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Slashdot Asks: What would you like to see at CES? 102

Posted by timothy
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This year's Consumer Electronics Show has nearly arrived. Later today, I'll be hurtling (or perhaps just slogging) across the West Texas desert, bound for Vegas. CES is far too big an event to see very much of, no matter what: the endless aisles (highways!) of cheap laptop bags and e-cigarettes alone take up an incredible amount of floor space, but the good stuff takes up at least as much. The categories represented aren't necessarily new, but the trends vary each time: remote-controlled helicopters, from Parrot and others, have been been getting more capable for a few years running, along with 3D televisions, action cameras, ever-bigger displays, toys for kids, toys for adults, and the newest/slimmest/priciest/cheapest laptops and handhelds. Last year I had a chance to get close-up video views at Ubuntu TV and the successfully crowdfunded TouchFire keyboard, as well as interviews with John Ryan of Pixel Qi and Raspberry Pi instigator Eben Upton. I'll be on the lookout for some of my usual obsessions (open source in consumer products, bright LED-based projectors, interesting input devices), but what would you like to see up-close from this year's crop of exhibitors (sorry, it's a long list), and why?
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Slashdot Asks: What would you like to see at CES?

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 04, 2013 @03:38PM (#42478865)

    I'd really like to visit the Basis booth and check out the Basis band (watch/health monitor). It looks like a solid product and I'd like to try one out before I buy. Their initial stock went so fast that if you blinked you missed the opportunity.

  • by Supp0rtLinux (594509) <Supp0rtLinux@yahoo.com> on Friday January 04, 2013 @03:40PM (#42478897)
    Half the items shown at CES will be vaporware. Most of the rest will come to market too late to be of any value. The only thing worth seeing are the good ideas that some new or small company has come up with that Zuckerberg, Apple, or some other company can clone or otherwise knock-off and then present as their own (as FB likes to do) or as some new thing no one has ever thought of before (Apple I'm looking at you). I just hope it doesn't scroll or have rounded corners.
  • by Experiment 626 (698257) on Friday January 04, 2013 @03:42PM (#42478923)
    Booth babes.
    • by alexo (9335)

      Showcasing the latest advancements in silicon, no doubt.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    So no set top box required if using a modern intel chip.

  • by cfulton (543949) on Friday January 04, 2013 @03:44PM (#42478969)
    Flying cars and personal jet packs.
  • Just kidding
  • by Supp0rtLinux (594509) <Supp0rtLinux@yahoo.com> on Friday January 04, 2013 @03:52PM (#42479073)
    Nokia is in love with Microsoft. Apple has IOS. Motorola/Google has Android. BB10 is around the corner. There are a few other niche OS's out there. I honestly cannot see any carrier shipping an Ubuntu based phone.
    • by bartoku (922448)
      We need carrier killing hardware and a carrier agnostic data radio tower setup.

      The hardware would have an open boot loader ready to take on Android, Ubuntu, Jolla, and any other open sourced ROM available.
      The hardware would include the five major HSPA+ bands (850, 900, AWS, 1900, 2100), and LTE bands (4, 17, 13, 7, 3, 25) to cover a majority of the spectrum used by carriers in the Americas, Europe, and the rest of the world.
      The hardware would also support a USB dongle for additional carrier data suppor
  • Bill Gates, Steve Balmer, and that Elop character in a dollar per throw dunk tank filled with ice water.

  • by wonkey_monkey (2592601) on Friday January 04, 2013 @03:54PM (#42479109) Homepage
    The headline ends in a question mark, so... no!
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Wrong show probably but that's really the only thing I want. Cheap 4k+ monitors. Real 4k, not this fake-4k that they're spreading around.

    • by AK Marc (707885)
      I haven't seen any "fake" 4k. What's "fake" 4k? 1080p with integrated downscaling?
      • by Kjella (173770)

        There's been at least a few projectors and the Toshiba TV that doesn't actually have any way of accepting a 4K signal, but they'll upscale to 4K for the buzzword compliance. And there's still a lot of awkward solutions for pairing cables to make it work, or HDMI 1.4 solutions that'll only do 30 fps max. I think I might be a year early but I too hope for an affordable true 4K monitor, so far the only pre-announcement I've heard is Sharp with a $5500 32" model which is still way over the top and it needs to h

        • by AK Marc (707885)
          I'm waiting for a cheap display. I have an Onkyo receiver that will accept any input and upscale it to 4k, if necessary (including pass-through of 4k native) and a PS3, which will put out stills in 4k now, though no motion at the moment, it's predicted. I've upscaled some pretty low-res DVD to 1080p and it actually looks pretty good, much better than plugging the DVD directly into the TV and lettng the TV upscale (blocky and jumpy).
  • by Anonymous Coward

    which is hungry

  • http://www.ti.com/3dtof [ti.com] They aren't the only ones working on it. But this technology has a huge potential to impact the way humans interact with technology.
  • Yes, occasionally a nifty new technology gets announced or demonstrated, but until it is (A) demonstrably useful, (B) available for purchase, and (C) within the price range of people it's useful for, it might as well not exist. The CES, like other similar events, is just a giant hype-fest who's sole purpose is to convince me to part with my cash to get something I don't actually need or even want.

    And for everyone saying "booth babes", there are a lot of cheaper and more readily available ways for you to go

  • and LOL.
    Thanks.

  • The future (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    When COMDEX was in full swing I'd go to peruse the small tables on the perimeter of the floor. When you see several small guys offering the same thing there's a good chance it will be a big thing in a year or two. I remember one year, after seeing 4-5 card tables with signs saying "We want to be your ISP" I had to ask them what an ISP was. That was a look into the future.

    A few years ago at CES in the Taiwan chip area several vendors were offering single chip GPS modules. That pretty accurately indicated tha

  • by PopeRatzo (965947) on Friday January 04, 2013 @04:45PM (#42479803) Homepage Journal

    What would you like to see at CES?

    Five hundred male feral hogs given ecstasy and let loose on the floor of the CES, after the representatives from Sony are covered in pheromones from a female feral pig.

    [Don't look at me like that. You asked.]

  • by Anonymous Coward

    There was a new design for heatsink in 2012, from of all places Sandia Labs. I would love to see if anyone has taken that design and applied it to a PC HSF.

    Im in the market for a new quiet and potent heatsink so this idea was quite interesting to me.

  • Felicia Day. She's going, at least per her twitter account.

    But, sadly, I'm not, so i won't be able to meet and greet.

  • by Vegan Pagan (251984) <deanas@[ ]thlink.net ['ear' in gap]> on Friday January 04, 2013 @05:15PM (#42480235)
    I'd like to see 3D printers all over the place: homes and offices for starters. Show some killer apps for them so they fly off the shelves. Convince all the convenience stores to replace their cobweb-gathering photo equipment with some sexy new 3D printers that are bigger and better than what people can get at home so customers can order top-quality printed objects in store.

    The ever-improving capabilities of remote-controlled helicopters and planes are always interesting. Is a programmable, unmanned submarine now possible?

    OLED TVs and monitors should sell based on speed and contrast. If Peter Jackson and James Cameron get their way and make high frame rate movies the norm, TVs will sell more and more based on their ability to show native HFR material well.
  • Well I'm still holding out for a really good 80 column card for my Atari 800
  • by grahamsz (150076)

    I'm not sure why that's been missed! Don't you guys want to see me there?

    Actually last CES I went to was such a zoo that I think we mostly hung out and gambled with my boss' money.

  • I have to admit, I haven't looked at the list yet, but just for clarification: you want us to make suggestions FROM THE LIST on what we want to see covered on slashdot regarding the show, right? So that you can prioritize what booths you visit and what pics you snap and give us what we want?

  • ...through the windows of McCormick Place. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consumer_Electronics_Show#History [wikipedia.org]
  • banging together.
  • Because a 7-8" android with stylus would be pretty convenient.

    And preferably it would have a retina display, full-size sd card port, and unlocked bootloader.

    But I'm not holding my breath.
  • lots and lots and lots of booths filled with gizmos that would otherwise be pocket litter built with tube after tube after tube.

    it would force a lot of "no step 3" business plans to reconsider.

  • Then I might be interested in consumer electronics again.

  • and by that, I don't mean "creep every feature onto a phone"
  • I would like to see ME at CES.

    Ain't gonna happen.

    • Yup. The one thing I'd like to see at CES is... CES. Unfortunately, I'm not in the consumer electronics industry, nor do I have enough desire to fake it. So, not going.

  • The only bit of gear I really want but can't buy is a personal display (glasses/goggles/visor/microvision, I don't really care) that will give me a modern resolution (HD at least) and a refresh rate that's at least as good as VNC on localhost.

    My phone has a mini-HDMI connector and bluetooth keyboards are fine - I don't even need wireless, but would like to leave the laptop home if I'm just doing occasional computing.

    The technology is all here, so I'm hoping somebody introduce one at this year's CES.

  • No one is making a 13" powerhouse all in one laptop. The closest thing was the 2010 VAIO Z, which weighs 3.5 lbs.

    The ones currently available have one of the following deal-breakers: lousy 1366x768 resolution, do not have discrete GPU, or have a lousy screen.

    The demand for such laptops, if priced at $2500-$3000, would be high enough to make them profitable.

    • You used to be able to get 1920x1200 on a laptop. That doesn't exist anymore as far as I can tell. The only option is the Retina Mac and there you don't get access to all the pixels.

      Why can't I get a laptop with the screen of a Nexus 10?

  • First, for anything over 1920x1200 you pretty much need to go to 27" or higher. Then, pretty much all of the affordable 27" high res monitors have problems...IPS bleed, uneven backlight, too strong anti-glare coating, too many bad pixels, wrong connectivity, bad colour accuracy, crappy contrast, image retention, cross-hatch weirdness, etc.

    You need to spend close to a thousand bucks to get anything really nice or else get a Dell 2711 and risk it all by removing the anti-glare coating.

  • Doesn't have to be color, but it must be at least able to load up a 8.5" x 11" PDF with no trouble.

  • Tablets and MP3 players with microSDXC slot, so I can use 64GB and bigger cards

    They should also support USB3.0
    And how about Tablets without a built in camera and microphone so you could take it where such inbuilt recording devices and cellphones aren't allowed.

  • So i can finally transfer all my comics to my kindle or some other device...

    Or if that's not possible a good black and white A4 size eReader.

  • I hate having to dig my phone out of my pocket just to:

    - check the time
    - see if I have any messages
    - pause music, skip to next song, etc

    So what I'd like is a rectangular screen (NOT a square or circular screen) on my wrist, worn like a watch. This would allow me to:

    - check the time
    - see if I have any messages
    - pause music, skip to next song, etc

    It would have some simple capabilities, such as showing text messages and at least the beginning of emails. But it would basically be a slave display for my smartpho

    • While I'm at it, it could be cool if there were a simple standard for SMS messages that would allow pre-canned replies, kind of similar to how dialog boxes can be defined in programming.

      Sender types:"Are you coming? y/n/m"

      Recipient sees: Sees "Are you coming?" along with three touchable buttons, "Yes", "No", "Maybe"

      This would be be easy to use on the wrist screen form factor, since no typing would be required.

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