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Consumer Electronics Show
Summer 1993
by Rick Smith (July 1993)

This summer's Consumer Electronics Show was buzzing with multimedia, namely 3DO. This is a company which has found favor with Wall Street and software developers. We shall soon see if they also find favor with consumers.

Philips CDI (CD-Interactive) showed their CDI system working like a laser disk player but using 5 1/4" CD media. The picture quality was excellent.

Virtual Reality products were in displayed (unlike Comdex) from several vendors. Sega had an impressive prototype without any "jumpiness" due to a slow frame rate. At the anticipated $200 price point, this should serve to make Virtual Reality a household name this holiday season. Joysticks and interactive cockpits are getting very realistic and have new features. Even I can fly some of these simulations quite well as they are much more realistic than conventional video games.

Many PC games for the holiday season are coming on CD. I saw many, many prototypes and these CD games make ordinary computer games pale in comparison. One developer has told me that they had to limit the game to only 650 megabytes in order to fit on a CD. Wow, have games changed. Video playback plays a heavy role in many of these games. I saw some really cool stuff at the show!

It will be interesting to see what happens this holiday season for us as developers and for us as consumers.

Copyright 1993 Rick Smith All rights reserved.

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Product Briefs
Desktop PCs & Servers
  Ergo Thunder Brick 2
Eizo FlexScan Displays
Future Power epower
HP NetServer LXr 8500
Meridian Snap! Server
Digital Cameras
  3Com HomeConnect
Agfa ePhoto 780c
Canon A5 Zoom
Kodak DC265
Minolta 3D 1500
Nikon D1
Olympus C2000
Toshiba PDR-M4 & M5
Notebooks & Mobile
  3Com Palm VII
Fosa Mini Notebook
Pionex Elite
Quantex Celeron Laptop
Sharp Actius PC-A250
Sony F250/F290 Notebooks
Talontek MPC-2000
Mobile/Wireless Communications
  3Com 56K GSM Modem
Novatel Merlin Modem
Xircom Ethernet CompactCard
Mobile Software
  Etak Traffic Touch
DataViz Documents To Go
Softbook E-book System
  Agfa SnapScan Touch
Visioneer Strobe Pro
  Brother MP-21 C Portable
Tektronix Phaser 780
Xerox 480cx
Software & Books
  Avid Cinema for Windows
Caere PageKeeper Pro
Corex Area Code Fix
Docent Outliner
Macmillan Office 2K Books
Paragon FoneSync
Symantec pcAnywhere 9.0
Sybari Antigen 5.5
V-Communications AutoSave
  InFocus 330
Mitsubishi S120
  Club Photo
Intelliquis Traffic Builder
NETSilicon NET+Works
Panasite Web Builder
  Calluna 250 Mb PCCard
Castlewood 2.2Gb ORB
Iomega Clik!
Teac CD-W 54E
Batteries & Power
  Duracell Ultra Battery
Electrofuel PowerPad
Eveready Energizer ACCU
Graphics & Video
  Belkin USB Video Bus
Daeyang VR Headset
Kodak/Intel Picture CD
Nogatech USB TV
Number Nine SR9
  Logitech Cordless mouse
Raritan Switchman
Targus USB MiniMouse
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