I’ve gone a few years in a row to Las Vegas CES and found it VERY interesting for trends in everything “smart,” digital and embedded, and not so interesting in terms of robotics. The auto companies have GINORMOUS displays of their in-car infotainment and embedded systems for the future and that is worth the time and effort to go. The keynotes are okay and the press “events” for all the companies are barely worth the fight to get in (and it is a fight).
Overall CES is predictable: serious competition is on the horizon for Apple on many fronts and iRobot on all their home cleaning products; in-car smart systems are where the crowds will be; robotic toys and gimmicks will appear and then later in the year will disappear; “smart” systems will be the buzzword from appliances to phones, tablets and PCs; and the vision systems people will be showing thinner and smarter TVs and monitors.
Here’s what I wrote in January about CES 2012. Check the story and see how many companies are still in the running. Click on the image to link to the article.