The giant takes shape
by Rick Smith and photographed by Jim Bennett
(November 7, 2000)
The "nerve center" of the massive show network sponsored by EDS being installed. This will be the largest trade show network ever.
The DVD-RAM Pavilion under construction. It was only 5 years ago that most software was still being released on floppies and now the successor to CD-R media is being demonstrated.
The Intel Pentium 4 is arriving soon and has its own pavilion dedicated to software than can utilize its power and capabilities.
Kodak has sponsored "Faces of Comdex", an area where photos of attendees will be displayed.
Mercedes Benz, the official automotive sponsor of COMDEX, promises free rides in REAL cars!
The centerpiece of the Mercedes Benz 4,000 square foot display will be the new the V12-powered CL600. While everyone might want one of these on their holiday shopping list, this automobile retails in excess of $100,000. I have driven three of these glorious vehicles on a test track and they are NOT some "`ole fuddy, duddy luxury car". They were fun to drive and include some really cool technology such as active body control, distance monitoring, active cylinder control and telematic information services.
Comdex attendees will have the opportunity to test drive a 2001 Mercedes-Benz model during show hours at the Gold Lot #1, off Convention Center Drive, adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center. Workshops will also be held during Comdex on automotive-related technology, such as voice recognition, telematics and fiber optics.
Information Appliance Pavilion where new WebPads and other cool products will be demonstrated.
The Broadcast Center area will have ISDN lines and satellite connections for worldwide telecasts from Comdex Fall 2000.
While this article shows only the work being done in the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Sands Convention Center has an enormous amount of exhibitors as well.
Photographs were taken for this article by Jim Bennett with a Kodak DC-265 digital camera and then were processed by Rick Smith using Adobe Photoshop 5.5. Read our review of both the Kodak DC-265 and Adobe Photoshop 5.5 software.
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