(CBS News) – The final day of the International Consumer Electronics Show wrapped up in Las Vegas Friday, putting to bed the annual technology smorgasbord. As the throngs pack up and head home with visions of drones dancing in their heads (literally: dancing drones, because that was a thing), what will we remember about the show?
More than anything, we’ll think fondly, perhaps awkwardly, back to all the things we would never, ever buy. Because they’re too expensive. Or too goofy. Or because they, by trying to push the bounds of technology, push the bounds of reason.
As distinguished technologist Walt Mossberg wrote this time last year on Re/Code, CES is notwhat you think it is.
“Lots of tech aficionados, investors, and just plain citizens imagine that CES is the place where the most important, trend-setting, society-impacting new tech products are unveiled. It isn’t,” he wrote. “To read or watch some of the media coverage of the show, it might seem as though the entire tech and electronics industry worked all year to prepare sensational new things just to launch at CES. They don’t.”