While the year, and the decade, may just be starting out, things are already heating up quickly in the electronics and technology worlds. With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) trade conference beginning tomorrow in Las Vegas, a flood of new devices, gadgets and services will be announced, released or just rumored. The big trends we will likely see at the show include ever-more connected devices destined for networked home, the continuing convergence between increasingly portable netbooks with ever more powerful smartphones , and the long-awaited emergence of true consumer level 3D technology. Not all technology companies are willing to risk having their particular news get lost in the melee of CES, however. Google decided to pre-empt the show with their launch of the Nexus One phone, instantly making their self-released Android 2.1 phone the dominant story in the mobile space, even before the major handset manufacturers had a chance to display their wares in Vegas. Also notably absent from the CES extravaganza is Apple, traditionally remaining aloof, doing their own demo shows. Jobs and company do often let just enough scraps of information and innuendo leak, however, to make sure they still get attention, as the continuing talk of their (possibly) coming tablet device demonstrates once again.
Nonetheless, despite Google and Apple’s maneuvers, CES remains the preeminent tech trade show in North America, with hundreds of companies, both big and small, showing off what they will be releasing in the coming year. I’m on site in Vegas and will be bringing news to Zeropaid readers that touch on the topics they are interested in, namely, how will all this new technology interact with open formats, like MKV and h.264? Will electronics and computer companies continue to bow to content makers’ demands for DRM ? How will new technologies disrupt or adapt to older business and distribution models to empower or limit consumer consumption?
If there are any particular gadgets, companies, stories, etc. that you would like to see covered here, please just let know me. And keep coming back for more Zeropaid CES 2010 coverage.