What is CES?
CES is the Consumer Electronics Show. It’s an annual trade show in which manufacturers of tech gadget and other electronics announce new products and technologies. During this conference, attendees are able to speak with OEMs, demo products, and often received product samples. For CES 2014, we expect to see a lot of announcements around tablets, including our favorite of them all, Windows Tablets. After the break we preview what to expect for CES 2014.
CES 2014 Preview: What to Expect
For CES 2014, we expect to see lot of announcements around Windows 8 Tablets, PCs, and 2 in 1 devices, and convertible hybrids. Expect to see a number of dual boot tablets (known as “PC Plus” tablets”. Manufacturers are looking to find different was to get Windows Tablets into the hands of consumers. Dual Boot Windows Tablets might be the way for the platform to really catch on.
I’m really interested in seeing if a compelling Windows 8 Tablet will be announced. So far I have yet to see any current generation Windows Tablet stand out from the bunch. Hopefully this will change in the next week or so.
Expect to see a lot of tablet news in general as tablets continue to take market share away from conventional computers. I believe we will see more and more cheaper Android tablets and dedicated e-readers. I’m curious to see how the newer tablets will differentiate themselves from already available tablets.
If I was a tablet manufacturer, my focus would be on things like battery life and better integration with desktop computers. I’d also like to see some nifty tablet accessories such as wireless charging pads, docking stations, keyboard cases, and stylus pens.
Wearable Tech Gadgets
Wearable tech gadgets will possibly have a huge presence at this year’s conference. Certainly gadgets such as the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch that were released in the past year have created great interest in wearables. We hope to see updates to existing wearable tech, as well as announcements of new devices. Wearables that integrate well with existing smartphones and tablets would be of great interest to me. To date, I have yet to see a smartwatch that I would actually buy. I hope CES 2014 changes that.
HDTVs and more HDTVs
A mainstay of the CES shows each year are HDTVs and we don’t expect CES 2014 to be any different. We are curious to see if and how plasma TVs are represented at the conference. With Panasonic discontinuing production of plasma, we wonder if other manufacturers will follow suit or double down on plasma TVs.
We also expect to see more in the way of 4K HDTVs, hopefully cheaper OLED TVs, curved TVs, and TVs with new or updated smart TV apps and functions.
One thing I’d like to see that probably won’t happen are HDTVs that will accept cable cards. I long for the day when I can access cable TV content and access smart TV features in an integrated fashion. For example, I’d love to be able to search for a movie and see where it is available to watch on both cable and via the TV’s streaming apps. I suspect that unless I purchase a TiVo, I’m still a few years away from having this experience.
What I don’t want to see at CES 2014 are new TV remotes that don’t have all of the standard buttons. I really don’t understand why manufacturers think less buttons is better. I prefer to see more buttons including those dedicated to DVR and next generation video game systems.
Looking forward to CES 2014?
We here at Windows Tablet Review are definitely looking forward to CES 2014. We want to see what new Windows Tablets manufacturers have in store for us this year. We are really looking forward to the “PC Plus” dual boot tablets. We are hoping that this is the year that Windows Tablets really take off.
Are you looking forward to CES 2014? What gadgets are you looking forward to seeing? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.