Key trends for CES in 2011: tablets, applications and internet-enabled everything
Tuesday 14 December 2010
Innovative products set to go on display at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) will provide consumers with a glimpse into the future - where internet connectivity, tablets and applications will rule the technology world.
"Internet-enabled everything" is one of the most exciting trends emerging within the field of technology - not because it is now technically feasible to integrate WiFi and 3G connections into consumer products such as mobile computing devices, TVs, cars, home appliances and sporting equipment but because of the immense possibilities these connections provide.
"Beyond TVs and connected set-top devices, the Internet will be ubiquitous at CES this year," says Shawn Dubravac, Chief Economist and Director of Research, Consumer Electronics Association.
"Expect to see it garner further inroads into the vehicle, the camera, the printer, and every screen imaginable."
2011 has been dubbed the "Year of the Tablet" and many manufacturers are getting ready to debut their tablet solutions at CES.
"I have a list of 80+ tablets that have been announced and many of these will see the light of day at the 2011 CES," reveals Dubravac. "With competition heating up, each and every aspect of differentiation will be on the table - OS, screen size, color, and available applications."
2011 will also see a full-fledged move to application-based computing. As tablets, TVs, mobile devices and cloud-based computing become more ingrained into our everyday lives, applications are becoming more important than ever before.
"I think 2011 will be the first year where not a single hardware category will exist sans apps," comments Dubravac.
"Apps are a conduit for the Web and consistent with the growth of Internet connectivity. I expect to see apps gain significant inroads in cameras, printers, in the vehicle and digital displays like photo frames.
"I also expect to see apps gain significant inroads at CES into things like mobile and digital health, and sports and fitness. Monitoring will be a theme at this year's CES and I expect to see apps play an important role."
Last year reporters clambered to get a look at the latest 3D TVs and 3D technology that lined the showroom floor of CES. In 2011, 3D will again take center stage.
"Expect to see more 3D than ever before," says Shawn Dubravac.
And while bigger and better 3D TVs are "a given" at the 44th edition of CES, manufacturers will also start to address the need for compatible 3D eye-wear. Autostereoscopic devices (those that enable 3D glasses-free viewing) and 3D mobile devices will also be on show.
Trends on show at CES are also expected to be further evidenced at CeBIT and Computex Taipei which, alongside CES, are the most closely followed events on the 2011 technology calendar.
The 44th edition of the International CES will take place from January 6 to 9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Life & Style blogs
Coachella Festival 2015: from Kendall Jenner to Alexa Chung, stars and festival-goers parade their boho best
What do the emoji on Snapchat mean?
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive - it's where the CIA gets its coffee fix
'Game-changing' new way to fight cancer discovered
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a white stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
Russian warships in English Channel 'to conduct anti-aircraft and anti-submarine military drills'
- 1 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£30000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Front-End UI Application ...
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...
£30000 - £36000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: C# Developer A highly s...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: A market leading software...