The Internet is Everything and Everywhere

This blog post is part of a 2010 Consumer Electronics Show series supported by The Network Hub. To find out more about The Network Hub, please visit www.thenetworkhub.ca.

It’s a trend that has continued to grow in recent years and it was once again demonstrated at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. While we were once bound to our computers if we wanted anything to do with the Internet, this clearly is no longer the case. Seeing how CES is meant to showcase the bleeding edge of technology, it’s not surprising to see that the Internet was front and center at the show.

For starters, it seemed like print media took a back seat to online media outlets. One of the biggest stages outside of the conventional halls was the one dedicated to CNET. It also wasn’t hard to spot video bloggers (or vloggers, if you prefer) holding their Flip Videos out at arm’s length while walking around on the trade show floor. And then there was Leo Laporte doing his podcast too.

Further still, I didn’t see anything about an official press partner for the Consumer Electronics Show, but Engadget was prominently featured everywhere as the official provider of blog coverage for the show. They had giant displays scrolling through the Engadget RSS feed at several locations.

The growing ubiquity of the Internet filtered through into the actual gadgets and technology being showed off by manufacturers too, of course. Sony’s newest entry into the pocket camcorder market is called the Bloggie. Samsung introduced Internet-connected apps for its televisions, not unlike the apps you get on the iPhone. And, of course, all the smartphones were proud to show off their Facebook and Twitter integration features.

Moving forward, it doesn’t seem to matter what kind of company you are or what kind of product you sell. If you’re not intricately intertwined with the World Wide Web, you’re falling well behind the curve.