1. Justin Timberlake
The recording artist turned actor turned social networking lifeline appeared at the Panasonic news conference to introduce Myspace TV, a new joint venture between the two companies. The service will integrate TV viewing with social media, allowing users to invite friends to join their viewing experiences as well as being able to live chat at the same time. Timberlake and Specific Media co-purchased Myspace last year for around $35 million.
The Black Eyed Peas front man was announced as Intel's Director of Creative Innovation last year, and the Ultrabook-makers revealed his first assignment at CES which was to travel the world and create music using his Intel-powered slimline laptop. We got a taste of what he recorded in Tokyo, and we are not so sure if we want to hear what the other 11 cities he is planning to visit will conjure up.
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3. Tom Hanks
This is not the first time the Oscar-winning actor has graced his presence at CES and this time he was in Vegas to talk about his new Web-based animated series called Electic City, due to debut on Yahoo this Spring. Hanks wrote and voice stars in what will be the first original program for Yahoo, which is also being produced by his production company, Playtone.
Rapper Ludacris was spitting out his mad new line of noise cancelling cans at CES 2011, and was back in the building to give everyone a closer look at the headphone collaboration and a slew of new audio products with Soul Electronics, an award winning design team whose credits span automotive to world class electronics.
5. 50 Cent
The hip hop glitterati were out in full force with 'Fiddy' joining the likes of Ludacris and Xzibit by unveiling his new range of wireless headphones first announced at CES 2011.The “Sleek by 50” cans use a new technology to boast the same level of sound quality as wired alternatives. We pray that an East Coast/West Coast style fallout doesn't surface with the surge of Hip Hop star-endorsed headphones hitting the market.
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6. Will Smith
Big Will made an appearance alongside MIB3 director Barry Sonnenfeld as part of Sony's CES 2012 keynote speech to talk up some of the tech used to film the third film in the Men in Black film franchise. It was also a good opportunity to plug the film might we add.
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7. Jilian Michaels
The television fitness guru better known to our friends over in the USA made a guest appearance at CES to discuss the impact of digital innovation. She also spent some time talking about her partnership with technology company, BodyMedia, who were busy showing off its latest BodyMedia Fit Armband at the Vegas expo.
8. Rohan Marley
Son of the late Bob Marley, Rohan, dropped into CES to promote the new House of Marley line of “Earth friendly” headphones and speaker systems. One of the products, the Bag of Rhythm iPod and iPhone speaker system, is reportedly built from sustainable wood and cotton and is slated for release later this year.
9. LL Cool J
LL Cool J
These days LL has been swapping emceeing in favour of running around in NCIS, he also took time out to announce the launch of Boomdizzle’s Virtual Recording Studio. The company, co-founded by LL Cool J in 2008, patented the new online community, which provides all the production and sound tools of a virtual studio for artists to access around the world.
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10. Justin Bieber
The pint-sized performer swapped a stage surrounded by teenage girls to help Vietnam tech company TOSY unveil its new entertainment robot. TOSY says it aims to become “the world’s leading manufacturer in robotics technology”, and is already known for its TOPIO robot, which can play ping-pong with humans.
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