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January 14, 2010
State of the Art
Want It or Not, TV Goes 3-D
At the end of each season of
The Amazing Race,
the host always says something like:
14 countries, 21 days, 25,000 miles. You are the official winners of
The Amazing Race!
At the end of each year
Consumer Electronics Show
in Las Vegas, he really ought to be there at the
airport to greet you:
Five days, 2,500 exhibitors, 2 million feet of floor space, 110,000 journalists and
industry reps. You are an official survivor of C.E.S.!
And instead of a million dollars, he should offer you a full night of sleep, which, at that point, is much
Every year, the electronics company lemmings all schedule their big product announcements at C.E.S.,
and every year, all those simultaneous announcements cancel one another out. Instead of making a big
splash, they get drowned in the roar.
And no wonder; in many respects, other than the emergence of 3-D television, the themes of this year
show were identical to last year
s. Big, bright, thin, flat TV screens. Eco-conscious design. Reduced
power consumption. Download services (Vudu,
) built into more TV sets and Blu-ray
players. Incrementally improved cameras, camcorders, printers, laptops, Blu-ray players, accessories,
audio gear, home theater stuff, phones, car electronics.
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