The Blue Room at The Consumer Electronics Show

Tuesday 22 January 2013, 10:54

Richard Robbins Richard Robbins Senior Technologist

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Hi, my name is Richard and I'm a technologist working in the BBC Blue Room.

It's my job to highlight immediate consumer technology trends and game changing media consumption devices and to bring them to the attention of our editorial, technical and management teams.

In the Blue Room we often find the strongest way to convey the importance and impact of new electronic equipment and content services is to put them in the hands of our colleagues and allow them to discover the potential for themselves.

Ultra High Definition TV screens at The International Consumer Electronics Show 2013

The Blue Room is our den of devices where colleagues can touch, test and trial new consumer cameras, emerging displays, fresh forms of digital content and connected experiences across mobile, tablet, PC and televisions.

One of the biggest events in the technology calendar is the International Consumer Electronics Show. It features 20,000 product launches, more than 150,000 attendees and over 3,250 exhibitors.

With the exception of Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft nearly every technology company from start-up to the multi-billion dollar global brand have a presence in Las Vegas in January.

My fellow Blue Roomer, Lindsey Suter and I were there too.

Attending the CES show served three core knowledge gaining purposes for the Blue Room. It allows us to select interesting and exciting products to showcase, make contact with developers and engineers who make them and to pick-up on overarching themes and trends that show provides.

Smart utensils, bizarre iAccessories,' booth babes' and Ultra High Definition TV made headlines.

We'd like share some of our findings about the next generation of televisions and the potential for new content with you so we've produced our Little Blue Book from CES (Link to PDF).

If you have any comments or would like to suggest any exciting consumer technology products that you think the BBC should be across please use the comments section below or tweet us @BBCBlueRoom.

Richard Robbins is a senior technologist at the BBC.

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    Comment number 1.

    Richard, I'm curious to know why Apple doesn't participate in the show given it's square bang in the middle of the consumer electronics space and almost 5% of the S&P 500 index now. Perhaps it's because the iPad is the last innovation they've come up with and it's old hat now? Lol

    I'm very excited to see how the interactive TV offerings develop actually - really believe that direct consumer interaction is the most impactful element for broadcasters when one looks at technology trends such as convergence. The voice and gesture aspects of Smart TV you cover in the Little Blue Book PDF look especially interesting for future interactivity-based products.

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    Comment number 2.

    Wow... 110" TVs - boggles the mind! I wonder how long it will be before the UHD becomes a standard... I'm still fascinated by the move away from CRTs to flat screens!

    @AmandaCh - with you on the interactive capability. The few BBC game shows that currently employ the 'version 1.0' of the technology are already pretty impressive... in 5 years time you'll probably have real-time voting feedback on the shows and more.

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    Comment number 3.

    Probably not really too relevant for the media industry but I thought the RP-Vita (Remote Presence Virtual and Independent Telemedicine Assistant) at CES was by far the most impressive technology on display... it would be interesting to see if such tech will evolve some 'safer journalism' options in the future - e.g. reporting 'robots' in wartime areas.

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    Comment number 4.

    Wow, what a job. @Alain - Yeah I agree. with that. In 5 years, it's going to be amazing the amount of interaction we will be able to have with others. [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator], I like to blog about all sorts of things and might head over to technology with all the new things on the horizon and the opportunity to try things first.

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    Comment number 5.

    I had a conversation yesterday with someone in R&D and it was pointed out that the low frame rate of Ultra HD / 4k can have serious implications for the quality of the picture in moving objects. Basically with that high resolution as the object moves the shutter speed is so slow that everything blurs. If an object is to stay in focus then it would need to move very slowly and we already know that if the main object that we are focusing on in a scene goes out of focus our brain gets quite confused.
    I fear we are in a situation where we will end up with not all 4k screens being equal and early adopters could get burnt.


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