On location coverage of the annual winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Products introduced at the show include the new Pentium MMX processors, televisions and phones that act as internet terminals, new web audio devices, handheld digital players, and an innovative approach to networking from IBM called the PAN or personal area network. Originally broadcast in 1997. Copyright 1997 Stewart Cheifet Productions.
May 22, 2017 Subject:
GDE - that 3rd standard
Hey that 3rd standard you asked about was V90.
October 26, 2007 Subject:
Dvd players had their own decoder card to handle video decoding, my father in law has pentium 2 that has one of these set-ups.
October 21, 2007 Subject:
CES 1997 - Internet Mania
It's funny to look back at this stuff. The IBM "Personal Area Network" is the dumbest looking invention I think I've seen. How is holding hands easier than plugging in a wire? They did try to explain what it would be used for, but I didn't follow.
The other funny one to me was the software that warns you if you accidentally leave your computer connected to AOL. That wasn't a problem for very long - pretty soon AOL ran out of capacity and you couldn't stay logged on for more than 5-10 minutes at a time no matter how actively you were using the thing.
A pretty surprising item to me was the Toshiba Pentium MMX PC with a DVD drive. I had no idea anybody had those in the Pentium days. Seems very anachronistic - what would you have used it for? If they actually played DVD movies on these computers then they must have had some amazingly optimized software to pull it off. Was there any software being distributed on DVD back then?
Does anybody know what 56K standard Motorola was pushing? The narrator says there were 3 standards, but only 2 were mentioned (X2 and K56Flex). The only thing I could find on Google was something called the "Tidal Wave" program which would give Motorola customers a low-cost upgrade once the standard was established. The Motorola rep in this episode talks about not picking sides in the 56K battle, so it seems that's what he was promoting, not some 3rd format.
Being 1997, there's a whole lot of internet stuff being promoted. Sony promotes flipover viewfinders on their camcorders - something which definitely caught on and every camcorder does it now.
Overall a moderately interesting episode to look back at new ideas from 10 years ago.