I went to the biggest tech show in the world after not going for the past 7 years — and the tech I saw was shockingly old news


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I went to CES, the biggest tech show in the world, for the first time since 2012.
To be honest, not much has changed since the last time I went seven years ago.

LAS VEGAS — Thousands of people flock to Nevada in the first weeks of January for the biggest annual tech show in the world — and this year, I was one of them.

I hadn’t been back to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) — or Las Vegas, for that matter — since 2012, which was the last time I had been sent on assignment to cover the tech showcase.

Seven years is a very long time in the world of technology. Just think about smartphones made seven years ago: We were on the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 back then.

So, I was expecting the 2019 show would be different. Better. More interesting.

Perhaps, I would see tech that addressed issues that have only gotten more important over the past decade, like climate change.

That didn’t really happen.

What I saw in 2012, I saw in 2019

At CES 2012, 8K displays were the star of the show. In 2019, 8K displays are still the star — albeit more companies are making them than ever before.

Electric cars and concept cars were also a hit back in 2012. It’s the same deal in 2019.

In 2012, I took dozens of photos of smartphone accessories, robots that can clean your home and keep you company, and smart appliances that talk to each other. In 2019, I felt like I was seeing all the same stuff again, including Roomba knock-offs, smart refrigerators and washing machines, and smart home-monitoring equipment.

Read: The best smart-home device we saw at CES 2019

And, of course, I saw dozens upon dozens of people napping in the showroom floor. Many of them lined the hallway leading to the media rooms, but most of them set up shop in one of the hundreds of massage chairs on display at CES. That was just like my last trip, too.

Some things are definitely better

For what it’s worth, the Consumer Electronics Show has certainly improved in some areas.

Cars, in particular, seem to have vastly improved. Most companies are now pushing all-green, all-electric, and mostly autonomous experiences. And while their outside form factors haven’t changed too drastically, companies are experimenting with more unique designs for the car’s interior, to provide more customizable experiences. This year, one of my favorite exhibits was from Magna, which showed how seats could automatically shift around in a next-generation car or van to fit the changing needs of the passengers.

I also noticed fewer instances of female objectification — “booth babes” — than the last time I attended CES, and that’s a good thing. Still, I was not happy every time I saw a woman wearing an ornate, revealing outfit for the sole purpose of presentation, and I still saw this more often than I would like.

These women are not expected to talk to people; just to stand, smile, and look pretty as random men take …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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