Our podcast from Day 1 of CES was chock full of great products and links, and here they are!
Nancy discovered Tech Support for Dummies, and we all immediately wanted to sign our parents up.
Nancy and Amy had to watch Steve Ballmer’s CES keynote address from a Las Vegas hotel bathroom (Heidi actually made it into the room), but you can watch it from the comfort of…someplace other than a bathroom.
Avatar Kinect will allow you to interact with a group of your friends on XBox Live using your gaming avatar and the Kinect’s incredible ability to track your movements and facial expressions. Coming to Kinect this spring.
Microsoft Surface uses the new PixelSense technology to take touch screens to a whole new level: each pixel acts as a camera, so the screen can “see” exactly what you’re doing!
Acer showed off the Iconia, a dual-touch-screen notebook running Windows 7.
The Angels were all sporting their HTC HD7 phones (compliments of Microsoft Windows), running on the new Windows Phone 7 operating system.
Heidi enjoyed Lenovo’s CES party, where she ran into @JenRab, @MoreThanMommy, the Lenovo LePad (yes, we’re still laughing at the name), and an incredible cake driven in all the way from Baltimore by Charm City Cakes.
Driven from Baltimore to Las Vegas by Charm City Cakes!
Of course we just HAD to mention the adult film expo down the street.
Heidi liked the new Sony Bloggie 3D, which will record and play back in 3D without glasses. Yay for no glasses!
Heidi also reported on a couple bits of Skype news: Skype’s acquisition of Qik, and their group video chat service which, at $8.99 for up to ten people, may make Amy switch over from the more expensive ooVoo.
Nancy was fascinated by the new Microsoft Touch Mouse that uses finger gestures instead of a wheel, which reminded Heidi of Nox Audio’s Admiral Touch noise canceling headphones, which have touchscreen gesture controls.
Rebecca and Nancy stopped by the PrimeSense booth to check out the technology behind Microsoft’s Kinect.
Amy had a Kinect revelation: you can use VideoKinect to talk to other people over Windows Live Messenger.
A huge explosion – either the volcano outside of the Mirage hotel or part of the pirate show at the Treasure Island hotel across the street – interrupted the podcast and sent the Angels into fits of laughter. Only in Vegas could something explode and you’d having trouble figuring out which sidewalk show it was from!
We all talked about the great features on our HTC HD7 phones, including the ability to automatically post pictures to skydrive. And Amy loves how quick the phone can go from asleep and locked to taking a picture, which allowed her to snap this before it pulled away:
Amy wants to know how this works. Are the girls actually IN the truck?
Nancy was fascinated by Splat ElectroClean, which reminded Amy of CyberClean.
Heidi loved the incredibly beautiful (and expensive) jewelry-like bluetooth accessories from Novero.
Thanks so much to Blue Microphones for letting us use the not-yet-released Yeti Pro to record our CES podcasts.
And of course, a huge thank you to Microsoft Windows, for sponsoring the Blogging Angels’ trip to Las Vegas, and for providing us with four HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 phones to use at CES.