This week begins the annual tradition known as the Consumer Electronics Show. We’ll be there—I believe Mr. John Biggs is in the air as I write this—looking at all the shiny new stuff that will be on display. Our question to you right now is, what are you looking forward to? Are you totally crazy about tablets? Want to see how all this 3DTV nonsense plays out? Perhaps you’re keen on some fun gaming developments? Hmm.
I’m pretty sure this will be the CES 2011 of tablets, where Company A to Company Z will try to convince us why their Android-based tablet is worth a punt. The problem, of course, is that none of them are the iPad, which means they’ll all be labeled “iPad killers.”
If there’s anything that’s a lock in tech, it’s that calling something a “something killer” is the mark of death. It makes the item seem like a Mickey Mouse copycat that owes its entire existence to another guy’s brand name.
I’d like to see where 3DTV winds up. Last year’s CES should have been called 3D-ES because of the amount of 3DTVs out there, and to be fair none of them really dazzled. There were all sorta meh. Adoption wasn’t great either. It doesn’t help when the biggest sports broadcaster in the country, ESPN, says that it isn’t having the easiest time figuring out how to make 3D work well. How did you impress your friends with your first HDTV back in the day? You showed them an NFL game, exactly. There really hasn’t been that seminal 3DTV moment quite yet.
In closing: what are you looking for this year?