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By Jason Stipp | 01-03-2011 04:21 PM

Seven Stories We'll Be Watching at CES

Morningstar markets editor Jeremy Glaser expects to hear about tablets, tablets, and more tablets, plus 3D TV, socially aware devices, and even a few household robots at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Shows in Las Vegas.

Jason Stipp: I'm Jason Stipp for Morningstar. The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off this week in Las Vegas, and Morningstar markets editor Jeremy Glaser is going to be on the scene.

But he's here with me today to talk about some of the big themes he's going to be keeping an eye out for while he's at the conference.

Thanks for joining me, Jeremy.

Jeremy Glaser: You're quite welcome, Jason.

Stipp: So, the first thing I think may be one of the biggest stories to come out of the Consumer Electronics Show is the tablet device. Now, the iPad made a big splash this year, but there is going to be a lot of folks who are going to be following on with devices of their own. What do you expect to learn about the competitive environment with tablets?

Glaser: 2010 really became the year of the tablet because of the iPad, and 2011 is going to be the year of the iPad killers. Just as you may remember that there were a lot of iPod killers out there and a lot of iPhone killers out there--everyone and their mother is going to be producing a new tablet device, with a new tablet operating system.

I think we're going to see devices from the likes of Motorola and HTC and possibly Hewlett-Packard. I think Microsoft could release a new tablet operating system. We're going to be hearing a lot about the tablet.

I think the real interesting questions will be: How good are these devices? Are they actually ready for primetime or are they just kind of half-baked ideas, because these companies feel like they need to have a response to Apple's successful product. And what will the consumer appetite for these type of devices be? Are people willing to learn a new type of Android operating system to run on a tablet? Do people want to learn another version of Windows? Are they going to be too complicated? Something like Blackberry's PlayBook--is that going to be successful with some of the corporate users I think they are targeting with that?

I'm not quite sure what the answers to these questions are yet. I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on lot of these new devices. But certainly I think tablets are going to be on top of everybody's keynotes and on top of everyone's press conferences as something we're going to hear a lot about.

Stipp: Do you think the iPad has proven there is a niche, there is a place for this product, or is it just that this is a shiny new product, it's from Apple, which is very popular with consumers. Is there going to be the demand for all the other devices that might come out, just as its own kind of device?

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