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Countdown to Macworld (part 3)

Wow, lots of news, loads of great products to talk about and I can’t help feeling a bit disappointed. Steve will not be there…

That’s right, Steve Jobs wont be presenting the keynote. What a gip. Its really annoying. Not only because no-one was to know that last year was his final year but also because it makes me think that there wont be a monumental product launch.

Schiller is good, but I don’t think Steve will let his first outing be a breakthrough product. You don’t send on the rookie striker against Man U in the FA Cup final, you do it against Doncaster in pre-season.

Apart from that, there’s been a lot of news from exhibitors so here goes:

PSYCLOPS will be unveiling their iPod silicon sleeves. They not only offer protection for the nano 4G, but each sleeve also unlocks access to the PSYCLOPS HeadQuarters – a fully interactive online music and dance experience. The PSYCLOPS HeadQuarters website enables users to participate in multiple activities including:

Creating/dressing their own personal PSYCLOPS avatar/character
Building personalized music beats at the “Beat Station”
Developing specific dance moves for their character
Entering their character into “dance off” competitions
Chatting with other users
Watching other characters dance/learning from their dance moves
Transferring their character’s latest dance moves directly to their iPod or even emailing the dance and music “video” to their friends and family

PSYCLOPS’ is located in the North Hall, #4517, right near the “Mac Music Studio

iFrogz are widening their offerings at Macworld with the addition of headphones!  At the show, the recently-launched EarPollution line brings along iFrogz’ first over-the-ear, DJ-style headphones in five designs.

The Silver Spider, Munich, Billionaire, Union and Hustle DJ-styles are professional-grade headphones, each with a distinct style and finish. However, if you prefer to literally “break the mold” and give your headphones their own personalized style, the recently-announced, fully-customizable options from iFrogz provide a total of more than 200,000 unique headphone possibilities across three styles, both earbud and on-ear.

iFrogz is also expanding the EarPollution line at Macworld to include 20 new Nerve Pipes and Fallout on-ear styles and a new style of earbuds called Metal Drumz.

iFrogz will be located at the Dr. Bott booth, # 1912.

In Your Face are a new company who will be offering a chance to see their brand new product

NEC will be profiling two new products:

26” widescreen, wide colour gamut, professional LCD display ideal for high-end graphics applications. Colour and brightness uniformity were paramount in the design of this high-performance display, making it ideal for graphic arts, desktop publishing, photography and other colour-critical environments.

High-end 30 inch professional widescreen LCD monitor for colour critical applications with outstanding features and benefits for best picture quality and colour accuracy, outstanding ergonomics and amazing value for money.

So, as you can see, lots to look forward to and report on. We’ll obviously give you a heads up on what’s hot and what’s not, as well as making sure that the great products unveiled at the show are reviewed either here or in the magazine.

We’ll have another update for you tomorrow – 18 Days to go!