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Thoughts: Why Innovation Can Be Dangerous

How safe is 3D? Television sets that last year were turning heads with 3D touted as their killer future are now emphasizing online connectivity, with 3D being relegated as yet another feature. The promise of a 3D TV in every living room was burned by the often times expensive, and generally decried 3D glasses.

Glasses or no, Nintendo warned that playing in 3D could harm young children’s eyes. Makes one wonder what it does to adult eyes. Every innovation comes with its own built-in dangers.

Ear buds are blamed for high decibel damage to your hearing, and so are power tools. Cell phones are said to be potential instruments of brain damage and you could, as AT&T showed, pay the ultimate price for texting while driving. Drinking river water will make you sick, and hospital stays can kill you. The list goes on.

Samsung’s asymmetrically shaped 9 Series LED-backlit 3D monitor looks stunning, but did it fell prey of form over function?

One item that has escaped bad press are tablets, a novelty last year, which have proliferated. However, without a standard, many are adrift in the me-too land. One tablet that will be missing from the show is the popular iPad. Apple shuns CES for its own convention held, conveniently after the everyone-and-everything, Las Vegas event which keeps many tablet and cell phone enthusiasts holding their breathe waiting for Apple’s later announcements.

Apple had to provide software controls to cap the volume on iPods due to cases of hearing loss. The European Union mandated under new law the default volume level on MP3 players – for our own good.

Smartphones will be seen morphing into remote controls. Unify4Life has a video, included below, of turning your Blackberry into such a handy tool. We are all still hoping for the one device that does it all. Who doesn’t rely on their phone for taking snapshots? Camera companies never thought they’d be competing with telephones for customers.

Intel, AMD, Global Foundries, yes, chips will be announced that are faster, smaller, and whose manufacturing is safe for the environment. Of course, the "G" crowd will be well represented with 4G giving way to 5G and 5G giving way to ? what’s next? What’s next is generally an improvement or expansion of what has been. Rarely do we see innovations that are truly something new. So we’ll be scouring the exhibit floor for that one thing that really is news, and not hazardous to your health.