After a few years of the tech press letting us know how meaningless the Consumer Electronics Show has become, this year we sense of change of tune—maybe because the big gadget trade show has some things to offer? For all the predictable "I'm over it" posts, a few techies have taken the opposite point of view: CES is cool again. No one is expecting to see any breakthroughs unveiled like the VCR and Xbox which gave the gadget fair its reputation. But as gadget lovers and the people who write about them descend into Vegas this week, some are looking forward to the convention. Even Verge writer Tren Wolbe, who compared CES to a "skeezy uncle," expects to find some "actually cool shit hidden in some under-trafficked corner." We're a little skeptical, considering the biggest thing last year was the not-so-smart Smart TV, which, as Wired's Mat Honan explains, nobody uses because "it sucks." But, we're ready for some enlightenment. Here are some of the paths being suggested to widget nirvana.
It's All About the Small Booths
The biggest companies don't show up anymore, and the ones that do give us silly things like this giant Lenovo coffee table computer. The interesting stuff is elsewhere, explains Gizmodo's Joe Brown. "Big announcements shmig announcements, it's the little guys who bring us the most joy," he writes. For example: "Smaller companies innovate just as much as the larger ones—sometimes more—and CES is a great place for them to show the world the quality of their wares. Five years ago, Parrot was best known for a Bluetooth car stereo; now its enormously popular AR Drones own the skies."