Showcasing new technologies and gadgets in the retail pipeline, the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is scheduled to take place January 10-13 in Las Vegas. As the network has done in the past, Spike TV will broadcast their CES All Access coverage during the event, including live segments from the show floor.
Justine Ezarik, better known as the Internet personality iJustine, will once again be part of the Spike TV broadcast team at CES. When reached by phone, Ezarik spoke about her expectations for this year's show and what technologies to look for.
Q: How much of CES will you be covering?
A: When we are doing the live show, I am doing mostly the social networking aspect. We have this really cool interactive board where we are going to have guests come in for interviews. People can tweet us live with questions that they can ask the guests directly.
I'm going to be kind of the eyes and ears of what is going on at CES and relaying that to people at home. And they (the viewers) are going to be relaying their questions and comments to me. I will be taking those to everyone on the floor.
Q: What new features can viewers and attendees expect to see at the 2012 CES?
A: One thing I am really excited about is that they are doing a new pavilion called Eureka Park where they are going to have a bunch of smaller companies and start-ups. Usually, it is a bunch of big companies that manage to get good spots.
I'm really looking forward to what all those little guys will be offering. Take Instagram, for example, which is just an app that just completely blew up out of nowhere. So it is the little things that you don't expect to become popular.
Q: 3D technology has been a hot item for the last few years. Do you expect that trend to continue?
A: A few years ago, I bought one of the first 3D TV's and I was super-excited, but I really haven't used it that much. I really don't like 3D, but I think the concept is there.
What I'm looking forward to is for manufacturers to approach people who don't actually like 3D and try to find a way to make the glasses more comfortable, make the viewing experience more desirable. For me personally, when I'm watching a 3D movie, I get a headache.
Q: What other technologies are you personally looking for at CES 2012?
A: What I'm looking forward to is digital cameras because everyone is just using their phones now (to take pictures). What are they (manufacturers) going to do to make people want to use them? I'm going to want a camera that will post to Facebook or instantly edit on-the-go on my camera.
I think there will be a lot of voice control interfaces. There are also tons of Ultrabooks-it's Intel's take on the MacBook and the iPad. There are a ton of those that are supposed to be out, where last year was the year of the tablet. Pretty much, the iPad has been the tablet of choice and now there are these Ultrabooks, so I am going to be interested to see how those take off and who is going to be the winner there.
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