The best technology of CES 2012 - TechCrunch

The best technology of CES 2012 TechCrunch

Consumer electronics bad metric for measuring time. And, in fact, Consumer Electronics Displays are a lot worse. I've been well versed in the double digits at CES and have experienced them as well: as a week - long stream of news and glossy tools, filtering news from hackers, news outlets, house rooms hotel and conference hall floors a quixotic effort to explain the trends of the year.

The halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center and the many Expo Halls are satellite and thick hotel rooms with ghosts of good intentions and forced obsolescence. That's kind of the category. Some of the devices that have become our daily drivers have gone over the last decade at CES, but more often than not, machines come and go - if they end up make shelves store in the first place.

CES 2022 will be a strange one - a reality that has more to do with growing global conditions than anything happening on the show floor (though, I've finally heard, one of the Backstreet Boys still on hand to showcase home boxing equipment). Questions about the appropriateness of COVID-19 pre-date personal conferences, of course - although CES has always felt like an exception, given the importance of being in the same room with the hardware on to name.

Following a narrow pandemic-related closure in 2022, CES 2022 was a dry run for what a meaningful future would look like. The results were… half-baked. On the other hand, CES 2012 did not have any of these issues. After a slight decline in previous years (due to the global recession), the show boosted the best ever attendance of 153,000. Growth would continue over the next several years, as the event continued to take over Vegas, reaching again at around 182,000 in 2022, according to the CTA.

In 2012, CES still felt like something out of a phone show in a way that no longer exists. Between Mobile World Congress next month and the decision to follow many of the big companies in Apple's footsteps by announcing their announcements in their own time, CES is not the only major news of phone news it once was. While that gap has been quickly filled by other sectors in the next decade - including, in particular, cars that have moved forward and in the middle.

Color-coded cables run into the radio unit of Sprint Corp. equipment. 8T8R, the multi-antenna technology that combines eight-transmitting and eight-transmitting radios at a cell site to boost Sprint's 2.5 GHz TDD LTE spectrum performance, on the roof of Chicago, Illinois, USA, on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Sprint reported its first quarterly profit in more than six years in July, with sales surpassing analysts' estimates, after seizing more registrants than expected. Photographer: Daniel Acker / Bloomberg via Getty Images.

LTE was ubiquitous at CES 2012, similar to the 5G explosion a few years ago. CNET even went so far as to call the show “4G Orgy” in a headline. Five years after Sprint demo Wimax in Vegas for the show, it was officially ready to jump ship and join the rest of the world in LTE-land. The Sony Xperia S hit headlines, as did the Droid 4, Motorola's strong effort to keep the physical keyboard alive five years after the first iPhone marked the beginning of the end of BlackBerry's management.

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But the show actually belonged to one of two Windows Phone LTE-sports devices announced at the show. The HTC Titan II may be the first device on the OS to sport the next-gen wireless technology, but the Nokia Lumia 900 captured the images of the servers with a 4.3-inch AMOLED display, front-facing camera 8 -megapixel, 512MB of RAM and attractive design.

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A year earlier, CEO Stephen Elop had just compared the company's windows with one standing on a burning platform in the middle of freezing waters. The partnership with Microsoft was Nokia's leap. A year later, Nokia would sell its mobile division to Microsoft.

Like the heroism of Droid 4 - if eventually embarrassed - trying to hang on to a QWERTY keyboard, Sony's Bloggie was the ultimate gasp for blogging camcorders on its own. This was a year after Cisco closed its Flip Video business, having then acquired the hot pocket camcorder in 2009 for $ 590 million. Leave it to Sony to say “scratch it,” and see if you can remove the last fingers from a dying department.

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And then there were the ultrabooks. If the department could be said to have a minute, that was all five days in Las Vegas. By the middle of the year, the death stories of the category had already begun. Determined by Intel and announced at Computex 2011, the division was the latest thin and lightweight classification - in fact, an attempt for PC makers to offer their own on the MacBook Air.

Intel offered strict guidance for the division, focusing on things like illness, weight and battery life. Eventually, the segment was cost-constrained and reduced by shifting goalposts of specs and upgrades to smartphones and tablets.

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At CES 2012, 3D desktop printing was the future, with MakerBot front and center. A NYC-based spinout of the RepRap open source project used the presentation to discuss the Replicator. A major improvement over the previous Thing-O-Matic system, the system sported a Star Trek-inspired name and felt like a big step towards a 3D printer dream. in every home.

Prices, technical constraints and the advent of more advanced technology from companies like Formlabs have ruined the fortunes of many companies in space, in the realm of tech tech bubbles in the long run. A year later, MakerBot was acquired by 3D printing giant Stratasys, which has focused on the technology for the education market.

As always, CES offers a lot of concepts that seem to be intended to stay conceptual. The Samsung Smart Window is pretty much par for the course on that front. The transparent window display with touchscreen capability caught the eye of many exhibitors at a time when everyone seemed to want everything to be like a big screen, but it never seemed like making it far beyond the decoration of a CES booth. As a footnote, the company has invested in a luxury smart window as part of their C-Lab campaign, because, once again, the consumer electronics business is pretty weird, for all the talk about progress.

Ten years on, CES 2012 may show more longing than hit. The most hyped results are certainly the most retrospective. We've never made it to 3D printers and smart windows in every home, but hey, LTE had a pretty good run.

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