This year's CES show is set to kick off in about a week and the show will have all sorts of gadgets and devices on hand. It’s easy enough to sit back and predict what the show will have this year. I certainly hope it's better than the last few years have been. The last really good CES in my option was in 2008. That was the show when there was a lot of cool gear that caught my eye. The worst in recent memory was 2009 with hardly anything exciting at the show.
What I expect to see this year are tablets packing Android by the droves. Tablet makers still seem to think all they need to do to beat the iPad is offer the same features and the same price. I am still holding out hope that the success of the Kindle Fire will show tablet makers that the way to win is offering similar features and a much lower price than the iPad. I could hope to see a larger screen Fire, but I don’t see that happening so soon. I think we will see a hoard of Android tablets from anyone and everyone that can possibly field one with Android 4.0 installed or coming shortly after launch.
Many tablet makers will simply not get it and price themselves out of competition. I am waiting for a larger screen tablet with the Kindle Fire price to surface and perhaps a Fire-like tablet with 3G at the same price $199-$249 price. We will see Ultrabooks at the show. Very few of them will be anything interesting to most people. The Ultrabooks just hasn't caught on so far. We will see the gimmicky machines that are of dubious value as well like the dual screen notebooks spied at past shows.
On the entertainment side, it’s clear that the OLED TV is going to be big at this year's show. These sets will have great image quality and super thin profiles, but ultimately they will be too expensive to catch the eye of the average consumer. I think the most important home entertainment things we will see at the show will be some reasonably priced 3D TVs with passive glasses and 3D projectors that won't break the bank with passive glasses.
Passive tech is what the masses are waiting for to adopt 3D and its time for that passive 3D TV to step into the lime light. I think consumers have made it clear that 3D with active glasses that are ugly and expensive will not cut it. We will see a few netbooks struggling to get traction at the show packing the latest hardware from Intel. These will make a ripple perhaps, but nothing earth shattering or category defining.
I would like to think we might get a glimpse at some of the future gaming gear from major console makers. I don’t expect anything out of Sony PS4 wise. I think we will see the PS Vita at the show since it already launched in Japan. I expect to see the Wii U there too, but in a vendor booth not Nintendo. No new details or launch information is likely to surface though.
Right now, I have very modest hopes for CES 2012. The show has been rather boring the last few years. I really hope that something will surface that is super cool, but the history of the last few years says that isn’t likely. What do you hope to see at CES 2012?