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  1. Samsung is the big man on campus. Thin laptops, the Galaxy Note, beautiful TVs decorated their expansive booth. Galaxy Note Ateliers were sprinkled around in which artists used Galaxy Notes to sketch conference goers – lines were miles long.
  2. Gesture driven TV control is here. FruitNinja demos had users chopping apples and passion fruits using their arms and legs all over the place. Many OEM companies are eyeing the casual interactive gaming market, inching toward Microsoft  territory.
  3. TVs, in search of the next reason to drive consumer upgrades, have made some big steps. Super OLED displays are lovely but expensive at $8k for a 60inch. Thin bezels are in. Samsung has just a quarter inch bezel on the Series 8. 3D TV is getting better and gaming is the killer app. Playing EA’s NBA 2012 in 3D was a revelation.
  4. Verizon’s consumer booth was an afterthought. Instead, the carrier focused on selling the value of it’s 4G LTE network to enterprises, retailers, healthcare institutions and security customers. Quite a departure from last year’s consumer Android bonanza.
  5. Motorola also focused on enterprise use cases, releasing a tool to compete with Dropbox for remote file access and demonstrating video conference integration with Polycom. Motorola’s XYBoard Android tablets are compelling.
  6. Mobile OSes are influencing desktop OSes and TV OSes. Microsoft Windows 8 is refreshingly simple. The best interactive TVs are powered by Android. Everything is app driven. Filesystems have vanished.
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2 thoughts on “Six Observations from CES

  1. “Filesystems have vanished.”

    Could you please elaborate? I followed everything until this last piece…

  2. There is no file system on the iPad or Android. Even TVs have very little notion of filesystems. Files are stored within applications and users can’t access them individually.

    If you have a photo, to view it, visit the camera app on an iphone or the gallery on the Android. TV OSes are the same way. Seamless file sharing over Wifi and desktop applications are also moving in this direction. In Lion, you really don’t need to remember where the last Pages file you were working on, is saved on your HD. The app remembers. And you don’t need to save it. The app does that for you.

    Hope that clarifies a bit.

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