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Technology Today - CES January 2014
By Robert Sanborn

CES ShowStoppersIt is January in Indiana and it is cold and icy.  I have had to say those same words for two straight years as Mother Nature has conspired against me to keep me out of Las Vegas. This year it was a massive storm that dumped more snow on Indianapolis that has been seen for a hundred years and of course, Southwest decided that no flights on Sunday/Monday/Tuesday and the earliest I could get to Las Vegas would have been Wednesday night.  So, what was hot that I wasn’t supposed to miss but did again! Well my not being there certainly didn’t stop the massive amounts of emails and press releases that flooded into my mailboxes. Thanks to ShowStoppers for the photo above.

My take on the top five themes of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show would be:

                Electronics you can wear.

                Apps are more exciting than desktop software.

                If not 3D Television, how about 4K’s ultra-high definition.

                Is this the year of the electronic trinkets?

                A Smarter Home and Car.

The first event of CES is the Unveiled event where CES shows off the products from companies that it considers the most innovative.  They have categories from home appliances to outright silly innovations and you can take a closer look at all of them on their website at: http://www.cesweb.org/Events-Awards/Innovations  Hit the down arrow next to Innovations and you will see all of the different categories they have from Games to Home to Health.

So, what did I see.. unfortunately, nothing but to get you started, here are some sites on what others thought was pretty cool:
From CNET here is what they thought mattered on press day: http://ces.cnet.com/8301-35305_1-57616588/what-mattered-at-ces-2014-press-day/

Here is also from CNET, their Must see items: http://ces.cnet.com/must-see/

For those of us still much in the personal computer world, PC World had their take on what worth looking at: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2086628/ces-2014-a-look-back-at-what-mattered.html#tk.nl_advis

An interesting take on the Megatrends of CES was from Tech Republic: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/hey-professionals-watch-for-these-mega-trends-at-ces-2014/#ftag=RSS56d97e7

Robert Sanborn

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