CES 2013: What I’m looking for

January 6, 2013

As I wouldn’t be at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that’s about to start, I’ve put together a quick list of things I will be watching for virtually. As much as I would like to attend the show this year, life’s too busy at the moment. I’m looking forward to reading reports from my fellow bloggers who will be on the ground this year.

  • A new TV display technology such as OLED or crystal LED that actually ships before the next CES.
  • An affordable 4K HDTV
  • A Smart TV that doesn’t require you to be a Ph.D to operate. In other words, it’s easy to use and doesn’t have a crowded user interface better suited to fighter pilots.
  • An audio or video technology with content that actually takes advantage of it
  • A streaming box and service that exceeds the audio and video quality of Blu-ray. While YouTube can handle 4K videos, I  like to see a service streaming higher resolution TV shows and movies.  To be more realistic, a video streaming service that’s more true to the original source . An example would be content with a wider color gamut and native frame rates.
  • Home theater gear that utilizes standards like THX’s Media Center or anything else that makes it easier for consumers to get the best audio and video possible from their systems. Many consumer don’t fully utilize the capabilites of their home theater systems.  Another example would be home theater systems that utilize technologies such as WiSA, the wireless speaker standard I learned about at last year’s CES.
  • A new generation of the TiVo digital video recorder or at least an appearence by the now late TiVo Mini (the TiVo extender).
  • Gadgets with a great aesthetic. A good article in today’s Boston Globe touches on the importance of aesthetic for audio devices.

Yes, some of these items are pie in the sky. What I would really like to see is something I’m not expecting. Something amazing! Something that I don’t even know that I need yet. We’ve haven’t seen blockbuster announcements at CES in a while. Will 2013 be different?

Have something you’re looking for at CES 2013? Add them to the comments below…

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Entrance to CES Unveiled 2012

Tags: 4K, CES, Home Theater, THX, TiVo, WiSA

One Response to CES 2013: What I’m looking for

  1. Alana on January 18, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I’m so glad you mentioned OLED ; I recently bought an edge-lit LED only to realize that it’s an LCD with clever marketing. If you want an intuitive TV, you might want to try out the Bravia range of TV. Lastly, the only companies worth mentioning that really understand design and esthetics are Sony, Apple and Samsung. Thoughts?


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