The underlying theme of this years
PCexpo was supposed to be practical uses of technology, but the event was
really held at the mercy of New York City grid lock where shiny little bits
of technology, no matter how cool it may be, can't really help you out.
New York is an amazing city for countless reasons, but its transportation
backbone is ancient, overloaded, and falling apart. Getting around New York can
be such a challenge that we were forced to scrub at least two meetings, and I
suppose that, and the oppressively hot weather left a bad taste.
Still, as conventions go, PCexpo 2002 did have a few cool things hiding
in the Jacob Javits center to look out for. Casio managed a show
coup with their Exilim digital camera.
Straight from Japan, the tiny camera which also doubles as an MP3
player if you pick up the right version had everyone talking.
The camera is just about the same size as a credit card, and only
11mm thick as the model with the tight leather pants who walked around the
show floor kept telling everyone, including other exhibitors. It's impressive
to see one single product capture anyone's attention in a show full of cutting
edge technology, but when it also captures the attention of the other exhibitors
you that is even more impressive.
In any event, it was the show we came to see, and this
year seemed a bit smaller than previous ones.
On the new and notable list a 9.6 megapixel 22.2" LCD from Viewsonic, and a
few other component technologies like Serial ATA. The 22.2" high resolution LCD
monitor from Viewsonic simply blows traditional LCD's out of the water with
its resolution and image quality. I have always followed the LCD display scene
pretty closely, and I was really floored by how clear, and true to life the
Individual pixels on the Viewsonic VP2290b were not visible, and are in
fact ten times more dense than a standard LCD display. This allows text and
other graphics to be displayed more like a true CRT, but with the qualities that
make LCD's so appealing.