CES kicks off!

The consumer electronics show kicks off in Vegas today with a key note from Microsoft and an plethora of gadgets, tablets, smartphones, 3D TV’s and gaming systems. Access CNET CES site for the best coverage of the event with live video feeds from select exhibits and keynotes.

One of the many gadgets on show at CES is the RIM playbook the much anticipated tablet by Research in Motion. The front of the PlayBook includes a 7-inch capacitive touch screen, a stereo pair of speakers on the right and left bezel, and a front-facing 3MP camera capable of recording 1080p video. Interestingly, the touch control extends beyond the screen into the surrounding frame, allowing for swipe gestures that begin “off the page” such as pulling up the lower left corner to reveal a keyboard. Research in Motion Ltd. is joining with Sprint Nextel Corp. to enter the increasingly crowded tablet computing market. RIM’s Playbook tablet computer will run on Sprint’s fast wireless 4G technology.

Read the Wall Street Journal article on the announcement.

Read the RIM news announcement with more detail.

RIM playbook sitting on top an Ipad at CES 2011

the rise of the tablet

Industry analysts are are predicting the tablet to be the new must have gadget well into the next decade. 2010 was the introduction of the ipad and Galaxy S tab as well as a big rise in kindle, nook and a plethora of new tablet devices. In a couple of years this market will be exploding.

The data in the infographic presents hockey-stick growth scenarios for iPad and others. What’s probably most surprising is how mainstream their appeal is with a whopping 14% of online shoppers saying they plan to purchase an iPad in the next five months. Total tablet sales are expected to rise 1000% by 2014. This Info grapahic was produced by Morgan Stanley and Forrester and laid out by Focus and highlighhted byfast company.

Early nasayers dissed the iPad, saying they couldn’t understand what you’d use it for. But what might be the most insightful points on the infographic are at the end. The gaming industry probably stands to be rocked the hardest by tablets, since they relegate most handheld gaming systems to the trash.

The tablet exceptations for the coming years.