Weekly video: Packing for CES
Packing for the Consumer Electronics Show isn't like getting ready for the average trip. For one thing, I spend as much time picking out socks--preferably, the comfortable hiking kind--as I do shirts. For another, I wind up with a lot more chargers and cables in my luggage than usual.
In this week's video clip, you can watch me inventory some of the things I'm taking to Las Vegas this afternoon.
What do I expect to see at CES from tomorrow through Saturday? I'll start with just one word, tablets: Now that Apple has proven you can have mass-market success with a touchscreen mobile device that's neither a smartphone nor a laptop, everybody else wants to try to run the same play.
My next pick for a CES storyline is TVs and other video devices that, even more than current hardware, integrate Internet video sources. There's obviously a market here, and as long as cable and satellite subscriptions keep going up I expect demand to increase.
On that note, it will be interesting to see how TV vendors try to spin 3D TV after its disappointing performance following a splashy launch at CES 2010.
In-car electronics should also be a continued growth area, assuming that their buyers don't all manage to plow into bridge abutments while fidgeting with the latest dashboard gadgets.
It's also utterly safe to expect the unexpected at CES, in the form of furniture and household applications incorporating various electronic devices. (A subwoofer in a lounge chair? Sure, that was done years ago.)
In short, there will be a lot going on. Stay tuned to this blog and to Cecilia Kang's Post Tech; if that's not enough, you can also get more frequent updates from us on Twitter, where I'm robpegoraro and she's ceciliakang.
(If, on the other hand, you're hoping for a quick e-mail reply from me, I can only beg your patience. I expect to be snowed under with new messages by lunchtime Thursday, and it may take a good two weeks to dig out.)
| January 4, 2011; 1:53 PM ET
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