When Worlds Collide

CES and AVN are in town this week. Here’s what to look for ...

It’s January, and in Las Vegas that means two things: geeks and porn stars.

The 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the 2011 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo are in town Jan. 6-9. While we can’t predict where the geeks will be putting their, uh, tablets, or which entertainment centers the porn stars will favor this year, we can weed through the reams of CES information and share with you what to expect. Here’s the gist: Cameras have gotten smaller, tablets have multiplied, TVs continue going 3-D, 3-D eyewear continues to improve, wind turbines are finding their way into the home, smartphones keep getting smarter, there’s an app for everything and porn stars blend into the Las Vegas landscape much like locals.

But we’re no experts, so we found some bona fide pros (in both the tech and adult fields) to enlighten us about what they are looking forward to.

Edmunds.com senior technology editor Doug Newcomb expects to see:

• In-car Internet: This trend started a few years ago but is starting to pick up steam through a variety of applications, ranging from onboard Wi-Fi to using a connected smartphone to provide Internet access.

• Smartphone integration: This is another trend that’s gaining momentum and involves competing standards that automakers are trying to sort out. Nokia’s Terminal Mode is one of these, and Apple’s iPod Out is another. Meanwhile, Ford is moving ahead with its own “cloud connected” platform via Sync and MyFord Touch.

• Smartphone apps: Services like navigation, entertainment and information will continue to migrate from onboard and in-dash to off-board and over-the-air, all supplied through apps.

• Telematics: Like GM’s OnStar, several automakers are adding “telematics” services to their vehicles, and these will evolve from simply safety-oriented systems to offer more infotainment and convenience features.

Dong Ngo covers technology for Cnet.com, and has some great expectations in networking, including all-in-one routers, which handle both wired and wireless networking (i.e. cable and Wi-Fi). He also expects to see routers with built-in network storage functions, faster wireless speeds, power-line adaptors with additional capabilities, and more.

And what can you expect from the Adult Entertainment Expo? Steve Javors, associate managing editor for Adult Video News (AVN), shared some of the highlights:

• Jesse Jane live Fleshlight molding. Fleshlight, the No. 1 selling male sex toy, will be molding the mouth of Digital Playground star Jesse Jane for her fans to watch and enjoy at Booth 717 during the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo at 5 p.m. Jan. 7.

• Steve Hirsch keynote session: “Still on Top.” The Vivid Entertainment honcho will talk about how his company has remained a leader in adult entertainment. From its vaunted contract stars (that once included Jenna Jameson) to his acquisition of several celebrity sex tapes (Kendra Wilkinson, Montana Fishburne, Shauna Sand, etc.). Hirsch will share his company’s history and his plans for the future 2:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Room 102.

• Fantasy Friday hosted by the girls of Digital Playground: Contract stars Jesse Jane, Kayden Kross, Stoya, Selena Rose, Bibi Jones and Riley Steele (who’s also co-hosting the AVN Awards) meet and greet their fans while partying the night away. The meet-and-greet begins at 11 p.m. Jan. 7 in Moon at the Palms.

• The AVN awards and after-parties: On Jan. 8, the “Oscars of Porn” return to the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms for a second year. This year’s show will feature the biggest red carpet ever, allowing fans to ogle the stars before they enter the theater. Hosted by raunchy comedian Lisa Lampanelli, along with white-hot adult stars Tori Black and Riley Steele, the show is being taped for broadcast on Showtime.

Then, party with all the A-list stars and AVN Awards winners at the official after-parties at Moon (hosted by Wicked Pictures), Playboy Club (hosted by Evil Angel) Rain (hosted by Digital Playground) and Ghostbar (hosted by Vivid Entertainment).

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