The Consumer Electronics Show is huge.
tempted to drop crumbs so I can find my way back to the
CNET stage each day.
But within the blinking, buzzing, RF-
saturated chaos there is always just a handful of things that
They set the weathervane for the year ahead.
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Brian Cooley with the Top 5 technologies IÃ¯Â¿Â½m looking for
coming out of CES 2012.
#5 is 4K Televisons.
4K means 4,000 lines of resolution
from left to right.
Current 1080p TVÃ¯Â¿Â½s have about half that.
IÃ¯Â¿Â½m ranking this one at the bottom since I donÃ¯Â¿Â½t hear a lot of
people tell me their current HDTV looks fuzzy.
And 4K would
demand new distribution media to store it and new
infrastructure to broadcast it.
ThatÃ¯Â¿Â½s OK, anythingÃ¯Â¿Â½s better
than another year of seeing all those companies build the
largest TV in the world.
#4 is Ultrabooks.
All the Windows laptops that are chasing
the MacBook Air.
I rank this sort of low not because I donÃ¯Â¿Â½t
buy it, but because itÃ¯Â¿Â½s already on.
This will be a refinement
of a category not the introduction of one, but still real big.
That said, I will personally give some kind of award to the
first Ultrabook maker who can build one that doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t make
cheap plastic creaking sounds when you handle it.
does only Apple get that?
#3 is Passive 3D.
This HAS to get done.
Most 3D TVÃ¯Â¿Â½s today
still use expensive, delicate, proprietary active electronic
glasses and thatÃ¯Â¿Â½s one of the big stumbling blocks to a
technology that has plenty of them.
While weÃ¯Â¿Â½re waiting for
really great glasses-free 3D, inexpensive, universal passive
glasses would be a huge boon for a technology that needs
#2 is, again, Tablets.
Now, this is actually more interesting
that the simple replay it sounds like because EVERYONE
who came out swing for the iPad last CES fell flat on their
face, selling not many more tablets combined all year as
Apple sells in a month.
Just a washout.
So this year, youÃ¯Â¿Â½ll
see a bunch of angry, embarrassed companies taking -- I
hope -- a new tack that will make tablets more affordable
and more focused on their real mission: consuming media
and playing games.
#1 Windows 8.
Every year CES has one overarching theme
and this year I have to think Windows 8.
Not that its
necessarily so great, but that it will have so much riding on it.
If Win 8 doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t connect the dots between phone, tab,
computer, social and cloud services right quick, we can
damn near whistle Microsoft dead in the game against
Apple, Google, and Facebook.
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I am Brian Cooley.