CES 2012: A forecast for what to learn for your future.

Personally, we're glad these big black boxes of magnetic tape have been replaced by DVD and Blu-ray.

Next week is the Consumer Electronics Show. It’s mostly a giant advertisement for new cool electronic gadgets, but there are also a lot of really cool efforts in each show. Check out some of our favorites from last year.

CES showcases a lot of new technology, and it’s a great way to see what technologies today’s gadgets are using, and what’s currently being researched. And it’s been around for a long time. Here are some technologies which have debuted at CES:

  • Video Cassette Recorder (VCR), 1970
  • Pong home console by Atari, 1975
  • Camcorder, 1981
  • Compact Disc (CD) player, 1981
  • Commodore 64, 1982
  • Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), 1985
  • Tetris, 1988
  • Digital Versatile Disc (DVD), 1996
  • HDTV, 1998
  • Digital Video Recorder (DVR), 1999
  • Xbox, 2001
  • HD DVD, 2004
  • Blu-ray Disc, 2004

It’s basically a fashion show for Engineers and computer scientists, with one important difference: fashion designers don’t code, or design electronics. And not a lot of people remember fashion the way we remember the original NES, Tetris, DVDs or Blu-ray discs.  They become things we use without even thinking. But they’re definitely not made without thinking…

“Coding is the literacy of the future.”

 

The point here is that if you want to get a good gauge on what sorts of technologies you’ll be working with when you’re older, a good way to do that is to see what’s coming out of the front lines. New technologies shown at CES 2012 will show you what kinds of research some universities are doing, or what private companies want to get out there.

We really think coding is the way to go. Designing robots and gadgets can now be done on a computer, with the right application. But the coding is what makes it go. It’s what makes it do. Imagine if your TV or phone or computer had no coding. It would be a big plastic-and-glass box that maybe lit up. Coding is the future. If you’re looking for good ways to learn to code, you can check out our Teach Yourself Programming series, and a useful website called Code Year; make it your New Year’s resolution! If you don’t want to do that, jump straight to its parent site, CodeAcademy!

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