According to the experts, there was very little or nothing particularly new at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. Well, pooh on you, you jaded roosters – I found it plenty fascinating.
It’s not just the whole tablet thing, although there’s more than enough variation to keep us occupied for at least another year. We’ve got tablets that slide out and tablets that dock in, tablets that swivel and flip and connect. (Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if next year they came up with a tablet that could dance.) But aside from all the tablets, and the obvious implications for readers on the digital book market, one thing struck me in general: The In Death reality is a lot closer than I thought.
For those who aren’t familiar with J.D. Robb’s In Death series, it depicts a world fifty years in the future, where there are autochefs and robot servants, handheld audio/visual communication devices, lots of synthetic foods, weird and wacky cars; in short, everything that could be touched by technology has been touched, and possibly enhanced.