Happy New Year!
As with the previous forty or so years, the year started off with the Consumer Electronics Show. Most previous shows have spotlighted trends or a trend in the industry that is going to be ‘big’ for the next few years, or, at least, until the next CES. The last couple of years saw tablet computers and three-d television as the trends. Well, tablets were, three-d television? Well, we are still waiting for that to take off. This year, it’s wearable computing and curved television.
Yes, curved television. Its supposed to help with the theatrical experience. Hmm…not sure about that. I think someone only had space in a corner of a room and decided they needed a curved screen.
Wearable computers. This is a bit of a misnomer too. When you carry your smartphone, you are, in effect, wearing it. So, this is really nothing new. However, smartwatches-a category that has been around since the 1970’s, and highlighted by Microsoft in the double oughts’-were THE thing. There were watches by Pebble, Sony, LG and Samsung. They SEEM useful enough, but, thing is, not many younger people wear a watch or WANT to wear a watch. So, I have to wonder who these are for…as geeky as I am, I’m not sure I’d want one either. Well, maybe if it ran Windows Phone 8.
This is probably the first CES in years that was wholly unexciting. Maybe I’m just jaded now, maybe I just don’t get as excited for tech, I’m not sure. Whatever it is, CES failed to get me interested enough to write more than what I just did.