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Top techs preview CES 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017...

Peak geeks sneak peeks at future gadgetgasms

By Rik Myslewski

Posted in Hardware, 13th January 2012 02:27 GMT

CES 2012 CES isn't the only game in Las Vegas this week. For the true down-and-dirty technophile, the real action is at the International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE) – and The Reg got a sneek peek at the geek freak that commences while CES concludes.

The ICCE, under the umbrella of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), is a gathering of the creative minds behind the technologies behind the engineering behind the manufacturing behind the products that eventually show up on the CES show floor.

As explained by ICCE's Stuart Lipoff at a CES session on Thursday morning dedicated to this year's ICCE, what's discussed at that conference often makes its way onto the CES show floor in "three to five years", though some technologies may arrive much sooner in fast-moving fields such as smartphones.

Here are some of the topics discussed at that session, titled in true boffinary understatement, "A preview of IEEE ICCE's most interesting technologies". Some of these are currently merely researchers' lab projects, some are in product-development mode, and some are available in the marketplace, but only at prohibitive prices.

To test the ICCE dreamers' accuracy, we suggest that you print out this list and bring it to CES 2013 through 2018, where you can check off each technology that made the cut and found its day in the sun – well, the metal-halide lamps – at the world's largest gathering of gadget geeks.

Or, for that matter, you can add your own projections, wishes, dreams, and requests in Comments. ®