CES Bloggers

Hey, who else is blogging CES?   300 of you Techno Spartans ?    Put YOUR blog URL in the comments section of this post or twitter me and I’ll put you here.   Also make sure you have RSVPd with the CES Bloggers and Bloghaus folks at Seagate and Podtech.   

A lot of premier tech bloggers are on board the PodTech / Microsoft Blogging Bus heading for Las Vegas and video-live-blogging from the bus when they can – this really is a cool idea!  http://www.mogulus.com/podtech_ces_live

SONY Online looks like they have a great blogging venue at the MGM as well and they are hosting a cool (invitation only) Poker Party Wednesday night at the Hard Rock Cafe. 

CES Bloggers  (bloggers – RSVP with them for the Atomic Testing Museum party!)

Rob from CES


Intel’s CES Blogging Team

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CES 2008 Exhibitor Profiles A-E

Readers – let me know if you want me to check out or interview any of these Exhibitors and I’ll try to do it and post the results here over the week of CES.


2008 International CES Exhibitor Profiles

2008 International CES

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The 2008 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) takes place January 7 – 10, 2008 in Las Vegas. Listed below are CES exhibitor profiles.

For in-depth information about CES, visit http://www.cesweb.org/default.asp.

Business Wire is the official news wire for the 2008 International CES. Breaking news releases and photos are available at http://www.tradeshownews.com, Business Wire’s trade show, conference, and event news resource.

Company: 7 Elephants Distributing Corp.
Booth: 5423
Media Contact: Ashkan Tabibnia
Phone: (323) 587-8778
E-mail: ashkan@7elephants.com
Web: http://www.7elephants.com
7 Elephants has been distributing mobile audio and recently video products since 1994. Since the introduction of their own line in 2003 they have achieved one of the most amazing growth numbers in sales volume and customer base. CES always affords us the opportunity to develop new business relationships and strengthen existing business relationships, said Ashkan Tabibnia VP of sales at Konaki, MD Sound and NT Power. The company attributes this growth to their “low price/value” formula. You be the judge. We think there is a good chance you’ll agree! Visit them at Booth 5423, North Hall of the LVCC.
Company: Accell
Booth: 26534
Media Contact: Megan Saulsbury
Phone: (408) 428-0895 ext. 104
E-mail: megan@future-works.com
Web: http://www.accell.com
The growth of the home theater market is driving the need for premium audio and video interconnects and signal distribution solutions. To meet this need, we are creating products that are both easy-to-use and visually exciting.
A wholly owned subsidiary of BizLink Technology, a top 16 supplier of interconnectivity products to manufacturers worldwide, Accell has global design and manufacturing facilities in the United States, Mexico, Malaysia and China.
With its headquarters in the heart of Silicon Valley, Accell leverages its advanced design and manufacturing abilities to bring exciting connectivity products to the market.
Company: ACE CAD Enterprise Co., Ltd.
Booth: Hilton 47000 / 47002
Media Contact: Emily Chuang
Phone: 886-2-2918-3400
E-mail: emily_chuang@acecad.com.tw
Web: http://www.acecad.com.tw
The DigiMemo, a stand-alone digital notepad with memory, digitally captures & stores everything you write or draw with ink on ordinary paper without using a computer.
With its DigiMemo Manager software, easily view, edit, organize, email and share your handwritten notes in Windows. Use the on-line writing function which can instantly synchronize your writing on the paper with the digital page in its software. Further, you can export your handwritten notes into Microsoft OneNote for note management or using the handwriting recognition function in OneNote.
Optional OCR software converts your handwritten notes into digital text to use in Microsoft Word.
The DigiMemo includes 6″x9″, A5, A4 and Letter models.
Company: A-DATA Technology
Booth: 36607
Ticker Symbol & Exchange: Taiwan Exchange: 3260
Media Contact: Vince Wang
Phone: 510-226-7899 x114
E-mail: vince_wang@adatausa.com
Web: http://www.adatausa.com
A-DATA is the worlds second largest vendor of memory modules (DRAMeXchange, July 2006), 2006 Taiwan Top 20 Global Brands as well as Emerging Brand (Interbrand, September 2006). The companys main product lines include memory modules, Flash memory drives/cards, and multimedia application products. A-DATAs corporate philosophy emphasizes constant innovation, first-rate quality and superior product performance; its innovative products have led the way in the memory industry. A-DATA products have won many major Taiwanese and international awards, including Germanys iF Design award and RedDot award, Japans Good Design Award, TAITRAs Best Export IT Product Award, and Taiwan Excellence Silver Awards.
Company: AlertMe.com
Booth: 20666
Media Contact: Natasha Rice
Phone: 44 1223 222162
E-mail: natasha@alertme.com
Web: http://www.alertme.com
Founded in 2006 in the UK, AlertMe.com was established by Adrian Critchlow and Pilgrim Beart, both successful serial entrepreneurs. The company aims to be a leader in the field of web connected home security, driving innovation in internet and mobile communications for the consumer security and monitoring market. AlertMe.com provides an intelligent service that enables people to directly protect, control and monitor their homes from their mobile phones and the internet. Using AlertMe, people no longer need to rely on security company call centres or noisy sirens. Friends, family and neighbours can also receive alerts for added support.
Company: Alpine Electronics of America, Inc.
Booth: North Hall, N101
Media Contact: Connie Sung
Phone: (310) 280-7963
E-mail: connie.sung@wongdoody.com
Web: http://www.alpine-usa.com
Alpine Electronics is a global supplier of automotive mobile media solutions including audio, video, satellite-linked navigation and portable device connectivity systems for original equipment and aftermarket applications. Alpine is at the forefront of innovation, with many first-to-market technologies such as portable navigation that docks into an in-dash unit, iPod® integration, full-range digital amplification and automated acoustical correction sound systems. Alpine has facilities in Japan, China, Europe and North America, and more than 1,600 global patents. It is a consolidated subsidiary of Alps Electric Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of electronic components for computer, communications and car electronics equipment.
Company: American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.
Booth: 72746
Media Contact: Joseph Cerquone
Phone: 703-973-7744
E-mail: jcerquone@asha.org
Web: http://www.asha.org
ASHA has long been a national leader, authority, and resource in the areas of hearing, speech, and language. It runs America: Tuned In Today . . . But Tuned Out Tomorrow?, a public education campaign about the potential risk of hearing loss from unsafe usage of personal audio technology. The campaign has collaborated with several organizations and groups, including the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA); Unwired Technology, a CEA member; and, the Parents’ Choice Foundation. Last year when Apple first announced that it planned to introduce sound limiting software for its iPod, media coverage of its decision cited ASHA’s campaign
Company: ARC Wireless Solutions, Inc.
Booth: 71046
Ticker Symbol & Exchange: ARCW
Media Contact: Eileen Miller
Phone: 303-467-5236
E-mail: emiller@antennas.com
Web: http://www.antennas.com

ARC Wireless Solutions, Inc. is involved in selective design, manufacturing, marketing and selling of a broad range of wireless components and network products and accessories. The Company develops, manufactures and markets proprietary products, including Wi-Fi® and WiMAX panel antennas, mobile GPS, and cellular antennas, as well as base station antennas (for cell phone towers), through its Wireless Communications Solutions Division. ARC also markets its Freedom Antenna® Product Line that boosts your cell/wireless signal. A Solution for Everyone, the Freedom Antenna® and Freedom Blade can be used on cell phones, PDAs and laptops and can be used at home or while working or traveling.

Company: Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
Booth: Booth 25356
Media Contact: Karen Emerson, Media Manager
Phone: 330-686-2600
E-mail: consumer@atus.com
Web: http://www.audio-technica.com
Established in 1962, Audio-Technica is a leading manufacturer of professional and consumer audio equipment, including noise-cancelling, audiophile and portable headphones, high-performance microphones, wireless microphone systems, mixers, turntables and electronic products. Our products are known for legendary quality, consistency, durability and value; we support them with outstanding service.
Company: Aztech Systems Ltd
Booth: 57006
Media Contact: Diana Neo
Phone: 65 6843 1182
E-mail: diana.neo@aztech.com
Web: http://www.aztech.com
Incorporated in 1986, and listed on the Main board of the Singapore Stock Exchange, Aztech Systems Ltd specializes in the design and manufacturing of voice and data communications solutions. Headquartered in Singapore, Aztech today has over 2,500 employees worldwide with strong R&D, design and manufacturing capabilities. Supported by its six sales offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, USA, Germany and Malaysia, the Company provides OEM/ODM, contract manufacturing and retail distribution business.
Silver award winner (sesdaq) for Best Investor Relations, awarded at the Singapore Corporate Awards 2007
Most Transparent Company Award at the Securities Investors Association of Singapore Investors’ Choice Award 2006 (sesdaq) & 2007 (main board small cap, runners-up)
Company: b2
Booth: booth 14244
Media Contact: BHGPR; Stacey Bender
Phone: 973-740-8882
Web: http://www.b2stuf.com
b2 is a newly formed division of Blue Box International specializing in the development and introduction of cutting edge products suitable for the music and entertainment markets. The existing b2 line relates directly to the burgeoning market of digital music devices such as ipod and mp3 players. Future development of the line will center on the music and entertainment industries and b2 products will enhance these experiences. Innovation in product development is a constant at b2, and we are continuously researching new and unique trends to ensure we keep pace with today’s fast moving market and offer products to compliment these trends.
Company: BiTMICRO Networks, Inc.
Booth: 72922
Media Contact: JUN ALEJO
Phone: 510 623 2341
E-mail: jalejo@bitmicro.com
Web: http://www.bitmicro.com
BiTMICRO Networks develops flash solid state disk (SSD), network storage and file cache solid state drive solutions in 2.5″ and 3.5″ hard disk drive (HDD) footprints and 19-inch rack mount configurations scalable up to several terabytes of pure solid state storage.
The E-Disk® solid state drive and flash disk drive solutions are ideal for harsh, demanding, and mission-critical applications in the industrial, embedded, computer, communication, medical, military, and aerospace industries.
Also, the E-Disk® flash disk offers unmatched performance, significantly reducing access times to stored information, acting as performance boosters for almost any enterprise application Financial, ISP, ASP, E-Commerce, OLTP, NAS and SAN.
Company: BlueAnt Wireless
Booth: South Hall 3 35324
Media Contact: Suzanne Harrison
Phone: 415 956 0800
E-mail: info@blueantwireless.com
Web: http://www.blueantwireless.com
BlueAnt Wireless is a leading Australian manufacturer of Bluetooth enabled devices and state-of-the-art wireless accessories. In June 2006, BlueAnt launched its product range into the U.S.
BlueAnts product portfolio includes Bluetooth handsfree, stereo audio streaming and wireless communication products offering cutting-edge technology, design and features.
Our warranty support remains an integral component of our technical support program. All BlueAnt products are covered by a 2-year full replacement warranty and customer support, via our localized dedicated customer service centers, remains paramount.
Visit our CES booth (35324) to view our innovative range of products and preview the very latest additions live at CES!
Visit http://www.blueantwireless.com for more information on our company and products.
Company: Cables Unlimited
Booth: 71444
Media Contact: Ben Hunter/Liz Chidester
Phone: 925-609-7550
E-mail: lchidester@cablesunlimited.com
Web: http://www.cablesunlimited.com

Cables Unlimited – a global leader in cable manufacturing, distributing quality cables and accessories worldwide – specializes in premium, value-priced HDMI, A/V, USB, gaming and networking cables. We are featuring our Audio Unlimited brand 900Mhz wireless speaker systems, UltraFlat HDMI Version 1.3 cables, cutting edge Pro A/V Series audio/video cables,and Hardcore Gaming Series Wii, PS3 and Xbox360 cables at the 2008 International CES.


Cables Unlimited is a proud sponsor of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and have recently launched the KaBLING line of rhinestone-studded pink cables to support this cause. KaBLING cables are a fun and fashionable alternative to connect your CE devices. KaBLING cables currently support USB, HDMI, Audio, Power and Ethernet connectivity.

Please visit us on the web at http://www.cablesunlimited.com for additional information.
Company: Clothing 4 All, Inc.
Booth: 74026
Media Contact: Gene Constant
Phone: 951.276.4964
E-mail: Gene@Clothing4All.com
Web: http://www.Clothing4All.com
Hi-tech garment solutions for America’s Workforce. The way your employees look is a reflection of your business, and the way their apparel performs effects how well they can do their jobs.
Colorfast, wrinkle resistant, moisture wicking, stain resistant, no shrink, and IL50.

Clothing 4 All has exactly what you need. Workwear, Hospitality, Restaurant Wear, Corporate Wear and Retail uniforming. What you see is less than what you get.

Clothing 4 All offers wholesale prices on 35 clothing brands, state-of-the-art garment solutions, custom embroidery and screen printing.
Company: Control4
Booth: South Hall 1 21407
Media Contact: Joelle Kenealey
Phone: 650-373-2005/415-305-6065
E-mail: joelle_kenealey@coltrin.com
Web: http://www.control4.com
Control4 is the first company to make whole-home automation a practical option for any residence. The company makes everyday life easier by providing one-touch control of both new and existing electronic systems in the home. By allowing different systems to work together, Control4 provides effortless entertainment, comfort, convenience and peace of mind to homeowners everywhere. Control4’s affordable and easy to use products enable home theater control, multi-room music, smart lighting, temperature control and security, through a range of in-home and over-the-web remote control technology. The company delivers both wired and wireless solutions that can be installed in existing homes as well as homes under construction.
Company: CyberLink
Booth: Hilton Suite 2365
Ticker Symbol & Exchange: Taiwan – 5203.TW
Media Contact: Andy Marken
Phone: C – 408-390-0002
E-mail: andy@markencom.com
Web: http://www.cyberlink.com
CyberLink develops a range of award-winning digital media creation, playback, sharing, and enjoyment applications for home and business PC users worldwide. At CES the company will be highlighting new ways to move your entertainment anywhere in the house…CyberLink Live; CyberLink MediaServer that supports all your DLNA entertainment devices…including PS3, Xbox and more; streamline solutions to help people get their entertainment out of the house…CyberLink PowerCinema Mobile solutions pack up your digital TV, FM radio, music, video, photos and exciting new ways to control/modify your content your way with the new CyberLink Power family
Company: D-BOX Technologies Inc.
Booth: 20659
Ticker Symbol & Exchange: DBO.A- TSX
Media Contact: Claude Mc Master
Phone: (450) 442-3003
E-mail: cmcmaster@d-box.com
Web: http://www.d-box.com
D-BOX Technologies Inc. designs and manufactures the worlds only motion simulation systems for the entertainment industry, more specifically the market segments of home theaters, movie theaters and gaming. Its unique, patented technology uses motion codes perfectly synchronized with on screen-action and sound for the ultimate immersive experience.
D-BOX Technologies Inc. is a leader in the development of integrated motion systems for home entertainment applications and commercial solutions. Our technology and product standard has evolved over the years for a perfect integration of motion systems. We bring a new dimension to entertainment; as color was for visuals and surround sound is for sound, D-BOX is for motion.
Company: DiBcom
Booth: Room 35381MP – LVCC
Media Contact: Mandy BEDARD
Phone: 403.454.5556
E-mail: m.bedard@open2europe.com
Web: http://www.dibcom.com
DiBcom is at the heart of mobile TV. As a fabless semiconductor company that designs high-performance chipsets, DiBcom enables low-power mobile and portable TV reception everywhere and at high speeds. The companys solutions are used in automotive, PC/peripheral and handheld device applications. DiBcom has extensive experience solving real-world mobile digital terrestrial television (DTT) reception problems and has overcome the main technological barriers to high-quality service. The company has developed patented algorithms and architecture for fast and accurate channel estimation and high Doppler compensation. Its chipsets are compliant with the current worldwide digital video broadcast standards DVB-T, DVB-H, T-DMB and ISDB-T.
Company: Digeo, Inc.
Booth: 26606 South Hall
Media Contact: Jodie Cadieux, Sr. Dir., Corp. Comm.
Phone: 425-896-6050
E-mail: jodie.cadieux@digeo.com
Web: http://www.digeo.com and http://www.moxi.com
Digeo®, Inc. creates state-of-the-art home entertainment technologies, including digital media recorder (DMR) platforms and services. The companys mission is to enable the best consumer experience in high-definition entertainment for the connected home.
The company’s flagship product the two-time Emmy® Award-winning Moxi® Media Center serves as a hub for distribution of digital entertainment throughout the home and has been deployed in more than 420,000 homes nationwide. Digeo previously focused on selling Moxi DVRs through network operators. Now, the company will offer new and enhanced Moxi digital media recorders (DMRs) directly to consumers through retail stores and online while continuing to innovate and provide Moxi solutions to the cable and IPTV industry.
Company: D-Link
Booth: 36212
Media Contact: Les Goldberg, APR
Phone: 714-317-2431
E-mail: lgprman2000@yahoo.com, or les.goldberg@dlink.com
Web: http://www.dlink.com
D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for small, medium and large enterprise business networking. The company continues to strive for excellence as an award winning designer, developer, and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice and data communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. With millions of networking and connectivity products manufactured and shipped, D-Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the networking and communications market. The company will be making a significant announcement at CES which will change the way consumers setup and operate a digital home network.
Company: Dreamflyer
Booth: 25609
Media Contact: Pamela Nelson
Phone: 1-877-435-9746
E-mail: pamela.nelson@mydreamflyer.com
Web: mydreamflyer.com
The DreamFlyer delivers the most extraordinary recreational experience to the home user! The DreamFlyer is a personal virtual reality flight motion simulator designed to enhance the flight simulation experience. The pilot-lead and pilot-induced roll and pitch oscillation is interpreted by the brain to perceive the feeling of flight! Using their own simulation software the flight enthusiast can enhance his experience for any purpose, including virtual competitions, instrumentation practice and/or solo flights. The DreamFlyer is convenient, lightweight and compact, requires no power and virtually no maintenance.
Company: dreamGEAR
Booth: Central Hall 7914
Media Contact: Caroline Rubenstein
Phone: 312-245-9805
E-mail: caroline@alpaytac.com
Web: http://www.dreamgear.net
dreamGEAR® is a leading manufacturer of accessories for all video game platforms and portable speakers and accessories for iPod® and MP3 players under its i.Sound® brand. From 2002 – 2006, dreamGEAR saw 218% growth, and estimates a year-to-year sales increase of 25% in 2007. As a result of this tremendous growth, dreamGEAR was highlighted in Entrepreneurs Hot 500 list of the fastest growing companies in the US. Additionally, three dreamGEAR products were selected as CES Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Award honorees: GameBlaster (Wii accessory), ShredMaster V (guitar controller for PS2) and ShredMaster JR (Plug n Play Guitar Video Game System).
Company: E-detail Inc.
Booth: Hilton 40009
Media Contact: Janice Kang
Phone: 85-2-9885-6008
E-mail: kjw@e-detail.co.kr
Web: http://www.e-detail.co.kr
Our company, e-detail. INC is a Korean IT company, producing revolutionary, innovative presentation tablet PC, the Prezenter.
The key feature of the Prezenter is its dual back-to-back display screens and clone mode technology.
The Prezenter has been specifically designed for sales and customer representatives across a broad range of businesses, including financial services, pharmaceutical, automotive, insurance, training, education and many others. However, it also has all the functionalities of, and can be used as, a conventional laptop computer.
Company: EnVizen_Digital
Booth: Venetian Hotel
Media Contact: Morris Adato
Phone: 818 989-8200
E-mail: morris@noahcomapny.com
Web: http://www.noahcompany.com
EnVizen_Digital manufactures, computer and consumer electronic products, focusing on innovative convergence products that tie Home entertainment with Computer technology. Examples are Media Genie a wireless network attached storage device that connects your computer system with a flat screen Television via HDMI plus record capability, PhotoPlay, a line of WiFi Digital Photo Frames featuring a built in ATSC TV Tuner and remote control. Sizes available from 7, 15.4 and 19, Potable DVD player with built-in ATSC TV Tuner, Dual and Triple computer monitor with built-in ATSC TV Tuner.
EnVizen has offices in Los Angeles and Shenzhen, China.
Company: Epson America, Inc.
Booth: South Hall 1, 21763D & 21661
Media Contact: Walt & Company
Phone: 408-369-7200
E-mail: epson@walt.com
Web: http://www.epson.com
Epson America, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global technology company that manufactures printers, computers, liquid crystal displays (LCDs), integrated circuits, electronic and crystal devices, optical products, factory automation systems and watches. The company draws its products primarily from manufacturing facilities located in Portland, Oregon, as well as Seiko Epson Corporation in Japan. The company has sales offices throughout the United States; a Canadian affiliate in Toronto, Ontario; subsidiaries in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico and Venezuela; and a sales office in Colombia. Epson will be on the CES show floor in South Hall 1, booth 21661.
Company: Ergotron, Inc.
Booth: 26811
Media Contact: Megan Wagoner
Phone: 651-365-6677
E-mail: mwagoner@ergotron.com
Web: http://www.ergotron.com
Ergotron is a global manufacturer of display and notebook mounting and mobility products. Innovation and passion for differentiation is evidenced in over 35 patents and a growing portfolio of award-winning, high-quality products offered at an exceptional value. With a human centered design, Ergotron products adapt technology to the physical needs of each individualcreating an environment that promotes wellness, productivity and efficiencyboth at work and at home. Come experience our life-changing products throughout CES at MyCES Stations, e-Mail Stations, the Las Vegas Convention Center press room, the Innovations Plus at the Sands Expo and in Ergotron booth 26811.
Company: EZ Dupe
Booth: 25427
Media Contact: Howard Kopelson
Phone: 877-686-8868
E-mail: howard@ezdupe.com
Web: http://www.ezdupe.com
EZ Dupe is the nation’s 1 brand of Compact Disc, DVD, USB, SD & CF card duplication systems as well as media printing solutions & portable duplication technologies. Manufacturing locations include southern California, New Jersey & Taiwan.

CESlebrities at CES 2008

Here’s the press release from CES about the celebrities that will be there in official capacities.   I’m under the impression that a lot of celebrity folks also attend just to see what’s up in technology:  

What?! No Donny Deutsch?!

Arlington, Va., December 28, 2007 –

Award winning actors, musicians, comedians and sports stars all come together at the 2008 International CES&#174 to experience the hottest products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry.

The 2008 International CES, the world’s largest technology tradeshow, runs January 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Monday appearances feature Yoko Ono and Sony recording artists Natasha Bedingfield, will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas and Pat Monahan of Train to unveil an all new John Lennon Educational Tour Bus at an invitation only press reception to be held in the Concierge Center from noon-1 p.m. Bedingfield will also perform in the Concierge Center at 4 p.m. that evening.

Indy Car driver and 2005 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, Danica Patrick, will race into the GoDaddy.com booth on Monday along with wrestling’s very own Candice Michelle. Both women will be at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), Central Plaza, CP2.

Science Fiction buffs can’t afford to miss XENA, live at noon as part of the CES conference session: Science Fiction’s Influence on Technology. Kevin Costner and his band will be performing that night at CEA’s Wireless Communications Division reception in the LVCC, Gibson tent from 6-7 p.m. followed by Rocco Deluca from 7-8 p.m.

Academy Award winning actor and producer Michael Douglas, best known for his dramatic acting (Fatal Attraction and Wall Street) and his powerful presence as a producer (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Romancing the Stone), will be at XStreamHD’s invitation only press conference on Tuesday, January 8 at 11 a.m. in The Venetian, Casanova 503.

If you are a fan of the world champion Boston Red Sox – get ready. Big Papi, David Ortiz, will make an appearance at the SHARP booth, LVCC, Central Hall, 11024 from 2-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. GoDaddy.com will bring in another big name on Tuesday -Olympic gold medalist, Amanda Beard, will visit Central Plaza, CP2.

Tuesday night will wrap up with the much anticipated Monster Cable concert at the Paris Hotel. Mary J. Blige will headline with Sheila E., Prince solo artist, and Joe Jackson, father to Janet and Michael Jackson, expected to be in attendance.

Mad Mike from MTV’s Pimp My Ride will be at Mitek’s booth, LVCC, North Hall, 2401 on Monday, January 7 from 1-2 p.m. and 4-5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., 1-2 p.m. and 4-5 p.m. MTX’s Mixed Martial Arts Team also be with Mitek for all show days from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Graham Rahal, the son of U.S. motor racing legend Bobby Rahal, will for the first time get a taste of driving the BMW Sauber F1 Team racing car in the BMW Sauber F1 Team Pit Lane Park. Rahal will be at the LVCC, Gold Lot Exhibits, Gold-1 for all show days.

For more information about the 2008 International CES before, during and after the show, including celebrity appearances and special events, visit www.CESweb.org

CES 2008 coverage coming soon

The Consumer Electronics Show – CES 2008 – the number one technology event in the world, is coming up fast and I’m excited to go as a first time attendee/press dude.    One of the nice tech blogger press perks is I’m getting invited to a lot of cool parties all over Las Vegas.   There is so much activity it’s hard to get a handle on it all. Like Las Vegas, there are far more things available than you could possibly do in a single day.  

The whole city of Las Vegas is basically taken over by geeks, geek wannabes, and even major pop celebrities during the several days of CES excitement.  I just heard that Kevin Costner’s rock band will be performing at one of the award shows.  Thousands of exhibitors and about 140,000 attendees make this the world’s premier tech event, where many companies will showcase and release hardware and software and hope for a good reception, because a good showing at CES can make or break a small company and even some large ones. 

Sunday’s keynote will be by Bill Gates, but I have to admit I’m more excited to attend the Monster Cable retailer awards at the Paris Las Vegas where Mary J. Blige will be performing as part of the party.   Now *that’s* a party!

In addition to my take on the event hundreds of other bloggers and CNET and all the mainstream media will have a lot of good coverage. Even MSNBC’s bombastic Donny Deutsch will be blogging the event for his “Road to CES” specials for his show “The Big Idea” 

Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and Search Engine Strategies in Xiamen, China

OK, it’s time to start getting excited about several events I’ll attend in 2008 – China SES in Xiamen, The Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and the Web 2.0 Conference from WebGuild in Silicon Valley. More about China later as I start to plan that trip with my two table tennis pals, one of whom was born in Beijing. Here’s a great recap of Rand Fishkin‘s experiences last year at this conference.

CES Las Vegas is the world’s most super gigantic humongous computer show. Bill Gates is the keynote this year.

There will be amazing new product launches and thousands of exhibitors hawking the latest and greatest electronic gadgetry. I expect at least a few new amazing Google phones based on Android SDK and literally thousands of neat new gadgets for hands on investigation. Hopefully Scoble and Podtech will host another Bloghaus at the Bellagio. I’d read about CES Bloghaus 2007 last year and it really sounded like the happening place to hang out during the conference as a gathering point and 24/7 watering hole for bloggers.

I’m already getting a lot of emails and some phone calls about setting up press appointments with the CES Exhibitors. For many this is the key place to build the buzz for new product launches. I’ll hope to report on the neatest things I see in travel and tourism as well as anything amazing that really stands out.

SES China 2008 in Xiamen

CES Las Vegas 2008

Las Vegas – Frontier Hotel Demolition Video

This just in from the “only in Las Vegas” department.  

The New Frontier Hotel near the north end of the Las Vegas Strip   is demolished in a huge explosion preceded by a great fireworks display that mimics the pending destruction.   I think I have this right that the Frontier was the *last remaining* big hotel casinos from the second big surge of activity on the Las Vegas Strip.   First there were the original “rat pack” hotels like the original Tropicana  and original Frontier.    These were gradually replaced by hotels like the Sands, and New Frontier  (but not the current Tropicana?   I was there less than a year ago for Bodies – The Exhibition so I’m sure it’s still standing, but the current one must be a third generation Tropicana.   These in turn have been “replaced” – though not by destruction – by the mega hotels like MGM, Caesar’s Palace, the Mirage, TI, The Venetian, The Wynn, and the Bellagio.

Las Vegas Top Ten Suites

The Travel Channel is profiling the top ten suites in Las Vegas: 

10. Penthouse Suite, Las Vegas MGM Grand.  At about $3000 per night offers 19 phones, an elevator to the second floor, and a spectacular view. 

9. Palms Hotel, Las Vegas.   Adrienne Suite, the “Coolest Suite” in town according to the Travel Channel.  For $1500 per night you get a view of the mountains and city and a hotel address at one of the newest and coolest of the Las Vegas hotspots.

8. Sahara Hotel Casino.  Ambassador Suite.  This “Best Retro Suite offers a 1950’s style look and lots of old vegas glamor and history.

7. Turnberry Place.   This “best alternative” to hotel suites is a rich and famous living hotspot.  They showcase the 5.25 million dollar Suite, home to a wealthy client and will soon be home to many more Las Vegas luminaries and rich folks.  

6. Elvis and Priscilla Suite at the Viva Las Vegas Hotel.   This place does not look like my idea of a honeymoon place, but at $175 you even get neon lights and a Pink Cadillac bed.

5. Paris Las Vegas, Napoleon Suite.    Over 4300 Square feet of opulence, primarily used by high rollers who often come in via private jet.   Normally celebrities don’t stay here.

4. Mandalay Bay Four Seasons’ 180 Degree Suite is the ‘Best Escape” Suite.  $2500 per night.   A $10,000 hand carved bed is uniquie to the suite as is styling that is not typical Las Vegas.  The Four Seasons goal is to remove you from  Enjoy iced grapes at the pool where even the towels are chilled.

3.  Las Vegas Hilton.  Verona Suite.   15,000 Square feet of neo-renaissance opulence abounds in the Verona Suite that is generally for high rollers but unlike many of the other suites the Verona is on the market at $17,500  per night.    25 TV’s and big showers make this Las Vegas’ most expensive suite in terms of building costs according to the Las Vegas Hilton.

2. Venetian Hotel.    The Presidential Suite at the Venetian.  Sheldon Adelson is the Owner of the Venetian and says he likes to offer the Presidential to very high rollers – those who are gambling for 6-8 million per night and $150,000 per … .hand.  Usually playing baccarat.   Enjoy a Guggenheim Art Museum right in the hotel.

1. Bellagio Hotel.   Villa One Suite.  With entry through a private secret tunnel the Bellagio Villa One is a two bedroom, $6,000 per night masterpiece (unless you are a high roller in which case you’ll be paying nothing for the suite, but a lot more over time for the privileges).    Staff pampers guests in a private dining room, private gym, and more.  There are several villas at the Bellagio and each  has a secret garden.  The villas have 130 staff to help make the Bellagio’s Villa One the top suite in the Travel Channel’s roundup and the “most stylish suite” in Las Vegas.

The Bellagio, a 1.6 billion dollar hotel  is only one of 58 five diamond hotels in the world.

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O.J. Simpson Charged

O. J. Simpson has just been charged with armed kidnapping after an incident at a Las Vegas Hotel  called the Palace Station.

No, I don’t usually blog about such stuff but this is another optimizing test.   This is only a test.  Do not be alarmed or fear that O.J. Simpson will come to your Las Vegas Hotel room.   For the next sixty seconds please ignore this test.

One of those with O. J. taped the fracas and it seemed clear from the tape that there were guns and the threat of violence.    O. J. Simpson appears to be  claiming he’s totally innocent of these charges and that it was all a misunderstanding between O.J. and the memoribilia dealer who had the Palace Station Hotel room.

We now return you to our regularly scheduled blogishness.

Hotel Booking Tip – day and date matter!

Today’s travel tip is about booking hotel rooms, especially in big cities, especially Las Vegas Nevada. DAY and DATE MATTERS! The chart below is for rooms at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino. This moderately priced, off the Las Vegas strip Hotel gained notoriety today as the location of O.J. Simpson’s armed nabbery of some OJ Memoribilia getting sold by some guy at a room at the Palace Station.

But the key travel point is that if you have *any* flexibility in your travel plans you can save a bundle on the *very same* hotel room. In this example staying weekends at the Palace Station can cost you two or ever *three times* as much as staying mid-week at the very modest $39. New Year’s Eve in the same room is going to run you $189! I stayed at the Las Vegas Hilton two years ago at about $55 per night but then moved to a Fremont Street place for my final night, saving over $100 dollars over the Hilton’s weekend rate and getting to see the nittier and grittier side of Downtown Las Vegas.

Differences like this are greater in Las Vegas than in most places, but the midweek and flexibility rules often apply even in rural America. How to make sure you get the best rate? There’s no golden rule, but generally the best approach is to surf early and surf often and ask a lot of questions of the property itself. In the case of places like the Palace Station this could save you hundreds of dollars.

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Children’s Musical Theater of Oregon – Bravo!

Here in Southern Oregon we’ve got a lot of outstanding professional and community theater action going on. The Children’s Musical Theater of Oregon is no exception. We just enjoyed their excellent performance of Peter Pan, complete with amazing flying effects, great costumes, rich sets, and some outstanding performances by very talented young people.

CMTO is the product of Rhonda and John Taylor’s enthusiasm for working with theater and with children. Rhonda teaches school and John is a very accomplished musician and director who has worked with many musical luminaries as well as two years at the Las Vegas Bellagio as the musical director and keyboardist with Cirque du Soleil’s “O”.

One of the benefits of living here in Southern Oregon is having great professionals in theater, music, movies and television who bring their expertise and enthusiasm to our community.

More about Peter Pan from Mail Tribune