With CES literally only days away we wanted to voice our expectations for the top tech at this years show. As one of the largest tech shows in the world, what is found on the show floor as well as what isn’t found on the show floor has a lot to say about tech in the coming year. This is TechwareLabs’ Top Ten 2012 CES Predictions.
10. Radeon 7XXX
Coming in at number ten we have AMD’s newly released Radeon 7xxx series graphics. We expect to see this being displayed and pushed hard at CES. As the latest and greatest currently available we are sure to see many of the vendors showing off their computers and products in conjunction with7XXX cards.
9. Gesture based technology
Gesture based gaming has come to be quite popular these last few years with Wii and as of late the XBox Connect essentially getting the gamer off the couch and becoming a part of the game. We expect manufactures to use this technology at some degree in their products present and future for such things as controlling the T.V. to change the channel or other things around the house.
8. Cloud Computing
After being adopted by many companies and industries this technology is on the breaking horizon and soon to be implemented in technology in use in many devices. Say goodbye to ownership over your physical data as this bid to annex your data is almost a sure thing.
7. Windows 8
Even as Redmond announces this is their last year at CES we fully expect to see wall to wall Windows 8. We also hope its made much progress since the early beta’s we took a look at months ago or Google Android may soon replace this once staple of the business industry. With no Microsoft at next years event we can’t help but wonder what the impact of Microsoft leaving CES will be.
Now that all of the major display manufacturers have an entry into the 3D market its success seems assured. We expect to see more focus on quality of display types and accessories, particularly glasses and media. We are hoping to see larger displays and better quality glasses that are easier on the eyes.
5. Social Networking/Applications
We live in the age of the “App Store” and we expect to see an increase in focus and exploitation of app style support and market. We will be looking for new app’s for everything from home to business devices.
4. Ice Cream Sandwich
Google has to see the coming years as prime time for them, and Ice Cream Sandwich is another paving stone in their path. Success with the release of Android 4.0 ICS would go a long way to ensuring Google’s long term goals. We expect to see ICS being “sneak previewed” at CES.
3. Tablet PC’s
What netbooks were a few years ago tablets are to today’s market. As we saw then we expect to see manufacturers scramble to bring their offering to market. The same differentiators will apply with speed and usability becoming just as major deciding factors as are price.
2. Ivy Bridge
With the resounding success of Sandy Bridge Intel fans worldwide are hoping to see them continue to step up performance with the release of Ivy Bridge. We expect to see Intel showing off almost entirely Ivy Bridge powered machines. With the less than enthusiastic reception garnered by AMD’s Bulldozer, Intel stands to really drive home a win with Ivy Bridge. We do expect to see Intel at least discussing 8 core support for their desktop future.
Finally coming in at number one this year at CES, we expect to see the term Ultrabook applied to nearly everything, and not necessarily appropriately. It has taken long enough for manufacturers to catch up with consumer demands and be able to offer machines which really to fulfill the promise of the Ultrabook title. Of all of the technology that will be on display here over the next week, Ultrabooks are what we are most eager to see.