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CES 2009: Connected Garden Devices and other hot trends

by David Mercer | Jan 05, 2009

Fortunately the snow that hit Las Vegas in December has long since melted, although temperatures were only at freezing point this morning. But we're predicted to have warmer weather and sunshine for the rest of the week as CES gets under way. As I predicted back in November CES attendance is expected to be down this year, although the CEA says exhibitor numbers are about even. But judging from our appointment schedule it seems a lot of companies are choosing to use off-site meeting locations rather than the Convention Center itself. In terms of technology trends, we are looking out for 3D, Internet TV and other connected devices, wireless HD and of course the thinnest, biggest and brightest HDTV displays. LG seems to have started its own show a few days early with lots of press coverage already surrounding its Netflix TVs and 480Hz displays. I'm sure its rivals will appreciate the advance warning... Apart from the big players, we are always watching out for disruptive innovation from emerging companies. I will have a particular focus on user interface this year, as we are launching our Digital Home Observatory capability. I'm sure there will be a few chuckles as well - we certainly need them as a relief from the economic gloom. I'm intrigued by the arrival of Connected Garden Devices, as promised by EasyBloom. It just goes to show that there is no stopping the Internet's influence on every aspect of our lives. Client Reading: IFA 2008: Internet and 3D Offer Hope During Europe's CE Recession Add to Technorati Favorites
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