While CES 2012 has come and gone the technology shown off will have a lasting impact throughout the year ahead. As usual, Apple did not have an official presence, but also as usual iPhone and iPad accessory makers we boundless. This year, however, we began to see a real move away from the tradition protective cases, charging cables, and other, terribly boring accessories. When we geeks were the main market, all we wanted was the basics. Now that the mainstream is the main market, the basics are table stakes. They want to see what's next, what's special, what's different. From the fun and frivolous speakers, copters, cabinets, and drones to full on automotive integration, to the oncoming wave of eHealth accessories, the iPhone and iPad are becoming the de facto interface for the future.