. They were real, worked, and actually pretty impressive. The concept of the glasses- free 3D HD from Toshiba is to have multiple view angles and eliminate distortion at those designated angles. So…defined seating locations (or standing as well) provides clear 3D HD viewing. If you view it from areas between those angles, some distortion remains. (see photos 4 & 5). In addition to being dazzled by all the new “toys” and events at this mammoth tech show…there was a late afternoon “DirecTV onsite meeting” for a number of DBSTalkers there, including Doug Brott (DBSTalk Moderator), HDTVFAN0001, RichieRich, Draconis, David Ortiz, NR4P, HDhead, The Moose, mattgwyther, and VLaslow. While DirecTV did not formally have a booth at CES, this was a very enjoyable and informative time. Thanks to Doug for coordinating this gathering.