Looking Back at CES 12', Looking Forward to CES 13'
While CES 2013 is still months away, I am looking forward to seeing the change in the landscape at the 2013 show. With significant changes such as Microsoft's first absence this year. OLED TV's seeing a retail launch in late 2012, and Ultrabooks and Smartphones getting faster and sleeker all year. There is no shortage of amazing tech, that the major players will be looking to cram down consumers throats in 2013.
Looking ahead this year a few Keynote speakers have been announced already. Including the new incoming Panasonic President Mr. Kazuhiro Tsuga, as well as Samsung President Stephen Woo.
Judging from last years show the evolution of the HDTV panel will be at the forefront for the major players. With the continued evolution of 3D displays and major breakthroughs with 4K and OLED panels there is bound to be no shortage of drool worthy sets displayed on the show floor.
On par with the display technology will be the mobile and tablet entries as well. This Technology flips faster than a politician nearing an election. With major players suing over patents to squeak out any edge in this sector, there is no doubt the latest and greatest technology will be displayed in order to garner interest in the latest technology from a company. I fully expect the Phablet to keep on it's course of melding the two most popular mobile products into a hybrid to continue at the 2013 show.
Some of the more interesting storylines for 2013 are the absence of Microsoft. What role Google will play in the conference and what company is going to have the "WOW" product of the show.
As for the absence of Microsoft, there is no great loss in the ways of break through products or breaking announcements. What will be missing however is the huge presence and namesake that Microsoft brought to the show. There is no denying that what MS lacked in announcements they made up for in show floor real estate and sheer presence of their vast array of software and hardware, garnering huge crowds every year. I will be interested in seeing the difference the absence makes in and around Microsoft's old stomping grounds.
Now Google is a tricky one when it comes to CES. When I say what role Google will play in the show, I am not speaking in the way of buying floorspace but rather the spread of their Android operating system in all the latest products. Much like Microsoft, Google has perfected the art of getting their Android operating system into all of the hottest products in the market. While also refining and improving the OS rapidly, creating a "Virtual Cycle" that creates a constant fervor for the latest and greatest version. With this many parallels to Microsoft I wouldn't be surprised to see Google move into some floorspace in the coming years...but until then they will no doubt have a hand in nearly every booth form the hardware manufactures in 2013.
As for the "WOW" product this year, I have no idea. Last year the talk of OLED was all consuming for the show and I have not heard that kind of buzz building up to the 2013 show. I leave this question in your hands. What are you looking forward to? What kind of Tech do you think is in the chamber of the major players this year?
While we ponder the 2013 show, Take a look back at the 2012 show through the lens of our photographer "Shmammy" (Samantha Murray).