DigitalLife officially kicks off in NYC today. Unlike CES which is industry oriented, DL caters to gadget loving consumers. There will be plenty of opportunity to play with all sorts of stuff (they even have video game tourneys), so if you’re near NYC anytime until the 15th pick up your free tickets and get down here. If the quantity of email and calls I’ve been receiving is any indication, this year’s event is much larger than prior events and looks to be a good time.
Like most bloggers, I do have a day job and I’m into negative PTO these days… So we’ll just have to see how much I can cram into only 9 hours on the ground. To maximize my limited time, I probably won’t be updating ZNF as frequently the last time I journeyed north.
I don’t imagine we’ll see many (any?) product announcements today, though there have been rumors a new Treo will be unveiled. I plan to spend a decent amount of time with various portable devices, check out the home media hardware, and see if Orb will finally reveal their business model. Obviously, I’ll be dropping by the TiVo booth (last year I got fresh with their mascot) and I intend to hook up with the Sling guys who’ll be roaming the floor. But wait, there’s more! I also have two classified meetings, and several interesting people to touch base with… so stay tuned.
The eagle has landed: I’m all checked in and ready to go! I’ll hit the floor as soon as my hot date, Peter Rojas, arrives. Peter, of course, founded both Gizmodo and Engadget and now you can see him weekly on TV.
Had my first visit with the TiVo folks. They obviously don’t have a whole lot to share with me, being caught up on KidZone and having an S3 in the house. HOWEVER, I did a little poking and prodding… Mac TTG is still in the works! While I couldn’t get a date out of them, they said expect an announcement in the near future. Also both Multiroom Viewing and external SATA drive storage are working through the CableLabs certification process. Sounds like, when the time comes, TiVo may sell their own eSATA drive.
I finally got to meet both my online buddy Sascha, of PC Mag, and the Excalibur/Dash in person. It’s true — the Dash doesn’t photograph well, but it’s may be the sleekest, sexiest smartphone out there… and I need it!
Had a chance to catch up with Jeremy Toeman and Brian Jaquet of Sling. I also had a few minutes on the Mac SlingPlayer — it exists, it works, and it’s coming soon. They’re also targeting those Symbian and Palm clients for a ’06 release.
Peter Rojas mobile blogs new Treo 680, 2PM
I’d like to thank the ShowStopper folks across the street for putting together a nice spread: I enjoyed steak and pastry while checking out ifrogz.