Annually, the technology industries convene in Las Vegas, Nevada for community, gambling, and Consumer Electronics Show. The Las Vegas Convention Center and assorted other venues play host to 150,000 industry guests present for the unveiling of various exciting new products, many professing to be game changers for the industry. Attendees peruse thousands of exhibits, attend various speaker tracks, demo literally millions of new products, and to watch Michael Bay publicly embarrass himself. There’s a lot to see and a lot to learn, way too much content for any person to entirely absorb. Below, I tried to pick out a few key themes that resonated at CES, filtered through my own opinions and observations.
1. 4K TVs Cost Less Than $4K
After television makers spent a few years championing 3DTV as the next crucial home entertainment centerpiece, the emergence of the ultra high resolution 4K format can be seen as an admittance that 3D just might not transcend niche. 4K resolution indicates ultra high definition (UHD) display devices measuring approximately 4000 pixels across. The relatively new format replaces 1080p standard high definition televisions. Television makers like LG, Samsung, Sony and Panasonic hope that consumers adopt 4K and replace their current sets. The manufacturers have friends equally advocating UHD conversion, such as Netflix and other content providers. Netflix announced 4K streaming partnerships with Sony, LG, and Samsung, which is available immediately for owners of those manufacturers’ compatible products.