CES 2008 Peer Review: 8 trends that ruled this year's show

As many have noted already, there were few ground-shaking announcements at CES this year. But most analysts don't go to CES for the 150-inch concept TV, they go to predict future technology trends. And the press likes to help them along, creating lists themselves. They noticed everything from curvy, "feminine" designs to wireless video and cheap memory.

One trend that most of the professionals didn't mention in the articles we trolled, however, was awesome wii artillery (see above). Click Continue to read other journalists' take on the top CES trends of 2008.

Macworld: Design, "Convergence," and perfecting old technologies
"The refinement of existing technologies dominated the news at this year's show. Many of the consumer-electronics technologies featured…have already been out for several years; now that they've achieved mainstream acceptance companies can target enhancements and usability. As a result, electronics makers seem to be paying more attention to the design of their products." , Macworld

Wired: if it's curvy and green, chicks will dig it [we also thought Philips' pitch was demented]
"Whether it's Philips' demented but clever re-invention of itself as an electronics company for women, or the relentless greenwashing of an industry that thrives on conspicuous consumption and disposability, a message of fluffy, pastel-shaded unisex environmental concern is the product at CES." , Wired

CBS makes our job easy by producing a simple, quotable list
"Wireless video, increased use of touch interface, tech going green and the emergence of affordable high-end digital cameras. , CBS News

Business Week says content providers were the shows big winners
"Media companies are grabbing the starring role in the world of bits and bytes. The two big winners at this year's show … were Sony and Comcast… [Sony] cleared some space to show off its new online sites from Hollywood studio Sony Pictures Entertainment alongside its flat-screen TV sets, PlayStations, and Blu-ray players." , Business Week

PC World: Plasma AND LCD: HDTVs dwarfed everything else
"Though a lot of shiny toys were on display, one category stood out: There were more new HDTVs than people in Las Vegas this week.", PC World

Portfolio: Your photos will know where they're going and where they've been
"Photos are going to get smart. Cell phones with GPS will increasingly tag photos with time and place, making it easier to find them when they're on your hard drive. Software in cell phones, cameras or on your PC or Web site will be able to automatically know where to send photos and videos (Flickr, YouTube, etc.)." , The Tech Observer

The New York Times picked products, not trends, with one obvious exception
"Ultrathin TV sets… They’re stunning— when you’re looking at them on edge, that very first day. When you’re looking at them from the front, as you will the rest of your life, they don’t look any different from thicker sets.", The New York Times

When Gizmodo wasn't busy sabotaging a Motorola presentation, it noticed that wireless content is going HD
"Blasting HDTV from one place to another without wires is a revolutionary concept that made evolutionary strides at CES 2008. We found numerous companies showing the technology that's able to move luscious HDTV video either across the room, or in some instances, through walls and around the house." , Gizmodo

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