As you may be aware CES 2011 has already been and gone, and is the tech show that will give us an insight into the big gadgets and tech gizmos for the coming year. I’ve had a leaf through various blogs, and reports and tried to find what stands out, and here is what I have managed to discover:
3D is still getting bigger! 2010 was a good year for 3DTV, with a lot more homes than expected picking up on the new technology. Sky have rolled out various 3D channels here in the UK, and with the cascade of 3D movies continuing to roll off the production line there’s going to be more and more content becoming available for them to screen. 3D this year is all about getting smaller though. 2010 was the year of big screen 3D TVs, and although that will continue we will see smaller screens coming onto the market this year as well. Of course there is the Nintendo 3DS which I’ve already mentioned repeatedly that I’m excited about, and no doubt Sony will be bringing more 3D content to the PS3.
Auto Stereoscopic 3DTVs. We know they are being developed, and maybe that’s why a lot of people are holding back on buying into the 3D revolution, because they want the experience without the silly glasses. The technology is here, and it does work, see the Nintendo 3DS as an example, but at the moment you need to be in quite a precise location for the effect to work. Ideal for an individual gameplay experience maybe, but not so good for movie night. Just yet, but maybe expect this to become more viable for a shared experience in 2012.
The Apple iPad has managed to revive the once dead tablet market single handed, with every manufacturer worth their salt now wanting to get in on the action. Expect to see plenty of new tablets being released during 2011, as well the rumoured iPad 2. Don’t look all surprised it wouldn’t be Apple if there wasn’t an annual update now would it? And yes, there is an ‘iPhone5′ due at some point this year as well, no doubt more will be heard about these devices at the Apple conference. I’m just hoping that with all these tablets coming onto the market we might now actually see them develop into their own niche, rather than trying to replace Laptops, PC’s and/or mobile devices.
As well as these areas there was the usual barrage of new cameras, PCs, computer chips, robots, Blu-Ray players, and TVs of every size you could want. except maybe that wall sized one from an episode of How I Met Your Mother. No huge surprises at CES this year, but steady evolution of tech, which, most importantly, works. Oh, and robots on unicycles!
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