On Friday the 13th of January the Consumer Electronic Show CES ended in Las Vegas. The annual trade show, with more than 150,000 visitors and 3,000 exhibitors, was the largest and most prominent trade show in the consumer electronics industry this year, with some 20,000 products announced or inaugurated for the first time, providing 2012 for tech-savvy consumers. We summarize the most important trends for you and introduce you to some of the hottest and most innovative products.
Smartphones & Tablets:
This year, too, a trend is unbroken. Smartphones and tablets have gained tremendous importance in recent years, not least because of their innovative strength in the development of useful apps. As shown at the show, smartphones and tablets are expected to become faster, more robust, and more user-friendly in future through more powerful hardware, better operating systems, innovative materials, and the integration of new wireless standards. For example, the manufacturers Nvidia and Qualcomm smartphone processor with 4 cores, Gorilla glass fracture and scratch resistant displays and the mobile industry before the super fast wireless standards LTE, which should be used in the first quarter of this year in the first smartphone models. Thus, the smartphones and tablet PCs of the future will almost reach the performance of an ordinary desktop PC. A particular trend in the tablet are devices that allow the installation of keyboards, USB devices or external screens via special docking stations and thus significantly increase the ease of use. So we can look forward to more powerful devices with better displays and higher resolutions, with increased convenience at lower prices with coupons such as GearBest coupons.
One of the major trends at this year’s CES was undoubtedly the announcement of the new Ultrabooks product group, which, as extremely flat and powerful notebooks with fully functional operating systems, provide users with more computing power and graphics performance for mobile use. As one of the first representatives of this category, the MacBook Air can be called, which will increasingly get competition from other manufacturers in the future. These should flank the trend towards tablet PCs in the field of ultraportables and appeal to those users who expect more from their “ultra mobile” devices than playing videos and using simple apps. With 1 to 2 kilos, these devices offer the full performance of a conventional notebook at a very low weight. Priced, the devices should be on the level of a standard notebook, but with fewer connectivity options for external devices and slightly less computing power. Many users may prefer to buy an UltraBook in the future.
Cloud computing is the outsourcing of data storage, graphics and computing power from one’s own desktop PC or mobile device to the computing power of a cloud service provider via the Internet. What has long been a reality for companies offering software packages that are only run over the Internet is becoming more and more of a trend for the end consumer. The advantage of not requiring a high-performance computer to execute it for sophisticated software applications, such as complete office packs, video editing, image editing, or high-end computer games through the intermediary of cloud computing services, is definitely one of the most interesting aspects of this year’s CES. This opens up completely new application possibilities on less powerful devices such as smartphones or tablet PCs. Cloud service providers such as OnLive or Gaikai are already making it possible to play demanding and complex consoles and PC games on SmartPhones and tablets. More information about HD Cloudgaming on smartphones and tablet PCs can be found here.
Another product group that has come up with a massive number of innovations at CES 2012 are the so-called Smart TVs. These devices, for example, equipped with an Android operating system and offer in the future via Internet connectivity to surf the Internet, apps to use Cloudgaming, online HD home video streaming services such as Google or Mac TV to request or via communication programs such as Skype, Twitter, Facebook or email to stay in touch with friends. Other new features have been introduced in the area of Smart TV operation. These will be operated via Wii-like controllers, gesture and voice control in the future. In addition, the screen resolution for even more brilliant image quality should quadruple with the new OLED standard.
With all these innovations, CES ‘overarching trend is very clear – the new devices in 2012 are more powerful, smarter, and much more connected to the services and capabilities of the Internet – free following the slogan “The future is online.”