Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Consumer Electronics Show

Checking out a few of the headlines of products promoted at the CES in Las Vegas, I noted the featured promise of self navigating cars.
Self navigating cars seems like science fiction. In the real world of the 21st century, many of the consumer products are focused on leisure time -- entertainment. The expected new products were enhancements to TVs and sound systems: new; improved; bigger; clearer. However, I am pretty sure it is the same TV shows and 24 hour news frequently interrupted for commercial breaks. 

Beyond entertainment, there is more for the home**:

[Also featured are] kitchen products (coffeemakers, crock pots, refrigerators, dishwashers and microwave ovens) that can be turned on and off and adjusted via a smartphone or tablet. The idea is that you can be out doing errands and, for instance, turn on the stove to get the pot roast going before you get home.
That is just great, but what to do if the entree meat wasn't taken out of the freezer. How about a remote operated robot to retrieve, thaw and prepare my dinner. That would be something that would be worth boasting about and would definitely lead the products at a Consumer Electronic Show.

**Writing this blog post a day later after copying the quote, I have been unable to find the source for proper credit.

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