There were three gadgets people could not help but see everywhere at this show – GPS navigators, mp3 players, and digital picture frames.
The sight of ALL those GPS systems has me thinking if I wait a year they’ll be giveaways that come hanging off the side of a bottle of vodka at the liquor store. Well … maybe not, but they certainly won’t hang on to the $400 or so many of the units now command at stores.
MP3 players we all know about.
What I find interesting is that display manufacturers are the first to pick up on the idea of using digital picture frames as simple digital signage. A few, notably LG and Samsung, had these tidy little 7 and 8 inch LCDs parked beside their bigger brethren, cycling through JPEGs explaining the specs.
Another blog also took note of this, and he also got better photos than me.
Nothing fancy about it at all, but it works … much better than tent cards. And these sorts of frames cost sub-$100 when bought in quantity.
Dave Haynes is the founder and editor of Sixteen:Nine, an online publication that has followed the digital signage industry for some 14 years. Dave does strategic advisory consulting work for many end-users and vendors, and also writes for many of them. He’s based near Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast.