With the infamous Consumer Electronics Show in the rearview mirror for 2016, Computerworld Executive News Editor Ken Mingis debates CES's relevance to the tech industry with Senior News Editor Marian Prokop and Multimedia Content Editor Keith Shaw.
Up for debate: Are the many connected consumer products debuting at the show really necessary or useful? A Bluetooth-enabled home-pregnancy test is a head-scratcher, and the computer built into Samsung's "smart" fridge will likely be obsolete long before the unit itself gives out.
On the other hand, the group agrees, the new Wi-Fi HaLow standard -- essentially, Wi-Fi for the Internet of Things -- has far-reaching implications.
Behind all the hype and gadgets, and often away from the glitz of the main show floors, are real technological advances that stand to change the electronics landscape. As Computerworld Senior Editor Matt Hamblen wrote in his coverage of the show, consumer products at CES aren't the half of it -- and that, the group thinks, is a good thing.
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