Discovering the LG 3D Mobile Phone
A visit to the LG booth produced a chance to see the company's new 3D mobile phone. The screen of the device is designed to refract light in such a way that the 3D image appears without the need for those annoying glasses you have to have for 3D television. The 3D image appears more effective than devices such as the Nintendo 3DS, which was also being shown. LG's 3D phone includes a 3D camera so you can produce your own images and videos. The company is also about to announce a new Android "Honeycomb"-based tablet that can't show 3D without glasses but does include a 3D camera and an HDMI port, so you can watch 3D on your properly equipped television.Clearly, snooping around CeBIT while construction is still under way isn't the same thing as visiting booths during the show when people are around prepared to talk to the media. But it was also revealing in that I was allowed to see things that probably would be hard to see and try out in the midst of a crowded trade show floor. While I did see some things that provoke thought (like why an Olympic medal winner was promoting a treadmill with a high-tech monitoring system), seeing companies during unguarded moments did reveal some truly interesting products. The Fujitsu tablet, for example, puts a true enterprise spin on the genre. While the Apple iPad can be forced into an enterprise role, it's not an easy fit. The Motorola Xoom is slightly better, but the Q550 was made for the enterprise from the ground up. This is what IT managers have dreamed about since tablets suddenly became popular. Just think-a tablet that meets real enterprise security standards. An amazing concept.
In fact, the presence of tablets was inescapable at CeBIT. Virtually every booth I visited was showing an iPad for controlling something ranging from cloud storage to cars. An exception was Microsoft, which will be showing an electric-powered Smart car that has a Microsoft-based user interface operating through Microsoft Windows Phone 7. This device is a cloud-based information system, but when asked what happens when a cell signal is lost, a Microsoft representative wasn't able to suggest a solution except to say that cell service is so reliable in Germany that this would never happen (our tests suggest that this is an exaggeration).