CES Highlights: New Mobile Concepts and More

As day two of CES unfolds, lots of innovative new products and initiatives are showing up, including as-yet-unseen concepts for netbooks and mobile displays, numerous type of tablets and more. Here are some of the most notable debuts.

Lenovo and others are demoing portable computers equipped with new PixelQi display technology.  These LCD displays operate in two modes — a normal color mode like most laptop displays and a non-backlit mode that allows viewing in bright light. Once the backlight is turned off the display is viewed in a black-and-white mode like that used in traditional e-ink readers.

Yahoo (s yhoo) has announced that it’s releasing a kit to allow developers to create their own TV widgets. It’s aiming to put “ConnectedTV” widgets on living room media devices, Blu-ray players, and cable and IPTV set-top boxes.

Rovi (formerly Macrovision) arrived at CES this week armed with its new TotalGuide digital programming guide (formerly “Liquid”) and a slew of new content partners, hoping to win over the hearts and minds of CE manufacturers looking for a way to integrate traditional TV content alongside broadband video. Check out NewTeeVee’s take.

ASUS has debuted a number of new notebooks and netbooks. Its EEE PC Seashell KR Collection features glitzy designs done in collaboration with designer Karim Rashid. The pink-and-black systems run Intel N450 processors, are 802.11n-ready, and have up to 250GB hard drives, but it looks like the cases are the real selling points. ASUS also showed off a concept netbook that unfolds into a big-screen tablet, and there were lots of other interesting portable computers shown.

Meanwhile MSI is demoing a dual-screen netbook prototype with touchscreen features and no physical keyboard. The 10-inch screens are capable of 1024 x 600 resolution, and a displayed keyboard provides tactile feedback as you type on it.

Ford’s (s f) new MyTouch platform, which will appear in the 2011 Ford Edge, puts an 8-inch touch-screen in the center of a dashboard. It provides for navigation and climate controls and more. You can also plug in a 3G modem and connect to the Internet. GigaOM Pro (subscription req’d) also has an analysis of Ford Sync, a new communication and entertainment platform for cars that responds to voice commands.

Dell (S dell) has showed off its first-ever tablet, based on the Android (s goog) OS, with a 5-inch screen. It joins numerous other tablets, including an HP-branded one that Microsoft (S msft) CEO Steve Ballmer displayed during his keynote, and another Android-based tablet, with a 7-inch screen, from Motorola (s mot).

And Intel (s intc) CEO Paul Otellini announced last night that the company is bringing the Moblin mobile Linux operating system and the Moorestown chip to smartphones. He showed the LG GW990 phone running both and performing complex multitasked chores. LG and Sprint (s s) also unveiled new Lotus Elite and Rumor Touch smartphones. The Lotus Elite can play voice mail messages without the user having to open up the phone.

MSI netbook image courtesy of Gizmodo.