The Consumer Electronics Show is the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow that takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Centre every January. The event sets the sector’s agenda for the year with major players of the technology space unveiling their new developments.
Some industry critics have questioned the event’s relevance and with Microsoft announcing that this is their last appearance at the event, some think the event has passed its sell-by-date. This year saw the commercial launch of a new display technology called OLED (Organic light-emitting diode). The TV sets are thin and lighter than current models and TV manufacturing giants LG and Samsung unveiled 55inch sets.
Microsoft provided the opening keynote address, which they have been doing for the past 14 years; the CEO Steve Ballmer announced the Windows PC version of the Kinect Motion Control device, which uses gestures to control its Xbox Games. Ballmer also showed off the newest version of Windows 8 which is due out later this year. Nokia revealed that they will release their Windows-running Lumia 900 in the US, a market where Nokia seems to have lost share in for the past couple of years. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is pretty adamant that the company will regain its market share in the US.
Research in Motion announced a software upgrade to their Blackberry Playbook tablet that will give it email and messenger apps. Samsung also announced that they will also release the Galaxy Tab 7.7. Samsung and LG joined Sony in offering Google TV, a service which is set to bring the net to television sets as well as an estimated 80,000 movies and TV shows.
Intel proclaimed that this is the year of the Ultrabook. Ultrabooks are thinner, lighter and portable like Apple’s Macbook Air. Lenovo announced its idea, Pad Yoga, which works just like a tablet, and HP unveiled the Envy Spectre.
The exhibition was attended by 140,000 people and had 3100 exhibitors. Among those who attended were celebs such as Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Will Smith and Will.i.am. It’s believed that Will.i.am is involved in an Ultrabook advertising campaign, and that he will be touring 12 cities, creating 12 songs and engaging with 12 charity ventures. This year promises to be another technology-crazy year and my advice to you, the consumer who has an interest in technology, reserve some cash because you don’t want to be left behind!