What do you want to see at CES 2013?

What do you want to see at CES 2013?

CES is one of the biggest consumer electronic shows on the planet, and the sheer amount of technology crammed into the Las Vegas Convention Center and environs for the week is beyond stupefying. Apple's not here, of course, but iOS accessories and even some apps abound. Everything is becoming connected and mobile, and a lot of it is working with our iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

But like any period of change, there's a lot of turbulence. Manufacturers aren't sure what we want yet, so they're throwing a dizzying array of products at us just to see what sticks. A lot of it is noise at this point, but some of it is also remarkable. We're going to try and find as much of a the remarkable stuff as we can this week, but here's my question to you--

What do you want to see at CES 2013? 4K televisions? Better car integration? Connected health and fitness products? Smart watches? Convergence devices?

There's nothing like that moment when something totally new, and totally transformative hits the stage, your jaw drops, and you instantly know that you never want to be without it.

There are a lot of contenders for the "next big thing" -- what do you want it to be?

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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What do you want to see at CES 2013?


I'd like to see you guys show us any new, innovative iPad cases--I know, I know, kinda boring and an old category. But the sheer volume is daunting and I'd like to see what's out there for the iPad 4 and iPad mini.

Also, any metal/aluminum bumper cases for the iPhone 5 that do not interfere with the phone signal. Or new apps for Passbook-type payments to eliminate cash and credit cards etc.


Remember last year's CES' waterproof-electronics-spray-coating? You know, the stuff that let you submerge your iPhone, while it was running, with no ill effects?

I wonder how many devices will end up using that technology. And I wonder if we'll ever be told about it. Because the last thing any hardware manufacturer wants is their customers dunking their devices the moment they hear that they're "waterproof." With the inevitable millions of YouTube uploads of positive and negative results.

I would like to see improvements in the connected fitness hardware field. I have been waiting to buy into a Jawbone UP style device for a while but have yet to see one that contains all the functionality I would like: wearable full time, multiple sensor tracking, etc. The existing BodyMedia devices look impressive but I'm hoping to see even better hardware coming out this year.

I guess this isn't directly related to mobile**... but I'd really like to see some decent Thunderbolt based stuff, especially RAID storage units or a Thunderbolt to eSATA device... oh, and at reasonable prices!

** Ok, well the media I'll stream from it and some of the files I'd access might be used by mobile devices. So, ultimately, it is related for me. :)

I wonder how much longer CES can survive. Seriously. Sure, there's always some new TV technology or Kickstart-ish iPhone accessory maker. But the era of massive trade shows is at an end. From Buzzfeed:

"The decline and fall of CES as the world's premiere stage for new technology is no tragedy. Consumer technology has simply outgrown CES, which was an exclusive club of buyers and sellers and journalists."

Full article: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mattbuchanan/why-were-not-at-the-biggest-tech-sh...