Location: Wrap up of CES 2010
CES 2010 Wrapup, and historical Perspective Last year was all about higher potential with the same amount of materials, energy, or space. The thinnest TV was introduced (under 2 inches at 70 inch size), using the least amount of raw materials I have ever seen. The high efficiency TV race, to reduce the power consumption of the giant 70 inch flat screens was of high importance, and the companies clamored to be #1. Full 240 hertz, 240 screens per second, was what separated a good tv from a bad one. This technology is fairly standard, across the board now. However, consumers don't necessarily want to pay for every bell and whistle, every time, so much of this technology is used as needed.
When it came to 3D, the first really good screens were released, and many of the manufacturers were starting to work on economical models. IPhone projectors, and handheld projectors were starting to be seen around the room, but the 2D was frowned upon. The industry was collectively deciding that 3D was fundamentally feasible. We just have to do it together.
The buzz of the show was at the Panasonic booth, where a camera, shooting and displaying LIVE 3D images, allowed you to swing the ball at yourself. Thirty folks could see the demo at once, and the results were astounding. Computing and digitizing, combined with 2 lenses, and you had live three dimensional images, on a 3D tv. The dream was a reality. The engineers drooled. This was the first set of 3D cameras that were under $25,000, being shown, and available for order. The 3D media craze could come of age, and clarity for forward thinking was now possible.
The results of this have been astounding. Inside of a year we have seen the Nintendo 3DES, Moore's law applied to 3D televisions, and cameras alike. Avatar, released in 3D was a huge success. The average consumer didn't argue with the technology, it just isn't perfect yet! As expected, this dominated CES 2011.
APPS, APPS, APPS, Android was born, but hadn't come of age. The smart phone dominated the discussion at CES 2009, at CES 2010 it was all about Android. By 2011 expect the Android operating system grew up a little bit (it did check out the S class phones). The Sprint guys released the 4G network at CES in 2010, now that is standard, and the only hope for AT&Ts burgeoning network.
Here we go again, what changed in the last 365 days...