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Volume 23 No. 8
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A ho-hum CES?

Fox Sports’ Davies sees little ground-breaking tech at this year’s show.

Fox Sports’ Mike Davies attended CES last week. I asked the senior vice president of technical and field operations for his thoughts. He seemed more pessimistic than other reports I’ve seen.

Davies:

“It’s again a year of overarching buzzwords at CES. Artificial intelligence is one of the most used and, perhaps, the most ambiguous: from human imagery in the form of Neon’s chatbot AI’s to the AI allegedly installed in a rolling dog toy. AI is a necessary and useful moniker for an easily measurable cross-section of the show.”

■ “Virtually every display manufacturer showing 8K televisions truly looks impressive — at least with 8K demo content as there isn’t any real content available right now since producers still are migrating to lesser forms of UHD. Sony was a true standout. Other displays continue evolving the trend of impossibly thin, cleverly roll-able, and, in some cases, transparent televisions.”

“The promise (if not the actuality) of 5G was in every corner of the show.”

“While some of these enhancements at CES 2020 were improvements on things we saw in 2019, little was truly groundbreaking. The huge exception is the robotic cat (with AI), which is a marked improvement over the real thing in every single way.” — J.O.