Will 2015 be the Year of the Outrageously Expensive TV or just another Year of Incremental Improvements in Technology? A few days in, it's still unclear.
With the opening of the International CES 2015 exhibition in Las Vegas on Jan. 6, it's time to ask, "What year is it?"
CES years always have a title, bestowed by vendors, analysts, bloggers, journalists, and anyone with an opinion. 2010 was the Year of the E-Reader or the Year of the Connected Living Room, depending on whom you asked. It was the Year of the Tablet in 2011, or the Year of the 3D TV That No One Wanted. The following year, 2012, was either the Year of the Ultrabook or the Year of Wishful Thinking, because few ultrabooks actually sold.
In 2013, we saw the Year of the Connected Home, the Year of the Phablet, the Year of the Hybrid PC, and the Year of the Gadget Startup. And last year, we survived the Year of the Sensor, the Year of the Wearable, the Year of the Connected Car, and the Year of the Connected Home.
CES 2015 could be the Year of the 8K TV, for the 1% who can afford them. LG is expected to unveil a 55-inch 8K display with a resolution of 7,680 by 4,320 pixels. This extremely vivid TV doesn't have a name yet. (Its 4K ancestors are sometimes referred to as "4K Ultra HD TVs" by those who lack the confidence to use "4K Ultra Super Mega Hyper Uber Very Extreme HD TV.")
With robotics exhibits up 25% from last year, it might be fair to call 2015 the Year of the Robot. The only problem is that real robots are rudimentary compared to the way they're depicted in the media. Short of some unforeseen breakthrough, it will be a Year of Disappointing Robots.
What shiny new technology will be crowned at the
2015 Consumer Electronics Show?
(Image: David Berkowitz, Flickr)
2015 will be Year of the Wearable again, by virtue of the soon-to-be-released Apple Watch, which won't be at CES but will shape the work of other smartwatch vendors. And it will be the Year of the Connected Car and the Year of the Connected Home.
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