From Alex Trebek to a NOAA Robot…And Everything in Between

We’re leaving Las Vegas in a little while but wanted to give you a look some of what we saw on the floor of the 2009 CES. Attendance figures are not yet in, but it is expected to be less than last due to the recession. The International CES is Las Vegas’ largest convention of the year.


CBS Corp.’s cnet had a huge presence at CES including a set with multiple live positions for their broadcasts.


Sony built a studio for Jeopardy! inside the Las Vegas Convention Center. That’s Alex Trebek seated as a rehearsal of Celebrity Jeopardy was going on Friday. The show taped 11 episodes over a three day period. The celebrity version included Tom Bergeron, Aisha Taylor and Elizabeth Perkins. Last night we attended a taping of two shows of the Tournament of Champions which will air in March. The set used here in Las Vegas will be sent back to Los Angeles and will be the new set for Jeopardy! in the 2009-2010 season.


This is a company we hadn’t heard of before. But they had a cool booth. Eton makes hand crank and solar powered radios and power generators.


Victorinox Swiss Army debuted a new pocket knife that is also a laser pointer/USB flash drive/power point clicker. The company is making a safe-for-flight version that does not include the knife and scissors.

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NOAA had a wandering, talking robot near their booth. It asked things like: “Have you seen anything really, really cool at CES.” We said, “yes,” then moved along.

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The GPS crazed at the Garmin booth.


We donned a pair of the MyVu glasses and watched some of “Family Guy.” The glasses cable to any device, like a PSP, or an iPhone, where you can watch any video you want, right in front of your eyes. The picture was good, and so too was the sound from the attached earphones.


The Nokia decked out a Lamborghini. Attendees could get their picture taken while in the driver’s seat. I passed.


The RIM booth featuring the range of Blackberrys. As a satisfied iPhone owner, I walked on by.