Tomorrow I'll be heading to the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (or CES as most people know it) in snowy (?) Las Vegas.
The Along with an interesting group of keynotes and sessions, CES is filled a brobdingnagian technology expo where many major announcements for new products are made. It's heaven for a gadget geek. All 126,000+ of us.
Many of the announcements will probably be vaporware at this point, but I'm hoping to find some real, concrete tools for our Spring semester of the Mobile Journalism Tools Guide.
I'll also be checking out the Android tablets being shown off -- there's allegedly going to be 80 (Yes, 80 new tablet devices, that's not a typo.) Hopefully, some of them will be able to hold a candle to the iPad because what I've seen and used so far has been a bit disappointing and we need competition to keep innovation moving forward.
I'm also going to check out LG for that dual-core phone I heard about a couple weeks ago and Verizon's booth for LTE capable phones they're supposedly announcing, according to CNET:
While many people have been crossing their fingers for news of a Verizon iPhone at CES, the big news from Verizon will likely be the company's announcement of several new 4G wireless products, including at least four handsets and a tablet PC, all using Google's Android operating system.
The carrier, which is the largest wireless operator in the U.S. in terms of subscribers, launched its highly anticipated 4G wireless network in December. But for the past month, the company has only sold laptop cards for the super fast network, which uses a next-generation networking technology known as Long Term Evolution, or LTE.
It's the first time I've ever attended this monstrous event, so I'm not exactly sure what to expect. I've been reading a lot about the product announcement speculation, but haven't found much about how to best navigate the event or get the most out of the experience so I'm going to be kind of learning as I go. (I've survived six South by Southwest Interactive conferences though, so I think I'll be ok.)
Stay tuned, I'll be posting occasional updates and possibly some video and/or photos (depending on how the cell network / wifi is in the area) throughout the week. I'm also probably be posting on Twitter @Journerdism.
Will Sullivan is a 2010-2011 Reynolds Fellow studying mobile & tablet development. He blogs on the RJI Mobile Blog and Journerdism.com. He can be reached at will @ Journerdism.com, on Twitter @Journerdism or on Facebook.