Time magazine tech writer Harry McCracken has devoted his weekly Technologizer column (he also keeps a blog of the same name) to speculating about the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which happens this week. Basically, he says expect to see lots of tablets–no surprises there. But he does make the good point that, while there will be countless unveilings of cool upcoming products, we should take those announcements lightly, as many of those products will never make it to market. Note the last example in the quote below, a product the publishing industry in particular had its eyes on for a while:
At last year’s conference, for instance, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer used his opening keynote to unveil Slate PCs, a new type of tablet running Windows 7. They instantly fizzled. So did another of CES 2010′s allegedly hot new product categories, the supercheap netbook-type laptops known as smartbooks. Also deadwood: Plastic Logic’s much anticipated Que e-reader, which debuted at a lavish display on the show floor … and then got canceled before it ever shipped.