EACH JANUARY, I WISH I had a generous expense account so I could plunge into the new offers revealed during CES. I have a wishlist that would make home entertainment more enjoyable, create closer links to my extended family, and reduce personal energy consumption. For the moment, I'm just trying to get a strategy in place that ensures at least two terabytes of personal home storage, stores all family media files on a server, brings touchscreen senstivity to the kitchen, shares rich media files from desk to desk, plays video phone calls on the biggest screen in the house, and reduces energy consumption. I should try to cite my wishlist every January as a benchmark to how things are going. The image at right comes from a January 2004 post when I was thinking about what was coming downstream. At that time, I was using a Bluetooth pen when drawing in an artist's tablet and I was carrying around a touchscreen Sony Clie to browse and review student work. Bluetooth pens haven't taken off, but I consider clever Bluetooth to be one of the most efficient manifestations of technology in 2008 with more to come.
Previously on Inside View -- "Consumer Technology Successes in 2004, 2 January 2004.