CES 2010 is now over and Charlie is now given the opportunity to do the things he wants. There were quite a few announcements, as well as handful of new technologies that were introduced in Las Vegas and for the most part, these technologies will be offered in the immediate future. Today we take the opportunity to review what we saw at CES and give our thoughts on the impacts the technologies introduced will have.
Without a doubt 3D televisions dominated the Consumer Electronics Show. Every hall seemed to have them playing various movies and even a couple hooked up to Avatar’s 3D video game. The technology is without a doubt here and is coming, and rather quick. In June DirecTV will offer three 3D channels, ESPN has already announced that at the beginning of 2011 they will offer a dedicated 3D channel and the glasses are shipping next month to consumers. While the technology might still be earlier, the difference between 3D and HD is night and day. Watching action sports will without a doubt be changed and action movies will gain a new life. The technology won’t come cheap and won’t be for everyone – but CES has shown us that 3D is not the future, it’s the present. (more after the jump)
Tablets and other touchscreen devices were seen all throughout CES, but there was one notable absence. A company from Cupertino definitely dominates the future of the tablet market and the larger touchscreen market. As we walked by every tablet, the same thought occurred, “how will this compare to Apple’s?” That’s a question that we hope to be answered soon, but what CES told us was that if you don’t like the iSlate – there are plenty of other options. In a unique situation Apple controls the direction of a market that has not even entered – and just like you, we hope the entrance will come sometime in the next two weeks.
For the most part CES was not a convention to showcase Mac accessories. Plenty of companies came including: Blue Lounge, Griffin, Incase, Radtech, Rain Design, Speck, Macally and Twelve South; but we didn’t see that many new announcements. Even with the lack of announcements, we were still very much kids in a candy store and we thank all of those who we spent time with this weekend. If you for one second thought that innovation didn’t exist, we highly suggest you look at Blue Lounge’s Mojito, LG’s new OLED TV, Pineapple Electronics’ earphones or Twelve South’s BassJump and be reminded that there is plenty to be thought of.