Re-thinking CES

escPart of the fun of CES is watching journalists and gadget enthusiasts bemoan its shortcomings The most popular are teeth-clenched cries of “Vaporware!” referring to products that will likely never see production. I’ve done it myself. This morning, I got a prompt to change my thinking and now I see the show in a new light.

Chris Herbert of MacStories shared this message via Twitter:

“CES isn’t much different than these national auto shows; lots of cool concepts but very few deliver.”

That’s exactly right. It’s not an event meant to raise and then dash the hopes of gadget geeks. Those fancy doo-dads are like concept cars at an auto show. They aren’t meant to be bought and sold, but to demonstrate new concepts and ideas that designers and engineers are tinkering with.