This is day three at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and for me, it's getaway day. The crowds at the show just seems to get bigger and bigger each day. Just trying to walk the aisles became a chore.
So what did I see that was impressive, you ask? One of the more interesting products was a radio developed by Alereon that transmits both Bluetooth and Ultra Wideband (UWB) signals. In fact, the radio can dynamically switch between the two protocols, even while transferring a file.
SigmaTel is getting into the video business in a bigger way than it had in the past. They've develop an IC to code/decode/compress video on an iPod-like system. This will find a home in lots of coming players, assuming Apple's video iPod takes off as expected.
Analog Devices showed a Blackfin-based door lock, also known as a biometric security device. It works using fingerprint recognition.
And one of Freescale's customers is on the verge of shipping a ZigBee system to control the home. It operates the lighting and can monitor security cameras, all from an Internet connection.