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There has always been a window into what the world of technology will look like down the line. But this year, it also served as a microcosm of our today’s chaotic, chaotic and unpredictable lives.
The trade show was adamant about holding a hybrid show in 2022 with a strong physical presence. and after things calm downThe summer increased, which seemed a realistic goal. Keynote speakers and big names signed on, and it was poised to be one of the first major conventions to go back to individual events.
Thenreared its highly contagious head.
Just weeks before the start of the convention, a group of companies withdrew or canceled plans to travel to Las Vegas. T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert completely canceled his keynote speech. Google, Microsoft, AMD and Intel revised their plans. Most of the major media outlets opted to cover the event virtually. The show appeared to be on the Nerdshala of collapse.
So was CES a bust? Surprisingly, no. Many big announcements, fromTo The system imbues the show with relevance. The automotive industry has steadily increased its presence at the event and has not disappointed this year. And then there were the living robots.
“It was so real — I wish I could see it in person,” said Nerdshala video producer Claire Reilly after the interview, a robot with human-like facial expressions.
The Consumer Technology Association, which puts on the show, said the number of participants eventually grew as small and medium-sized businesses still saw the value of meeting face-to-face.
“It’s certainly not the same,” said Avi Greengart, an analyst at the research firm TechSponential, who opted to participate in person at the last minute. “There’s little value, but that value is easy to extract.”
Here’s what we learned from this year’s CES.
1. CES Couldn’t Beat COVID-19, But It Didn’t Matter
Given the volatility pattern of COVID-19 over the past two years, it should come as no surprise that another badly timed surge disrupted everything. Because of this unpredictability, the CTA went with a hybrid model from the start that offered the option of attending in person or virtually.,
Hybrids are a reality we are all living with going forward, with many companies considering hybrids as the new status quo when (if) things get back to normal. As we re-evaluate the importance of attending one of these gatherings, this trend may spread to other conventions as well.
Many interesting products from newAnd To , serves as a reminder that there is no substitute for seeing and experiencing things individually. While companies like Lenovo traveled to New York to set up local briefings for early experiences, there’s nothing that can replace a central hub like CES.
When America was enjoying videoconferencing, imagine how much of an impact it must have had.
And those who made the effort were rewarded with CES, free from some of the more infamous annoyances.
“It’s a lot easier and more enjoyable in some ways,” Greengart said. “I can actually catch a cab.”
2. Laptops and TVs Are Attractive Again, and You’ll Love the New Ones
TVs and laptops have a circadian rhythm to their product release cycles that has long been aligned with CES. You can set your clocks by the fact that almost all the big vendors unveil their main products in the first week of January.
While many TV and computer companies planned to skip this year’s CES or opted out at the last minute due to Omicron’s proliferation, they did their own annual blitz of product announcements for the start of the year.
Nerdshala’s chief TV critic David Katzmeyerand Nerdshala’s chief laptop reviewer Dan Ackerman ,
But it is fair to call a few highlights in each category.To compete with LG’s best-in-class picture quality. Along with the 98-inch Roku-powered behemoth. not to be outdone, With an impressive 97-in. And — with its 100-inch picture, 360-degree sound, and $900 price tag — was a fun surprise.
in the computer,One of the biggest attention grabbers was making bold design choices for one of the most stable, reliable laptop lines on the market. The new version sports an edge-to-edge keyboard, a new take on a customizable Touch Bar, and a touchpad that runs the entire length of the bottom of the laptop. Has come up with a new design. Introduced 17.3-inch foldable OLED laptop. Lenovo broke the mold with this , which comes with a 17.3-inch main screen with 21:10 aspect ratio at 120Hz. It also has a versatile 8-inch second screen to the right of the keyboard that can be used with a stylus for taking notes and many other creative uses.
3. Phones and 5G Delivered a Meaty Unofficial CES
Phones and wireless services traditionally don’t play a big part at CES, instead waiting a month or so until the MWC trade show. But this year, they served as a secondary storyline to go along with the official CES announcements.
The biggest dispute was between wireless carriers and Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, over requests from Verizon and AT&T to delay the rollout of their advanced 5G networks because of concerns over interference with airplane equipment. went. The request was made on New Year’s Eve, prompting the carriers to quickly deny it, setting off a potential legal conflict.
But later an agreement was reached between the two sides, due to which Verizon decided to create a(Which will go live after that two-week delay). AT&T pulled out of CES and remained relatively silent during the stretch.
On the phone side, OnePlus rocked the teaserout of China (right in the middle of CES’s media day). While technically being part of CES, Samsung opted to outdo it all by unveiling Monday last week.
more officially,CES made its debut in 2022, and will be out as soon as February. HMD Global, a Finnish startup making Nokia-branded handsets, in the coming months. They range from the 5G Nokia G400 ($239) to the retro Nokia 2760 flip phone ($79).
The takeaway: Don’t fall asleep on mobile news at the start of the year, and get ready for big changes to your wireless experience in 2022.
4. There Could Be an iPad Moment in Smart Glasses in 2022
When the iPad was announced in April 2010, it was one of technology’s worst-kept secrets. Before its launch, several other tech companies had announced tablets of their own — and afterward, the stampede became more and more crowded.
Augmented Reality Glass may be approaching an iPad-like moment in 2022 supply chain leak Adding to Apple to launch AR glasses or AR/VR headsets later this year. The competition is not intended to be caught flat-footed. CES 2022 saw a tidal wave of AR, virtual reality and Metaverse announcements.
TCL unveils both its This amazing Twitter thread from @NimaZeighami demonstrates,and his Which acts as an external display which is equivalent to watching a 140-inch TV. Sony showed , Mojo Vision comes with its latest prototype , Qualcomm and Microsoft told the world they would , Panasonic demonstrated a pair of With a steampunk look. And “The Metaverse” became the hottest and most ridiculous buzzword at CES 2022, as
Expect a lot of hype about AR glasses this year, even though the products released are likely to be little more than clunky prototypes. At least they’ll give us all the stories to entertain the grandchildren in a couple of decades.
5. EV tsunami coming ashore
However, there was no shortage of far-future fantasy in the automotive category at this year’s CES.), the most exciting stuff was more tangible — things like new , GM CEO Mary Barra introduced the company’s all-electric pick-up, showing off a number of different flavors and some impressive numbers. most influential? 400 miles range on a single charge. Impressive too? The $105,000 manufacturer-suggested retail price will bear the Launch Edition. Yes Yes. A cheaper version will come though. and then there is , which will start at just $30,000.
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