The full article has the minute by minute text and photos of Sony’s CES 2010 Press events. It’s incredible to see how a Sony Event evolves. By Nilay Patel at Engadget.com5:29PM
Beautiful Nightmare now blasting again — these lyrics describe our feelings about 3D almost perfectly. Either way, we don’t want to wake up.
“Our goal is to become an undisputed global leader in 3D.” And… that’s it!
All Sony Style stores in the US getting 3D demo units, starting tonight in Vegas.
To recap: Sony not only thinks you’ll wear the glasses, but that you’ll go out and buy them as an add-on kit for your TV, along with a transmitter. That sounds workable.
Showing off a prototype of a 3D OLED TV.
They’ll be joined by two other lines of 3D-capable sets that don’t bundle the glasses and the transmitter. Which you’ll have to go out and buy separately.
Stan back on, introducing new 3D Bravias for 2010. They’ll be packaged with two pairs of active shutter glasses, and a transmitter built in.
“I’ve been trying to persuade ESPN to do curling in 3D.”
“We’re working hard to making Sony devices already in the home 3D friendly.” All existing PS3 will be firmware upgraded to do 3D games and 3D Blu-rays.
“Who knows what’s going to happen next.” ESPN… 4D?
“Like high-def, 3D provides viewers a new way to experience the game.”
85 events on ESPN 3D this year, including FIFA World Cup.
George Bodenheimer, ESPN and ABC Sports VP on stage.
ESPN 3D launching this summer, first 3D sports network.
PGA Tour will soon be in 3D as well. Insert Tiger Woods joke.
2010 FIFA World Cup will be in 3D this summer, shot on Sony 3D cameras.
Sony and CBS partnering on The Sony 3D Experience, a new consumer research experience. Not a lot of detail about it, but it’ll be at the MGM Grand here at Vegas.
Sony Music also pushing 3D — Kenny Chesney is coming to theaters in 3D this summer.
Sony opening a 3D technology center to teach filmmakers how to shoot 3D.
Sir Howard: “I’d forgotten I was wearing 3D glasses! That’s a good sign, isn’t it?”
Invited Discover and IMAX execs on stage. “At Discovery we view 3D as the future of TV.”
Sir Howard: “Imagine Shark Week in 3D — we may have to equip everyone with a defibrillator.”
Some seriously impressive stuff in this demo — the Discovery stuff in particular. Lots of “why’d they bother” moments as well, though.
Partnership with RealD, Discovery, and IMAX. Glasses demo time again!
“We will marshall all our resources to deliver the next great consumer experience… wait for it… 3D.”
Sir Howie back on stage. “Oh, many of you are still here. That’s a good sign. A good sign.” He’s so charming, it hurts.
“Sony’s commitment to 3D should leave no doubt about where we’re headed.”
VAIO Z, showcases ultramobile expertise. Intelligent switching between graphics intensive and battery saving modes. Sounds like switchable discrete / integrated graphics to us.
VAIO F, with Intel’s latest quad-core CPU and HDMI out.
The VAIO W is also made out of recycled CDs, which is a lot cooler than that printed manual thing.
VAIO W — “A laptop so green it doesn’t come with a printed manual.” These are words that were just said.
Abrupt transition time! Sony has recycled 24.5 million pounds of waste and will strive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent.
TransferJet coming to cameras, photo frames, and VAIO in the future.
He shot across three images in a “second or two.” Of course we don’t know what the file sizes were, but it certainly worked as promised.
They’re demoing a TransferJet demo — wirelessly transferring images from one camera to another.
Is it time for Zoolander jokes? “Next you’ll have a Magnum detector and I’ll be out of a job.” Yes, it is that time.
He’s taking a panoramic shot of the audience. “Sony executives seriously working it down here. Smile with the eyes, you’ve obviously a Top Model fan.”
He likes it a lot. Why? Because the auto-adjustment in Photoshop doesn’t do anything to Cyber-shot pictures. “They’re nearly perfect.” Um, sure.
Nigel’s got a new Cyber-shot: “They’re like ‘professional point-and-shoots’… they have G-series lenses, which are like SLR optics in a point-and-shoot.” Plus he likes the EXMOR-R sensor.
Nigel Barker, photog from America’s Next Top Model now on stage.
Sony’s showing off TransferJet, which they’ve been talking about for a while.
New geotagging Cyber-shots with compass — the new TX7 also works with the Party-dock.
Easy uploads, etc. Sounds like a continuation of last year’s Webbie.
Sony introducing Bloggie, a new pocket cam.
They’re talking about new EXMOR Handycams, but we’re still blown away by the SD thing. Is it seriously 2012 already?
Seriously. Sony just went away from their own proprietary format. Dog and cats, living together. Mass hysteria.
HandyCam and Cyber-shot cameras going dual-SD and MemoryStick! This is seriously huge news. No wonder Sony announced SD cards this morning.
Wall Street Journal available now, and two new exclusive Dow Jones packages are also now available: MarketWatch and WSJ Plus. Only electronic version of the New York Post soon to come.
Stan’s back, talking about content on the go and the Reader Daily Edition.
“It’s become clear that we need a more centralized organizational structure to go forward… we’ve established Sony Network Entertainment Inc.” Just what Sony needs, another division!
Streaming movies coming to VAIO and other Windows PC later this month in six countries, also BD decks and TVs.
Single user ID for both PSN and other consumer products — so these other devices aren’t getting true PSN, but they’re “looking at making a single experience” in the future.
They’re extending the video services to more devices — Blu-ray players, laptops, TVs.
More countries for video on PSN later this year. 38m registered users on PSN.
Talking up the premium video content on PlayStation Network.
Sony’s good at making devices, but they know they need to do more.
“I’m not here just to talk about the PS3… we’re expanding our network services beyond PS3 and PSP.”
1.7m PS3s sold in North America alone this past quarter. Kaz is proud of all the recent games.
Kaz Hirai now coming on stage.
So… Sony made a Chumby. Okay.
“The new Dash personal internet viewer is designed to show you your favorite parts of the internet in a dash.” Also does movies, audio, Facebook, Twitter.
It can either lie flat or stand. It’s too chunky for a pocket, but it’s mobile — they’re not showing it plugged in.
Sony Dash Internet Viewer. Looks like an alarm clock / picture frame.
“Sony is committed to providing content that consumers want everywhere they go.”
New Blu-ray deck with monolithic design, WiFi, joined by a new HTIB that does internet video and BD-Live.
“Blu-ray continues to make significant strides… Sony has the broadest Blu-ray lineup in the market.”
Monolithic design will also be in many home theater products. New HTIB with wireless speakers.
Pre-orders starting tonight, delivery in early March.
They’ll obviously be connected TVs, lots of Bravia Internet Video integration and Bravia Internet Widgets… and “something else you’ll be hearing about shortly.”
So… how does this TV embody the make.believe spirit? It’s not just empty marketing, is it?
NX800 — new LED backlit set. New Bravias starting this spring, from 22-60 inches. Monolithic TVs are designed for be viewed at a six degree slant to compensate for low stands.
Newest products that embody make.believe philosophy. First up: new Bravias, featuring our “new monolithic design.” The music is appropriately terrifying.
Joshua Marc Levy, art director, Sony Music. Just a normal guy buying a Walkman, really.
This is something about an album cover designer, who is as yet unnamed. “I get to create album covers for some of the greatest artists of all time!” Sure sounds like the average Sony customer to us.Update: It’s Joshua Marc Levy!
“I want to share a make.believe story with you.” Video time!
The dot in make.believe symbolizes the place where… make meets believe.
“Sony is committed to the idea that anything you can imagine, you can make real.”
“make.believe” is not an empty marketing message… We are establishing a personal and practical connection with consumers.”
Stan’s saying that the past year was rough for the industry, but Sony did okay.
We’re welcoming Sony executives who have joined us from around the world. Stan’s also teasing a Ford / Sony partnership that will be announced tomorrow at the Ford keynote.
“You’ll be seeing things that only a company with the power and depth of Sony can deliver.”
On stage now: Stan Glasgow, President and COO, Sony Electronics.
“My conversation with her was more interesting than the conversation you’ve had lately.”
Sir Howard: “Are we not lucky to have her? Maybe you’ll call us cool again.”
The glitter was also in 3D.
The projected 3D isn’t actually all that great — it’s nice, but it’s not worth wearing silly glasses for. Particularly when the real Taylor Swift is right in front of you. The sparkles on her guitar do “pop,” though.
We’re going to say live Taylor beats 3D projected Taylor. Her guitar is so sparkly!
Oh — they’re projecting this live in 3D on the screen behind her. We’re having a hard time deciding which is the more convincing 3D experience.
For some reason, we have to put the glasses on again. But… she’s right here!
Taylor loves taking pictures and videos on the road to connect with her fans. “I’m very interested in what’s the newest and the best… I’m very interested in documented my tour in 3D.”
Taylor Swift is also here in 3D. Why are we still wearing these glasses?
“We’re also committed to doing live performances in 3D.” We’re about to see a 3D live perfomance, obviously. PAUL MILLER ALERT: TAYLOR SWIFT IS HERE.
“Today I’m pleased to announced that Sony Music and Jimi Hendrix’s estate have announced a significant partnership.” A ton of stuff will be available in 3D, all converted.
Sir Howard Stringer taking the stage. He is in 3D. “I bet you think you all look really cool with those glasses on, don’t you.”
We’re being told to put on our 3D glasses for a special 3D experience… which is Jimi at Woodstock. Looks like 2D-to-3D conversion is on the menu here.
They just told us to turn off our cell phones. In the background, Mario told us we were about to get a little tipsy… before we break up.
Tik Tok by Kesha now bumping loud. Maybe Sony is announcing an Auto-Tune partnership?
(Comments are now on, by the way.)
Sony just opened the curtain and revealed another eight rows of empty seats in front of the stage, prompting a mad rush of people. Background music: Electric Feel, by MGMT.
Sony’s only got four minutes to go. Four minutes.
We’re really sorry about that. Technical difficulties?
Someone call 9-1-1, Sony’s fire is burning on the show floor.
Someone just cranked up “Beautiful Nightmare.” Somewhere backstage, Sir Howard is straight breaking it down..
We’re here at Sony’s CES press event — we’re expecting some more 3D TV action and maybe some Blu-ray news, but we’ll find out what’s going down soon enough.