I am back in Dubai now and the 24 hour journey home was the perfect time for me to summarise my thoughts and impressions on the CES show this year.
3D has certainly come a long way. The picture quality has improved from all brands. Much less flicker, better overall quality and much less tiring on the eyes.
There were ever improving designs in TV's as well, and the displays put on by these industry giants was impressive indeed.
While all the hype was around the 3D developments, in my opinion, the most up and coming "technology" was the "connected TV". Every major brand had a solution to allow your main screen in the home to get connected to the internet and home networks. In addition, Google TV seems to have made some inroads and was also present in many places. I believe that this technology has come of age and is going to seriously change the way we watch TV and consider programming.
There were a couple of displays of "glasses free" 3D and these gave quite impressive results. If this development continues (which it will), I can't see the current crop of 3D TV's doing too well. Surely people are going to wait for the version without glasses !
The next “big thing” that was expected to dominate the show was tablets, and we weren’t let down. There was an abundance of them, but I struggle to understand how they differentiate from each other, although Samsung made a great effort with a model that has a sliding keyboard.
|The Blackberry Playbook|
|Just one example of a stand with a plethora of i -cases|
... and thats all they do!
|The excellent AR Drone in action. A "quadracopter" which is controlled by an iPod / iPad, with cameras front and bottom.|
|Shocking new laptop colours from Sony.|
|A battery powered R8.|
|A robot massager !|
|Angry Birds ... from digital to analogue !|
|Remote balls controlled by .... you guessed it, an iPod.|
|Very neat and clever docking stations for iPhones|
It was an interesting show overall, but unfortunately rather predictable. No real breakthrough technologies or "wow" ideas, which left me a little disappointed and underwhelmed by the whole thing.
|Classic views of Vegas ... The Mirage volcano erupting !|
|CNBC Live at CES|
Maria Bartiromo interviewing Sony's CEO, Howard Stringer.
|Some demostrations of Microsoft's excellent Kinect controller, but people look bizarre when playing with it !|
|Plenty of showmanship on display - Lady GaGa ... or is it ?|
|A totally string free guitar !|
|The strong arm of the Las Vegas law ....|