After sitting through press conferences from several of the big and broad—televisions to cell phones—consumer electronics companies today, the day before the opening of the 2012 International Consumer Electronics show, I have more questions than answers, questions that I’ll investigate further as the show progresses. Here’s a sampling of my list—please ask your questions in the comments, and I’ll see if I can track answers to those down as well.
• How much do those crazy-thin 55-inch OLED TVs cost?
• And how long are they going to last before they color shift? The blue OLED pixels have had longevity issues—are they really fixed?
• How do voice control and gesture control TVs deal with family squabbles? I fear these control options, intriguing as they are, are going to make me yearn for the days when we all just battled over the remote.
• If the refrigerator is talking to the stove and tells it what to cook, and it’s also suggesting menus based on “fitness goals”, is it secretly also communicating to the bathroom scale?
• Are consumers really ready for rooftop solar systems they can wrap up and give someone for Christmas?
• How much computing power does it take to do the image processing for a beyond-HDTV 8 megapixel television? And what is that baby going to cost?
• Does anyone really care about Google TV, MySpace TV, or any other form of WebTV until we see what Apple comes up with?
Add your questions below. And follow my CES explorations on Twitter @TeklaPerry.