Last year, DigitalLife was a new, untried idea – taking a consumer-focused version of the Las Vegas-based, to-the-trade-only Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and holding it in New York City. As I wrote last year, the 2004 show was a great success and this year’s show was even better. Attendance at DigitalLife 2005 topped 44,700 for the three-day show at the Javits Center -- and let me tell you, it was packed the day I was there!
This digital playground for consumer technology buyers (and tire-kickers) featured more than 170 of the consumer electronics and video game industry's most prominent companies displaying their latest digital gadgets, video games and online services. It is always amazing to see the convergence of technology, entertainment and communications continuing as it continues to accelerate.
What would any show be without new product introductions and DigitalLife 2005 was no exception. There were scores of new product launches and innovative product demonstrations from both leading and emerging technology companies – the latest and greatest in digital music, home entertainment equipment, video games, HDTVs, mobile computing, personal computers, cell phones, digital photography, digital video and broadband Internet access. Just some of the leading companies at DigitalLife 2005 included AMD, Creative Labs, eBay, Turner, HP, Intel, Logitech, LucasArts, Microsoft, NEC, Nokia, Palm, Sega, Sony Online, T-Mobile, TiVo, Toshiba, Verizon and XM Satellite Radio. (Quite an interesting mix …)
Next time, I’ll begin taking a closer look at some of the most innovative products I found as I toured the aisles at the show.