Mat Honan, Wired, with wise words for tired-out tech writers and their weary readers.
We shouldn’t let that skepticism and weariness make the leap to outright cynicism. There is still much to be excited about here. Yes: CES is overstimulating and exhausting and has a massive noise-above-signal problem where company after company tries to sell you on their horrible ideas that no one should ever buy into. But at it’s best, it can still serve amazement straight up. And it’s still the best place to see new technology products, all in one place, all in one time.
It's easy to turn CES into a cipher for many other things that it's better to dislike one at a time. Moreover, CES helps the business usher in cool stuff, which Mat rounds up in his article. I've been guilty of a certain tech-writing sin: the incessant, unasked-for coverage of CES itself rather than what's at it. You don't care about CES, though, right? You just want to hear about the good stuff.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
The Lytro Illum dares to be different, boasting even more robust features than its first generation predecessor and a sleek design reminiscent of professional DSLRs. What’s so cool about it? Most cameras capture the position of light rays, producing a statoc 2D image.
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