CES flash survey: winners, losers, and what’s to come

We just published a flash analysis of CES 2013, which includes results from a survey of GigaOM readers in which we asked which technology categories most impressed them and which were most disappointing. The categories we asked about include TV technology, digital health, mobility, 3D printing, connected car, virtual/augmented reality, user interfaces, smart home, robotics and the internet of things.
 Figure 1. Best of CES 2013 

Maybe it’s not too surprising that our survey respondents were most excited about the internet of things and digital health, two categories covered extensively at GigaOM and which are getting a lot of buzz in general. I also think these technologies are aided by the fact that both are fairly expansive, as it seems nearly any connected device can be in the internet of things category and anything with a self-monitoring aspect is bucketed into digital health.
Also, 3D printing performed well, with 14 percent of respondents picking the category despite the fact that there weren’t really a large number of 3D printing companies at the show,. User interface technology only tallied 5 percent of respondents, despite the big buzz over the likes of Leap Motion.
Figure 2. Worst of CES 2013 

We also looked at those technologies that flopped. TV technology, the backbone of CES for decades, had the most number of respondents disappointed in its CES performance, at 25 percent. This might have to do with the fact that screen technology is mature at this point, with amazing advances in screen fidelity — such as this year’s 4K displays — expected every year. The market has also seen some big flops pretty recently, most notably the rollout of 3D, which seems to have left watchers of the TV category a little more jaded as a whole.
Our respondents were fairly indifferent to the robotics category, despite the explosion in low-cost consumer robot products and the surge of drones on the floor this year. Despite its poor showing in our survey, I expect robotics to be one of the most exciting categories in coming years, as the mashup combinations of smartphones, connectivity, extensible software, and more will unleash some exciting innovations in this space over the next decade.
If you’d like to check out the report, which has the survey results as well as my takeaways from the show, you can get it here.