Imaginary Innovations

From Forbes:

More than 2,700 exhibitors descend on Las Vegas Monday, each ready to show off their latest and greatest tricks at the annual Consumer Electronics Show.

But good luck finding many of the gizmos and gadgets on store shelves: Though CES is supposed to give gearheads a peek at the future, it is often better at displaying “vaporware”–would-be innovations that never materialize.

Some of this is par for the course: Much like the auto show that’s running concurrently in Detroit, CES is meant to have a fantasy element to it–stuff that ought to be but isn’t yet and may never be. The real sin is in showing off what are supposed to be real products to retailers and press, then not delivering.

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