CES 2011 wrap-up: What I didn't see
LAS VEGAS--As you read this, I'll be on my way back to D.C.; another CES is in the books for me.
This one had its share of interesting product launches, some practical and others less so--like, perhaps, the Samsung WiFi-connected refrigerator you see at right, which runs such apps as Twitter, Pandora, Epicurious, Google-linked photo-album and calendar programs and a notepad.
(Seeing this $3,499 device, due in the spring, brought a few questions to mind: What's a good Web-radio playlist for taking a beer out of the fridge? Will this model cause more people to Twitter about their lunch? And wouldn't its 8-in. display be even better if it were 3-D?)
That said, I also have to note things that I didn't spot at the show, even though many of you have said you'd like to see the electronics industry produce them. I'll name two:
* A non-TiVo, subscription-free digital video recorder. Right now, you're stuck choosing between TiVo, with monthly service fees that typically run $12.95 but can go much higher if you buy a TiVo at a discounted price; or whatever DVR your cable or satellite operator chooses to rent to you. Considering how cheap storage runs these days, can't somebody put together an alternative recorder without a monthly bill? How about one that also allows easy offline archiving?
* Cameras with some of the simple photo-sharing options found on smartphones. My own reporting reminded me of this: I kept using a phone to take pictures, even though it offered lesser quality, because I could post them immediately (barring reception issues) instead of waiting to flip open a laptop, copy over the photos and upload them from the computer. If Samsung's SH100 camera, which can use WiFi for uploading, was a rare exception; Kodak models that tout easy sharing but require that you connect them to a PC first were more typical.
Looking over our coverage of CES 2011, what other kinds of gadgets do you not see mentioned there that you were hoping to read about?
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