REPORTS from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month suggest that it was all about screens and sensors and that manufacturers are developing stuff more in hope than because a surefire market is now waiting.
Take screens for instance. Samsung was showing off a bendy mobile phone screen that could almost be folded over. However, this is completely useless without the rest of a phone being bendy or unless you can bend some bits of a phone around your wrist like a bangle and have that talk to the rest of a phone stored in your wallet or handbag.
Another wheeze tried to put the underlying technology from the flop that is 3D TVs to good use by allowing two programmes to be watched at once. Imagine a couple on a sofa. He puts on one pair of specs to see one programme, she puts on a differently filtered pair to watch the other one on the same set. What a cosy night in that would be!
More promising were the Ultra HD TV screens, a new 8 Megapixel standard which gives a fabulous, large screen cinema in the home experience.
Unfortunately, though, it will be a good while before any favourite channels are available at that resolution.
Then there were the sensors, they were measuring anything and everything and transferring the data via Bluetooth to your phone or PC. Rosemary plant in a patio tub drying out? Alert on your phone. Air quality in your bathroom measured at below par, your PC clocks it and switches on the extract fan. Will you be queuing round the block to snap those up?