Smartwatches know that times have changed (The Next Big Thing, Episode 1)

Smartwatches are on the cusp of something big, OLED and 4K TV explained and connected, and smart appliances finally start to make sense.

Welcome to the first episode of a new video series called The Next Big Thing. Inspired by the supersession of the same name CNET has been presenting at the Consumer Electronics Show for the better part of a decade, this show will attempt to sort out what's really coming in consumer electronics, digital media, and online services -- and what's just a distraction. It's CNET from 10,000 feet, a view we've never really offered our entire Web audience before.

Awaiting you in this episode:

- Times have changed when it comes to smartphones and tablets. Once a way to glance at your inbox and calendar and maybe squint at a poorly rendered Web page, they are now the central platform in our digital lives. Along the way they have become rather dense and chaotic with a lot of things happening on them in real time, perhaps opening the door to a simpler portal: the smartwatch.

- Another year, another "must-have" TV technology. You heard that about 3D TV but now that it has landed with a thud, you're probably skeptical of OLED and 4K TV. But these have some real legs and are just about inevitable (once we get the expected cost decreases). We'll compare and contrast the two technologies and show you why one is relevant today, the other more so tomorrow.

- CNET recently launched a whole new reviews department: appliances. They are now smart and getting connected and that puts them on our radar. I've watched smart appliances come -- and flop -- for about a decade now, but this time I think it's different. We'll show you why.

Let me know what you think of the new show and what big topics you'd like to see us take on. E-mail me at

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About the author

Brian Cooley joined CNET in 1995 and always comes at technology from the real consumer's point of view. He brings his high energy, often skeptical style to all avenues of CNET coverage, with an emphasis on car tech. You'll also find him frequently on television, radio and the TV screens at Costco!



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