Flat Screen LCDs and Plasma TVs
Display technology was the hot ticket, with thin, flat, and large LCD and plasma displays being shown in hundreds of booths. Samsung showed off the world’s largest LCD HDTV, Epson premiered its Livingstation 57-inch widescreen high-definition television, and Philips wowed everyone with their Mirror TV, which featured a video display that turns into a mirror when not in use.

Computer giants Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Gateway, as well as Motorola, the cell phone company, all jumped into the flat screen TV  and trade show photo booth rental. The addition of these manufacturers presents a competitive challenge to TV makers like Sony, Matsushita (Panasonic), and Philips. Analysts believe the added competition is good for consumers, as prices will probably fall as the competition heats up.

Who Won the Awards?
Here are a few of the 2004 CES Innovations Awards Honorees

ArrowVision Technologies, Inc. Fingerprint Identification Door Lock
Shepherd 210 Fingerprint Identification Doorlock verifies pre-stored fingerprint. Only the persons with matched fingerprints are allowed open the door. Up to 50 persons can store their fingerprints to the lock.

Logitech: Logitech di Novo Media Desktop
Logitech diNovo Media Desktop is a dramatically designed Bluetooth keyboard, MediaPad, optical rechargeable mouse, and Bluetooth wireless hub that delivers wireless mastery over the rich media capabilities of today’s PCs.

Philips Consumer Electronics: Philips Key010 Wearable Digital Camera
Philips Key010 Wearable digital camera lets you take up to 300 pictures at 2 mega pixels– snap, share and wear … anytime, anywhere!

Pharos Science & Applications: Ostia Smart Navigator
Pharos’ Ostia Smart Navigator (model # NAV01) powers the Internet’s only location and navigation service for travelers incorporating GPS positioning with real-time traffic information and dynamic points-of-interest lookup.

Samsung Electronics America: Samsung’s 56” W HDTV Monitor TV with DLP Technology 
The new Samsung HLP5685W DLP TV line offers the best of HD picture quality performance with a light weight design addressing more placement options than other same class TV’s.

Sanyo Fisher Company: Fisher Pocket Camera/Corder
The Fisher Pocket CameraCorder, the easy-to-use, tapeless advanced solution for both high-resolution video clips and high-end digital still images . . .Small enough for pocket or purse (5.4 ounces.).

Kodak EasyShare DX6490 Digital Camera
The Kodak EasyShare DX6490 camera combines a professional quality Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon 10X optical zoom, new Kodak Color Science image processing chip and precision auto focusing for unsurpassed image quality.

HP Photosmart 945 Digital Camera
Capture beautiful photos and achieve outstanding enlargements with HP’s Photosmart 945 digital camera, featuring 5.3-megapixel resolution and 56x total zoom. Enjoy one-touch, fully-automatic technology with manual overrides, and on-camera help.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828 Camera
Specifically designed to handle the unique rigors of advanced digital still photography, the new Cyber-shot DSC-F828 camera embodies a premier imaging experience.

Kodak EasyShare Printer Dock 6000
The Kodak EasyShare printer dock 6000 is the first printer-and-camera dock combination, enabling users to print 4″ x 6″ photos directly from EasyShare cameras at the touch of a button.

Don’t miss next year’s action. CES 2005 will be held January 6-9 in Las Vegas, Nevada.