which’s no longer about the consumer

CES 2018 wraps up on Friday as well as if there’s one takeaway, which has drastically changed in its focus in recent years.

If I’m remembering correctly, which was my 10th time attending the annual tech show in Las Vegas. A lot has changed since I first set foot on the show floor as a cub reporter almost a decade ago.

There were plenty of gadgets — drones, augmented reality goggles, virtual reality headsets, cars which can drive themselves as well as more.

The show isn’t what which used to be — not which which is usually bad — nevertheless which’s much more about gadget-makers getting on stage as well as chest-pounding tech which’s still in development.

Manufacturers seem to want to follow Apple’s playbook — most are trying to create as well as sell us things we “don’t yet know we need.” Except, unlike Apple, few competitors are able actually able to prove we ever actually need any of which. which’s something only Apple has been able to perfect.

Take LG as well as Samsung, for example. Both companies announced products I don’t think I’ll see in my house within the next 10 years. LG includes a fridge with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant built in, for example — something which was technically introduced last year. Samsung is usually also putting its Bixby voice assistant — already in its smartphones — into its appliances.

Short of Wayne Szalinski through the movie Honey I Shrunk the Kids, I can’t think of anyone who actually needs which. Why not just pull out a smartphone to ask the weather, or turn to your Amazon Echo to add an item to your shopping list?

If there was a theme which year, which’s which gadget-makers are putting tech where I don’t think we need which — just because they can. There were pole dancing robots. Robots which helped you play ping pong, which probably won’t ever sell on the market to general consumers.

There are additional examples, too, like TVs which are larger than most walls we could ever put them on (as well as which may never actually come to market at affordable prices for many, many years), glasses which still look just as silly as Google Glass (as well as have yet to prove they’ll be useful by actual consumers), as well as too many concepts as well as Kickstarter projects to count.

Sadly, there were few products one might actually be able to buy, even if you wanted to. What was once a show with dozens of brand new TVs as well as laptops as well as smartphones which were going to hit the market in weeks or months, is usually at which point a show about ideas.

which’s not bad, which’s just curious we still call which a “consumer” electronics show.

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