The annual international Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s biggest trade show, which was held in Las Vegas from 6 to 9 January, has finally come to a close. At the show were robots, exoskeletons, drones, self-driving cars, 3D-printers, augmented reality, virtual reality and ‘smart things’, from watches, phones and body monitors to home appliances, tablets and computers. Also, there were tons of junk that someone thought someone else would want to buy.
CES has to be one of the strangest shows in existence. It comes right after the biggest consumer selling period in the year, and long before vendors are ready to showcase products they plan to sell in the high selling seasons of the following year. Yet they will spend tons of money on the belief that if everyone else is doing it, so it must be smart. Here’s a look at some of the stuff on display at CES 2016.
Let us take smartphone covers to begin with. Everyone desires the thinnest, latest smartphone on the market. However, one of the really strange things about these phones is that they tend to be rather fragile. So you pay extra to get a device that is really pretty, and then you pay more for a cover in order to preserve it, so you never get to see that beauty. Moreover, with the cover you add to the thickness of the slender phone you coveted. Well, what about a design-forward case?
Apparently, the fashion brand, STIL, is bringing cases to market for your smartphone that actually make a device look beautiful. Of course, that raises the question of why we create phones that look good in the first place if we are only going to cover them up with a case and only see that expensive beauty when we first buy the device, when we get rid of it, or when we have to have it repaired. Why do we not just design the phones to be sturdy in the first place and not spend the money on a feature we will never see?