2012 International CES Highlights
140,000 People Attend CES 2011, 150,000+ Attend CES 2012
This is the magic invite that resulted in the largest turnout in the Consumer Electronics Show 44-year history as the 2012 International CES (January 10th-13th 2012) grew to epic proportions featuring:
More than 3100 exhibitors
More than 20,000 new products were launched
1.861 million net square feet of exhibit space
More than 153,000 attendees, including more than 34,000 international attendees
Cutting-edge technology innovations generated waves of excitement at the conference that marked the launch of Ultrabooks, OLED TVs, 4K/8K HDTV’s, glasses-free 3D TVs, Android 4.0 tablets, next-generation smartphones and 3D printers.
The 2012 International CES also featured top executives participating in keynote sessions. Executives from the most recognized brands such as Qualcomm, Mercedes, Wal-Mart, Intel, Ford, Verizon, Unilver, Ford, eBay, GE, Google and Facebook participated. Executive delegations from thousands of global companies, from Apple to Zeo, attended the conference to meet with current and future customers.
5 Standouts at CES 2012
1. Smart TVs
HDTVs have reached the promised land of becoming high IQ, web-enabled, interactive smart devices that harness the power of the most widely used applications to surpass the capabilities of even the most advanced home computers. Companies like Samsung and Sony are harnessing their multi-device capabilities to create a harmonized user experience between the televisions and their extensive applications portfolio.
Standouts in this category included Smart TV sets manufactured by Samsung, LG, Sony, Vizio, and Sharp all set to ship by the second half of the year.
Wi-Fi continues to expand it tentacles with the passing of each year from outdoor carrier networks and gigabit media systems to embedded low-power applications. At CES we saw further evidence of this with Wi-Fi muscling further in on the established standards in all these areas – WiMAX/3G; WHDMI and WirelessHD; ZigBee and Bluetooth; and of course the major target, wireline cables. Clearly, the dominant Wi-Fi theme this year was the arrival of gigabit standards (11ac and 11ad), while the vendor landscape has been shifted by Qualcomm’s major entry via its acquisition of Atheros.
A prime example: Companies are aggressively integrating technologies such as Apple’s Airplay support into their devices where a user can get set up and streaming in “five minutes or less”. People don’t want to forfeit their iPhones to a dock just to listen to music anymore.
3. Cloud Services
Cloud services have now become the hallmark of mobile device success. Amazon taught us this with Kindle and now Google and Apple (somewhat reluctantly) are being carried along. PC makers Acer, Lenovo, Sony, HTC and others are aiming toward the branded cloud service provider market and not just simply gadget innovators. Look for these companies to lock consumers into their devices as Amazon and Apple do. There will still be room for two or three more major brands and those vendors that play supporting roles as well.
Standouts were companies that focus on cloud-based products for the end-consumer such as D-Link were standouts with their latest IP camera, the Cloud Camera 5000. Acer also announced a cloud service for its devices, AcerCloud. AcerCloud will enable easy sharing of documents and photos on Acer devices. Cloud gaming services such as Onlive will allow cloud-based gaming on Xbox, tablets and smartphones through ultra-low-latency video streams.
What would CES be if not for a new innovation to mark the ‘post-PC’ age. The Ultrabook is like a PC, complete with Windows, x86 and clamshells. Intel’s Ultrabook is a blatant play for Apple’s growing MacBook Air audience (even with similar price points). However the term Ultrabook is more of a marketing term (e.g. Centrino) for a category of thin, powerful Windows laptops laptops with great battery life and at least some solid-state drive (SSD) storage.
Standouts in this category included the LZ Z330, LG Z430, Lenovo T430u, Lenovo Yoga, Acer Aspire S5, Samsung Series 5, HP Envy 14 Spectre, Dell XPS 13, and Asus UX 21 Pink.
5. LTE smartphones
Nokia’s attempt at a US comeback was the highlight in this category with the Lumia 900. It was met with a wave of 4G handset launches which simply means the new technology has reached the mainstream in record time, carried largely by Verizon’s efforts. So the era of premium pricing for LTE phones is nearly over before Apple has even made it’s entrance to the 4G game.
Standouts included the Sony Xperia S – a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc with HD – a 4.3-inch Reality Display (1,280 x 700 pixels), a 12MP camera and the promise of an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade, Sony Experia Ion – a PlayStation-certified, dual-core (1.5GHz) smartphone with 16GB of internal storage and a 12MP rear camera, HTC Titan II - a 4.7-inch, 1.5GHz Windows Phone souped up with a 16MP camera, wide angle lens, dual LED flash and LTE support.
Other standouts were the Nokia Lumia 900 – a LTE-powered version of the 800 with larger 4.3 inch screen and improved front camera, LG Spectrum – 4.5-inch IPS LCD, Huawei Ascen P1 S with it’s Super AMOLED screen and thinnest chassis on the market (6.69mm), Lenovo K800 – an Android-powered Atom-phone with a 720p 4.5-inch display, 8MP camera, NFC and HDMI.
Major Press Day product launches included:
CES Press Day, on Monday, January, featured 25 exhibitor press conferences and the announcement of their new products for 2012.
Dish Network – The Hopper Whole Home DVR Entertainment System
Ford/NPR – NPR smartphone App for Ford SYNC
Fujifilm – X-Pro 1 Interchangeable Lens Camera
Huawei – Ascend P1 smartphone with dual-core processors.
Intel – Lenovo Ultrabook with ArcSoft Quick Photo
Klipsh – G42 Sound System
LG Electronics –55inch 3D OLED TV
Livio Radio – Livio Connect
Monster Cable – NCredible N-ERGY earbuds
Netgear – Universal Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender
Nokia – Lumina 900
Panasonic – MySpace TV
Pioneer – App Radio 2
Samsung – ES8000 LED SmartTV
Sharp – Aquos 80-inch display/board
Sony – Android-powered Walkman Z
Stream TV – Ultra-D, glasses-free 3D TV
Voxx Electronics – Insite personal property tracking system
CES 2012 Las Vegas Highlight Video (Glassfree TV, OLEDs, SuperHiVision TV )