CES Opening Day Keynote

Today at CES I attended the opening keynote address. It was given by Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association and Ed Zander, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Motorola Inc. Mr. Shapiro’s address was fine. Honestly, he’s not got great stage presence, but he did talk about Digital Freedom Campaign which “is dedicated to defending the rights of artists, innovators, creators and consumers to use lawful technology free of unreasonable government restrictions and without fear of costly lawsuits.” Check out their site at digitalfreedom.org.

The Digital Freedom Campaign logo

Mr. Zander’s keynote started as he rode a bike onto the stage that charged a mobile phone that sat in a charger attached to the handlebars. I’m not sure if it’s currently in production, but he said it can charge mobile phones that are used in developing countries where having access to an electrical outlet isn’t always easy. He also talked about some new Motorola phones and a partnership with Yahoo. You can check out the Yahoo service3 at go.yahoo.com. If you’re interested, you can see the keynote here.

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