CEATEC -- Day Two
October 5, 2006

For my day two coverage of the CEATEC show in Chiba, Japan I want to highlight the latest in big screen displays, as well as a product that may be the greatest hope for world peace. But first, HDTV. As we said at Denver’s CEDIA show a few weeks ago, 1080p resolution is destined to rule the high-end TV world in 2007 and beyond. But that doesn’t mean the resolution is the only thing manufacturers have to talk about. JVC showed off two new innovations to it’s LCoS digital image light amplification line. The first, or at least the biggest, was a 110-inch rear

Canon Recalls Flammable Desktop Copiers
September 19, 2006

In the latest CE recall to involve products with the potential to burst into flames, Canon U.S.A., Inc. advised customers Monday to stop using about 800,000 desktop copiers and return them for repair. A faulty connection inside the copiers can cause overheating, smoking and fire, according to a statement released by Canon and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Six reports of the NP1020 model copiers starting to smoke or actually catching fire have been reported, but none of the incidents have involved any injuries. Other affected copiers include the PC6, PCRE, PC65, PC7, PC7RE, PC8, PC11, PC11RE, PC12 and NP1010.

Canon Releases Two New Camcorders
August 3, 2006

Canon announced the release of two new camcorders Wednesday, one of which is the smallest HD camcorder on the market. The .97 pound Canon HV10 HDV records at true 1080 High Definition resolution and fits in the palm of your hand at 2 inches wide by 4 inches tall. Into that diminutive frame it fits Super Range Optical Stabilization, a DIGIC DV II image processor, a Full HD resolution CMOS sensor and “Instant AF” auto-focus technology. The HV10 HDV appears in stores in September for $1299. The other camcorder on Canon’s slate is the mid-level DC22. Its X-Man power is

Sony’s Newest: Not Your Father’s Camcorders
July 20, 2006

With its Blu-ray player set for fall shipment and its eagerly anticipated Blu-ray-technology-endowed PS3 on the horizon, Sony will address yet another dimension of the high-definition hardware corner of the market. It plans to roll out, beginning in late summer and into fall, a DVD camcorder and a hard-disc-drive-based camcorder which support the AVCHD high-def digital video camera compression technology it developed, and will now co-license, with Panasonic. AVCHD, based on the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec, facilitates high-definition recording on compact consumer camcorders, and is Blu-ray-player-compatible. AVHCD supporters among hardware companies include Canon, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp. All told, there will be five new

Sony Arrives Fashionably Late to the Digital SLR Party
June 7, 2006

Entering a competition now dominated by the likes of Canon and Nikon, Sony introduced Tuesday the Alpha DSL-A100, their first digital SLR camera. Sony comes to this launch after a year-long collaboration with Konica Minolta, recently nudged out of the camera business by the shift to digital (and bought by Sony in January). The digital SLR market has been growing recently, as the high-end cameras have begun to appeal to non-professionals and professionals alike. The 10.2-megapixel Alphas are expected to go on sale in July for with an MSRP of $900 for the body, with lenses ranging from $450 to $700.

People on the Move
June 2, 2006

SpeakerCraft expanded its marketing department the promotion of Heather Rodiques to Marketing Project Manager. Rodriques joined SpeakerCraft as an Administrative Assistant supporting the President, Jeremy Burkhardt and the Vice President of Marketing, Dave Donald. In her new position, Rodiques will be responsible for tactical execution of several marketing programs, as well as implementing special events and integrator relations. Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI), home entertainment control technology company, announced the hiring of Kris Haggstrom as their International Sales Manager. Haggstrom was brought in to lead the forward march on increasing RTI’s international sales efforts. He will investigate, identify, select, integrate and train additional regional distribution partners.

Selling Machine
February 1, 2006

An automated retail machine is catching eyes and CE shoppers By Audrey Gray On the first floor of the Las Vegas Hilton, a hallway away from the blinking, clinking casino floor of one-armed bandits, tourists stop in their tracks and pull out cell phones to snap pictures of a one-armed sales clerk. The clerk doesn't mind. It happens every day, the curious glances and the comments. "No way! Check this out!" The clerk's single arm moves with precision, carefully picking up iPods and Sony PSP's and then pushing them toward Vegas visitors willing to swipe their credit cards. Despite the sideshow atmosphere, each

Is Manufacturer Support Becoming an Oxymoron?
January 1, 2006

Some Photo Retailers Claim it's an Overlooked Part of the Retail Business Equation By Lorraine A. DarConte The topic of manufacturer support is a touchy one it seems; when asked, many retailers were concerned about having their names disclosed, or in turn, of revealing the name of a manufacturer they felt wasn't delivering the level of service and support they needed. But a few brave souls were willing to tell it like it is when it comes to manufacturer support, including the good, the bad and the ugly. First and foremost, photo retailers believe that manufacturer support is critical to the survival of

Dot Competence-'s Bookish Relationship With Consumer
April 1, 2005

Walk a mile in their shoes? Why when you can buy a new pair online?, a household name by most accounts, has done the unthinkable. Rather than crash and burn alongside many a doomed dot-com, the e-commerce engine took a big bite out of the home shopping market. Though the company's mainstay is still media (books, CDs and DVDs) consumer electronics has been the second, most successful category added. By reaching CE shoppers online, Amazon may have forever changed the way people get their tech. Because of Amazon's notable rise, earning kudos when it debuted in 1995, plenty of offline retailers have raised

Digital Displays Build Momentum
February 1, 2005

This year produced a great deal of excitement and intrigue. As prices continue to fall, the major TV vendors seem to be digging in and throwing their support behind particular TV technologies, and complementary technologies like DVR, high-definition discs and home networking continued to gain momentum. While product information from the show is readily available elsewhere, we thought we'd share some insights, analysis and trends gleaned from the show. We'll focus on display technologies. * LCD panels are getting ever-larger and ever-cheaper. The market for LCD flat panels in the 20- to 37-inch area is likely to explode this year as prices continue to