by Loretta M. DeLuca
I’m just back from my first trip to the Consumer Electronics Show, and to say I’m overwhelmed is an understatement. At DelCor, we attend tradeshows, delve into technology trends, and always try to stay on top of the newest high-tech advances that may affect our clients, but nothing could prepare me for the explosion of the computer age that was on display at this show.
CES is the world’s largest consumer technology trade show, this year attracting more than 140,000 visitors and 2,700+ technology companies. This show covers every type of gadget you can imagine, from crystal covers for your mobile phone to a whole section on new technologies for automobiles.
No doubt you’ve heard some of the news from the show, since more than 5,000 articles, blog posts and news pieces have come from the thousands of representatives from the media, and attendees themselves have shared 160,000+ tweets on Twitter. So I won’t give you a full recap of everything I’ve seen (especially since the technological blizzard left me somewhat in a daze), but here are my top three takeaways from the tradeshow floor:
- iPad, YouPad, WePad, TheyPad
Many of today’s top technology companies are putting Apple on notice… their tablets are coming. The show was filled with sleek, sophisticated touch-screen mobile computing devices that will rival the ubiquitous iPad. The devices are buoyed by rich, robust operating systems such as Android and Windows – and developer communities ready to create applications for every consumer’s choice.
- 3-D is the new HD
Televisions with 3-D capabilities were last year’s news at CES, capturing just over 10% of 2010 television sales. But the slow adoption by consumers didn’t deter 3-D advancements. Technology wars pit 3-D glasses with the familiar red/blue lenses against rechargeable active-shutter classes, where two HD images are projected from a 3-D capable device, and the glasses help create the 3-D stereoscopic effect. I also found myself staring in awe at images that stepped out of the screen, without the need for glasses, with autostereoscopic 3-D technology – prototypes only, for now.
- The connected home of the future is here
Imagine a small device in your kitchen that, in essence, can run your life. Through a connected network of technology, appliances, and services, you will be able to set your alarm to wake you, your radio to tune for exactly 30 minutes to your favorite station as you shower, your coffee to finish brewing your perfect cup as you step into your kitchen, and your thermostat to ease off on your air conditioning as you leave the house, only to kick on again 15 minutes before you arrive home. This year’s CES showcased vendors who create smart homes and devices that will help you save time and energy in your daily life.
And what ties this all together? Apps, apps, and more apps. It’s clear devices can now be manufactured in all shapes and sizes. What is happening now, to take advantage of this and rapidly boost competition, is a barrage of applications, including the ones mentioned above. It’s a developers’ paradise that will benefit the consumer – once his head stops spinning.