CES 2012 Wrap up
January is known for many things. New years resolutions, A fresh start,cold weather, but for all techno geeks out there it’s the Meca of all things Tech.The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is where nearly every major Electronics company shows off what they are planing on releasing to the market in the upcoming year. In past years we have seen companies introduce 3D Televisions, Netbooks, and Tablets but at this years CES there was very little to look forward to in 2012. Some may attribute this to the economy but that is not an excuse for the lack of innovation we have seen at this years CES. A good friend of mine and fellow Tech Blogger described this years CES as two bored-looking booth girls listlessly kicking a soccer ball back and forth. I have to agree with him.
Companies like Samsung,LG,Sony and Vizio Showed the same old super thin Television. One company stated that “The TV is so thin you may mistaken it for paper” How many of you have 46 inch pieces of paper laying around in your house or possibly hanging on your wall? Call my traditional buy I’m sticking to 8x10’s. I can understand that some things are an evolution rather then a revolution but there are many features lacking that I would like to see implemented in my Television. Samsung was the big winner in my opinon in the TV catigory with the introduction of “Smart TV”. By Q3 Samsung has stated that all new TV’s will be running a very fast duel or quad core CPU and will have an interactive user interface that gives you access to the web and applications like Hulu and Netflix. I understand that some of the tech enthusiast will be interested in this but will it make the main stream go out and but a TV for this purpose?
Don't get me wrong CES was not 100 Percent of a bust, we did see a rebirth of sorts of the tablet market with inexpensive,well built Android tablets that may potential take major market share away from Apples Ipad. The Acer Iconia Tab A510 and Viewsonic E70 are both said to be under 200 dollars and will be coming out Q2 this year.
Much like last years CES The “Ultrabook” was supposed to be the big winner this year but it left very little to the imagination. Ultrabooks are a new category of notebook computers that seeks to fill the gap between lightweight laptops and tablets. Intel dubbed the Ultrabook category when it announced it would be directing its mobile computing efforts towards a new class of laptops that would offer an extremely thin (less than 20 millimeters, or 0.8 inches). We have seen this product in the past... its called a Macbook Air.
Microsoft on the other hand had one of the most lack lustered keynotes this year. With Windows 8 coming out later in the year Microsoft did very little to provide the consumer with new information on the latest version of its operating system, Instead it spent most of the keynote showing a video of Sesame Street that displaying the “power” of the Kinect”. Really Microsoft? You’re the opening Keynote for the largest Tech event of the year and you give close to no information about your "Revolutionary" operating system that has to potential of changing the future of computer use
Maybe I’m just difficult to impress since I cover technology for a living but this years Consumer Electronics Show was a bust. CES has become an over hyped event that’s 6 days too long and only serve the purpose of creating ad revenue for Snarky 20 year old bloggers who have never been to vegas. We either get the product that no one wants or the product that will never come out. I hope im wrong and 2012 is a great and innovative year for Technology but going based on what was displayed its not looking too good.