I'd like to know why most of the mainstream media only cover the "big names" or the ones that have the most buzz.
Why do gadgets such as last years' Game Runner (the treadmill that when you run, your character runs in first person shooters), or a new form virtual reality that could change home entertainment centers, or a remote controlled skateboard, or the return of Commadore to the market (which I think you might've briefly mentioned in BOL), or a DVD player for the GameBoy Advanced, and the list goes on, get outshined by such items as Creative Zen's Vision:M.
In case you didn't figure it out, I went to last year's CES, but not this years'. Therefore I can't cite any this year, but I'm sure there are tons of gadgets that no one will ever know about because they weren't there and no one, not even the blogs or mass media, will cover them.
I know there is a lot to cover, but let's have some fun. Give the little guy some time. I used my vacation to go there last year, something I had wanted to attend since I was 10 years old. I had no idea that I would have so much fun. Do you know why? Because the general public doesn't even get to see probably 80-95% of the actual products at the show.
Just the pomp and circumstance of the big names.
I say when covering these events, the media should also pick out 2 or 3 little things that stand out, that are not affliated with the big names. The things that can make you go "ooo" or "ahhh", but might never make it to market or could just use that extra 10 seconds of fame.
Quick story: I was standing at a booth with a portable media device that was based only on flash memory cards, talking to the dealers when the CBS entourage came up. The dealers quickly gave the VP of Technology a 5 minute spiel. He then turned to Les Moonves and said "It's a portable Tivo" (which it wasn't). Summed up the whole device that way, then they moved on. ***.
Sorry Tom, I didn't mean for this to become a rant. I can tell this might be where you are going, but I thought I'd throw my 2 cents in.