Every year, leading tech companies from around the world gather up their most impressive gadgetry and make a holy pilgrimage to the City of Sin for the annual International Consumer Electronics Show. With up to 300,000 attendees and around 1.6 million square feet of high-tech treasure spread out across the Las Vegas landscape, CES is the largest consumer electronics show in the world.
This year it might seem that the biggest news to come out of the CES 2007 revolves around a product that never even hit the showroom floor (that would be Apple's trademark-hampered iPhone, which was unveiled at MacWorld). Upstaging antics aside, 2007's CES was all about convergence-a very good trend for those of use who love Voip.
Mark my words, it's only a matter of time before voip is the logical phone choice for everyone; the world is steadily molding itself into the ideal voip environment and convergence is just one more step along the path. TV sets that display regular network content alongside internet offerings; centralized storage for household photos, music, videos, and other digital information; cell phones that support mobile blogging; the theme resonates throughout the week-consumers want multitasking devices that play nice with all their favorite stuff.
Here's a quick look at some of the most exciting voip developments to come out of CES 2007:
- NextAlarm.com debuted a home alarm system specifically designed to work with voip lines, knocking down one of the last barriers for late adopters of voip technology. Now, you don't need to maintain that backup landline just to keep your home alarm system.
- Clique Communications offered up a great new video voip softphone that ISPs can pass along to their subscribers.
- Multi-Link showed off a range of USB voip phones, including the TeleVoIP. What's great about this phone is that it works with just about everything; Mac, Windows and Linux platforms and all voip softphone clients.
- Kensington unleashed what might be the most convenient Bluetooth® voip phone ever. Vo200 lets you easily make voip calls from your laptop using the SoftPhone of your choice. It works with all voip service providers, has up to 30 hours of standby time and 3 hours of talk time. Best of all it folds up and can be stored in your laptop's PC Card slot.
- NETGEAR brought out a WiFi Skype phone and a cordless, dual-mode voip phone that can make Skype calls or traditional landline calls. Even though they're limited by being “Skype-only” phones, it's encouraging to see more dual-mode and WiFi phones on the market.
We can't wait to see what the rest of 2007 brings!