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Sunday, January 13, 2013

If The Best Thing At CES Was An Electronic Skateboard, Is Innovation In Consumer Electronics Dead?

If The Best Thing At CES Was An Electronic Skateboard, Is Innovation In Consumer Electronics Dead?

I was looking through all the reports from the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), and the thing that struck me, was how little innovation there was the year.

For me, the most interesting thing was the Zboard, an Electronic skateboard.

That is a sad statement, and shows that for 2013 consumers can expect marginal improvements in various smartphones, tv's and tablets.

CES is technically a hardware show, but it was clear the App's and smartphone and tablet software was where the innovation was occurring.

For many consumer electronic products, the hardware is generic and it is the software that is the star.

I guess we will have to wait till next to see if innovation will rise from the dead and reanimate consumer electronics.

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