New technologies dominate attention, not unlike crying babies, but the expo is just as notable for the technologies which appear to gasp, wheeze and die.
Many in Las Vegas agree that this year’s biggest tombstone is for 3D. Last year’s big thing, the great hope for TV makers desperate to boost sales, flopped in stores. Too expensive, too annoying, too limited, whatever the reasons, manufacturers got the message and switched to developing sharper “ultra HD” 2D screens.
Compared to last year, when you seemed to be offered 3D shades for every presentation, TV-related or not, this year only a few bothered. “Dead, dead, dead. Dead,” said one buyer at ShowStoppers, a sideshow event held across from the convention centre.
But just like Freddy Kreuger, 3D TV never quite dies.