Ahh, CES. Although the expo doesn't officially open until Thursday, there are tons of reveals and press conferences taking place all week, which gives us a jump on what to look for during the main event. We've already got wind of some leaks, early surprises, and products we want to get our hands on, but today marks a milestone in the week — my clean inbox has now been turned into CES press release central! Check out what's been announced and revealed today, and stay tuned for lots (and I do mean lots) more this week.
- Samsung SH100 Camera — Samsung announced a new camera that allows you to use your Android phone as a viewfinder. We'll dig deeper into this later today.
- 50 Cent gets in the audio game — The Monster/Dr. Dre partnership has produced big payoffs (I'm a fan), so now Sleek Audio is teasing new headsets that have apparently been designed (or endorsed) by actor/rapper 50 Cent. Will the outcome be as lucrative? Only time (and our ears) will tell.
- Vizio and OnLive — Vizio, the maker of affordable TVs, announced that it would be building online gaming from OnLive right into its new line of Via TVs and Blu-ray players.
- Avatar Kinect — It sounds like a James Cameron-fronted video game for the Xbox, but it's not. Judging from the sneaky spy pics, it seems like it's going to be an app that allows you to control your Xbox Live avatar using the Kinect system. Remind you of anything? The Wii? Oh yeah, that's right. Weird.
There's still more after the jump.
- Gorillapod's Joby Yogi — Gorillapod announced its iPad edition of its popular line of go-anywhere tripods called the Joby Yogi. So now, you can prop your iPad, or attach it to almost anything for watching movies. Too bad there's no forward-facing camera, otherwise you could totally video chat from anywhere too.
- Garmin StreetPilot App ($40) — A Garmin-built app brings turn-by-turn navigation, traffic maps, and a location finder (not just for businesses — you can track your kids, pets, cars, and — ahem — spouses in conjunction with a Garmin GTU 10 tracking device).
- Portable 3D TVs — I'm not sure about the quality of these products, but a company called Michley Tivax has produced a line of seven-inch portable TVs that allow you to watch 2D content in 3D format. As you may know, turning 2D into 3D after the fact doesn't always make for the best results. I guess we'll see this week!
- BUILT for Apple — Accessory maker BUILT has released a line of cases and sleeves just for the Apple iPad and iPhone 4.
- Microsoft steps into the Smart TV arena — Soon to be battling it out with Google TV is Microsoft, who will supposedly be showing off its own smart TV setup using a stripped-down version of Windows 7, combined with the Windows Media Center interface.
- HP preps 2011 — HP announced a bevvy of new updates to its line of business laptops and Mini 210s.
Stay tuned for more CES news all week!