Technology is an amazing entity. Case in point – I wrote, edited, and published this article all while in the air headed to the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show. And while technology like in-flight internet is not likely to be displayed at CES, the devices that enable us to use such a technological wonder certainly will be. That is what CES is all about – previewing the latest trends in consumer tech.
2010 was the year of the tablet device, clearly lead by Apple's iPad. Apple has a history of being at the forefront of many consumer tech movements, starting with the iPod in 2001, the iPhone in 2007, and finally the iPad in 2010. Surprisingly, Apple's presence at CES has been and continues to be non-existent, making their massive market share even that more impressive. Nevertheless, as has happened in the past, numerous companies are poised to once again follow Apple's trendsetting, as a myriad of tablet devices are set to be displayed this year at CES.
Also on the docket for the 2011 CES is 3D television sets. This technology is growing fast and there will numerous companies displaying their own 3DTV sets. Personally, I never thought 3DTV would get as big as it has, and I'm still not convined that it will be a technological revolution the way HDTV has been. Clearly though, 3DTV has some strong niche markets at a minimum, the most important of those probably being sports television and home theater.
For me personally, I plan to review a plethora of products. Keeping in line with my science background, my focus for the 2011 CES will be home health and fitness products. Among these will be several home health monitoring systems that utilize the power of smartphone-based applications. In addition, I plan to check out some products for our elderly members of society in regard to protecting against Alzheimer's disease. While I know most of my readers are Generation Y, our Baby Boomer parents are quickly approaching the age where the risk for developing neurological disorders vastly increases, so you can let your older relatives know of the neat technology I plan to report on!
In addition, I plan to check out a bunch of other tech devices, including 3D remote control systems, smartphone cases, and headphones. But perhaps the coolest product I plan to check out is the Transcend Goggles from Recon Instruments.
The GPS-enabled Transcend goggles from Recon Instruments definitely has the cool factor.
These goggles were recently named as an honoree for the 2011 CES Innovations Award for Best Design and Engineering, and it's easy to see why. With GPS-enabled technology that monitors speed, distance, vertical drop, and more, the Transcend goggles promise to take athletes to the next level. As an avid skier and snowboarder, I can't wait to demo these!
The above products are just a sample of what I plan to cover at CES, and we will have four other staff members on site. This is pnosker.com's first appearence at CES, so we are just as excited as you all are! Stay tuned to pnosker.com for daily updates, liveblogging sessions, and tech recaps from the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show. As always, if you have something in particular that you would like one of us to check out, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment and we'll be sure to get someone to get some information for you! Also, don't forget to check out my Twitter feed (@mikeconvente) for updates throughout the planned daily events.