The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), which organizes the gargantuan gadget-fest known as CES, predicted at a press conference in London yesterday that there will be 20,000 products at the 2013 show, with 150,000 attendees and 3,000 exhibitors from 150 different countries.
The CEA showcased a small number of products that will be shown off at this year's Las Vegas-based show, several of which are from British manufacturers hoping to make a big push into the U.S. market.to see what was there.
Generally, the CEA is predicting a huge focus on smartphones and tablets at the show -- these categories have become so important in the U.S. that, if they didn't exist, the overall value of U.S. consumer electronics shipments would have fallen last year rather than risen. CES researchers are confident that there's plenty of innovation left in these categories, predicting new shapes and sizes and more large devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note.
Other predicted trends include the use of smartphones and tablets as control-hub devices for more things -- with health and fitness a big beneficiary, cloud services and software becoming an ever more important part of TVs, and technology being used to make safer driving cool. Plus a heck of a lot of Windows 8 hardware.
One thing that wasn't pulled out in the presentation was 3D -- although when questioned, the CEA researchers said the technology was following the consumer adoption pattern it predicted. Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the CEA, later admitted he was not a fan of the 3D that needs glasses to work.
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