From January 10th
“After a whirlwind 48 hours, I made it back safely, tucked into the serenity of my winter abode in Colorado Springs. A profoundly provincial and somewhat mundane life compared to the hectic world of CES in Las Vegas. Two days there feels like a weeks. After the second and final day , here’s my summary.
Yes, tablets and 3D TVs were everywhere, and ironically, the most boring part of the show. I was more fascinated with the quirky and creative. My absolute favorite was Mattel’s Hot Wheels car complete with a tiny camera in the windshield and thumbnail sized, full color LCD display underneath. Mattel also had a cool game that measured brainwave activity and moved a ball back and forth on a track depending on how hard you concentrated. A few decades ago this was million dollar technology. Now it’s a $59 toy.
As far as favorites, the kitchen appliances came in at a close second to the toys. Like smart phones, appliances with large color displays have finally hit the useful stage. Helpful, attractive touch screens replace the myriad of confusing knobs and buttons. My favorite, the Kenmore Elite washing machine. It was quite responsive, attractive and easy to use. Well done.
“Connected” was the buzz word of the show. Ovens that text you when dinner is done. Security systems that you can set from your phone. Cars that tell you everything you need to know about your vehicle, surroundings, traffic and other cars. Speaking of cars. Displays and touch screens in the car have hit the big time. Instrument clusters, infotainment, rear seat entertainment, passenger multifunction displays. Very soon, physical components and moving parts will be a thing of the past – and not just in luxury cars. From Jaguar XJ to the Ford Fiesta, everyone is getting a piece of glass.
All in all, it was a fruitful way to spend 2 days. And unlike recent years, CES 2011 was a nice, upbeat way to start the year.”