CES 2013: Thoughts after the opening day

Many of you know that the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is THE place to be to check out what’s new in gadgets and devices. PCWorld’s Philip Michaels has a report on the opening day (January 8).

CES 2013 is underway, and we are roaming the show floor with an eye on the latest and greatest gadgets on display in Sin City. Unlike the days leading up to the show’s opening, formal press events are few and far between. Instead, it’s every tech writer for themselves when it comes to tracking down the gear that the world wants to hear about.

After strolling the aisles of the Las Vegas Convention Center on Tuesday, we’ve noticed a few trends worth keeping an eye on. Take fitness gear—it’s everywhere you can spot on the showfloor. A number of device makers are creating gadgets that monitor everything from the steps you take to your vital signs—often logging that data on your mobile device. In our wrap-up video, we talk briefly about Withings Smart Activity Tracker, but our health and fitness coverage at CES also includes Zensorium’s Tinke,new offerings from iHealth, and how health gadgets are turning to Bluetooth for connectivity.

The two traditional rivals Apple and Microsoft are no longer “officially” represented here…by that I mean you might be able to purchase their products, but neither has any floor or booth presence. Apple stopped coming in 1992, instead preferring the Macworld Expo…in 2009 they ceased participation in that as well. Apple has become such a large company that any significant announcement becomes a media event all its own.

Last year was Microsoft’s last major appearance at the event, although there should be representatives from the company there.

Many of the products demonstrated are “vaporware”…they don’t actually exist (beyond perhaps one or two prototypes), and will never will be produced. In 2011–the first CES after the iPad’s introduction in 2010–there were scads of tablet computers shown…very few actually came to fruition.

Why would a company do that–bring an unfinished prototype of a product (or plans of one) to CES? To gauge demand, to test the waters…to seek funding–these are all the best reasons. Some have good intentions, but run out of money before anything goes too far.

Here are some other things you might not have known about CES, from digitaltrends.com.

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